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Torchlight II Guide

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  • by booman, Jul 3, 2013 at 12:10 AM
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    Torchlight II not only surpasses all expectations from the original Torchlight, it even rivals Diablo 3 and includes a multi-player cooperative campaign. The world is bigger, there are more bossess, minions, weapons, armors, classes, pet, locations, secrets... on and on and on...

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    There is actually more of everything! You will not be disappointed. In fact, it runs beautifully in PlayOnLinux too

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

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Torchlight II. 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: 1.7.8

    Installing Wine

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.8
    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

    PlayOnLinux will automatically download it and save it in this directory:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wine/linux-x86
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    Note: username is where you put your login name

    Its a good idea to backup this directory to another computer because you won't have to keep downloading wine versions when you need them.

    Extracting
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    Downloading Gecko
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    Installed
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    Wine 1.7.8 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 Torchlight II 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: torchlight2
    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 1.7.8
    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.

    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_corefonts
    POL_Install_dxfullsetup
    POL_Install_tahoma
    POL_Install_vcrun2010

    Click Next
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    Installing Steam

    Click Browse
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Select: SteamInstall.msi
    Click Open
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    Click Next
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    Click Next

    Check: I accept the license...
    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Install

    Click Finish

    Updating Steam
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    More updating, extracting and installing
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    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

    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select Steam.exe
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Torchlight II Steam
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    More PlayOnLinux Configuration

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
    Select Steam virtual drive

    General Tab
    Arguments: -no-dwrite
    This fixes the font 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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    Wine Tab
    Click "Windows reboot"
    Close Steam because it will automatically launch when Windows reboots and won't execute -no-dwrite.

    Close Configure

    Launch Steam

    Select Torchlight II Steam
    Click Run
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    Click Login to an existing account
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    Login
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    Warning: Steam In-Game Community Overlay might need to be disabled to prevent crashing!

    Installing Torchlight II

    Select Torchlight II
    Click Install
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    Click Next
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    Uncheck shortcut options
    Click Next
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    Click Finish
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    Torchlight II is only a few Gigabytes
    After its done downloading click Play
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    Note: Direct X and Visual C might start installing directly after the first installation. We have already installed these libraries, so just let it continue.

    Launcher
    Click the Play arrow
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    Optimization & Video Options

    Click the wrench at the top right
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    There are a lot of video options and detail option to improve performance and an older computer or laptop.
    I suggest setting the resolution to match your Linux desktop.
    This way it appears to be fullscreen.

    To improve performance you can:
    • Lower Particle Detail
    • Lower Shadow Detail
    • Disable Weather
    • Disable Anti-Aliasing
    • Disable VSync
    • Disable Rim Lighting
    • Disable Hardware Skinning
    • Disable Bloom
    Try one at a time and launching the game to see if it made any difference.

    Click Apply
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    Rule of thumb:
    Higher Settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Lower Settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    Conclusion:
    Torchlight II is running perfectly with Wine 1.7.8 and all of the graphical effects look beautiful.
    I was able to restore my Windows save games and continue playing without any hitches.

    Video options worked perfectly and I was able to warp to different areas in the game. Audio, mouse/keyboard and all menu's worked GREAT.

    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016

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Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jul 3, 2013.

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