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  1. #1

    Playing In Linux Under Wine

    Hey guys! I am creating this guide so others can enjoy Lotro in Linux. The game itself works flawless for me in Ubuntu 12.04, but other distros should work as well with the recommended wine package.

    Step 1: Installing Wine (The Right One) Current Stable Wine version is 1.6.2

    The first step you must do is install Wine. To be on the safe side, I will show you how to add the wine repository to your list for future updates. Go ahead and type into your terminal:

    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
    This will add the required download location for wine. Next, type:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install wine1.6
    Wait for the installation to finish, and congratz! You now have wine on your LinuxBox.

    Step 2: Installing LOTRO

    Now that we have wine installed, you'll want to download the game. DO NOT DOWNLOAD FROM THE LOTRO SITE. The downloader turbine provides does not work with wine, so you will have to download the entire package manually. To do so, click HERE.
    Wait for the download to finish and unzip everything to a New Folder on your desktop called "Lotro", or whatever you like. Next open a terminal, and type:

    Code:
    cd Desktop
    cd ((Whatever your new filename was))
    wine LOTROSetup.exe
    Wait for the installation to finish, and open the game through the terminal with:

    Code:
    cd .wine
    cd drive_c
    cd "Program Files (x86)"
    cd Turbine
    cd "The Lord of the Rings Online"
    wine TurbineLauncher.exe
    Phew! That was alot of typing. (After pylotro is installed, you will only need to type one line of code ) Now, wait for the game to patch. While the game is patching, to make starting the game easier you will want to install "Pylotro". Download it HERE. Download the debian package, and run it to install. (Be advised this is for Debian based Linux operating systems. You will have to use google and find the package you need if your system is different.) After the patching from the Turbine Client is finished, close it and open a terminal. Type in:
    Code:
    pylotro
    Enter your account details, select your server, and join Middle Earth!



    If you have any questions, feel free to leave them here on this thread. OR you can private message me, and I'll reply ASAP.
    Last edited by Arganorn; Mar 06 2014 at 10:08 PM.

  2. #2

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    First of all, thank you for creating this thread - it is a very good and useful idea.

    I have some notes to adapt this for a wider audience and for security:

    1.
    I don't recommend downloading the lotro-client from an undisguised, maybe compromised, source on 'fileplanet.com' (who uploaded it there? Is this endorsed by Turbine? Do they maybe have a copyright problem with this?), but rather suggest using the official file repository from Turbine.

    Quote from WineHQ Website:
    Installer download:

    "Low resolution:
    $ wget http://content.turbine.com/sites/cli...rostandard.exe

    High resolution:
    $ wget http://content.turbine.com/sites/clientdl/lotro/lotrohigh.exe"


    ---------------------

    2.
    Additionally I would like to note that the package manager commands may vary on the different distributions. (on openSuse you might want to use the equivalent yum commands, for example) and that adding a Ubuntu ppa will not work on most distros.
    See here for download of current wine packages for your distro if not using Ubuntu or Linux Mint: http://www.winehq.org/download/

    --------------------
    3.
    As far as I know, pylotro is no longer needed, as the official launcher works with Qt. I still use pylotro, but if I were to install lotro anew, I would use the official launcher and create a desktop icon for launching it (and not type long lines in the console. You do know that all those 'cd' could be done in a single line with some dashes in between?). Pylotro does no longer display the 'latest news' because the links are broken, so there may be another advantage lying in the official launcher.

    -------------------
    4.
    Earlier on, it was necessary to also install winetricks. Is this no longer needed?

  3. #3
    Hi Moini! Thank you for the replies!

    1.I don't recommend downloading the lotro-client from an undisguised, maybe compromised, source on 'fileplanet.com' (who uploaded it there? Is this endorsed by Turbine? Do they maybe have a copyright problem with this?), but rather suggest using the official file repository from Turbine.
    The reason I had done this was because the download through the LOTRO homepage was not working correctly with wine (at least for me). For copyright issues...yeaaa it might be walking a fine line, but it worked perfectly fine for me.

    2. Additionally I would like to note that the package manager commands may vary on the different distributions. (on openSuse you might want to use the equivalent yum commands, for example) and that adding a Ubuntu ppa will not work on most distros.
    See here for download of current wine packages for your distro if not using Ubuntu or Linux Mint: http://www.winehq.org/download/
    You are absolutely 100% right. It depends on the distribution you are using. I would look for a way to add the wine repository for your own distribution to install wine 1.6 correctly.

    3. As far as I know, pylotro is no longer needed, as the official launcher works with Qt. I still use pylotro, but if I were to install lotro anew, I would use the official launcher and create a desktop icon for launching it (and not type long lines in the console. You do know that all those 'cd' could be done in a single line with some dashes in between?). Pylotro does no longer display the 'latest news' because the links are broken, so there may be another advantage lying in the official launcher.
    This is also true. Just recently the launcher has been working with wine flawlessly..(Or about 99.9% flawless). I will change that in the guide to "No longer need pylotro".

    4. Earlier on, it was necessary to also install winetricks. Is this no longer needed?
    As far as I have found NO winetricks is not needed to run Lord of the Rings online. However, some Linux distributions install winetricks along with wine.


    Thank you for your reply and taking the time to give some feedback! (:

    Arganorn

  4. #4
    Does the link in the op for the lotro files still work (not at home, so I can't check)

    I ask, because the wget command the second poster listed were giving me 404 errors last night (they worked last week but I screwed up my distro and had to restart from scratch) and I have been unable to find the clients anywhere. My next trick might be trying to move a few sub folders at a time on a USB stick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KalimniHFC View Post
    Does the link in the op for the lotro files still work (not at home, so I can't check)

    I ask, because the wget command the second poster listed were giving me 404 errors last night (they worked last week but I screwed up my distro and had to restart from scratch) and I have been unable to find the clients anywhere. My next trick might be trying to move a few sub folders at a time on a USB stick.
    I have just been checking. It appears that those links are no longer valid.

    As I mentioned above, Turbine changed its download mechanic from PMB to HappyCloud/Akamai with the release of Update 13 (14 April 2014).

    I still need to do some additional research.
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  7. #7
    Has anyone been able to get LOTRO to run under WINE since the April 15 update?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moini View Post
    1.
    I don't recommend downloading the lotro-client from an undisguised, maybe compromised, source on 'fileplanet.com' (who uploaded it there? Is this endorsed by Turbine? Do they maybe have a copyright problem with this?), but rather suggest using the official file repository from Turbine.

    Quote from WineHQ Website:
    Installer download:

    "Low resolution:
    $ wget http://content.turbine.com/sites/cli...rostandard.exe

    High resolution:
    $ wget http://content.turbine.com/sites/clientdl/lotro/lotrohigh.exe"

    --------------------
    3.
    As far as I know, pylotro is no longer needed, as the official launcher works with Qt. I still use pylotro, but if I were to install lotro anew, I would use the official launcher and create a desktop icon for launching it (and not type long lines in the console. You do know that all those 'cd' could be done in a single line with some dashes in between?). Pylotro does no longer display the 'latest news' because the links are broken, so there may be another advantage lying in the official launcher.
    Let me continue to "explain" these "corrections." (Note that they apply to DDO as well as LOTRO.)

    Since the Riders of Rohan release, which actually broke WINE, there have only been two trustworthy download sources for LOTRO and DDO. (lotro.com and Valve/Steam)
    There have been many "builds" of LOTRO based on various versions of both WINE and the LOTRO client - both stand-alone and packaged - none of which can be construed as "reliably working."


    1- Fileplanet has been de-commissioned by IGN. (See the banner at the top of the page.) It is NOT a trustworthy source.
    The download on "Fileplanet" is incredibly out of date. It is even older than the Valve (Steam) copy, which predates the release of Riders of Rohan.

    The download at lotro.com now uses HappyCloud/Akamai and should run under WINE (but I haven't tried it).

    * Turbine changed the Downloaders for LOTRO with the release of Update 13. (14 April, 2014). (They were changed back in March for DDO.)
    I haven't checked the download links at WineHQ lately, but I assume they are still functional and correct.


    3- This is correct. PyLotRO is no longer necessary, but it does still work as a convenient tool for patching. (Launching is a separate issue.) There are also issues with the Turbine Launcher if you do not have Qt installed. Note also that this refers to the WINDOWS version of PyLotRO, there have been issues with folks trying to "roll-their-own" versions of PyLotRO.

    Note: I normally play with the Mac Client today, but have supported the Codeweavers Crossover version (Commercial WINE) since Launch -- which still works. So I can play with both the Native Mac Client and using the PC client on my iMac!
    Last edited by Valamar; Apr 21 2014 at 09:35 AM.
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  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by Valamar View Post
    The download at lotro.com now uses HappyCloud/Akamai and should run under WINE (but I haven't tried it).
    It does not, at least for me. I'm looking for some downloable LotRO version to play this game. Sadly haven't saved my LotRO files before formating my Win7.

  10. #10
    Looking for help. I unzipped LOtRO from the OP link. I installed wine and updated it to newest version. When trying to wine it, I keep getting Error "Path not found". Of course I'm either clicking on LOTROSetup.exe icon, or through terminal inside LOTRO folder.
    I'm using newest LTS version of Ubuntu (14.04).

  11. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by Galwir View Post
    Looking for help. I unzipped LOtRO from the OP link. I installed wine and updated it to newest version. When trying to wine it, I keep getting Error "Path not found". Of course I'm either clicking on LOTROSetup.exe icon, or through terminal inside LOTRO folder.
    I'm using newest LTS version of Ubuntu (14.04).
    Galwir, did you get an answer? I have the same problem.

  12. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by Galwir View Post
    It does not, at least for me. I'm looking for some downloable LotRO version to play this game. Sadly haven't saved my LotRO files before formating my Win7.
    It doesn't work for me, either.

    Running
    Code:
    wine TurbineLauncher.exe
    brings up a launcher that forever hangs on "Retrieving content list from Akamai..."

    Console output is as follows:
    Code:
    fixme:heap:HeapSetInformation (nil) 1 (nil) 0
    fixme:system:SetProcessDPIAware stub!
    fixme:toolhelp:CreateToolhelp32Snapshot Unimplemented: heap list snapshot
    fixme:toolhelp:Heap32ListFirst : stub
    fixme:win:FlashWindowEx 0x32f044
    fixme:winhttp:get_system_proxy_autoconfig_url no support on this platform
    fixme:winhttp:WinHttpDetectAutoProxyConfigUrl discovery via DHCP not supported
    fixme:win:RegisterTouchWindow (0x1006e 00000000): stub
    fixme:ole:RemUnknown_QueryInterface No interface for iid {00000019-0000-0000-c000-000000000046}
    fixme:imm:NotifyIME IMC_SETCANDIDATEPOS
    fixme:imm:ImmReleaseContext (0x1006e, 0x1622f8): stub
    fixme:win:FlashWindowEx 0x32c954
    fixme:win:RegisterTouchWindow (0x10058 00000000): stub
    fixme:win:FlashWindowEx 0x32a5b4
    Note the lines
    Code:
    fixme:winhttp:get_system_proxy_autoconfig_url no support on this platform
    fixme:winhttp:WinHttpDetectAutoProxyConfigUrl discovery via DHCP not supported
    Looks like some kind of networking shenanegains.

    Hmmm...

    Various system information is as follows:

    Distro: Gentoo
    Wine Version: 1.7.33
    WINEARCH=win32

  13. #13
    Pretty sure it has to do with Akamai
    I dual Win7 and Ubu14.04 and both are 64bit. If you uninstall Akamai, DDO fails to work. "
    Hope this info helps fix it. I hate windows and want to move into Linux full time.

 

 

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