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Install PV*Sol on Linux Mint

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  1. lizaaaaa

    lizaaaaa New Member

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    Dear all,

    I am new to all this (incl. Linux) and am trying to get a software to work: https://valentin-software.com/produkte/pvsol-premium/#release-notes

    It's not a game, but maybe you guys can figure it out anyways?

    Have tried different things but get various error messages when trying to install. Can anyone help :) ?

    Thank you sooo much!!
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    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    Hmm, interesting... If you decide to use PlayOnLinux, you can create a manual installation like in most of our gaming guides.
    Use Wine 6.1 64-bit
    Setup a 64-bit Virtual Drive (wineprefix)
    Set Wine configurations to Windows 10
    Install the following packages:
    • corefonts
    • d3dx9
    • d3dx10
    • d3dx11
    • dotnet472
    • tahoma
    Then install the application
    It has an OpenGL compatibility, so there is a chance Wine might use that instead of DirectX.
    If it doesn't work, make sure to run the applications with "Debug" instead of "Run"
    This way you can see all the errors and bugs.... then post them here and I'll take a look.

    Just in case anyone is curious:
    PV*SOL® premium
    Dynamic simulation program with 3D visualization and detailed shading analysis for the calculation of photovoltaic systems.

    Download information:
    • PV*SOL premium 2021 (R3)
    • With 3D and 2D shading analysis
    • Free 30-day trial

    Specs:
    • Internet connection
    • Processor: Intel i3 or higher
    • RAM: 4 GB
    • Hard disk memory: 850 MB
    • Resolution display: mind. 1.024 x 768 Pixel
    • Operating system: Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (latest service packs required)
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible (at least Version 9.0c), 2 GB, OpenGL
    • Others: Microsoft .Net Framework 4.7.2 Redistributable Package
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    lizaaaaa New Member

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    Wow thanks for the amazingly quick reply! I will try and let you know.
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    Okay so first I tried installing the newest Wine-version according to your "Installting new Wine version"-instruction. But afterentering the first command in shell I get:

    Cannot add PPA: ''This PPA does not support focal''.

    What's that? :) Do you know how I solve this?
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    Okay, so using PlayOnLinux, I added Wine 6.0. 6.1 is not available yet. Should also work, I hope?

    But I got a different problem now, when trying to install the packages:
    upload_2021-2-24_16-34-34.png

    And here is some more info...

    System info:
    Desktop: Cinnamon 4.8.6 wm: muffin dm: LightDM Distro: Linux Mint 20.1 Ulyssa base: Ubuntu 20.04 focal

    Video Card Drivers:
    direct rendering: Yes
    server glx vendor string: SGI
    server glx version string: 1.4
    server glx extensions:
    client glx vendor string: Mesa Project and SGI
    client glx version string: 1.4
    client glx extensions:

    Can you help me out? Thanks!
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    Whohooo, I was able to install. It immediately crashed, but I got to installing it! I spent a lot of time on this and actually, this helped: https://www.playonlinux.com/en/topic-13871.html

    That's also you, Boomann, right?

    Anyways, I did the debugging and added the logfile. Do you or someone else have any ideas? THANKS A LOT!

    Attached Files:

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    Oh, I did use Wine 6.0 as I couldn't get 6.1 properly installed. That shouldn't be the reason, should it?
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    Okay, so Wine now offered 6.1 and I tried it again. Here is the updated playonlinux report from debugging as well as the backtrace.

    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 16, 2021
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    Sorry I missed your posts. I am not getting notifications for some reason???
    If you are getting file mismatch type of errors it is probably because of your PlayOnLinux version.
    Make sure PlayOnLinux is 4.3.4
    They have fixed most of those missing file error with that version.
    I'll take a look at your errors too...
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    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    I see several errors and/or warnings.
    I saw one for Mono runtime. Mono should automatically be installed with any wineprefix, but just in case, you can go to Packages/Components and install it manually under Configure.
    Sounds like PV Sol might require Dot NET Framework 4.7.2
    This is also available in the Packages/Components area under Configure

    For the most part if its newer, then just make sure your Virtual Drive is 64-bit and you are using 64-bit version of Wine... then you can install dotnet472

    Also this Intel Mesa warning might be related to your video drivers.
    Make sure your video drivers are up-to-date
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    Dear @booman ,
    thanks for checking! I think, I already did and verified / installed again (drivers=up to date, playonlinux 4.3.4 check). I think I remember the program automatically installing mono. Anyways, I re-installed dotnet-472 (where it first said, deinstalling mono), then I installed mono, the 64-version. Then tried again and this time it crashed immediately.
    Am I using the right wine-version with amd64 wine 6.1? Every time I try setting up a new virtual drive, I only get to choose the amd-ones, I think. Not the x86. Or is the mistake somewhere else entirely...?
    Anyways, if you have any other ideas, I would be very grateful!
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    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    Ok, I think you are on the right path...
    Mono and Dot NET Framework can not existing on the same Virtual Drive. They conflict with eachother.
    Yes AMD64 is the proper Wine for 6.1
    Try downloading a "Staging" version as well.

    It might be a good idea to start over with a brand new Virtual Drive. Sometimes a stubborn game I was testing would have to be installed a bunch of times before I found the proper configuration.

    I found this list of PV design software
    https://www.fuzen.io/solar-epc/list-of-solar-pv-design-software-tools/

    This one apparently runs in Linux... is this comparable to PV*SOL?

    System Advisor Model (SAM)
    Features: This is free tool developed by Department of Energy (DoE) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). It enables performance predictions and cost of energy estimates for grid-connected power projects. It needs a lot of manual data entry and is not very user friendly. It does not offer shading analysis but can import this data from PVsyst.
    Rating: Not available
    Available as: Installed software on Windows, Mac, Linux
    Pricing: Free Software
    Website: https://sam.nrel.gov/download

    Did you post this on unix.stackexchange too?
    https://unix.stackexchange.com/ques...raries-error-message-mismatch-missing-library
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    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    I tried everything!
    Turns out PV SOL requires Dot NET Framework 4.8 which is pretty new. PlayOnLinux and Winetricks provides it, but the dang thing never finished the installation.
    So I was not able to run it either!

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