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Red Alert 2 Porting Kit video tutorial + many more!

On request we made past weeks dozens of instruction videos to make people more familiar with Porting Kit. The Porting Kit is out of itself quite easy to use, but to embrace the new comers, we made video tutorials where the game gets installed from scratch into Porting Kit. Because Red Alert 2 is one of the most popular ones, I made a very clear install tutorial (see below) which can of course also be found in the port itself.

Besides Red Alert 2 we created over 25 other video install tutorials for like: Grand Theft Auto 2, Anno 1602 and Commandos 2 and Commandos 3 and many more!

We will add many more videos coming time so if you have any requests, mail it to us so we can prioritize the creation of the videos.

All Steam games fixed!

All Steam games fixed!

Great news! In follow-up of the recent incident in the steam client after their latest update which broke the Steam client in all  the game wrappers in Porting Kit. We now fixed all Steam games past 2 days. So all Steam games have an updated wrapper available in Porting Kit now. If you have Crossover, the problem is fixed as well in their latest update. See also previous blog post.

How do I implant the fix for my Steam game?
The fix is in the updated wrapper in Porting Kit. So you have to trash your non-working Steam game wrapper in Porting Kit and have to re-install the game by searching the game on the server tab (refresh the list first using the refresh button) which will be marked “new” (if you check today :P, after 2 days that stamp will be automatically be removed in Porting Kit) and then install it again. Saved games might get lost in this process. Also because we needed to update the Wine version to the latest version, the game may improve speed and stability. It also may occur because of the Wine version change that in a few occasions the game may run into some issues, it previously didn’t had. If that’s the case, notify us immediately so we can take a look into the problem and fix it.

This “fix” method is only for people who had the Steam wrapper already installed before the Steam update problem occurred. If you install the game for first time, then the Steam game will just work right away as attended. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we depend on Wine and we don’t have control over the changes/updates Steam/Uplay/Origin do in their game clients which may break the client in Wine. We can only try to fix it as soon as we can when they occur.

The Porting Kit/Paulthetall.com team.

Crossover 16.2.5 released with Steam fix. 

Good news for the Crossover users. Codeweavers released an update (V16.2.5of their Crossover product which fixes the Steam issue + a few other things. So if you have Crossover and you have Steam, apps installed, then those apps should run again without problems after update. Find below the latest changes:

16.2.5 CrossOver – July 12, 2017

  • Application Support:
    • Fixed a bug which caused Steam to crash on startup.
    • Fixed a bug which caused Heroes of Might and Magic to freeze on startup.
    • Fixed a bug which caused certain Excel 2013 documents to load very slowly.

If you don’t own Crossover yet, and are interested, then try Crossover for 14 days up here…

Steam ports are temporarily unfunctional

Update 13-7.2 (VitorMM)
Since we gonna take a while updating the Steam ports to use the latest Staging engine, I’ll explain for those who prefer not to wait: how to install any of our Steam ports with Wine Staging 2.12. Firstly, you need to update the Porting Kit to the latest version (at the moment it’s 2.6.127, but in case you are seeing that in the future, it may be any superior version as well). Now open the description of the game that you want to install and press More -> Advanced installation. A process very similar to the normal installation will start, but in the end you gonna see a dialog with options for chaging some of the installation parameters (engine, DRM clients and X11/MacDriver). Change the engine to WS9WineStaging2.12 and press Ok. That should install the port using that engine instead.

There is no warranty that this is going to work for any of the Steam games, but it’s the best try until we can update them all. Age of Empires II HD is the only Steam port updated so far to use the Wine Staging 2.12 engine.

 

Update 13-7 (Paulthetall)
There is a fix available implanted in Wine Staging 2.12 which addresses the issue. I will update some game ports with the engine which will also update the game port itself. About the main problem itself, it looks like a Steam issue, not related to Wine. So this may be fixed by Steam itself with an update, or we will add the Wine staging 2.12 engine update to all Steam games to adress the issue which may cause cause some issues with a couple of games (which needs to be reported when experiencing issues). Or we will update the Engines one by one with some testing (takes longer).  Anyhow, hold on, we are working on it.

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Valve just released a new update for Steam, and its latest version has stopped working in Wine. The WineHQ community is working on a patch to fix the issue:

https://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=43315

We are also trying to find solutions that may work in old Wine versions. In the meanwhile, if you have a working Steam port, DON’T ALLOW IT TO UPDATE. Once the port starts the update download, press Cancel and then launch the port again. It should run without downloading the update. If it tries to download the update again, cancel it and wait until we have a fix for the problem, or turn-off your Wi-Fi (or unplug your ethernet port if that’s the case) while playing the game. If you let Steam update, wait for future instructions.

If you want to install a Steam port, wait until we can find a fix and update the Steam installation script with it. We gonna keep you all informed.

Dishonored for Mac Gameplay video!

Since a long time I made a gameplay video of the Dishonored game! The performance of the game is great on even a medium-end iMac as my Intel Iris. Imagine how it runs on high end Macs! I played the game already for 1.5 hours, so yeah, for RPG lovers this game is a must have. I explain in the video a little bit the installation process, but will be mostly gameplay.

Go to the game page to play it yourself up here…

Red Alert 2 + C&C Renegade Wrapper update!

As promised! The Red Alert 2 and C&C Renegade update with Activation.dll fix! As mentioned in the previous post about the Origin Activation.dll fix which included the fix for the rest of the Origin games in the Porting Kit, now those last 2 games which are included in the C&C Ultimate edition (only about $8), which also includes C&C 3 + Kanes Wrath, Red Alert 3 + Uprising and C&C Generals!

Red Alert 2 I have added some extra notes (to add a couple of files for best performance) and played 3 levels without issues in 800×600 resolution. Also Renegade works just awesome (native Windows). Enjoy!

Origin Activation.dll final fix!!

Ladies and Gentlemen attention please! Finally, yes finally we implanted a decent fix for the Origin activation DLL issues. In the past we needed to use specific patches to workaround that issue and even then there were some people where it still caused problems. However!! There is finally an official fix for this problem (a pre-loader) which fixes this issue once and for all! I nice extra with the new engine, is that the crash after install is fixed as well! I will test and update all Origin games this weekend and coming week. I already did the update for the games:

The rest will follow shortly. Red Alert 2 and C&C renegade have a regression in the latest Wine versions, so that still needs to be fixed before I will update these Engines. This means the games still work using the old fashioned patches, but the engine with pre-loader will follow shortly as well!

 

Fallout New Vegas and Elder Scrolls Oblivion GOG.com Sources added to Porting Kit!

As promised we would add the GOG.com Source of Fallout 3 GOTY and Fallout New Vegas Ultimate and The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion as soon as we could. And the status is that we Added Fallout New Vegas Ultimate and The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion so far and we only need to do the last one Fallout 3 GOTY which we still want to add this week. But there is more cool stuff on the road ahead, so have a close look at the paulthetall.com blog!

Go to the game pages here… and here…

New Macs in Apple Store!

Awesome new. Finally, finally Apple starts to get brains. They got rid of the Intel HD GFX cards in the iMac’s and the starter models gets an Intel Iris (which is not that bad) and basic systems are getting 2 GB VRAM AMD Radeon cards!! Yes! Gaming is finally getting affordable for the people who don’t have a big purse! I am waiting on Black Friday!

21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display
Now starting at $1299
iMac features powerful new Radeon Pro 500 series graphics that make a spectacle of everything you see. The 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display is loaded with up to 8GB of dedicated VRAM. And the 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display ignites with up to 4GB. Both deliver visual effects and 3D graphics that exhibit raw power in its most polished form. On top of that, you get advanced video editing capabilities. Now you can edit multicam projects in Final Cut Pro X with up to five streams of full-resolution 4K video.

Check out the apple store… for the details

Anno 2070 is back + other Uplay games!

Great news! In the latest Wine Staging, the games who earlier didn’t start anymore (Rayman Legends, Flashback, Anno 2070 and Rainbow Six Vegas 2, are now working again! I updated these ports with the Wine staging 2.8 engine and now things finally are starting getting back to normal for Uplay. Of course there are still some client bugs like: Images of game covers or loading for ages and when starting an install it may take up to 5 minutes before the install/download starts, but hey, it’s a one time action (downloading/install) only ;) We hope to get those Uplay client bugs soon fixed as well.

Go quickly to the game page of Anno 2070 up here…