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Old 10-14-2003, 11:43 AM   #1
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Hello all,

I currently play lots demanding games on windows:

for all my modern games:
warcraft 3, + expansion
bf 1942 with 2 expansion packs
command & conquer generals
I have a Dual Athlon xp 1700 box with 1gb ram. (yes its my main machine as well, so its also for writing software, firmware, designing electronics, 3d modeling, writing papers, farting around.

for all my DOS based games:
Jane's Fighter's anthology (early direct x,)
Master of Magic,
Total Annihilation (early direct x)
Pacific General (early direct x)
Panzer General 2 (early direct x)
People's General (direct x 7)
I set aside a 1ghz celeron box.

i'd like to give the 1ghz box to a family member. I have never used wine or winex, but I have used Mandrake & Red Hat and set them up ok.

I would like to know if anyone has done any benchmarks of games running in Wine, or Winex vs running in Windows (ON THE SAME BOX.)
can you point me to a site with this information?

also, does anyone know which, if any of these games work on either Wine, or Winex? If they work half-assed, what exactly doesn't work on them?

I would do this myself, but I am currently VERY BUSY on other projects.

Old 10-14-2003, 05:43 PM   #2
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wine is not all that easy to configure. WineX is geared for games, check to find a list of compatible games. As far as benchmarks go it is difficult to find them for Linux in general. First there are no really defacto benchmarking apps for linux. Second there are so many kernel revisions, system tweaks, selectable modules, main distro's, etc etc that its hard to find a baseline benchmark that would apply to the masses. I had this same problem looking for Athlon64 benchmarks to compare to windows performance. Aside from that Linux is not the gamers OS. Also it would not be fair to compare a windows emulator with actual windows, there is usually a performance hit (although I heard a rumor once that wineX ran counterstrike better than windows). The only good news that I can tell you is that games made for Linux (Neverwinter Nights, Quake3, Savage....) do tend to run better. I have two identical systems me and my younger brother have been playing the Savage Demo lately and it runs noticiably faster on my Linux box (kernel 2.4.22, debian) that on his Win2k box.
Old 10-14-2003, 09:02 PM   #3
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yeah generally any benchmarking articals I came arcoss all put linux ahead due to processing capabilities - thus better graphic rendering etc. etc. Run some searches on let us know.
Old 10-14-2003, 11:39 PM   #4
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I've run Quake 3 on several different machines that had dual boot - Linux and Windoze. I installed Quake 3 on both the Windoze partition and the Linux partition. The graphics not only looked better in Linux, but there was a 5-10% frame rate improvement as well.
Old 10-15-2003, 02:49 AM   #5
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WINE stands for Wine Is Not an Emulator (Im pretty sure neway) There fore stuff should run quite ok, its just a matter of getting them running : )
Old 10-16-2003, 12:21 PM   #6
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ah ok,
well here's my plan:

I have an ancient celeron 333a. +128mb ram.

I can play all of my DOS games VERY FAST on it, though none of them work on WinXP (even with compatibilty setings)

I would also like to use this machine to browse web/send email/ maybe run OpenOFFICE (i can wait 10minutes to load, as long as it works properly.)

I'm gettin a beach house this summer with a bunch of friends and want to take this celeron machine with me (if it gets stolen, i really dont care since it probably weights more than its worth.)

because of my more modern OS requirements (email / mozilla or firebird / open office,) i would like to use linux since XP will run like poop on it (And its not legal to copy it,) and my win98 si fine, except I REALLY REALLY REALLY don't want any worms/ virii and MS just dropped support for it (no new patches.)

so my question is REALLY THIS:
can these games run under wine on a celeron 333a?
note that most of them are so old (1994-1996) that a celeron 333a is super fast under win98
Old 10-16-2003, 12:27 PM   #7
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blue, drop the crappy celeron and get a real processor for gods sake.
Old 10-16-2003, 09:44 PM   #8
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It will prolly work fine - only one way to find out.


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