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Tomb Raider 2013 Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jun 6, 2014.

  • by booman, Jun 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM
  • booman

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    Tomb Raider goes way back to 1996 on the Sega Saturn, Playstation and PC. Several generations later and a few movies, now Lara Croft is stranded on an Island somewhere near the Bermuda Triangle.

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    Tomb Raider plays like a movie with stunning visual effects chilling action. Lara still does trick jumps, but now she can upgrade her weapons & tools, while trying to survive on this horrid island.

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

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Tomb Raider. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    int 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.2
    Wine: 1.6.2

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.6.2
    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 1.6.2 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. Since Tomb Raider isn't made for Linux, we will download the 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 you virtual drive: tombraider
    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 1.6.2
    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: 1024x768
    Click Ok
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    Install Libraries

    Check the following libraries:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_dxfullsetup
    • POL_Install_xaudio
    • POL_Install_xinput
    • POL_Install_msvc90
    • POL_Install_tahoma

    Click Next
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    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: Tomb Raider
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configuration

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
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    Select Tomb Raider (Left Side)

    General Tab
    Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
    This fixes the missing font and store problem
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    Note: -no-dwrite only works if you launch Steam from PlayOnLinux. Steam is automatically set to launch when Windows starts, which means if you do a "Windows Reboot" from the Wine tab -no-dwrite won't execute. Just close Steam and try again.

    Display Tab
    Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
    Video Memory Size: size of memory on your video card
    Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
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    Close Configure

    Launching Steam

    Select Steam
    Click Run
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    Click "Login to existing account"

    Steam Overlay

    Steam overlay has been known to cause problems launching games.
    Click Steam menu
    Click Settings
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    Select "In-game"
    Uncheck "Enable Steam Commuinty In-Game"
    Click OK
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    Click On Library
    Find Tomb Raider on the list
    Click Install
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    Click Next

    Click "I Agree"

    Uncheck "Create a start menu shortcut..."
    Uncheck "Create desktop shortcut to..."
    Click Next

    Click Finish

    Wait for Tomb Raider to download (11GB)

    Click Play
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    Click Options
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    Adjust Resolution to match your Linux Desktop
    Note: Game will appear fullscreen

    Adjust Quality, Motion Blur and Screen Effects

    Click Advanced
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    Adjust Quality Presets or adjust all the setting to run smoothly on your computer
    Click OK
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    Rule of thumb:
    Higher settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Lower settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    In Game Options
    Click Options
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    Click Graphics
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    Here you can also adjust the same graphics settings as the launcher.
    If it crashes Tomb Raider, I suggest using the launcher instead.
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    Conclusion:
    Tomb Raider ran almost perfectly on my GeForce 550 Ti. There are some moments when the mouse refuses to turn Lara all the way around, but if I simply click then the mouse works.
    I also noticed some flickering vegetation. Thats about it, all of the weather, shaders, lighting and water effects work beautifully!

    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Dec 4, 2016

Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jun 6, 2014.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Good test, this game runs very good

    :)
  2. booman
    Exactly, have you tried it recently? I only used Wine 1.6.2 and its beautiful!
  3. mrdeathjr28
    No this game not tested recently but this game not be difficult to work compared with others, example call of duty 1 (__GL_ExtensionStringVersion=17700 WINEDEBUG=-all wine steam) and others
  4. booman
    Agreed, some games just don't want to cooperate. I usually give up and move on to the next game.
  5. mrdeathjr28
    On my opinion this game its so popular (i dont like, i like old school tomb raider)

    As you said other titles minor popular need help, most of this titles i try test if have it

    :)
  6. booman
    You must have a large list of games.
    I love all types of games:
    • FPS
    • Adventure
    • Racing
    • Action
    • Hack-n-slash
    • RPG
    • Puzzle
    • Hidden Treasure
    The only games I don't really like are RTS and most Strategy games. They are too slow and I have a hard time feeling entertained.

    But I love these new cinematic-like games where its like a movie. I do prefer more control over my character, but its still nice seeing all the custom animation and effects.

    Maybe some day there will be a movie theater like this where everyone votes on what is going to happen next...

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