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Space Trader Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Aug 21, 2015.

  • by booman, Aug 21, 2015 at 1:46 PM
  • booman

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    Space Trader is a simple trading/action first person shooter where you travel from planet to planet trading goods and hunting down criminals. Interact with NCP's and discover which goods will provide the most profit accept missions to take out criminals. Every opportunity will increase your persons value and profit.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Space Trader in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Space Trader. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

    To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual: PlayOnLinux Explained

    Mint 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.8
    Wine: 1.7.49-staging

    Wine Installation

    Note: Wine versions older than 2.0.2 and 2.12-staging no longer work with Steam.


    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.49-staging
    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Click Next

    Downloading Wine
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    Extracting

    Downloading Gecko
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    Installed
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    Wine 1.7.49-staging is installed and you can close this window

    Downloading Steam

    Go To: http://www.steampowered.com
    Click Install Steam
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    Do not click "Install Steam Now"
    It will automatically install Linux Steam
    Select Windows Steam instead
    click "Windows" under the green button
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Click Save
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    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Click "install a non-listed program"
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    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name your virtual drive: spacetrader
    No spaces
    Click Next
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    Select all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next
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    Select Wine 1.7.49-staging
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Configure Wine

    Applications Tab
    Windows Version: Windows 7
    Click Apply
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    Graphics Tab
    Check: Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows
    Check: Emulate a virtual desktop
    Desktop size: 1024x768
    Click Ok
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    PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)

    Check the following libraries:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    Click Next
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    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Installing Steam

    Click Browse
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Select: SteamSetup.exe
    Click Open
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    Click Next

    Click Next

    Check: I accept the license...
    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Install

    Click Finish

    Updating Steam
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    Steam will not have any fonts due to dwrite functionality
    Click the "X" to close Steam login
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select Steam.exe
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Space Trader
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Arguments: -no-dwrite
    This fixes the missing font problem
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    Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of wine

    Display Tab
    Video Memory Size: Select the size of Memory your video card/chip uses
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    Close Configure

    Launching Steam

    Select Space Trader
    Click Run
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    Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs

    Click "Login to existing account"
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    Login
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    Find Space Trader: Merchant Marine
    Click Install
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    Click Next
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    Make sure Shortuct options are both unchecked
    Click Next
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    Wait for Space Trader to download
    Click Finish
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    Click Play
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    Optimization

    Click Settings
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    Click Video
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    Adjust:
    • Resolution
    • Fullscreen
    • Brightness
    • Vertical Sync
    • Screen Size
    • Texture Smoothing
    • Screen Bloom
    Click Apply
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    Space Trader is an older title from 2005 and should be able to run on any computer or laptop.

    Non Steam Shortcut

    If you want to skip Steam and launch Space Trader alone
    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select Space Trader
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Select "Space Trader" shorcut with Steam icon
    Click Remove

    Click "Make a new shortcut from this virtual drive"
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    Select "SpaceTrader.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Space Trader
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    Click "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    Select Space Trader
    Click Run
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    Conclusion:
    Since Space Trader: Merchant Marine is an older title, it ran perfectly without any problems on my GeForce 550 Ti. I was even able to run it independent from Steam because it was originally a Desura DRM Free title. So it does not require Steam to be running in order to play.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screens:
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    Last edited: Aug 22, 2017
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Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Aug 21, 2015.

  1. steve723
    I used to play this game when it came out. A fun game. Watch your back!
  2. booman
    I remember playing the demo years ago and liked it. Its fun running around trading and then doing a bit of arena shooting to get payed

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