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Warcraft III Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Nov 8, 2013.

  • by booman, Nov 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM
  • booman

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    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...

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    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.

    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: 1.7.4

    Installing Wine

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"

    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.4
    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
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    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 1.7.4 is installed and you can close this window

    Setting up PlayOnLinux

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Click "Install a non-listed program"
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    Click Next
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    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name the virtual drive: warcraft3
    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 1.7.4
    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.

    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: 1024768
    Click Ok
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    PlayOnLinux Components/Packages (Windows Libraries)

    Check the following libraries:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2005
    Click Next

    Installing Warcraft III

    Select CD-ROM : Warcraft III
    Click Next
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    Note: If you have downloaded Warcraft III, use "Select another file" to browse and find the setup.exe

    Click Install Warcraft III
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    Click Agree
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    Enter Name
    Enter Warcraft III CD-Key
    Click OK
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    Uncheck "Create shortcut on desktop"
    Click Ok
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    Installing
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    Complete
    Do not click "Play Warcraft III"
    We have more to setup in PlayOnLinux
    Click Back
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    Click Exit Installer
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    PlayOnLinux shortcut

    Select Warcraft III.exe
    Click Next
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    Name the shortcut: Warcraft III
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't wnat ot make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
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    Select Warcraft III shortcut

    General Tab
    Shows name of shortcut, Wine version and virtual drive
    no changes necessary here
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    Display Tab
    Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
    Video memory size: enter the amount of memory on your video card
    Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
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    Close Configure

    Launching Warcraft III

    Select Warcraft III
    Click Run
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    Click options
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    Click Video
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    Set Resolution (1920x1080 can only be set by installing the patch)
    • Model Detail
    • Animation Quality
    • Texture Quality
    • Particles Lights
    • Unit Shadows
    • Occlusion
    • Spell Detail
    Higher settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Lower Settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
    Click Ok
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    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
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    Save patch to your desktop
    Click Save
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    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
    Select Miscellaneous Tab
    Click "Run a .exe file in this virtual drive"
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Select Patch
    Click Open
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    The patch will install immediately without and interaction
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    Success
    Click Ok
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    Now you can go back to the video options and crank up the resolution for your huge HD monitor.

    Conclusion:
    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.

    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016

Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Nov 8, 2013.

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Which Blizzard RTS is your favorite? Post why...

  1. Warcraft I

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  2. Warcraft II

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  3. Warcraft III

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  4. Starcraft I

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  5. Starcraft II

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  1. booman
    HIgh Res Screenshots:
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  2. Cronyk
    Hello, I've got a problem here: I followed exactly your guide (Downloaded the game via battle.net.) When the installer starts, directly after insert my key, a window showes up with "Installer.exe has serious problems and has to be ended" and then, of cause, both closed.
  3. booman
    Are you sure its a legitimate key? Did you purchase the game on Battle.net?
  4. Cronyk
    Well, I buyed it in Amazon and activated the key in battle.net because it was cheaper, but i tooked the download from my battle.net account and the key also from battle.net. Its legal and official!
  5. booman
    Ok, GREAT! I have done the same with with Amazon and Steam games and Origin games. Worked great for me, but never tried with Battle.net

    Are you able to launch Battle.net, update it and navigate the store... etc?

    Try posting the debug here: PlayOnLinux Forum
    Make sure to include everything from launch to when you insert the key

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