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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.

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  • @joem13 said: 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:

    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?

    I have this same issue. Instead I just have to use the downloadable versions.

    Btw Will, thanks for the clarification on the SecuROM patch. I could swear Emily had said at some point that it was an older version of SecuROM. Well whatever.

  • I've tried following the guide for the downloadable episodes on Ubuntu 7.10 (64-bit) and Wine 0.9.57

    Episode 104 works perfectly, but all the other ones give the SecuROM security module error on XP and fail to run at all on Vista.

  • @Celeras said: I've tried following the guide for the downloadable episodes on Ubuntu 7.10 (64-bit) and Wine 0.9.57

    Episode 104 works perfectly, but all the other ones give the SecuROM security module error on XP and fail to run at all on Vista.

    Have you tried the updated versions of the games?

  • Celera:

    cassidy: Thanks very much for the advice, changing "Windows Version" to Vista in winecfg stopped the SecuROM errors. It's actually a cool side-effect of Vista's new security/driver model; most of the old XP copyprotection hooks break, so SecuROM just pre-emptively turns them off when it sees "Vista".

    For those who don't want to ruin their ~/.wine install with IE6, the Gecko plugin which Wine offers does work. Kind of. It won't look nice at all, but when you run the program you should clearly see "Serial Number:" and a textbox. Just copy-paste your serial number from the "My Telltale" page into this textbox, then hit the "Submit Query" button. Don't worry if this causes Wine to crash, when you run the game again it should now show the text "Click here to run the game". Which works! :)

    A big shoutout to the Telltale devs who (intentionally or not) make their games run great under Linux. You're all awesome, keep fighting the good fight.

  • I usually get along well with English, but for this adventure Game I'd rather play the original DVD version in German. I just installed the newest wine version .9.58, but the results are still the same as posted above.
    Did someone manage to get the DVD version running on ubuntu with AMD64?

    Thanks in advance,

    joem13

  • @joem13 said: I usually get along well with English, but for this adventure Game I'd rather play the original DVD version in German. I just installed the newest wine version .9.58, but the results are still the same as posted above.
    Did someone manage to get the DVD version running on ubuntu with AMD64?

    Thanks in advance,

    joem13

    Unfortunately, I can't say that I have. I am currently running a AMD64 but just used the x86 architecture download from Ubuntu because I have yet to see an advantage to using the 64bit aside probably from being able to use more memory, etc, etc (i don't want to start a debate here or anything.).

    If it is too much trouble I would understand, but might you try the x86 version and see if you have a problem? I can also download the 64bit and try to see if I am able to run the game.

  • Cassidy, you're a hero!

    I'd had no luck whatsoever with Sam and Max running under Wine until I found the SecuROM patch this afternoon (I feel bad now because I harped on about there being no way to easily play the games in Linux in the Telltale survey earlier :( ).

  • I have the same problem as joem13 with the Telltale DVD version. I'm running Gentoo with a 64-bit kernel, but with 32-bit Wine 0.9.58. Starting the .exe gives a SecuROM error: [quote]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.[/quote]
    I've removed the Z: drive as suggested (although I'm not sure what this is supposed to accomplish) and I have even tried to set the OS to Vista, but that didn't seem to help.

    Since most other things are the same, it seems that the use of the 64-bit kernel seems somehow related to the problems. Does anyone have any idea what the problem is, or how to start investigating it?

  • Seems like I am having the exact problem as joem13 and Soultaker. I'm running Wine 0.9.58 in Ubuntu 7.10.

  • Soultaker, joem13 and Cardcaptor Stacey, you guys have installed the SecuROM patch, yeah?

    I'm like Cassidy. I've got a 64 bit chip, but only running a 32 bit OS.


    I'm trying to get the demo of Ice Station Santa happening, but I can't work out where to click to launch the sucker. I click "No thanks, just take me to the demo!", and I end up on a screen with an add for Chariots of the Dogs on the left and an image for Ice Station Santa on the right. There's nothing obvious to click on. Sometimes it takes me to the "Choose your poison" page, and twice I've managed to click wherever I'm meant to to launch the game by accident, but both times I've adjusted video settings and ended up having to quit to fix the graphics.

    Anyone know whether there's a button I can't see or whether it's just acting bizarre under Wine or what?

    Edit: Managed to get in again. It seems like you need to click on the space between the two options on the "Choose your poison" would be. Maybe. I'm not brave enough to quit and try again.

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