hey every one i got ff7 working via wine on kubuntu (8.10-10.10) and it should also apply to other gnu/linux distros. getting ff7 to work with wine requires some 3rd party patches that will be provided, via an external links, and you will NEED a retail copy of the disks to play on your computer!
Why make this ??
FF7 is an awesome Game and IMHO one of (if not the) best rpg's of all time and i am very happy to be able to help everyone get it working with wine so we can all play it again(and maybe for the first time), and since this requires some extra work, i have created a guide so that all of us who bought this game for the pc (and some of us even after already having it for the psx.). can finally use the game with linux,(maybe even mac os via darwine).
Getting FF7 To Work In Wine on Kubuntu 9.04
Before We Get Started You Will Need to have a few things installed and some ff7 tools gathered
Things you will need, and where to get them
1.A copy of Final Fantasy 7 For The PC.
I am not sure if you can find it on a store shelf any more, but I would look on ebay if you don't have a copy. You will need these disks not only to install but also to play the game.
2.Wine installed. On your machine
You don't need to worry about configuring wine much yet (other then mapping your cdrom as D:\ ). But just install it from the wine repo
info on how to install wine can be found here
. Find your distro and follow the instructions to install wine on your machine (kubuntu users use ubuntu instructions)
I current have wine 1.1.27 installed at time of writing
3.Winetools , a helper script.(included with newer wine versions)
You will need wine tools to install some of the dependencies of FF7 and for dependencies for some of the patches you NEED to apply (also for optional stuff) You can get winetools from here
extract the archive and place winetools in your /home folder.
4.A Few Extra Items..
FF7 will need these in order to run on linux, a HUGE thanks to everyone in these and other ff7 projects. FF7 1.02 Update aali's open gl Driver
THE INSTALL PROCESS
Step 1: Pre Install Setup.
INSTALL YOUR VIDEO CARD DRIVERS! , this process depends greatly on your video card, some of you may have no drivers to install basicly if you can run glxgears you can play ff7
Open konsole and cd ~/
this will open a gui you will need to install by selecting and clicking ok the following (one at a time is good in case of errors try again)
ffdshow (use defaults and allow for all programs when asked for video and audio)
mfc42 (unsure of this as a requirement try with out it first install if needed, please comment)
I might have missed a few vcrun2005 comes to mind.
Step 2: Install FF7
pop in you install cd and install as normal uncheck run ff7 config after install when prompted.
Step 3: Post Install Modding for Wine Compatibility
this step is VERY easy install aali's driver by coping the contents of the archive he provieds to your ff7 install dir, then running his moded ff7config.exe
you may also want to check out the ff7_opengl.cfg file to set your res and a few other options. You do not have to make any changes to the cfg if you don't want to.
Step 5: life sucks with out background music. Here we have two choices!
***New version of aali's driver support background music in ogg format . see here for music
1.NATIVE MIDI. (timidy is useful if you want this consult your distros docs for info on setting it up)
1a.Open up ff7config.exe and set your midi device to timidy port0 (there are quite a few if 0 don't work try others)
1b.then set the midi mode to yamaha XG midi (cause it sounds better)
1c.press the test button.
be warned this can be buggy!
2a, go grab covarrs installer
and be sure to use ogg as your output since it seams to work better with wine. (the newer installer does this by default.)
Step 6: Getting the wine sound to work (if it didn't the first time)
Open the wine config tool
a. click the audio tab
check off alsa and test sound. If it works hit apply and ok if not try other sound output until you get one that works.
Step 7: Run the game!
Put disk one in you cd drive
for midi bkround music users : run ff7.exe
for ff7music users run ficedula/ff7music.exe
and click run ff7 , if all goes well it should start up …
you may have to fiddle with settings to get ff7music to work (covarrs installer , has helped this alot!)
Using this set up I can get ff7 to play so far perfectly! ,very few times the bkmusic will stop for a few seconds here and there but will start backup. Also very few times the screen will go black (had a sleep timer on my display , oops.)
NOTE: if you have kubuntu 10.10, and you have tried to fix the sound effects but still can't get them to work(but ff7 music does) then you will have to install a pulseaudio enabled version of wine please use google to search for winepulse and you should find the proper PPA easily. Or you can remove pulseaudio (my perfered way to fix)
for more info on tool and mod compatibility (or to provide some) please see this threadff7 related tools and mods with wine
- I've split this out into its own topic, and stickied. It seemed to deserve the attention. - Bosola
Bosola you have broken links in other threads please correct the link in the thread you split this from *KM's first post. (then remove this and above note plz