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Steam client issues after Steam update + workaround

I love GOG.com, why? It has offline installers. Yes they have GOG Galaxy, but they offer the offline setup files where we work with in Porting Kit. The Advantage? Not dependent on cliënt updates. Well, that exactly happened again with the Steam client. They change stuff which breaks things and voila, stuff is not working properly again. There has been 3 more times in the past where we had to do massive changes to make Steam games working properly again in Porting Kit.

The problem (now):
When you update your Steam client for an existing steam game port or installing a new Steam game port, you will be able to login, but the Steam window content will be black/or white… Menu’s are available, but the window content is black/white. As well for your library, the Steam Store, and other tabs.

The Workaround:
Luckily we found a few workarounds for this issue.  We start with the easiest one for the ones who have already a game installed and did the steam update. When you launch Steam you see in your top bar of your Mac screen a Steam bar icon. Right click it and select the game to launch it.

Or you can also use: “Small mode” using the “view” tab. Then it shows your library with the games you have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The second solution counts also for new installed games:
It takes a bit extra effort, but this solution is allround. Go to te local port in porting kit after installation or when installed already. Then click “more” => “Wineskin tools” ==> “launch wineskin” => “advanced” ==> and there you find the info mentioned in the screenshot below until the text “sandbox”. The last part “-Applaunch xxxxx” is the part you need to add extra. For Age of Empires 2 HD for example that is “-applaunch 221380” (without quotes). You can find the app ID for your game in your browser when you go to the specific steam page for example: https://store.steampowered.com/app/221380/Age_of_Empires_II_2013/

So use the App ID number of the specific game to add the -applaunch flag. Make sure there is a space between the “sandbox” and the  “-applaunch” as mentioned in the screenshot. This last fix will result that when you launch the game/steam the first time, it will automatically come with the notification to install it. Accept it, and let it install the game. When installed, you can use the first fix mentioned using the Steam icon in top bar to launch it, or close steam and start it again using the play button. When you launch Steam, when the game is already installed, it will start the game instantly. When this issue is addressed in Wine, we will apply the fix in all the Steam game ports as well. We keep you informed!

Age of Empires 3 Wrapper update!

Here a quick heads-up. With Steam dropping support for WinXP and Porting Kit auto-updating the steam ports, the game didn’t work properly anymore in the Windows 7 Environment port. So I fixed that for Age of Empires 3. So everyone experiencing the issue, trash the old wrapper and reinstall the new one and start the fun! I also checked Age of Empires 2 HD and that one seems still to run fine. Besides that the launcher has some more colors then before :P, it launches fine for me after a clean install.

Get the Age of Empires 3 port up here… or find it on the server tab on Porting Kit.

Steam manual update fix Windows XP to Windows 7.

Steam officially now doesn’t support Windows XP Operating Systems. Of course this is unfortunate, but luckily not a disaster. We already made a fix in Porting Kit fixing this for when you install newly a Steam port in the database. But for the people who already installed a Steam port for quite a while now and are not in de mood for deleting and reinstalling the game in Porting Kit, we have a quick simple instruction to fix this manually.

Instruction steps:
Step 1: Go to Porting Kit on the Local Library tab and right-click the port (make sure you activate the right-click option on your magic mouse or touchpad) and in the menu go to “wineskin tools” –> “Wine Configuration”. Then on the general tab you see that the Windows version is set on “Windows XP”, change that to “Windows 7” and “Apply” and exit the Window. Now you are done and ready.

Launch your Steam app and it will update the Steam application and it should work again. The downside of the Windows 7 OS is that the steam store is not showing properly. We implanted a function to fix that part to activate the “Use wineskin unofficial wrapper” in the preferences of Porting Kit. But that requires a reinstall of the game in Porting Kit. But if you don’t need the store and want to only play the already installed game, then you are good to go.

have fun!

Borderlands for Mac

Good news for the Borderland fans! Someone mentioned that Borderlands works very good in Steambuild2. So I created a separate Game port in Porting Kit. This is a community port, and is tested by people of the community. Enjoy!

Install is Simple:
1. Get Porting Kit or Crossover if you don’t have it yet.
2. Then get the steam serial from Kinguin
3. Then in Porting Kit search the game in the library –> server tab and click install.
4. After installation of the windows steam, “exit” the Steam installer.
5. Click “Play” to start the windows steam! Add the serial and download and play. Have fun!

Game description:
With its addictive action, frantic first-person shooter combat, massive arsenal of weaponry, RPG elements and four-player co-op, Borderlands is a breakthrough experience that challenges all the conventions of modern shooters. Borderlands places you in the role of a mercenary on the lawless and desolate planet of Pandora, hell-bent on finding a legendary stockpile of powerful alien technology known as The Vault

Go to the Porting Kit game page for more info up here…

Airline Tycoon 2 for Mac back in Porting Kit!

Back from away, Airline Tycoon 2  has been re-added again into Porting Kit. After restoring ties with Gamersgate we are bringing back and update more and more Gamersgate games. In this case also Airline Tycoon 2 . This is the Steam version of the game. So on Gamersgate you will receive a steam key which you can activate in this windows Steam port. Enjoy!

Game Description:
More than a decade after the best-selling Airline Tycoon comes the long awaited sequel to the legendary tongue-in-cheek economic simulation that puts players in the role of CEO of an international airline! Airline Tycoon 2  will challenge players to run a modern airline, design unique airplanes and grow a run-down carrier into a globally recognized company that passengers practically beg to fly.

Install is simple:
1. Get Porting Kit or Crossover if you don’t have it yet.
2. Then in Porting Kit search the game on the library –> server tab and click install.
3. After installation of the game, “exit” the Steam installer.
4. Click “Play” to start the Windows Steam! Add the Airline Tycoon 2 serial and download and Play! Have fun!

Go to the Porting Kit game page for more info up here…

Comanche 4 for Mac

Helicopter sim fans attention please! Because Comanche 4 for Mac has arrived in Porting Kit! I tested this Steam game and played about 30 minutes  without any issues. I tested the keyboard controls and works just fine. In Comanche 4  you can choose multiple camera views, in how you want to play the game. Like in arcade (from behind the chopper) or simulator mode (from the cockpit). 

Game description:
The best-selling Comanche series returns with this fast-paced action game that places you at the controls of a Comanche RAH-66 helicopter. In 6 single player campaigns and multiplayer, the game combines serious firepower with effortless controls and stunning, interactive terrain.

Install is simple:
1. Get Porting Kit if you don’t have it yet.
2. Get the  Comanche 4  (Steam serial) from Kinguin when you don’t own it yet.
3. Then in Porting Kit search the Comanche 4 game on the library –> server tab and click install.
4. After installation of Windows Steam click “exit” and then in Porting Kit click “Play”!
5. Windows Steam will launch, login, add the serial and download and play!

Go for more info to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Knights of Honor Steam source added

It seems the Gamersgate version of Knights of Honor is not available anymore, so I added the Steam version of Knights of Honor. On Kinguin the game is only $3,65, so if you like the classic don’t hesitate get it there. The Gamersgate source will be kept available for now, for the people who still own the Gamersgate version. Have fun!

Changes:
– New game Icon (see below)
– Steam source added of Knights of Honor

Go to the game page up here…

Warhammer 40k Space Marine for Mac

Another big title has been added to Porting Kit. Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine for Mac! I ported the game after a tip of  a Porting Kit user, (thanks David), and now it  is added to Porting Kit, I tested the game on my low-end Macbook air, and although it runs quite nice on that system, a medium-end/high end Mac is recommended for best performance and enjoyment. played about 30 minutes (2 chapters) without any issues. Have fun!

Game description:
In Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine you are Captain Titus, a Space Marine of the Ultramarines chapter and a seasoned veteran of countless battles. A millions-strong Ork horde has invaded an Imperial Forge World, one of the planet-sized factories where the war machines for humanity’s never ending battle for survival are created. Losing this planet is not an option, but a darker and far more evil threat is lurking large in the shadows of this world.

Install is simple:
1. Get Porting Kit if you don’t have it yet.
2. Get the Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine (Steam serial) from Kinguin when you don’t own it yet.
3. Then in Porting Kit search the Warhammer Space Marine game on the library –> server tab and click install.
4. After installation of Windows Steam click “exit” and then in Porting Kit click “Play”!
5. Windows Steam will launch, login, add the serial and download and play!

Go for more info to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Warhammer 40k Space Marine for Mac

Age of Empires 3 Wrapper update!

here a quick wrapper update of Age of Empires 3. It seems that after the massive wrapper updates of the Steam games to an updated Steam fix, that Age of Empires 3 had a bug in the specific Wine Engine. The serial couldn’t be added in full (only 4 of the 5 characters) in the fields. This is fixed in this update. Enjoy the game!

Changes:
– Fixed bug with serial input at start of the game.

Get the game cheap here… and go to the Age of Empires 3 game page up here…

Spintires for Mac

Good news! Because Spintires for Mac has returned to Porting Kit/Paulthetall.com. Game now works also on Intel Iris (and Nvidia and AMD Radeon). I even made a video tutorial about how to install the game + some gameplay. Have fun!

Game Description:
Spintires is an Intel® award winning off-road driving experience designed to challenge the player’s driving skill and endurance.  Take responsibility of operating large all-terrain Soviet vehicles and venture across the rugged landscapes with only a map and compass to guide you. Explore the levels and unlock portions of the map whilst discovering new trucks, fuelling stations, garages and lumber mills. 

Check out the game page with more info + install instructions up here…

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