Categorycomputer and video games

Running League of Legends in PlayOnLinux (Ubuntu 14.04)

There are various guides floating around on the Internet for running League of Legends on Linux, and no single guide worked for me, but after piecing the information together from various places, I managed to get it to work on my system.

My computer specifications:

  • Intel Core i5-4570
  • 16 GB Memory
  • Radeon HD 5770

I followed the instructions here, with these changes:

  • Using video driver “fglrx-updates” (the tutorial talks about NVIDIA cards)
  • Did not install TuxLoL
  • Did not do anything regarding the “Maestro error” since it only applies to Optimus Notebook users
  • Did not follow step 6 because I did not run into the problem for big item icon text for the item shop
  • EDIT: Thanks to Ingvar’s comment, the installation progress for the game can be viewed like so: open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and execute:
    # tail -f ~/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/LeagueOfLegends/drive_c/Riot\ Games/League\ of\ Legends/Logs/Patcher\ Logs/*.log

There are also other steps that I had to do, which I read from here:

  • Click configure for the “League of Legends” entry in “PlayOnLinux” and find the “Display” tab and then choose the following options:
    • Direct Draw Renderer – gdi
    • Video memory size – 4096 (or something else depending on graphics card)
    • Offscreen rendering mode – fbo\0
    • Everything else on default
  • Create a file called “game.cfg” in the directory “/home/your-username-here/PlayOnLinux’s virtual drives/LeagueOfLegends/drive_c/Riot Games/League of Legends/Config”. Below is what I have in my “game.cfg”:
[General]
EnableAudio=1
GameMouseSpeed=10
UserSetResolution=1
BindSysKeys=0
SnapCameraOnRespawn=0
OSXMouseAcceleration=1
AutoAcquireTarget=0
EnableLightFx=0
WindowMode=0
ShowTurretRangeIndicators=0
PredictMovement=0
WaitForVerticalSync=0
Colors=32
Height=1080
Width=1920
SystemMouseSpeed=0
CfgVersion=5.3.296
x3d_platform=1
[HUD]
CameraLockMode=0
MiddleClickDragScrollEnabled=0
KeyboardScrollSpeed=0.5000
ChatScale=50
ObjectTooltips=0
AutoDisplayTarget=0
ShowAllChannelChat=1
ShowTimestamps=1
ItemShopPrevY=39
ItemShopPrevX=106
NameTagDisplay=1
ShowChampionIndicator=0
ShowSummonerNames=1
ScrollSmoothingEnabled=0
MiddleMouseScrollSpeed=0.5000
MapScrollSpeed=0.5000
ShowAttackRadius=0
NumericCooldownFormat=1
SmartCastOnKeyRelease=0
EnableLineMissileVis=0
FlipMiniMap=1
ItemShopResizeHeight=0
ItemShopResizeWidth=164
ItemShopPrevResizeHeight=1080
ItemShopPrevResizeWidth=1920
ItemShopItemDisplayMode=1
ItemShopStartPane=1
[Performance]
CharacterInking=1
ShadowsEnabled=1
EnableHUDAnimations=0
PerPixelPointLighting=0
EnableParticleOptimizations=0
BudgetOverdrawAverage=0
BudgetSkinnedVertexCount=0
BudgetSkinnedDrawCallCount=0
BudgetTextureUsage=0
BudgetVertexCount=0
BudgetTriangleCount=0
BudgetDrawCallCount=0
EnableGrassSwaying=0
EnableFXAA=0
AdvancedShader=0
FrameCapType=6
GammaEnabled=0
Full3DModeEnabled=0
AutoPerformanceSettings=0
CharacterQuality=4
EffectsQuality=4
EnvironmentQuality=4
ShadowQuality=4
GraphicsSlider=6
paths=0
[FloatingText]
EnemyTrueDamageCritical_Enabled=1
EnemyMagicalDamageCritical_Enabled=1
EnemyPhysicalDamageCritical_Enabled=1
TrueDamageCritical_Enabled=1
MagicalDamageCritical_Enabled=1
PhysicalDamageCritical_Enabled=1
Countdown_Enabled=0
EnemyTrueDamage_Enabled=0
EnemyMagicalDamage_Enabled=0
EnemyPhysicalDamage_Enabled=0
TrueDamage_Enabled=0
MagicalDamage_Enabled=0
PhysicalDamage_Enabled=0
Score_Enabled=0
QuestComplete_Enabled=0
QuestReceived_Enabled=0
Disable_Enabled=0
Level_Enabled=0
Dodge_Enabled=0
Heal_Enabled=0
Special_Enabled=0
Invulnerable_Enabled=0
Debug_Enabled=0
Absorbed_Enabled=0
OMW_Enabled=0
EnemyCritical_Enabled=0
MagicCritical_Enabled=0
Critical_Enabled=0
[Volume]
SfxVolume=0.5
MasterVolume=0.5

 

Running TurboTax 2014 in PlayOnLinux

This guide describes how to run TurboTax 2014 in PlayOnLinux.  The PlayOnLinux (in combination with WINE) software allows users to install Windows-based software.

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CAVEAT: NETFILE did not work for me.  I had to submit my taxes through an installation done on Windows
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  1. Install PlayOnLinux and then run it (e.g. starting it through the Terminal)
sudo apt-get install playonlinux
  1. Click “Tools” > “Manage wine versions”
  2. Choose 1.7.27 under “Available Wine versions” and then click the right arrow “>”
  3. Go through the steps in the installer and let it finish
  4. Back in the PlayOnLinux main screen, click “Install” in the menu, and then click “Install a non-listed program” on the bottom left
  5. Choose “Use another version of Wine”, when asked, and then choose 1.7.27
  6. Choose “Install a program in a new virtual drive”, when asked
  7. Choose “32 bits windows installation”, when asked
  8. Find the location of setup.exe for the TurboTax installer (I copied the files off of the disc to a place on my hard drive)
  9. Ignore the message “Error in FS_Check” if it appears
  10. Let the install complete, but do not launch TurboTax right away
  11. Choose “tt2014.exe”, if asked to create a shortcut
  12. Back in the PlayOnLinux main screen, select entry for TurboTax and click “Configure” in the menu
  13. Make sure the “Wine version” is set to 1.7.27
  14. Under “Install components”, install the following in this order (some of these may not be required, but I don’t know which since this is the configuration that worked for me):
    • vcrun2012
    • Microsoft Core Fonts
    • msvc100
    • RegisterFonts
    • vcrun2010
    • dotnet40
    • d3dx9
    • mono28
    • Internet Explorer 8 (click “Restart” in the installer)
    • crypt32
  15. Back in the PlayOnLinux main screen, clicking “Run” for TurboTax 2014 should now work!

This is what worked for me, so hopefully this will work for others.

Installing Epson WF-3520 Printer on Ubuntu

Just had an issue where I couldn’t set up my printer (connected on the network) on my Ubuntu machine because I didn’t have the drivers.  The automatic printer set up would keep crashing half way through.

This post from askubuntu.com hits this issue right on the head: http://askubuntu.com/questions/333534/installing-epson-wf-3520

I thought I’d leave a post here, just so I know where to find it again in case I forget.

Groovy/Grails unable to resolve class – even if the class is in the same package

The Problem

Every now and then I get this annoying problem in GGTS (Grails/Groovy Tool Suite – Version 3.6.2.RELEASE at the time of this writing), where the IDE just complains about how it can’t resolve a class.  The weird thing is that the file that the IDE is complaining about is in the same package as the class that I’m trying to use.  It built before, and the source hadn’t changed – so clearly this should not be happening.

The Fix

Hitting the Clean button on the Eclipse side (Project -> Clean) seems to make the errors go away.

This apparently has been a problem since June 2010 (forum post reference here), so I’m surprised that it is still an issue in the current version.

Counter-Strike Nostalgia

Every now and then, I feel nostalgic about this game…

image Boosting
Unrealistic, but it was definitely a useful tool for getting teammates to places that otherwise couldn’t be reached to surprise people
image Bhopping/Crouch Running
That satisfying kill from crouch hopping around the map and then hopping around a corner and slashing someone in the face.
image Lagging in a smoke grenade
Even turning the graphics to 16 bit didn’t help.  But at least you could see through the smoke!
image Picking mid
I was always terrible at it.  Could never pick off the guy running out of CT spawn.
image Shooting hostages
We all did this.
image Surfing
Flying in the air while the noobs died without understanding why.
image Stacking players
Just for teh lulz
image awp_map
There was always that one guy who decided to buy a a regular rifle and rush down the map.
image fy_iceworld
Most awesome run and gun map created for Counter-Strike
image Stacked player defense
It seriously works – well maybe not with 5 people…
image Defusing
Likes to blow up right before the defuse is finished.  Then at times, we hear the satisfying click of a defused bomb.
image Cat with a scout?
I guess this was a LOLcat before they were called LOLcats
image Silent plant
Was always scared of defusing these…
image FPS
Everyone played at 100 fps, rate 25000, cl_cmdrate 101, cl_rate 25000, and ex_interp 0.01.  Otherwise, the settings weren’t optimal.
image Knifing
Humiliation!
image Suicide bombing
With four other people, we once tried cooking a nade in our hand and running up to one player.  As people died, they’d drop their nades hoping that we’d blow up the other guy.  Didn’t work.
image Teamkilling with grenades
Was always super unexpected, but hilarious.
image Accidental teamkilling
I once got shot by my teammate when I ran through mid while he was picking it…noob mistake.
image That awkward moment
Happens to the best of us.
image Trolling with non-standard weapons
I once 1v5 clutch aced using a para…all in the name of trolling.
image Stacked running
Was always a nice surprise to those unsuspecting enemies.
image Eco rounds
Leads to camping and clutch wins.
image Camping
We’ve all done it. Campmeter = 100%.
image Driving
I’m sure everyone tried to drive a car to run over other people and then somehow die when another car intersected with their own.  Somehow, the player would then fly up to the ceiling and fall to his death.
image One-click headshots
Probably the second most satisfying kill.  Strafe out of a corner, click, win.
image Screenshot rounds
An annoying but necessary chore for league play.  Had to be done before lo3.
image Hopping through the window
Anybody in league play had to know how to do this.  Unfortunately for me, I sucked at it.
image Defusing the bomb through the floor on de_nuke
Classic Pubmasters game play.  It works.
image Flashbangs
I team flashed for fun.  Or other times, I’d be blind as a bat and get gang knifed.
image Riot shields
Use them when you can’t win.  A nice and annoying weapon.  There was once a bug on amx mod where if you were carrying a gun, you could spawn a riot shield for that player and the player would be able to use a gun and a riot shield at the same time.  Very OP.
image Spam spots
I had those memorized at one point.

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