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Star Trek Online Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Aug 11, 2013.

  • by booman, Aug 11, 2013 at 2:18 PM
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    Star Trek Online is set in the year 2409, thirty years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis.
    Each character is captain of their own ship and can choose between three factions:
    • Federation
    • Klingon
    • Romulan
    Immerse yourself in sci-fi third person action, tactical space combat and exploring the galaxy in a beautifully rendered world of Star Trek.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Star Trek Online in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Downloaded version of Star Trek Online. Steam and Arc versions may require additional steps.

    Note: March 2017 Perfect World Entertainment ended support for Windows XP and Direct X 9. This guide no longer applies until we can pursue more testing in Wine.


    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: 1.7.43

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.43
    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 1.7.43 is installed and you can close this window

    Download Star Trek Online Client

    Go To: http://download.perfectworld.com/sto/star_trek_setup.exe
    Save the star_trek_setup.exe in a folder on your desktop
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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: startrekonline
    Click Next
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    Check all three:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next
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    Select Wine 1.7.43
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Wine Configuration

    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: 1920x1080 (or enter the resolution of your Linux desktop)
    Click OK
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    Installing Packages (Components, Libraries, DLL's)

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

    Installing Star Trek Online

    Click Browse
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    Select the star_trek_setup.exe from your desktop folder
    Click Open
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    Click Next again

    Click OK

    Click Next

    Click "I Agree"

    Click Next

    Uncheck "Create a desktop icon"
    Click Install
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    Uncheck "Launch Star Trek Online"
    Click Finish
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "Star Trek Online.exe
    Click Next
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    Click Next again

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

    Select "Star Trek Online"
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine Version: 1.7.43
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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: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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    Close Configure

    Launching Star Trek Online

    Select Star Trek Online
    Click Run
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    Launcher Update
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    Log in with your account credentials (or register)
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    Star Trek Online Launcher will download and patch the entire game: 9 Gigabytes
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    Click Engage
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    Cryptic Loading Screen
    When you launch Star Trek Online the first time, you will have to wait about 15-20 minutes
    After that it launches fairly quick

    Login Again
    Sometimes the login will fail and you have to login again
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    Optimization

    Click Options

    Display Tab
    Adjust windowed or fullscreen
    Adjust refresh rate and antialiasing
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    Graphics Tab
    Use Render Quality and Graphics Detail sliders to adjust graphics
    Or manually set:
    • Screen
    • Detail
    • Effects
    • Lights
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    Advanced Tab
    More settings to increase/decrease performance
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    Rule of Thumb
    High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    Conclusion:
    Star Trek Online ran really well on my Geforce 550 Ti. I rarely had any issues with loading, controls or diplay settings. The game actually pre-set everything to High and the game is beautiful.
    Every once in a while the mouse would not turn your character/ship completely around, but a quick right-click fixes it.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Aug 16, 2017
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Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. booman
    I had a feeling it is one of the best, funny because its a free-to-play
    Consumers can't go wrong with this one
  2. steve723
    That's because people like me made it great. I helped beta test the crap out of it back in January 2010. We kept the devs on their toes fixing it when we broke it! Back then we were constantly overloading the sever and causing the entire game to crash! The devs wanted to do a lot of load testing so they were happy when we broke it. this helped make one of the best launches in the history of computer gaming. We even beat WoW's launch scores! Later I had fun on the Test server when they let me test the Romulan faction several weeks before it went live.
  3. booman
    Wow that is great!
    Did you ever get a chance to ask about Linux ports?
  4. steve723
    Asked about Linux ports for years but no good news yet. at lest sometimes the devs respond to them.
  5. booman
    Since most of their games run great in Wine, that isn't so motivating for them to port games to Linux.
    Also free-to-play isn't all that motivating because there is no proof of revenue for the extra OS support.
    I totally understand.
    Where are they developing these games from Perfect Entertainment?
  6. steve723
    This game is created by Cryptic studios, it dose have a huge subscriber base because you can get lots of goodies for 3 yrs. I originally was a subscriber but I got all the goodies.. I switched to free since I didn't feel a need to keep a subscription. I still buy things occasionally so they still make money from me, just not every month. Perfect World Entertainment supports them. Everything has to go thorough Paramount Studios since they control the Star trek franchise. They have the best free2play/subscription MORPG ever made for its genere.

    FYI: NASA's New Horizons probe will fly I think within 3 thousand miles of Pluto's surface next month! on the 14th. Took about 8 and a half years to get there. It uses an Ion drive for its cruise rocket. I can't wait to see its atmosphere. Sure its cold but not so cold that the atmosphere freezes all the time. It's surface is probably rocky and covered in a shell of ice. Like many asteroids and comets.
  7. booman
    All of Perfect World Entertainment games seem to be the best Free-To-Play MMO's
    High quality graphics, lots of configuration and fun to play.
    I still have to try Swordsman again. I would love to play it as well.
  8. steve723
    They came up with the best free2play/subscriber/goody store plan. Enables them to provide great gaming without making people pay for anything unless they want to, but still providing lots of stuff for the no payers. They even have a tool for making your own missions! If you make a good mission and other players rate it high enough then you might win a cool prize like a free ship or clothes or weapon or anything in the game.They recently added a higher rank cap. No you can become Admiral of Starfleet level 70!
  9. booman
    Same with Neverwinter, I have play a few fan-made missions and they are pretty fun.
    I haven't played a lot of Star Trek, and probably won't, but I still enjoy the Lore
  10. steve723
    All PWE and Cryptic Studio games use the same stuff so they all use the same style of free2play/subscriber/goody store mission creator. Also you can buy credits called ZEN and then use them for any of the games!
  11. steve723
    This game stopped working. I tried switching to wine 1.7.48 but it's still broken. I am going to try winestaging 1.7.48.
  12. steve723
    It works again. I had to wait a few minutes for it to start after clicking engage. 'Jolen Tru' Now I can play my sub commander of the RR again! :)
  13. booman
    I found that any time Star Trek Online or Neverwinter patch up, you will have to wait from 10-15 minutes to launch the game.
    I'm also testing Champions Online and it runs identical to these games. Same company, same engine.
  14. FallenHeroVE
    Hi, Neverwinter MMO guide says "Note: March 2017 Perfect World Entertainment ended support for Windows XP and Direct X 9. This guide no longer applies until we can pursue more testing in Wine."
    Since this game uses the same engine I wonder if it still runs?
  15. booman
    I have a feeling Perfect World has ended XP support for all games. I haven't tested StarTrek or Neverwinter in a while, so there might be a work-around.
  16. FallenHeroVE
    Yes, using POL I installed IE8, set Wine to 1.7.2 and installed the DX11 component, the launcher runs and is downloading

    I'll get back to you if it runs.
  17. booman
    so how did it go?
  18. steve723
    I just moved to Utah. I am going to buy a new computer eventually. When I do windows gets the final boot! It will be me and tux from then on! Micro spy off Windows 10, was the final nail in the coffen as far as I care. I hope they get an earfull of one of Linus's famous rants! Like when he gave NVIDIA the finger!
  19. booman
    Cool, definitely get an Nividia GeForce 1060 or better. They run GREAT in Linux!
    Keep in touch and don't be a stranger.
  20. steve723
    POL now has a STO install script. I just tried it yesterday and it works really well.
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