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TimeShift Guide

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  • by booman, Nov 30, 2013 at 1:09 PM
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    TimeShift is more like Half-Life 2 than anything else, but a couple of extra twists...
    For one, you can slowdown time, stop time and even reverse time because of your special suit... of course we havn't see that before... wink, wink ;)

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    TimeShift runs really well in PlayOnLinux and still offers impressive game-play and intense battles with high quality graphics using the Saber 3d Engine.

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

    Note: This guide applies to the Retail version of TimeShift. 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: 1.4 or 1.4-rc5-d3d_doublebuffer

    Wine Install

    Launch PlayOnLinux

    Click "Tools"
    Select "Manage Wine versions"
    Navigate down the list until you find 1.4
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    Select 1.4
    Click the top button to add Wine 1.4 to your "Installed wine Versions" list

    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    Wizard
    Click Next
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    Downloading Wine
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    Extracting
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    Note: Gecko might download and install also.

    When its done you should now have Wine 1.4 on your list of "Installed Wine versions"
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    Close Wine manager

    Setting up 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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    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.

    Name your virtual drive: timeshift
    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 1.4
    Click Next
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    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
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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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    Installing Windows Packages/Libraries

    Check the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_dxfullsetup
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_xact
    • POL_Install_xinput
    Note: All packages will automatically download and install. If you have downloaded them previously then they will only install.

    Click Next
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    Installing TimeShift

    Select CD-ROM : TimeShift
    Click Next
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    Click Install TimeShift
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    Click Next

    Select "I accept the terms..."
    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Wait for installing files...

    Uncheck "Yes, I would like to create a desktop shortcut"
    Uncheck "Yes, I want to view the ReadMe file
    Click Finish

    Gamespy
    Select No
    Click Next

    Register?
    Click No

    Click Exit
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    PlayOnLinux shortcut

    Select TimeShift.exe
    Click Next
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    Name the shortcut: TimeShift
    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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    Select TimeShift shortcut (left side)

    General Tab
    Wine Version: 1.4
    Note: If you have problems with very slow frame rates or crashing, use Wine 1.4-rc5-d3d_doublebuffer
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    Display Tab
    Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
    Video Memory size: The amount of memory on your video card
    Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
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    TimeShift Patch

    Go To: http://www.gamershell.com/download_21837.shtml
    click Download
    Save to your desktop

    Back to PlayOnLinux

    Miscellaneous Tab
    Click "Run a .exe file in this virtual drive"
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    Navigate to your Desktop
    Select "TimeShiftPatch_v12.exe
    Click Open
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    Select English
    Click Next

    Click Next

    Wait for installation

    Click Finish

    Wine Tab
    Click Windows Reboot
    Its always good to refresh Windows after installing libraries or programs
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    Launching TimeShift

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select TimeShift
    Click Run
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    Note: Clicking Debug will open a window that outputs errors and bugs

    On first launch you may see this warning
    "TimeShift will not run optimally and may crash or freeze without the proper video drivers"
    Just click Play
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    Shaders (UGH!)
    The most annoying aspect of TimeShift is loading shaders. Any time you load the main menu or a level, shaders have to load and you can wait from 5-10 minutes depending on your computer speed.
    I have an AMD Phenom II and SSD drive and still had to wait at least 5 minutes! Ridiculous!
    Fortunately loading after you die doesn't load shaders again.
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    Optimizing TimeShift

    Click Options
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    Click Video
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    Select resolution to match your Linux desktop
    Keep VSync off
    Material Quality and Texture Resolution depends on your video card.
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    High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    Conclusion:
    I originally didn't know much about TimeShift and was actually surprised. The game was pretty high quality development. Textures were super detailed, environments were detailed and interactive.
    There were a lot scripted events, use of physics and destructible environments.

    Screenshots:

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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016

Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. booman
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  2. booman
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