Star Wars: Kights of the Old Republic is the first installment of the series developed by Bioware released in 2003. Lead your party in skirmishes against the Sith, Travel to planets across the Galaxy, follow an epic story as you encounter many characters and alien races.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Mint 17 64-bit
Note: Versions of Wine older than 2.0.2 and Wine 2.12-staging no longer work with Steam
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.6.2
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.6.2 is installed and you can close this window
Go To: http://www.steampowered.com
Click Install Steam
Do not click "Install Steam Now"
It will automatically install Linux Steam
Select Windows Steam instead
click "Windows" under the green button
Navigate to your desktop
Click "install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name you virtual drive: swkotor
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.6.2
Select "32 bits windows installation"
Windows Version: Windows 7
Check: Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows
Check: Emulate a virtual desktop
Desktop size: 1024x768
Check the following libraries:
Navigate to your desktop
Check: I accept the license...
More updating, extracting and installing
When Steam is done installing the login screen will pop up. You probably won't see any text because there is a font bug.
Click the "X" to close Steam login
Name your shortcut: SW: Knights of the Old Republic
Back to PlayOnLinux
Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
This fixes the missing font and store problem
Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the Down-Arrow to select other versions of wine.
Video Memory Size: Select the size of Memory your video card/chip uses
Select "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic"
Note: Click Debug to see errors and bugs.
Click "Login to existing account"
Steam overlay has been known to cause problems launching games.
Click Steam menu
Uncheck "Enable Steam Commuinty In-Game"
Installing Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Select Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Wait as the game downloads
When its finished
Click Advanced Options
- Overall Quality
- Frame buffer effects
- Soft shadows
Rule of Thumb:
High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
Unfortunately the game does not support high resolutions or widescreen resolutions.
You can force it to run as high as 1600x1200
Navigate to the swotor directory:
Note: Username is where you put your Linux login
Open swkotor.ini with a text editor
Set your Linux desktop for 1600x1200 and then launch Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Now it should appear fullscreen in a high resolution
Knights of the Old Republic should run well on just about any computer with Linux. Since its a 2003 game, the spec are really low and even laptops should be able to run it.
It ran very nicely on my GeForce 550 Ti and was able to crank all the video settings to High and run on a fairly high resolution.
I tested Flawless Widescreen in PlayOnLinux, but it would crash the game when loading. So I had to resort to 3:4 ratio resollution.