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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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    TMM

    Maybe I did come off a bit more hostile than I intended, I am just a tad miffed that there is apparently no 'legal' way for me to play this game. I do not own a windows license, so installing IE would violate someone else's copyright.

    Modifying the game executable and/or data for my own purposes after I bought the game is legal in my jurisdiction. All I was trying to do is share my solution with the other Linux players here.

    While I fully understand that Telltale is wary of piracy, the way this is being handled is preventing people who legally own the game from playing it in a legal manner.

    I would like to apologize to tabacco for being hostile towards him.

  • The problem isn't the copyright protection as such, I did try a *cough* alternative executable and it made no difference at all, I still couldn't find a way to launch the game. The other episodes in 202-205 work fine out of the box so I would bet that the only thing missing is that the launcher UI doesn't render right.

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    TMM

    The point is that my 'fix' wouldn't allow regular ways of authenticating the game. It will allow you to launch (and play) an already authenticated version.

  • With the potential for the launcher to be upgraded, I guess the best thing for us to do is look towards that.

    tabacco, is there any way that you feel that we, as paying TellTale customers, can encourage the upgrading of the Ice Station Santa launcher?

  • What, like there's a chance we don't want to fix something? :)

    It all comes down to time. If you could make some more of that, that might help.

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    TMM

    TellTale already fixed this issue... in 2007! See this this thread. It boils down to installing the fix at http://telltale.vo.llnwd.net/o15/games/samandmax/201/patches/20071129_SamMax201_patch_1003.exe

    Then it will all just work, it's so simple, really :)

    I can't believe I didn't find this earlier, or anyone else... for that matter :P

    EDIT:

    This does make the current 'Running the games on Linux howto' that started this thread a bit too complicated than needed. Would anyone like me to start a new thread with current instructions? A lot less magic is required now

  • @tabacco said: What, like there's a chance we don't want to fix something? :)

    Well it doesn't seem to have much of an impact on your target platforms, so it's understandable if updating the launcher is not much of a priority.I was sort of asking if there was another angle we could come at from that didn't involve wearing the Rabid Linux User Hat.

    I can't make more time, but I do have man-hours up for grabs when I'm in North America next month. ;)


    Great stuff, TMM! It doesn't work with Gecko, but with ies4linux (which I thought you said you wouldn't use :b ), I was able to authenticate with my serial number (TellTale login gives that "automation server can't create object" error). It'd still be nice to see it with the same launcher as the rest of the season someday though, since it more or less runs 'out of the box' like that.

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    TMM

    It doesn't work for you? For me it works with gecko just fine... what version of wine are you using?

  • It works with gecko for me if it is *ahem* already authenticated, but to enter my serial number, I needed IE (the issue was that there was no 'unlock' link visible and pressing enter didn't work). I'm not 100% sure what wine version I'm using, but I'm fairly certain it's 1.1+ (I'll check later).

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    TMM

    I used a freshly downloaded copy of episode 201, unauthenticated. I just got the same form I get with 202+ (no layout or anything)
    You should try with a completely fresh install of 201. It really should work just fine with gecko. IE is really not required.

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