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My Guide To Running Sam & Max On Linux

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Had recently upgraded from XP to Ubuntu 7.10, but unfortunately hadn't finished Season 1 or started Season 2. After receiving Season 1, the soundtrack and Surfin' The Highway in the mail, I decided it was time to get the games to run on WINE. Several hours later, this guide was born. I cannot guarantee full playability, but it has been working so far. Hope anyone who uses my guide will have the success I did and I hope I'll be able to help any questions.

As it is attached, you may also download the PDF from Filefront.

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A Guide To Sam & Max On Wine/Ubuntu
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This is a guide to getting Sam & Max, Seasons 1& 2 to run on your copy of Ubuntu.

NOTE: These steps are being done on a clean install of Ubuntu & Wine (yes I nuked my operating system just for you guys :)), but I will be available to hopefully help you with technical questions. Unfortunately, I don't guarantee full playability, just getting the game to run.

This guide is usable with both the downloadable & so far, only the DVD version straight from Telltale. If you plan on installing a combination of the DVD and the Downloaded versions, I would suggest installing the downloaded episodes first, and then install from the DVD.

This guide contains logical steps & common terminal commands in this format. Some of these directory locations will vary upon your computer setup :).

PRE-INSTALL STEPS
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1. Install & Update Ubuntu. Hopefully you have this done already.
2. Install WINE 0.9.5.5: (Taken from http://www.winehq.org/site/download-deb)
a. Open Terminal. Add the repository's key to your system of trusted APT keys, wget -q http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/387EE263.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -
b. Add the repository to your system's list of APT Sources, sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/gutsy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list
c. Install WINE via Synaptic Package Manager, or by running sudo apt-get update to update APT's package information, and then sudo apt-get install wine to actually install WINE.
3. If you are having problems, Start here by nuking your .wine, via command: rm -r ~/.wine I have nuked mine several times over to figure all this out :).

CD VERSION
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What I Used: Ubuntu 7.10 (gutsy), WINE 0.9.55, Sam & Max Season 1 & SecurRom Patch from Telltale.

1. Download the Season 1 SecurROM Patch
a. Open Terminal.
b. Navigate to where you want to download the SecurROM patch eg, cd ~/Downloads
c. Download SamMaxSeason1_SecurROM_1.0_TTG.exe from http://files.telltalegames.com/support/SamMaxSeason1_SecurROM_1.0_TTG.exe, either through firefox or, wget http://files.telltalegames.com/support/SamMaxSeason1_SecurROM_1.0_TTG.exe
d. Leave Terminal Open, we will be back shortly.

2. Insert Sam & Max Season 1 DVD

3. Setup Wine:
a. Run 'Configure Wine'. Click the Following Tabs:
i. Applications Tab: Change Windows Version to 'Windows XP'.
ii. Graphics Tab: Make sure 'Allow window...' & 'Allow Pixel...' are checked. Make sure 'Vertex Shader Support' is set to 'Hardware'
iii. Audio Tab: You should receive a recommended driver selection notice. Click OK &b click Apply. Click OK.

4. Install Sam & Max:
a. Back to Terminal, and navigate to your cdrom, cd /media/cdrom Run Setup.exe with WINE, wine setup.exe. Install with default options. When done installing, uncheck 'Run Sam & Max - Season 1.0'
b. Navigate to where you downloaded your patch, cd ~/Downloads and run it using wine, wine SamMaxSeason1_SecurROM_1.0_TTG.exe Click Next & I Agree.

5. Cleanup:
a. Run 'Configure Wine'. Click on the 'Drives' Tab. Click on the 'Z: /' line under 'Drive Mappings'. Click the 'Remove' button. Click OK. (Essentially remove the / drive mapping)

6. Run Sam and Max:
a. Back to Terminal!
b. Navigate to the Sam & Max Season One Directory, ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Telltale Games/Sam and Max – Season One, cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Telltale\ Games/Sam\ and\ Max\ -\ Season\ One
c. Navigate to the Episode you want to play, this case: Episode 1 – Culture Shock, cd Episode\ 1\ -\ Culture\ Shock\ Data
d. Run the Episode with WINE, this case: SamMax101, wine SamMax101.exe

e(optional). If it seems like it's running slower than in windows:
i. Press ALT+F4
ii. Run Episode in desktop mode, at desired resolution, wine explorer /desktop=SamMax,1024x768 SamMax101.exe It should start up in a window.
iii. Should now be able to navigate to Options & Change Resolution to desired and hopefully will run at desired speed.
iv. If after changing resolution, graphics go all “broken window”, press ALT+F4 and run again with command from ii., should be fine :).

DOWNLOADABLE VERSIONS
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What I Used: Ubuntu 7.10 (gutsy), WINE 0.9.55, ies4linux 2.99.0.1, Sam & Max Seasons 1 & 2 Downloadable Editions from 'Your Games' under the 'Past Purchases' section of your Telltale Login. I will also organize this part in such a way that if the Flash Bug still affects your Firefox, you will still be able to download the games with IE instead. Although, the Demos will also work fine :).

1. Setup IES4Linux
a. Open Terminal.
b. Navigate to where you want to download ies4linux, cd ~/Downloads
c. Download ies4linux-2.99.0.1.tar.gz from http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/downloads/ies4linux-2.99.0.1.tar.gz, either through firefox or, wget http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/downloads/ies4linux-2.99.0.1.tar.gz
d. Unpack ies4linux-2.99.0.1 and navigate to the directory, tar -zxvf ies4linux-2.99.0.1.tar.gz && cd ies4linux-2.99.0.1
e. Install CabExtract either through Synaptic Package Manager or, sudo apt-get install cabextract
f. Install ies4linux, ./ies4linux Click OK. When done, Click Close.

2. Nuke WINE & Copy Ies4Linux
a. In terminal remove your .wine directory & copy the ie6 directory from the .ies4linux into it, rm -r ~/.wine && cp -r ~/.ies4linux/ie6 ~/.wine

3. Setup Wine:
a. Run 'Configure Wine'. Click the Following Tabs:
i. Applications Tab: Change Windows Version to 'Windows Vista'.
ii. Graphics Tab: Make sure 'Allow window...' & 'Allow Pixel...' are checked. Make sure 'Vertex Shader Support' is set to 'Hardware'
iii. Audio Tab: You should receive a recommended driver selection notice. Click OK & click Apply. Click OK.

4. Run Internet Explorer & Download Sam & Max
a. In Terminal, run IE6, ie6
b. Go to Telltale Games, Login and download the episodes. In this case, I downloaded SamAndMax202_MoaiBetterBlues_Setup.exe into my Downloads folder in my Home directory.

5. Install Episodes
a. In Terminal, navigate to where you downloaded your episode, cd ~/Downloads and run it using wine, wine SamAndMax202_MoaiBetterBlues_Setup.exe
b. Install with default options. When done installing, uncheck 'Play Now'

6. Run Sam & Max
a. Back to Terminal!
b. Navigate to the Sam & Max Season Two Directory, ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Telltale Games/Sam and Max – Season Two, cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Telltale\ Games/Sam\ and\ Max\ -\ Season\ Two
c. Navigate to the Episode you want to play, this case: Episode 2 – Moai Better Blues, cd Episode\ 202\ -\ Moai\ Better\ Blues
d. Run the Episode with WINE, this case: SamMax202, wine SamMax202.exe
e. You should be able to enter in your Telltale login information. Click Log me in! To Start the game, you just have to click a little below the Logo of the game, bout an inch or so and it should start up.

f(optional). If it seems like it's running slower than in windows:
i. Turn full screen off during the intro-setup process either through options or by pressing ALT+ENTER. Usually the graphics go “broken glass” so ALT+F4. By running the program once more and it should start up in a window and at full speed.

Thank you for reading my guide! I hope that I was helpful and please contact me with any questions.

79 Comments - Linear Discussion: Classic Style
  • : O
    Omfg I Love You! :D
    Doesn't work with Wine 0.9.53 in Arch repositories, and the 0.9.56 version that I built seems to have issues with it as well. I'll try recompiling 0.9.56 and see if it works, otherwise I'll try 0.9.55.

    I get this on the Season 2 download versions :(
    A required security module cannot be activated.
    This program cannot be executed (6000).

    Please have a look at http://www.securom.com/message.asp?m=module&c=6000 for further, more detailed information.

  • Well would you look at that. I set my Windows version in winecfg to Vista and the download versions work! :D
    Now I'm gonna try the DVD version.

    EDIT: The DVD version doesn't seem to work. The download versions work great though. The only issue is that the button that you click to play it on the splash window doesn't appear. You just have to click a little bit above the text that is displayed.

  • Yeah, from what I'm able to figure out, WINE either breaks or allows support for SecurROM when the Windows Version is set to Vista. The Telltale SecurROM patch for the DVD is what enables the DVD versions to not have that same error that you received when run.

    Almost done with Season 1 on Wine!

    EDIT: Are you sure you removed the '/' drive map on Step 5? I added mine back and received the error again. After removing the drive map once more, the DVD worked again :) Also make sure only the C: and the cdrom drive are mapped under 'Configure Wine'

  • I installed the SecuROM patch, and I still had the same error. Oh well, I'd rather play without needing the DVD in the drive anyway.

  • What exactly does this Securom Patch do?

  • @Mirko said: What exactly does this Securom Patch do?



    It downgrades the copy protection to an older version of SecuROM. This version tends to work better with WINE. Btw, this is an official patch from Telltale.

  • http://www.telltalegames.com/forums/showpost.php?p=39374&postcount=32

    This thread contains the infromation about the patch. I guess I failed to mention there was two different types of patches, the one for Telltale and the one for The Adventure Company cause I am using the one directly from Telltale.

  • Great job! The only thing is I already have some apps installed under .wine and don't want to have to deal with reinstalling them. One work around I've done for another app that requires Internet Explorer is set up a separate wine environment for it. An example command would be:

    [quote]env WINEPREFIX="/home/username/.wine.ie" wine "C:\Program Files\App Directory\App.exe"[/quote]

    Where .wine.ie is your special IE version of .wine like in your directions. Obviously, I wouldn't type that out every time; I would create a launcher.

    Unfortunately, I can't get this to work with Sam & Max because it complains it can't find the data blah blah blah when I try to run it this way. For some reason the command line infers the proper path, but using a launcher doesn't.:confused:

    As a work around, I made a script to launch Sam & Max that changes the current directory to one the executable is in.

  • @dg10050 said: It downgrades the copy protection to an older version of SecuROM. This version tends to work better with WINE. Btw, this is an official patch from Telltale.



    It doesn't downgrade the SecuRom, it is just a different wrapper version. If anything, it is a version upgrade. Nevertheless, I'm going to sticky this thread and move it to Support so people can find it more easily.

  • I have Kubuntu Gutsy Gibbon running on AMD64 with the newest version of WINE .9.57 installed. I followed the instructions to install the german version of Sam & Max Season One from DVD and the patch with removing drive Z in wine configure. Unfortunately, I get the following error in the WINE window:
    A required security module cannot be activated.
    This program cannot be executed (7000).

    Please have a look at http://www.securom.com/message.asp?m=module&c=7000 for further, more detailed information.
    This stays the same whether I emulate XP or Vista.
    Does anyone have a suggestion how to fix this? Is this because of my AMD64 system?

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