Problem with running executables with WINE
I have no trouble, with my installation of WINE, with navigating to my Windows XP partition, right-clicking on a Windows executable and "opening" it with WINE. Okay, so sometimes the file won't run (at least not straight up like that), but it works on some things.
I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on a friend's laptop at the weekend (creating a dual-boot system), because he uses Vista and is fed up with how slow it has become. Having done the basic installing of the updates and the restricted-extras etc, I installed WINE for him because he had a few apps in Windows that he could not do without. At some stage, we'll look at installing Photoshop properly in WINE.
However, I tried to show him that WINE could sometimes run Windows programs straight from the .exe file, and found a small program that I run using Wine on my Ubuntu 11.04. Unfortunately, on running it, WINE started up but after a few seconds gave up. I could not get any .exe files stored on his Windows partition to run using WINE. The Notepad supplied as part of the Wine setup (stored on the Linux partition) ran fine.
Can anyone think of any reason why WINE won't run, on a particular system, an exe file like this? I know some Windows apps just refuse to run on WINE - but I know that this particular app (a simple Youtube movie downloader) should, because I run it on my WINE installation.
Thank you for any help you can give.
(I am posting this query here, rather than on WINE's own forums, as I have never got a substantive response to queries posted there. I get much better customer satisfaction at LQ!)