Warcraft III is obvious the third installment of Blizzards original Real-Time Strategy genre. Boasting new 3D graphics, more options, single-player campaign story, and much more...
The installation is simple, it runs great and it doesn't require Battle.net to install. Sometimes having an old DVD makes things quick and easy.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Warcraft III in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Retail version of Warcraft. Battle.net version may require additional steps.
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Mint 14 32-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.4
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
PlayOnLinux will automatically download it and save it in this directory:
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.
Wine 1.7.4 is installed and you can close this window
Setting up PlayOnLinux
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name the virtual drive: warcraft3
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.7.4
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.
Windows Version: Windows 7
Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows
Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
Desktop size: 1024768
PlayOnLinux Components/Packages (Windows Libraries)
Check the following libraries:
Installing Warcraft III
Select CD-ROM : Warcraft III
Note: If you have downloaded Warcraft III, use "Select another file" to browse and find the setup.exe
Click Install Warcraft III
Enter Warcraft III CD-Key
Uncheck "Create shortcut on desktop"
Do not click "Play Warcraft III"
We have more to setup in PlayOnLinux
Click Exit Installer
Select Warcraft III.exe
Name the shortcut: Warcraft III
Select "I don't wnat ot make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select Warcraft III shortcut
Shows name of shortcut, Wine version and virtual drive
no changes necessary here
Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
Video memory size: enter the amount of memory on your video card
Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
Launching Warcraft III
Select Warcraft III
Set Resolution (1920x1080 can only be set by installing the patch)
Higher settings = More detail, lower frame rates
- Model Detail
- Animation Quality
- Texture Quality
- Particles Lights
- Unit Shadows
- Spell Detail
Lower Settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
Note: I was able to run all of it on high with my GeForce 550 Ti
Installing the Patch
Go To: https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/classic-game-patches
Select appropriate patch
My retail DVD had an older version so I needed the Full Windows patch
Save patch to your desktop
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select Miscellaneous Tab
Click "Run a .exe file in this virtual drive"
Navigate to your desktop
The patch will install immediately without and interaction
Now you can go back to the video options and crank up the resolution for your huge HD monitor.
After installing the 1.26a patch I could run Warcraft III at 1680x1050 without any problems on my GeForce 550 Ti.
I didn't experience any crashing or frame rate stuttering. Warcraft III ran beautifully.
Not to mention this was extremely quick and easy. I did not test multi-player capabilities but the single-player campaign was fun and challenging.