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STALKER Call of Pripyat Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Sep 18, 2013.

  • by booman, Sep 18, 2013 at 3:09 AM
  • booman

    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    STALKER Call of Pripyat is a sequel to STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl and expands on the adventure into the Zone. Not only are the graphics more detailed, but there are larger maps, more mutants, more quests and more accessories. If you were thrilled with the first STALKER, you will like Call of Pripyat even more!


    Prepare to go further into the Zone and find some interesting artifacts while surviving against the elements and mutants.

    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing STALKER Call of Pripyat in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the retail version of STALKER Call of Pripyat. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs

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

    Mint 14 32-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.1
    Wine: 1.7.1

    Installing Wine

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"

    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.1
    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right

    Click Next

    PlayOnLinux will automatically download it and save it in this directory:

    Note: username is where you put your login name

    Its a good idea to backup this directory to another computer because you won't have to keep downloading wine versions when you need them.


    Note: PlayOnLinux may also install the compatible version of Gecko also.


    Wine 1.7.1 is installed and you can close this window

    Setup PlayOnLinux

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install

    Click "Install a non-listed program"

    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next

    Name your virtual drive: stalkercop
    No spaces
    Click Next

    Select all three options:
    • Use another version of wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries

    Click Next

    Select Wine 1.7.1
    Click Next

    Note: If you are running a 64-bit system, PlayOnLinux will prompt if you want to use a 64-bit or 32-bit virtual drive.
    Always select 32-bit virtual drive.

    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows version: Windows 7
    Click Apply

    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
    Desktop size: 1024x768
    Click OK

    Install Windows Packagaes (libraries)

    Select these libraries:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3d compiler
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_d3dx10
    • POL_Install_d3dx11
    • POL_Install_registered fonts
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2008
    • POL_Install_xact 2009
    • POL_Install_xaudio
    • POL_Install_xinput

    Note: Each libraries will automatically download and install

    Click Next

    Installing STALKER Call of Pripyat

    DVD version - select "CD-ROM"
    Download or Steam version - select "Select another file"

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Next

    • Install GameSpy Comrade
    • Install Adobe Acrobat Read
    Click Next

    Click Ok

    Click Next

    Check "I accept the agreement"
    Click Next

    Uncheck "Allow to send this information..."
    Click Next

    Click Install

    Click Next

    Enter Key from insert
    Click Next

    Uncheck "Launch STALKER"
    Click Finish

    PlayOnLInux Shortcut

    Select "Stalker-COP.exe"
    Click Next

    Name your shortcut: STALKER COP
    Click Next

    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next

    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure

    Display Tab
    Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
    Video memory size: amount of memory on your video card
    Offscreen rendering mode: fbo

    Wine Tab
    Click Configure Wine

    Libraries Tab
    Select *d3dx11_42
    Click Edit
    Click Disable
    Click OK

    Select *d3dx11_43
    Click Edit
    Click Disable
    Click Ok

    Click OK

    Wine Tab
    Click Windows reboot

    Launch STALKER COP

    Select STALKER COP
    Click Run

    Note: STALKER will run in a virtual desktop at 1024x768
    We will change the resolution in-game

    Click Options

    Change resolution to increase the size of the screen.
    My GeForce 550 Ti could handle 1680x1050

    Higher resolution = more detailed graphics lower frame rates
    Lower resolution = less detailed graphics higher frame rates

    Experiment until you get smooth gameplay that your video card can handle.
    Render Type can make a huge impact on frame rates and also display amazing in-game lighting and shadows.
    Click Apply

    Click Advanced
    The Advanced options can also increase in-game detail but also hurt your frame rates.
    Experiement with lower settings and then increase slowly.

    Click Apply

    After increasing the lighting settings and playing with the advanced settings I ended up with a beautiful world of textures, skies and special effects. My GeForce 550 Ti handled everything perfectly. I'm actually curious what I'm missing not using DirectX 11?
    The game played perfectly and I was able to do a few test quests and checkout several locations on the first map. All the controls and settings worked just fine too.







    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016


Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. booman
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  2. dem
    This game looks really interesting !

    I never played the first stalker. I just readed the novel, but I believe it's not the same history.
  3. booman
    The first one Shadow of Chernobyl is amazing! Maps aren't quite as big, but the graphics and action are extremely satisfying. Some of the mutants are pretty darn cool too.
  4. ChrisBondWindows
    The best one is the last in the series. But the first two are really fun to play as the atmosphere in the game is unmatched by other games.
  5. booman
    Do you mean "Clear Sky"?
    Isn't that one a prequel?
  6. Duapruis
    The PlayOnLinux script didn't work for me but this guide did the trick! Thanks a lot booman, it works great using wine 1.8!
  7. booman
    Thank you for letting us know...
    This is why I've been dedicated to manual installations in PlayOnLinux. I can't count how many times a script didn't work.... so I figured out another way to make games run with a bit trial-n-error and some stubborness.

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