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pejsaboy

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chances are i will be building a low end internet computer for my family/sister as a christmas present [dad will be paying for it]. since windows is crap and it will keep costs down, i was planning on installing linux on it. it will be an easy enough learning curve since none of my family will ever need or want to mess with the command line because KDE [and probably gnome] are more than adequate for the minimal tasks they perform.
the only request that has been made so far is that my sister wants to be able to play diablo 2 on battlenet with some friends. i did some searching, and from the information at winehq.com i know that it can work, but seems to be fairly buggy and not *all* game options/features work. it's a 40 minute drive to my parents house, and i don't want to have to do maintenance for a game every time a patch comes out or something.
does anyone have much experience with this on a linux only machine? i can install win98 instead if necessary, but i'd rather not. also, cedega isn't an option because i doubt my parents will pay a $5 subscription just to keep the game working.
 

odin8yoshi

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It may take some setting up, but I suspect you can get Diablo 2 working In Cedega without much hastle, and It's doubtfull any problems will arise there after(D2 Is most likely on Its last patch). I've ran It just fine back when Cedega was 'WineX'. About the subscription to Cedega, you can subscribe for the minimum ammount of months (I want to say 3?) and just download the current version, then cancel afterwards. If you REALLY don't want to go the Cedega route, you can use regular Wine as well, but there's more hastle Involved, Good luck, I'm available If you need more Info.
 

fiji

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ive gotten diablo working perfectly with either cedega or wine

i can't remember...

but it did take some dicking aroudn with, due to cd copy protection
 
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pejsaboy

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here's an idea, tell me if it will work. i'm also planning on moving my main rig over to linux when it's fixed, and will use cedega for my games. is it possible to install it on multiple computers with one account? i don't mind the initial tweaking, just the maintenance :)
 

klingens

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Diablo2 uses an old SecuROM copyprotection. You will either need Cedega payware version or a D2 NoCD loader called "d2loader". d2loader however is a bit problematic: the new battle.net anticheat system Warden _might_, but just might, ban you for it.

As for Linux on a mainly gaming rig: don't do it. You will be disappointed.
 

MRD

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Cedega's subscription allows you to get updates on an ongoing basis, it's not necessary to continue to use the software. I subscribed and got a version that did what I need, then cancelled. After that, you can install it on as many pc's as you want for the single subscription.

If you want a few games to work ok, that may be just fine, but some games just refuse to work with Cedega. I'm not sure of the status of that particular game, you'll have to check it on the cedega webpage.
 
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pejsaboy

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klingens said:
Diablo2 uses an old SecuROM copyprotection. You will either need Cedega payware version or a D2 NoCD loader called "d2loader". d2loader however is a bit problematic: the new battle.net anticheat system Warden _might_, but just might, ban you for it.

As for Linux on a mainly gaming rig: don't do it. You will be disappointed.

Knowing my luck she *would* get banned for using the d2loader. As far as being disappointed in a linux gaming rig, why do you say that? I'm assuming personal experience, but I could go for a few details if you don't mind.
 

MRD

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The problem is that a good number of games are not released for linux and/or cannot be made to run with cedega. If you just like to game, and aren't terribly concerned about being able to play EVERY game your friends can, you'll be ok. You must accept that some games just don't work in linux, because the manufacturers simply don't release them in linux versions.

If a game is released for linux, it generally runs quite well.

Look on www.tuxgames.com to see what games are released for linux. This will give you an idea if the selection is sufficient. (Note that this does not include those that are released for windows but can be made to run under cedega.)
 
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pejsaboy

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I don't really care to play *every* game that is popular. i'm not a hardcore gamer by any stretch of the imagination, and if i ever decide to be i'll plan a windows machine/partition. i just want a few games here and there that i might or might not play online.
Look on www.tuxgames.com to see what games are released for linux. This will give you an idea if the selection is sufficient. (Note that this does not include those that are released for windows but can be made to run under cedega.)
so these are games that are released *for* linux, not just windows editions that will work?
 

Gnufsh

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pejsaboy said:
I don't really care to play *every* game that is popular. i'm not a hardcore gamer by any stretch of the imagination, and if i ever decide to be i'll plan a windows machine/partition. i just want a few games here and there that i might or might not play online.

so these are games that are released *for* linux, not just windows editions that will work?
Yes.
 

Mr. Chambers

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I should point out that Warden could be VERY easily updated by Blizzard to detect and ban for all those using D2Loader. As it is right now (and has been since they started implementing Warden), using D2Loader alone will not get you banned, or at least I have not heard or seen of anyone.

As hinted at above, it's when you start to use certain plugins or hacks WITH D2Loader that can get you banned.