Strike Suit Zero Steam Linux Beta.

So i am in the Linux beta for Strike Suit Zero on Steam. It has been rough, since alot of issues so far are bad resolution errors, and graphical glitches. I have been able to run the game on my Optimus laptop with slight graphical glitches, but well enough to actually play the game. If you are in the beta, and want to try the game out decently on a laptop with Optimus in Linux..i have made a bash script that will load the game via “primusrun”. It loads the game without steam having to be opened, but that just means you cant save your progress. So i suggest running the script with steam opened. Also note that you will get odd graphical glitches during cutscenes, and loading intros..the game will still work out pretty well. You will notice some white boxes during missions that are usually destination markers, and such. Also note, that the game loads up in fullscreen. On my laptop it loaded up into a decent resolution..so i dont even bother messing with the resolution. Changing it will just cause problems.

Anyway..here is the bash script i made.

http://www.mediafire.com/download/1p5687ul2cj0cay/opti-strike

Let me know how it works. Also dont forget that they have a forum as well, so you can read up and submit new bugs to help these guys make this game better!

http://strikesuitzero.com/forum

Have fun!

 

-Orkultus-

Also!.. my name on the forum is MintyLinux.

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Getting full performance out of your Intel CPU in Ubuntu.

So i was showing my friend my stats on my Intel Core i5, and i was using “cat /proc/cpuinfo“. He looked at it and was like “Oh i need to send you a script”. He said that Ubuntu doesn’t take full advantage of Intel Processors. Mainly the i3, i5, and i7. So he gave me this script, and i ran it. So i noticed a boost in the “cpu Mhz” section..by alot.

Here is the link to my friends script.

http://www.mediafire.com/download/2x1lpl66gke0sdp/scale.sh

Here is the difference from before i ran the script and after.

BEFORE:

cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor    : 0
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 58
model name    : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz
stepping    : 9
microcode    : 0x12
cpu MHz        : 1200.000         <—–(“This right here is default on my processor”)
cache size    : 3072 KB
physical id    : 0
siblings    : 4
core id        : 0
cpu cores    : 2
apicid        : 0
initial apicid    : 0
fdiv_bug    : no
hlt_bug        : no
f00f_bug    : no
coma_bug    : no
fpu        : yes
fpu_exception    : yes
cpuid level    : 13
wp        : yes
flags        : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf eagerfpu pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm ida arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase smep erms
bogomips    : 4988.57
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment    : 64
address sizes    : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor    : 1
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 58
model name    : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz
stepping    : 9
microcode    : 0x12
cpu MHz        : 1200.000
cache size    : 3072 KB
physical id    : 0
siblings    : 4
core id        : 0
cpu cores    : 2
apicid        : 1
initial apicid    : 1
fdiv_bug    : no
hlt_bug        : no
f00f_bug    : no
coma_bug    : no
fpu        : yes
fpu_exception    : yes
cpuid level    : 13
wp        : yes
flags        : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf eagerfpu pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm ida arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase smep erms
bogomips    : 4988.57
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment    : 64
address sizes    : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor    : 2
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 58
model name    : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz
stepping    : 9
microcode    : 0x12
cpu MHz        : 1200.000
cache size    : 3072 KB
physical id    : 0
siblings    : 4
core id        : 1
cpu cores    : 2
apicid        : 2
initial apicid    : 2
fdiv_bug    : no
hlt_bug        : no
f00f_bug    : no
coma_bug    : no
fpu        : yes
fpu_exception    : yes
cpuid level    : 13
wp        : yes
flags        : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf eagerfpu pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm ida arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase smep erms
bogomips    : 4988.57
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment    : 64
address sizes    : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor    : 3
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 58
model name    : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz
stepping    : 9
microcode    : 0x12
cpu MHz        : 1200.000
cache size    : 3072 KB
physical id    : 0
siblings    : 4
core id        : 1
cpu cores    : 2
apicid        : 3
initial apicid    : 3
fdiv_bug    : no
hlt_bug        : no
f00f_bug    : no
coma_bug    : no
fpu        : yes
fpu_exception    : yes
cpuid level    : 13
wp        : yes
flags        : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf eagerfpu pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm ida arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase smep erms
bogomips    : 4988.57
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment    : 64
address sizes    : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

As you can see, my “cpu MHz” is at 1200.000. This will go up after the script.

AFTER:

cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor    : 0
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 58
model name    : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz
stepping    : 9
microcode    : 0x12
cpu MHz        : 2501.000               <—(“As you can tell this went up after the script”)
cache size    : 3072 KB
physical id    : 0
siblings    : 4
core id        : 0
cpu cores    : 2
apicid        : 0
initial apicid    : 0
fdiv_bug    : no
hlt_bug        : no
f00f_bug    : no
coma_bug    : no
fpu        : yes
fpu_exception    : yes
cpuid level    : 13
wp        : yes
flags        : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf eagerfpu pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm ida arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase smep erms
bogomips    : 4988.57
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment    : 64
address sizes    : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor    : 1
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 58
model name    : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz
stepping    : 9
microcode    : 0x12
cpu MHz        : 2501.000
cache size    : 3072 KB
physical id    : 0
siblings    : 4
core id        : 0
cpu cores    : 2
apicid        : 1
initial apicid    : 1
fdiv_bug    : no
hlt_bug        : no
f00f_bug    : no
coma_bug    : no
fpu        : yes
fpu_exception    : yes
cpuid level    : 13
wp        : yes
flags        : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf eagerfpu pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm ida arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase smep erms
bogomips    : 4988.57
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment    : 64
address sizes    : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor    : 2
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 58
model name    : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz
stepping    : 9
microcode    : 0x12
cpu MHz        : 2501.000
cache size    : 3072 KB
physical id    : 0
siblings    : 4
core id        : 1
cpu cores    : 2
apicid        : 2
initial apicid    : 2
fdiv_bug    : no
hlt_bug        : no
f00f_bug    : no
coma_bug    : no
fpu        : yes
fpu_exception    : yes
cpuid level    : 13
wp        : yes
flags        : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf eagerfpu pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm ida arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase smep erms
bogomips    : 4988.57
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment    : 64
address sizes    : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor    : 3
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 58
model name    : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz
stepping    : 9
microcode    : 0x12
cpu MHz        : 2501.000
cache size    : 3072 KB
physical id    : 0
siblings    : 4
core id        : 1
cpu cores    : 2
apicid        : 3
initial apicid    : 3
fdiv_bug    : no
hlt_bug        : no
f00f_bug    : no
coma_bug    : no
fpu        : yes
fpu_exception    : yes
cpuid level    : 13
wp        : yes
flags        : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf eagerfpu pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm ida arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase smep erms
bogomips    : 4988.57
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment    : 64
address sizes    : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

So now i am getting full performance/speed out of my CPU:

So now i need to explain how to get the script to work. I took the script and placed it in my “/usr/bin” folder, and did “sudo chmod +x scale.sh“. I then noticed that it does give you a few options when you run it.  “USAGE: /usr/bin/scale.sh [conservative|ondemand|userspace|powersave|performance]”. So run it like it so “sudo scale.sh performance“.

This could possible help boost the performance of intel graphics as well. I dont ever use the intel graphics card for games, but i should check it out.

I will soon explain about getting it to startup on startup. I haven’t messed with it yet. If you beat me to it, go ahead and share it.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and im sorry if has been a while since i have shared something with you. I have been busy. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to speak out to me! I will be here to help out.

-Orkultus-

Installing RIFT via Wine in Linux.

So i noticed that RIFT went Free 2 Play, and since i only use Linux, i really wanted to get it working…..and i did! So i will try and put down the steps i followed to get it working well. I know a few people may have problems doing so, but we will work them out as we go.

THE STEPS:

1.) I am running Wine ver 1.5.31 <– add the repo from http://winehq.org, and get updated. (if you dont have the latest version already)

2.) I am running Peppermint Linux OS Four 32bit, and as a fresh install i was missing a few things. I had to install “libtxc-dxtn-s2tc0” via “sudo apt-get install libtxc-dxtn-s2tc0“. This step solved a issue that i would get while just running it with my intel card on my laptop. The game would load, but there would be no coloring, and all the shadows were grey and black. Installing this fixed that, and i got all color back.

3.) I had to run winecfg and set the windows version to “Windows 7”.

4.) I then had to install a few things with winetricks:

winetricks vcrun2008

winetricks d3dx9

winetricks vcrun2005

5.) I then just ran “winetricks” in the terminal by itself and the GUI opened up. I had to set a few options in here.

First when the window opens, go to “Set the default wine prefix

then go to “Change Settings

then select the following things in the list.

ddr=opengl

glsl=enabled

multisampling=disabled

orm=fbo

Then press the OK button. It will change all the wine settings.

6.) Now we need to install RIFT. I noticed the installer from their website would not load in wine for me. I had to grab it from this link: http://update2.triongames.com/patcher/public/Rift_LIVE_Patcher_setup.exe . Download this and run it with “wine Rift_LIVE_Patcher_setup.exe“, or you might just be able to right click on the file in your downloads folder and just select open with wine.

7.) once it installs it will ask you to log in (Make an account if you dont have one on their site). Then once you sign in, you can start the updating / downloading of the entire game. It does get to a point where it says the game is playable, but i just let it finish. (I would let the game fully download, because when you try to load your character, it will give you an error “Unable to Download More Data”) But if you let it download completely it wont be a problem.

So that is pretty much the setup and the install. There are a few more things i need to explain. When the game starts up for me, it Flashes franticly during the movie intro, and loading screens. I once found a way to fix that, but the solution was pointing to editing a file that i cannot seem to find anymore. Now in the game settings, i had to run the game on low graphics, and check off “Low Quality Rendering” in the Settings menu under “VIDEO”, then “ADVANCED”. Besides the video flickering during loading screens and movies, the game runs amazingly, at 1600×900 fullscreen on my laptop.

Now for people who have the Optimus setup, and would like to use the NVIDIA card. Mine was throwing a fit at first, and wouldn’t let me load it via “optirun wine riftpatchlive.exe“. It would give me a msvcp90.dll error. So i ended up messing around with it, and found that using primusrun was working. So i just decided to make a bash script in my “RIFT Game” folder, called “opti-rift“, then i added the following

#!/bin/bash

primusrun wine /home/chuck/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/RIFT\ Game/riftpatchlive.exe

Then i saved it, and did “chmod +x opti-rift“.

Notice where it says “chuck” (thats me)… change it to your username. If you have a 64bit computer, you obviously need to change “Program\ Files/“, to “Program\ Files\ \(x86\)/“, unless you are running a 32bit wine bottle.

Making this script allowed me to make a shortcut on my desktop as well. If you get into any issues with getting a shortcut to work properly, i will help out. ALSO note, that while using the Nvidia card to run RIFT in wine, that the game will complain when you get into your character menu about your Nvidia drivers being OUT OF DATE. Just ignore that. It doesn’t recognize Linux nor your Video Driver version.

I hope this is helpful, and i will be expecting to hear from you with errors and such. Hahaha, it always happens, but I will be here to help you out.

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As you can tell in the picture, my character is named Mintylinux ;D. You can find me on the Hailol server.

-Orkultus-

Peppermint OS 4 is out!

Hey everyone, just thought i would share the news about the latest Peppermint OS release! Yup it’s the 4th Peppermint OS release, and it’s pretty awesome! Light weight, and super fast, and built from Ubuntu 13.04, and Mint! I am currently running the 32bit version on my laptop. (I know, i know, i switch around alot with distros). I just cant help myself. I wish i could use them all in one mega Linux OS, lol. Anyway, go on over to http://www.peppermintos.com. Check out their new site, it’s pretty awesome, and check out the latest release!

 

Enjoy!

 

-Orkultus-

Steam crashing while viewing game pages in 64bit Linux (With Videos)

So my steam has been crashing every time i go to browse the store for games. It only seems to be crashing with games that have video previews. So this to me sounds like a flash player problem. Since im running Linux mint 15 64bit, i needed to put in “libflashplayer.so (32bit)” in my “~/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/plugins” folder. Since inside “/ubuntu12_32” doesn’t have a folder called “/plugins“, i just had to make one with “mkdir plugins“. Then i grabbed the latest copy of the 32bit flash player from “http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/“, by selecting “linux(32bit)” as my operating system, and grabbing the “.tar.gz” file. Then extracted the “libflashplayer.so” file in the new “/plugins” folder inside of my “/ubuntu12_32” directory.

   This problem most likely has been posted everywhere, and people have figured this solution out before, but oddly in my 64bit..i had never had to do this until just a few days ago. It had always just worked without doing so. Anyway..for those who do need this solution, i am posting it.

My steam is working well now. Good luck!

-Orkultus-

Linux Mint 14 upgrade to Linux Mint 15

So i am trying to upgrade from Linux Mint 14, to Linux Mint 15, by following these steps.

1.) sudo sed -i 's/quantal/raring/' /etc/apt/sources.list

2.) sudo sed -i 's/nadia/olivia/' /etc/apt/sources.list

3.) sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

4.) sudo apt-get upgrade

5.) sudo shutdown -r now

As for when it asks me if i want new configuration files, i will press Y. I will let you all know how my upgrade process went. Ive never had any luck going from one version of mint to the next, without having to re-format.

-Orkultus-

Data General One Model 2 (1984)

So i just wanted to share this old piece of ancient history. (More like a paperweight now)..haha. I got this from my roomate, and i have gotten it to start up. It requires a Dos disk to boot up, and i haven’t seen one of those in years. I can boot it up to a menu, but that’s about it. I have been looking into creating a set of Floppix disks to boot into a unix command line. Other than that, i really dont know what i could use it for. It just sits in my room, collecting dust..haha

Anyway, here are the specs, and a picture of this dinosaur.

CPU: 80C88 – 4 Mhz

RAM: 128-512Kb

OS: MSDOS 2.1

Screen: 80×25 LCD Monochrome

Graphics: 640×256 (CGA)

Storage: 1 or 2 internal 3.5″ 720Kb, external 5.25″ 360Kb

Serial Port: 1 RS232C/RS-422, 1 RS-232C

Price back then: 2895 USD

So yeah…haha this thing is ancient.

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Hope you enjoyed this!

-Orkultus-