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Old 08-10-2010, 01:26 PM   #1
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Invisible windows in Wine

I finally got around to installing Linux on my laptop the other day, and I'm trying to use Wine to run some windows apps. Problem is, my programs never appear. They DO start - I can see them in 'ps -e' as well as Gnome System Monitor. Yet the window never appears. It's not just one program either; first I tried running Steam from the terminal and I can tell that it successfully launches. The window just doesn't get drawn. All other windows become unfocused when it launches and I'm even able to type in my password to log in (I know this because after I hit enter the "Steam Login" entry disappears from the taskbar and the "Steam" entry appears in it's place) but no Steam related windows ever appear.

The second program I've been trying to emulate is EVE Online. Similar thing happens: The EVE splash screen DOES appear, along with it's entry in the taskbar, but when it closes, the EVE client never becomes visible - no taskbar entry this time either. Again, I can see it running in ps -e or System Monitor, and one of my CPUs cores becomes maxed out, so I know it's running.

Also, I just noticed that I can right click Steam's invisible entry in the tray and bring up the context menu, but nothing more than that.

I've heard of fonts being invisible/incorrect under Wine, but not the entire program! This seems like it should be a simple fix, solved by correcting an incorrect setting. I've googled and tried running things in compatibility mode for various versions of windows, but have had no progress. What am I missing?

Debian Lenny
Wine 1.0.1-174-gc4039bd
Gnome (with and without Compiz)
1.66GHz Dual Core CPU
Old 08-10-2010, 02:34 PM   #2
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try emulating 2d applications first. It's easier thought Unreal tournament (first) worked for me at first try with wine and non-3d apps should do the same. Anyway do linux 3d games work? Are gfx drivers installed?

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Old 12-03-2014, 03:39 PM   #3
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I had a similar problem with an older piece of software (dto98.exe). It turned out to be an .ini file that used a different screen/xy location effectivly rendering the window off screen. I ended up installing the program in a VM, alt-space -> move the application into view, and then copy the new .ini to my wine system.
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thanks "zibme"
but did you notice that this post is from 2010
-- it is 4 years dead

and the current wine is a LOT!!!! better than it was 4 years ago
Old 12-04-2014, 02:40 PM   #5
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I had this problem in version 1.7.30 and also the current stable release of 1.6.2. This was the most relivant post I found. So 4 years or not I call my submission relivant.

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Old 04-24-2015, 02:18 PM   #6
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I'm having the same problems with Wine 1.734 trying to open eSword Bible in KX Studio, a Debian pro-audio version of Linux. It always worked before so zibme if you figure it out.. please post it.. I've been racking my brain trying to figure it out.
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My solution was specific to Day-Timer 98, which I am glad to say is still chug'n along on the latest wine version. Are you able to install the program in a virtual machine such as VirtualBox? Or a pure windows box? If so then copy it's install directory over to your wine copy and retry. My problem was with the daytimer.ini in the windows directory and copying the VM's version over the wine version was the fix.
Old 01-22-2016, 07:31 PM   #8
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I generally try to stay away from necrothreads, but I'm having this issue. Wine windows simply don't show up. The Wine configuration tool runs just fine, but run anything else, and all that happens is that a Wine icon shows up in the Unity launcher.

The same version runs just fine on my laptop. I've reinstalled it, purged it, even used a PPA from the Wine devs. Same results. I would get a screenshot, but there's really nothing to get a screenshot of.

Here's the terminal output:
ihatewindows@HP-xw6600-Workstation:~$ wine '/home/ihatewindows/WinRAR/WinRAR.exe' 
Wine cannot find the FreeType font library.  To enable Wine to
use TrueType fonts please install a version of FreeType greater than
or equal to 2.0.5.
fixme:shell:SHAutoComplete stub
wine: Unhandled page fault on read access to 0x0000005c at address 0x7d73bc5a (thread 0009), starting debugger...
Wine cannot find the FreeType font library.  To enable Wine to
use TrueType fonts please install a version of FreeType greater than
or equal to 2.0.5.
err:syslink:SYSLINK_SetFont Failed to create link font!
This is where it just hangs. Either right clicking on it from the Unity launcher and clicking "Quit" or hitting <CTRL> + <C> works.
^CCtrl-C: stopping debuggee
fixme:console:CONSOLE_DefaultHandler Terminating process 27 on event 0
Now it did mention that it couldn't find FreeType, but that didn't seem to affect the font rendering in the Wine configuration tool. I found a PPA that had it, installed it, and Wine gave the same error.

I dunno what I'm doing wrong.


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