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Old 04-27-2004, 01:31 AM   #1
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playing windows game on linux

alright i got rid of win xp and installed debian woody and updated all the packages to the unstable distro. i have a 1 ghz proc and 382 megs of ram. i forgot that my sis has a game that only works on my comp (hers is too slow) and now i cant run it cause obivously i dont ahve widnows. how can i set up a windows emulator (preferably for free) that allows me to play it?

the game is seaworld adventures or something...

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Old 04-27-2004, 05:42 AM   #2
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You can't.

Linux isn't Windows, and it wont run programs made for Windows. If you need to run Microsoft Windows programs, you need to install Microsoft Windows.

The only exception to this rule is WINE, a "Windows Compatibility Layer" that allows a limited few Windows apps to run in Linux. This technology is still very basic in Windows support and operability. (see

Alternatively, you may be interested in getting WineX from While it isn't free (you need to subscribe to the service, about $5 per month), it allows a few Windows games to run on Linux. The list of games that will work with WineX are small: I personally have Max Payne, Soldier of Fortune II, Jedi Knight 2, and one or two others working with it. 95% of games *will not* work with WineX, however.

That's as good as it gets. Feel free to check out for news on Linux native games, or buy a Linux supported game like UT2004, NWN, QuakeIII, etc.

Old 04-27-2004, 06:27 AM   #3
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now hey it's not all that bad. go to and download wine, or find a version for debian. if its a relatively un-complex game it will probably work.
You can also install winex for free, if you go to there are scripts to download the unsupported versions. I wouldnt try winex unless wine doesnt work. do a google search for "[game name] wine" or something you might find some hints.


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