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Improve Performance under wine/Linux

TDemon's Avatar

01.15.2013 , 09:22 AM | #1
Hi everybody,

I am fully aware that this game is developed and intended to work only for the Windows operating system. I am also quite aware that the number of players, whose main operating system is not Windows, is propably in the low one-digit percent range.

But I am not asking for a full-blown native client for Linux.

There have been certain events in the gaming community regarding Linux, lately. And suddenly, with the latest, massive improvement of my graphics driver (could this stand in any relation to these events?) I can play SW:TOR under Linux with almost the same graphics settings and performance as under Windows.

This got my hopes up and encouraged me into writing this thread.

It was a long and frustrating way to even get the game to launch and log in, but I (and propably hundreds more) managed to do so. I can play the game with nearly the same experience as on its prime platform. It runs stable, and since lately, smoothly too.

Nevertheless there are a few glitches that really are annoying. I'm not going further into detail, but for example there is this issue with the launcher that prevents the whole game to run in fullscreen mode or even change the resolution.

As I mentioned earlier, I am not asking for a native client. But I wouldnt complain about some small support or fixes for the worst problems.

A nice overview how to start SW:TOR under and a nice overview of the nastiest problems can be found on the game page of the wine project:

thanks, and regards

SithLordaeron's Avatar

01.15.2013 , 12:29 PM | #2
I would just like to second this. I expect that BioWare would not dedicate many resources to it but maybe they could ask for a Linux champion to step forward in their ranks and allow that person to have every Friday after lunch to work on Wine performance and issues.

MysticMystro's Avatar

01.20.2013 , 01:36 AM | #3
I third that motion.
Not asking for full blown attention just some insight and direction on issues plaguing linux and wine users.

Habaneri's Avatar

01.22.2013 , 12:51 PM | #4
I also second this, been playing on wine for almost a year now.

The most annoying thing for me however are not the map crashes (easily avoided in end game) or the launcher but the random stuttering/freezes i keep having ever since the 1.4 patch

stramoski's Avatar

01.24.2013 , 10:54 AM | #5
I'd like to add my voice, as well! It would be far easier to impress my friends with the game (and talk them into buying it) if I didn't have to run it on my old crappy windows box. I'm not going to pay for another copy of windows just for this game, great as it is!
I don't see why bioware would want us to give MS money, when it could be going toward subscriptions! (Especially when they seem to be lagging!)

TangledDruid's Avatar

02.13.2013 , 08:19 AM | #6

I have it working 100% with the highest settings ( I don't have resolution change issues) - except for the POI map problem.
I would love some insight into it. (although other games have the same crash, so it is not just SWTOR)

Atlantida's Avatar

02.14.2013 , 08:04 PM | #7
Agreed, some Linux love would be great. U don't have to port it over, just work out all the bugs with Wine.

darthshiz's Avatar

02.15.2013 , 07:05 PM | #8

SWTOR in Linux would keep me from dual booting.

Armadillos's Avatar

02.19.2013 , 12:15 AM | #9
I would love to see this as well. A native linux client would be perfect, but helping the Wine devs make it work in Wine better is a nice start.

Difious's Avatar

02.21.2013 , 02:19 PM | #10
I support this thread.

A native Linux client would be better, but it would be nice if at least you can open a dedicated channel between your developers and Wine developers to help them impove the support.