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  1. Installation & setup Install Wine. You need a recent version - IIRC most successful reports seem to be using 1.14 or later. Some Linux distros (eg Ubuntu) don't include a sufficiently up-to-date version in their repos, so the best thing to do is add the main Wine repo and install from that. (If you're not using a Debian-based distro, choose one of the other options here.) Install GR. Grab your CDs (or DVD) and run the installers (including patches) in sequence. In Ubuntu, you can do this easily by right-clicking on each .exe and selecting 'Run with Wine Windows Program Loader'. If your distro doesn't do something like that, you can do % wine "D:\path\to\setup.exe" where 'D' is the letter Wine is using for your CD/DVD drive. When it's done, each installer will hang. Grab your favourite process manager and look for a zombie process called 'IKernel.exe'. Kill this and the installer will exit. (Skipping this or just killing the installer can cause errors in subsequent installers.) [*]Configure GR in Wine. Open the Wine Configuration Editor.Click 'Add Application' and select GhostRecon.exe. Set it's Windows version to XP. (It may be worth experimenting with 98/2000 It's not so happy running as 98/2000.) Make sure GhostRecon.exe is selected, and go to the 'Graphics' tab. Check 'AllowDirectX apps to stop the mouse leaving their window' and 'Emulate a virtual desktop'. Uncheck 'Allow window manager to decorate the windows' and 'Allow window manager to control the windows'. Set Vertex Shader support to 'Hardware' and disable the pixel shader. Go to the 'Audio' tab and check that the right sound driver is selected. In the DirectSound section, set hardware acceleration to 'Full' and turn on Driver Emulation. [*]Dedi launcher. Let's add a shortcut for launching the dedicated server. Find the launcher for GR and copy the command. Then create a new launcher, insert the same commande and add the dedi switch on the end. The commands should look something like this:env WINEPREFIX="/home/yourusername/.wine" wine "C:\Program Files\Ghost Recon\GhostRecon.exe" env WINEPREFIX="/home/yourusername/.wine" wine "C:\Program Files\Ghost Recon\GhostRecon.exe" -autoserve You're done! Unresolved issues The game intro and campaign outro movies don't play. I haven't found a way to play the game intro movie without crashing. (Insertion & extraction movies play fine.) Frame rates are lower than in native Windows. However, I'm still using integrated graphics of 2005 vintage, so it's quite likely that someone with a decent graphics card wouldn't notice any difference. With Wine set to emulate a virtual desktop, menu screens display in a 640x480 area of the screen. Disabling virtual desktop fixes this, but can lead to focus issues when entering a mission/game. (Do give this a try; I've only seen focus issues since upgrading to Ubuntu Jaunty - Intrepid was fine.) GameRanger won't install. GameRanger now installs; you'll have to install Flash along with it (the ActiveX version). However GameRanger can't seem to launch GR to join or host a server. Haven't tried TeamSpeak or the TeamSpeakOverlay yet. xFire installs & loads under Wine, but it's pretty unstable. Haven't managed to get it to run long enough to join or host yet. The gFire Pidgin plugin handles xFire status & friends pretty well; I haven't had a chance to test joining or hosting through it yet. Haven't tested replays. Replays work!
  2. Another 1GB-plus file to download... Why oh why do I keep losing this mod? Now that's just... there are no words (BTW, Apex, good to see you're back. Heroes Unleashed just keeps getting better and better )
  3. /wonders why there isn't a comprehensive 'GR on Linux' thread around here The AppDB reports are right - GR runs perfectly with the right settings. Unfortunately they don't list all the stuff to tweak. Will post back when I've had time to type it
  4. Are you using Wine, or is there a Linux-native server out there somewhere? IME, GR runs quite happily under Wine after a few tweaks... only real problem I've had is some glitches with fog rendering. Anyway, using the dedi under Wine should be as simple as altering the command from something like env WINEPREFIX="/home/yourusername/.wine" wine "C:\Program Files\Red Storm Entertainment\Ghost Recon\GhostRecon.exe" to env WINEPREFIX="/home/yourusername/.wine" wine "C:\Program Files\Red Storm Entertainment\Ghost Recon\GhostRecon.exe" -autoserve. (I say 'should' because although it launches OK like that, I've never actually tested it...)
  5. I've always had the same problem... every time I launch GR I have to remember to go remap that key to itself... then it works. I've never found a permanent solution, and it's been a constant problem for me with 2 different copies of GR and several different PCs. Always figured it must be just me
  6. GameRanger - Gache Xfire - gache8598 Not around much at the moment, but when I am, it's usually between midnight & 2am, GMT. Oh, and Zero_G, GameRanger is definitely worth checking out!
  7. Absolutely Right! I've finally had a chance to look around Heroes Unleashed - with any luck I'll be online with it around 0100GMT tonight. Will try and put an ad hoc server up if I can't see one... Edit: server should be visible on GameRanger or at 79.71.208.194. I'll leave it up for an hour or so...
  8. Server taken down? I didn't even finish downloading this monster of a mod yet 800+ MB on a no-resume server takes a while...
  9. Only if you can find a server where they don't use DS or IT. Rare, but possible. It was the mod that persuaded me to buy GR Gold ([GR], DS & IT bundle).
  10. The excellent New Cold War campaign is also GR-only.
  11. So I could host a game for a small number of players on my 220k-ish upstream connection, and provide a reasonable experience so long as I didn't try to use big maps or lots of AI characters. Thanks guys!
  12. Most of the action ATM is detailed in threads here and here. If you're going on 9MS or Alpha Squad, you'll need TeamSpeak. Apart from that, you could try XFire. (There was some talk about trying to organise things through the 'blackfootstudios' XFire group, but AFAIK that ended when the [GR] thread at BFS was squelched. ) Never hurts to keep an eye on this forum for 'Anyone up tonight?' posts, either.
  13. I've been wondering about this for a while. How much bandwidth does it take to host an MP game? What's the relationship like between bandwidth and number of players? (Sorry if this has been asked before, but I couldn't see it in the Idiot's Guide to MP, and a search didn't turn it up either. If I missed something... well, I'm an idiot )
  14. I'm in the UK... which may or may not be part of Europe Thanks Buehgler, I'll give it a try.
  15. Is there by any chance somewhere these meetups are arranged or announced? I've been keeping an eye out for a couple of weeks, but can't seem to spot any activity...
  16. I completed GR and DS years ago, but I've had the end of IT sitting around waiting to be completed for ages. Really meant to get to it this summer... ah well... There's just too many great campaigns out there!
  17. Yes. Actually I've tried this both ways, because back when I started playing MP I forgot to check it - and MP worked anyway.
  18. None taken so often the solution is the question that's so obvious you don't think to ask it When I put the server IP in, GR doesn't resolve it and won't join it. Doesn't matter if it's a server with a static IP or one I just pinged. Are there any particular NAT issues that are common problems around [GR]? I've gone back to older network drivers, my router's in a known-good configuration (hasn't changed since everything was working), I've tried putting the [GR] computer in the DMZ, and I've tried switching the router off in favour of a direct connection over ADSL modem.
  19. Reinstalled GR about a month back on a clean WinXP (latest official/WHQL drivers, etc). I haven't been able to find or join any servers in MP since. I'm running DS and IT. The 1.3 and 1.4 patches are installed. Also TS, TSO and Xfire, configured eactly as they were under my last Windows install (where everything just worked). The firewall (latest ZoneAlarm Pro) and router (Linksys WAG200G) are both configured correctly, and the AV (NOD32) is set not to interfere with GR. I've tried disabling security. I've tried uninstalling, cleaning temp files, the registry, etc. I've been through the Idiot's Guide to MP and the guide to uninstalling. Nada. I'm pretty much out of ideas short of nuking Windows from orbit... which unfortunately isn't an option at the moment. Can anyone help?
  20. Hey Tinker, that's good news! Looking forward to it
  21. There are a few, although at this time of year it seems most people have other commitments... These are some I've played on or heard of. AttackForceZ mostly arrange games here or ad hoc on the BFS xFire group. A bit quiet at the moment. 9MS has a fairly active server, although getting in can be tough - AFAIK, you don't unless you know someone who knows the password. Alpha Squad Ghostaholic has occasional [GR] nights too, although I haven't managed to catch one yet See you on a server some time
  22. Now (from your other thread), multiplayer. Have you read the Multiplayer FAQ? That's a good place to start for MP. As for finding other people to play with, it depends what you're after. If you want to play GR like any other run'n'gun FPS, look on the UBI servers. If, on the other hand, you want to treat GR as the true tactical simulator it was meant to be, there are still a few servers populated by other people doing just that - take a look around the Games Room and go from there. Be aware, though, that while these folks are very friendly and welcoming, they won't appreciate people treating GR like HALO. Whatever you do with GR - enjoy it! It's still a great game after all these years. - Gache
  23. NL Funny-Foot, I'm going to guess you're playing the PC version as you posted in General Discussion rather than the Consoles section. GR has a huge range of mods (you can find a lot of them in the Downloads section here on GR.net). Mods need to be extracted into the 'Mods' folder in your GR install (IIRC the default is C:\Program Files\Red Storm Entertainment\Ghost Recon\Mods). These can be activated from the Mods tab of the Options section in GR. Some of the best mods have reviews over in the Mod Reviews section.
  24. Good games, all of you. Don't mind being shot in a good cause... Thanks guys!
  25. @Kingkat - start on AttackForceZ and go from there. See you folks in a bit...
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