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The Lord of the Rings Online Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Apr 24, 2015.

  • by booman, Apr 24, 2015 at 2:11 PM
  • booman

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    Explore the Middle Earth fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien through renowned locations including the Shire, the Mines of Moria, and Lothlórien. Customize your own character in this online MMORPG and fight alongside Dwarfs, Elves and Humans against the minions of Dark Lord Sauron. Leveling up, looting, cooperative skirmishes, exploration... its all there.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Lord Of The Rings Online in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Lord Of The Rings Online. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

    Try SteamPlay before using this guide as Valve now uses a fork of Wine called Proton and should run most Windows games.


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

    Mint 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.6
    Wine: 1.7.40

    Wine Installation

    Note: Versions of Wine older than 2.0.2 and Wine 2.12-staging no longer work with Steam


    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.40

    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 1.7.40 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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    Setup PlayOnLinux

    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: lotro
    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 1.7.40
    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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    Install Libraries

    Check the following libraries:
    • POL_install_corefont
    • POL_install_d3dx9
    • POL_install_d3dx10
    • POL_install_tahoma
    • POL_install_vcrun2008
    • POL_install_vcrun2010
    • POL_install_xact
    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

    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
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select Steam.exe
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Lord Of The Rings Online
    Click Next
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    Click Next

    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
    This fixes the missing font and store 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 Lord Of The Rings Online
    Click Run
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    Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs.

    Click "Login to existing account"
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    Search Steam for "The Lord Of The Rings Online"
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    Click Play Game
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    Click Next
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    Uncheck both shortcut options
    Click Next
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    Click Finish
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    Wait for Lord Of The Rings Online to download 20GB

    Click Play
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    Click "Yes" for high resolution data files
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    Click "I Agree"

    Check "I Agree"
    Click Next

    Click Close

    Launcher Patching

    Wait for the launcher to patch another 2GB
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    When its finally done
    Click Play
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    Another license agreement
    Click I Agree
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    Optimization

    Press Esc
    Click Options
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    Adjust Display:
    • Resolution
    • Windowed
    • Fullscreen
    • Aspect Ratio
    • Antialiasing
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    ADV Graphics


    Adjust Objects:
    • Draw distance
    • Model Detail
    • Material Detail

    Ajust Scenery:
    • Landscape Draw Distance
    • Frill Distance
    • Atmospheric Detail

    Texturing:
    • Texture Detail
    • Texture Filtering
    • Anisotrophic filter quality

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    Conclusion:
    Lord Of The Rings Online ran perfectly on my GeForce 550 Ti. I was able to crank all the settings to the max with a resolution of 1680x1050. The graphical quality isn't quite as high as other MMO's like Neverwinter or Age of Wushu, so it should be able to run on most laptops. To my surprise the Steam In-Game Community overlay didn't have to be disabled with Wine 1.7.40

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Dec 12, 2019
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Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Apr 24, 2015.

  1. Wayne
    Ok Thank You for the help! I will be trying this soon.
  2. booman
    Of course!
    Please let us know if Lord Of The Rings Online still runs in PlayOnLinux.
    I haven't tested in a while...
  3. Wayne
    I ended up trying to run LOTRO with solely using Wine, and it surprisingly ran very well. I didn't have any problems, I just downloaded the windows installer from the website and ran it with Wine.
  4. booman
    Great! Good to know none of the updates broke anything in Wine. Thanks for the confirmation.
  5. steve723
    I recently installed LOTRO via POL (no-steam) and it works,but sometimes you have to launch it several times before it runs properly, but when it runs it runs properly. I am guessing a little dx 11 error or something. Whatever the error it seems to be a minor problem. Just restart until it decides to run.
  6. booman
    Great! Thanks for confirming that Lord of the Rings online still runs in Wine. I haven't played it since I did the guide. What version of Wine did you use?
  7. booman
    Do they have a launcher/updater? Is that what crashes or the game it-self?
  8. steve723
    yes the updater but only sometimes. Once the updater works then it runs the game just great. I don't see one problem not even a graphics glitch. The LOTRO store works great and this on a free account!
  9. booman
    Ugh, I wonder if they upgraded the visual C to vcrun2015?
    Are you running it as Windows XP or a newer Windows?

    I also wonder if the Steam version also uses the the updater/launcher?
    I've seen some MMO's in Steam where it basically gets downloaded through Steam, but still have to use an updater/launcher too.

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