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Old 09-15-2003, 09:59 AM   #1
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Magic The Gathering and IE


Just wanted to share a personal success story here, it may not seem like much but for me it just tickles me pink

Off and on in the forums I've whined about missing playing my old Magic the Gathering since I went linux only on the laptop. I spent a long time diddling with Wine and Winex (although I have not tried the latest WineX yet, the transgaming site does state this game isn't supported) only to fail dismally.

To add insult to injury, my work implemented a new "firewall" solution for remote access which includes using ONLY PC-Anywhere and login on (to go THROUGH) to the firewall using an encrypted IE only webpage ASP monstruosity, and while I managed to surreptitiously switch PC-Anywhere to TightVNC, I could never get Mozilla to load that page, therefore I could no longer use my laptop to work (only my desktop, log on to windows..open the firewall...the boot linux and work with vnc)

...in comes VMware. I didn't think it would work because my laptop is old (P333, with 192 Megs of ram) but I tried it on my desktop and it worked well, so I figured, why not?

Long story short...a kernel upgrade/compile later, vmware is installed and I can run IE6 on my laptop well enough for basic browsing and using the firewall logon AND Magic the Gathering works PERFECTLY...since VMWare is slow...I don't need CPUKiller to slow the game down, so it works normally (about the performance level of a p166).

I'll definitely throw some money VMware's way within 90 days...woohoo!

Any fans of that old game out there?
 
Old 09-15-2003, 11:51 PM   #2
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I have IE6 running on WINE (not even WINEX). I had to use some native M$ DLLs, but it works just fine (even some ActiveX plug-ins work like Flash).
 
Old 09-16-2003, 07:46 AM   #3
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IE 6, sure. I know it does, there's a how-to at http://www.frankscorner.org/ but its been posted repeatedly that MTG won't run in Wine or Winex (I don't care about work LOL, I just wanted my old game , however I mention IE6 because its a nice bonus is all. )
 
Old 03-01-2004, 01:08 PM   #4
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Post ok I'm confused

So are you basically running Windows in WMWare then to play the game? Or does it somehow work like wine does? If the former then why not just save your money and dual boot?

/confused
 
Old 03-01-2004, 01:12 PM   #5
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I'm running windows in VMware to run Magic (don't need IE anymore since the latest Opera now runs the page even better).

Save money and duel boot? Let me tell ya, the price is WORTH:

1) I don't have to reboot when I get paged to log on to work.
2) I don't have to reboot when I get the urge to play that ONE game.

Basically, I don't have to reboot...and I only set aside less than a gig for all of that...sure I could have a completely separate partition, but why should I reboot, ONLY log on to my work site, then reboot in linux to do what I need to do (since none of my tools are windows tools)? And why should I reboot in Windows just to play Magic...whereas I can stay in Linux, play, and also surf, check my email...do whatever.

Anyway...for me, the convenience is worth the price.
 
Old 03-01-2004, 03:10 PM   #6
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Post cool thanks

thanks for info, sounded like it was running like wine is all
 
Old 03-02-2004, 08:17 AM   #7
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Well you CAN run IE in wine (I posted a link somewhere to a howto) but so far no one I know of has been able to run MagicTG (the Microprose one) using wine or winex.

In fact winex specifically posted they wouldn't ever support the game because of shoddy programming issues (ie: I gather they felt the game was so clunky and unstable that users would blame Transgaming for problems instead of the game itself...I agree the game is badly programmed...but its a really fun game to me nonetheless).
 
Old 04-06-2004, 03:50 PM   #8
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I learned to play MTG with this game actually.

The programming is very bad, I totaly agree. Wine will never support it.
Those stupid Microprose have such crappy programmers - and it shows in every game they made.
 
  


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