Currently playing lagfree (linux build)
THIS GUIDE IS FOR THE PEOPLE THAT WANTS TO GET DDO WORKING ON LINUX,
IF YOU DELETE YOUR WINDOWS PARTITION OR THE LIKE, I AM NOT HELD RESPONSABLE.
pardon me for any spelling errors and typo’s. English is not my native language and i question the spell check of abiword(what was standard installed in lubuntu).
Greetings one and all,
I thought i mention it to the forum folk that right now, that i am running ddo stable and without lag on linux.
My old windows 7 installation ate 1,5 gig of memory when idle, and had lag issues with ddo.
About every 5 seconds the fps of my client would take a leap of faith towards a very frustrating 4±ish. repeatedly through out any dungeon or instance no matter on which settings i played, even with very low settings, 1foot of draw distance, and no shadows, or dynamic lights I still was lagging extremely bad. It felt like going into shadow crypt with the "environmental stencil shadows"settings turned on.
Now with my recent discovery of a newly released ubuntu version and beta wine, i once again tried to make a working and stable setup.
Half a year ago i got ddo working on ubuntu 64bit, this however was not stable and had a crash to desktop every 30-40 min. Yesterday had a successful 5 hour stable run throughout amrath, lords of dust, and epic sentinel quests.
If you need me to test any new area id be happy to.
first off my hardware:
e6600 dual core processor.(2.4g, can run 3.6. for this guide stock).
8800 geforce graphic card(heatsink cooling, with custom fan attached. ( i needed some extra cooling if i bothered overclocking, for this guide its running stock).
65gig of solid state hard drive - sata
4 gigs of memory
lubuntu 12.04 32 bit
Lord of the Rings online and Dungeons and Dragons Online Launcher v 0.1.15
new installed setup:
step1:what you need is a copy of the ddo folder,
this one is usually in c:/program files/turbine. which saves a lot of time later on trying to get the installer to work.
step2: install lubuntu / ubuntu. v12.04 on a partition. you can download it here
burn the image to a cd or make a bootable usb stick.
boot, install. search for a guide online if your stuck here.
Lubuntu 12.04 - i took 32 bit version because i wanted to test if lubuntu had a 3.2g memory limit. also i think it runs more stable with wine plus I wanted certain linux 32bit only programs to work.
after loading lubuntu, make sure you use the latest drivers for your graphic card. which is located under start -> preferences -> additional drivers.
with old drivers installed i had trouble on getting any higher resolution of 960x600. ( its 1920x1200 stock). and had buggs like crash to desktop when trying to load in character’s models, also had garbage screens. with new drivers i had no issues.
step3: install wine - wine is the program that allows us to run windows programs on linux.
easiest way i found to install this is through the terminal.
hold control + alt + T. then copy paste into the lines:
note: you can paste the lines in terminal by holding control + shift + v.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine1.5
give the password where asked for.
step4: copy paste your ddo folder to your desktop.
step5: ddo and lotro uses a splashscreen as login menu. this menu does not work in linux.
Someone called allen jackson made a substitution login screen for us. all hail allen!
however, his website where you could downloaded the exe installer from is currently down!
what he did gave us is a ppa location where the files are located.
this is the only step i did not writen down my exact terminal instructions.
if a linux geek would be so kind to typ the instructions for adding the ppa: http://ppa.launchpad.net/ajackson-bcs/ppa/ubuntu/
and installing plotr ill update it here.
EDIT: nvm wrote it down myself when reinstalling to ubuntu.
step6: opening The lord of the rings online - yes for ddo. it uses the same program for both games.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ajackson-bcs/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pylotro
once loaded goto switch games and select ddo, then tools > options.
for game Directory goto your desktop/DDO Unlimited.
save settings. then to make sure goto tools > patch a couple of times.
login and play the game.
if you have trouble of altering graphic settings in ddo you can edit them in a .ini file from ddo.
this file is located in your home/user name/Dungeons and Dragons Online and is called UserPreferences.ini.
this file is generated after you boot up the game for the first time. deleting the file creates a default .ini when booting the game.
When i booted up the game i noticed my mouse buttons where reversed. 30 seconds in ddo options fixed it for me. ( escape -> options -> key mapping )
Alt tabbing from the game is not recommended for me in full screen. somehow this makes it buggy, and i needed to reboot the client to fix it. however window mode works normal.
i used to use ~ as my press to talk buton, this however somehow does not allow me to use some key combinations, like strafing and running forward. now instead of have a different button as my press to talk.
have to make use of the button while its useless now right? :D / i consider this an upgrade