When I switched to Ubuntu, all of my Windows-only games were forgotten. But a few days ago I decided to try to run Guild Wars with Wine. I downloaded the GW client installer off the website and the install went ok. But when I ran the game the log-on screen looked wierd, there was no cursor, and it crashed Ubuntu.

Today I tried again after Wine updated to 0.9.34, which fixes the cursor issue. After tweaking some settings, Guild Wars is playable!

  1. Make sure you are running the latest version of Wine
  2. Make sure XGL is not running, it slows down the game.
  3. Install Guild Wars with the installer from the website.
  4. Change these settings in winecfg

These are the settings that worked best for me, on my computer. I have a ATI Radeon X300 graphics card with the fglrx driver.

  • Windows version: Windows XP
  • Emulate a virtual desktop
  • Vertex shader support: Hardware
  • Allow pixel shader
  • ALSA audio driver
  • Audio hardware acceleration: Full

To improve performance, run Wine’s regedit program and add these strings to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\Direct3D.

  • “DirectDrawRenderer”=”opengl”
  • “OffscreenRenderingMode”=”backbuffer”
  • “opengl”=”enabled”
  • “RenderTargetLockMode”=”auto
  • “UseGLSL”=”disabled”
  • “VideoMemorySize”=”256″

UseGLSL enabled did not work for me, if it works enabled for you leave it on. If you have lots of RAM change VideoMemorySize to 512.

With these settings I get 25-30 fps at 1024×768 with lowest quality graphics. The game works flawlessly except for two things. All battle sounds do not work, which is odd because all other sounds are fine. The second issue is the cursor takes a few seconds to appear when entering a new area.

Time to go try some more Windows games in Wine.

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