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Sid Meier's Pirates! Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Feb 14, 2014.

  • by booman, Feb 14, 2014 at 2:43 PM
  • booman

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    Sid Meier's Pirates is an adventurous action strategy game where you pilot your own ship and crew through the dangerous Carribean waters. Fight against the Spanish, English, French and Dutch and plunder the loot from your victory. Dig up treasure, Attack ports, Romance the Governor's daughter and dual with fierce captains.


    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Sid Meier's Pirates in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the retail version of Sid Meier's Pirates. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 16 32-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.2
    Wine: 1.5.18

    Installing Wine

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"

    Look for the Wine Versions: 1.5.18

    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right

    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    Click Next

    PlayOnLinux will automatically download it


    Note: PlayOnLinux may also install the compatible version of Gecko also.


    Wine is installed and you can close this window

    Setup PlayOnLinux

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install

    Click "Install a non-listed program"

    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next

    Name your virtual drive: sidmeierspirates
    No spaces
    Click Next

    Check all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries

    Click Next

    Select Wine 1.5.18
    Click Next

    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

    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows Version: Windows 7
    Click Apply

    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
    Desktop Size: 1024x768
    Click OK

    Installing Libraries

    Check the following libraries:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_dxfullsetup
    • POL_Install_tahoma

    Click Next

    Note: All libraries will automatically download and install

    Installing Sid Meier's Pirates!

    Select "Select another file"
    Click Next

    Click Browse

    Navigate to your Sid Meiers Pirates DVD
    Select Setup.exe
    Click open

    Click Next

    Click OK

    Click Next

    Click Yes

    Click Yes

    Click Next

    Desktop icon?
    Click No


    Click Finish

    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select Pirates!.exe
    Click Next

    Name your shortcut: Sid Meier's Pirates!
    Click Next

    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next

    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure

    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.5.18
    Click the + to download other versions of Wine
    Click the arrow to select another version of Wine

    Wine Tab
    Click Configure Wine

    Libraries Tab
    Type "ms" into text area
    Click the arrow and scroll to msvcp71
    Select mscvp71
    Click Add

    Now msvcp71 is on your list of libraries
    Click OK

    Back to PlayOnLinux Configure

    Display Tab
    GLSL Support: disable
    Select Video Memory Size
    This is the amount of Memory your video card/chip has

    Close configure

    Launch Sid Meier's Pirates!

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select Sid Meier's Pirates!
    Click Run

    Note: Clicking Debug will show you output errors and bugs.

    Video Settings

    Click "Change Your System Options"

    Click "Video Settings"

    Adjust your resolution to match your Linux desktop
    Wine virtual desktop will automatically resize and your game will appear fullscreen

    Adjust detail and lighting as needed.
    Performance depends on the video card you are using

    Rule of Thumb:
    High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    I had a hard time getting Sid Meier's Pirates! to appear fullscreen on my system.
    Its an older game and doesn't seem to support all widescreen resolutions. I ended up changing my desktop resolution to 1400x1050 then matching in game resolution to 1400x1050
    Then the game appeared fullscreen.

    I also had issues with performance as well. It didn't matter how high or low the graphics setters were... I found that Wine 1.5.18 performed well enough, but there was still a game lag when sword fighting. Everything else ran well.





    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016


Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. booman
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  2. steve723
    Let me guess you did what I did and bought the humble bundle with all the Sid games. I installed Railroads but I get so many buffer under run errors that it makes the game unplayable. I saw this so I thought I would try Pirates. I will go back back to the top and try this one...
  3. booman
    Nope, but I saw that bundle... thought about it, but I'm not really into sim/God games. Pirates is pretty fun though.
    By the way, I'm updating the guide because Wine 1.4.1 and Wine 1.3.8 run much smoother than newer versions.
  4. steve723
    This game won't work as POL fails to find Steam no matter what version of wine that I try. Did Valve/Steam break wine functionality again?
  5. booman
    So you are playing Sid Meier's Pirates through Steam?

    What exactly happens?
    Does Steam even launch?
    Try doing a debug and post it so we can see what is going on.
    Don't forget to disable the overlay

    By the way, I know my guide uses and older version of Wine, you "can" use Wine 1.6.2 which works well with Steam, but I was having a lot of stutter in-game.
  6. steve723
    I tried disabling the overlay last night and now it works. The POL short cut doesn’t work. I made a short cut to Steam. I can launch it from Steam and that works. I posted the debug file to POL in the forum post that you posted to. I don't use the debug button since that doesn’t show all the information in the POL file always. If the POL log is too long then debug will cut it off. I just use dolphin to navigate to the correct POL wine prefix and then display the log file then copy and past to post.
  7. booman
    I saw your debug on PlayOnLinux forum. With the overlay off, it is running now correct?
  8. steve723
    Yes. I had to turn off the overlay to get Civilization 5 to work also. Its beginning to look like wine has problems with the Steam overlay on all games. It seems like the only time I can get the overlay to work lately is with Steam for Linux.

    BTW: Cities in motion 2 is now ported to Linux via Steam for Linux. Same thing with Democracy 3. :)
  9. booman
    Yup, Daerandin found that out a few weeks ago. That overlay is causing problems, but I have no idea if wine is working on a fix or not.
    I'm sure you have noticed that I'm staying a way from Steam guides for now.
    I've added the -no-dwrite and disable overlay to my current Steam guides, but I'm afraid Steam is going to continue making changes that end up breaking Wine.

    Good to see more games native to Linux. I've been playing Wakfu and it runs great in Linux. No issue at all.
  10. steve723
    You would think that valve/Steam would make a point of trying to make sure their updates do not break wine functionality since the make Steam for Linux. It could be that the wine devs don't want to work with them. If so then that doesn’t make any sense to me. Then again we all know how ridiculously arrogant the wine devs are. Lol
  11. steve723
    Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol won't even start.
  12. booman
    Sounds like you got it working when disabling the overlay... correct?
  13. steve723
    Pirates but not Ace Patrol.
  14. booman
    Are you using Steam as well for Ace Patrol?
    Try posting the Debug in the PlayOnLinux thread...
  15. steve723
    I started a thread several days ago in Manual Installations. Maybe you overlooked it.
    Sid meier's Ace Patrol (Steam)
  16. booman
    I noticed the post, but didn't read it because I assumed it was working after disabling the overlay. Sorry about that
    Actually I did reply... remember I said something about msvc?
  17. steve723
    I never get to steam so the overlay is not an issue yet. Here is the first line of a wine debug.

    Unhandled exception: unimplemented function msvcp110.dll._Xtime_get_ticks called in 32-bit code (0x7b83d899).
    Register dump:

    Simply adding msvcp110 doesn’t help. What package is the dll in?
  18. booman
    Thats right. I've never seen msvcp110 before. I don't even remember seeing it available in PlayOnLinux packages either.
    Its definitely related to Visual C
    I recommend installing everything related to Visual C and see what happens.
    • vbrun6
    • vcrun2005
    • vcrun2008
    • vcrun2010
    • msvc80
    • msvc90
    • msvc100
    • crt
    I can't remember them all. Or of course, you can do them one at a time until you find the one it needs
  19. steve723
    I tried all in your list except for crt as I could not find that in the POL install components list. It still doesn’t run and wine still says 'Unimplemented function msvcp110.dll.'

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