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Wine 5.18 is out making use of the new vkd3d-shader library

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The team hacking away on the Wine compatibility layer have put out another development build with Wine 5.18 now being made available. Wine 5.18 comes not long after the Wine team also released vkd3d 1.2, their Direct3D 12 to Vulkan translation layer and it seems part of the work was on integrations here.

Here's the highlights:

  • Vulkan shader compilation using the new vkd3d-shader library.
  • USER32 library converted to PE.
  • Console no longer requires the curses library.
  • Support for display modes with various orientations.
  • A number of syntax fixes in the WIDL compiler.
  • Non-recursive makefiles.

Along with this release they noted a further 42 bugs being fixed. Our usual disclaimer applies: some are old bugs solved in earlier releases, some only recently. Titles improved include: No One Lives Forever, a number of GOG installers should no longer crash, Neverwinter Online: Launcher crash fix, League of Legends, The Witcher 3, there's fixes that affect multiple Chromium-based browser engines and Blizzard games and so on.

Full release notes can be found here.

If you need help running multiple Wine versions, Lutris is good for that. You can also get help in our Forum any time.

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Tags: Open Source, Update, Wine | Apps: Wine
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chimpy 27 Sep
Quoting: Avehicle7887
Quoting: chimpyNot completely relevant to the article, but does anyone know how to install a non Steam DLC to a Steam game? Specifically Mass Effect; Steam doesn't have any of the DLC available but they are available for free as executibles on the EA site. Tried to install by adding it like you'd add a non Steam game to Steam, but when it looks for where Mass Effect is installed it can't find it.

Got a link to the DLC download? I can try to figure out how to install them Manually.

Thanks for the help this is the link:

https://help.ea.com/en-us/help/faq/dlc-for-classic-games/

Just scroll down to the Mass Effect section and it has both Pinnacle Station and Bringing Down the Sky for download. I'm almost done with ME but I didn't want to finish without also finishing up the 2 DLCs. And now that I see this I think I'ma also downloads some of the DLCs for Dragon Age Origins lol.
Trias 27 Sep
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Quoting: chimpyNot completely relevant to the article, but does anyone know how to install a non Steam DLC to a Steam Proton game? Specifically Mass Effect; Steam doesn't have any of the DLC available but they are available for free as executibles on the EA site. Tried to install by adding it like you'd add a non Steam game to Steam, but when it looks for where Mass Effect is installed it can't find it.

Hello.

It proved to be quite simple - you just need to replace MassEffect.exe (make backup copy) from SteamLibrary/steamapps/common/Mass Effect/Binaries with your DLC executeble, renamed as MassEffect.exe. Then start the game from Steam. It will launch installation in the game wine prefix. Do it for both DLC, then replace MassEffect.exe back from backup.

Hope this helps.
Felix 27 Sep
Quoting: t3gIt’s cute that WINE is at 5.18, but Proton is stuck at 5.9 since WINE broke esync/fsync and Proton likes to have it.

Any news on that front?
t3g 27 Sep
Quoting: Felix
Quoting: t3gIt’s cute that WINE is at 5.18, but Proton is stuck at 5.9 since WINE broke esync/fsync and Proton likes to have it.

Any news on that front?

There was a recent release of Proton-5.9-GE-6-ST that has backported fixes and newer libraries from 5.17 into the Proton 5.9 code. I think they are going to continue to try to add the game fixes and keep up with the WINE patches while Proton is remaining stagnant.

Its a good thing we have Proton-GE as it provides another option to standard Proton to get newer games to work.


Last edited by t3g on 27 September 2020 at 2:03 pm UTC
adamhm 27 Sep
Quoting: chimpyNot completely relevant to the article, but does anyone know how to install a non Steam DLC to a Steam Proton game? Specifically Mass Effect; Steam doesn't have any of the DLC available but they are available for free as executibles on the EA site. Tried to install by adding it like you'd add a non Steam game to Steam, but when it looks for where Mass Effect is installed it can't find it.

The solution given by Trias should work, but I made a tool for doing things like this, based on my Wine/Proton wrapper scripts (see here at the bottom of the post - look for SteamPlay Menu). Extract it somewhere and run the start.sh script; you can either specify the AppID with the argument appid=<appid> or you can search through your installed games/select it from a list.

From the menu, choose the "Run..." option and select the installer, then just click through to run it. You can also run Winetricks and configure various Wine settings using the script.
And to end the weekend, the Wine Staging 5.18 patches have been released about an hour ago, unfortunately the mfplat support has been disabled in this release.

EDIT:
The mfplat patches have been rebased soon after the release and have applied correctly to the Wine 5.18 codebase. Gonna run a few tests as usual


Last edited by Avehicle7887 on 28 September 2020 at 12:28 pm UTC
chimpy 30 Sep
Quoting: Trias
Quoting: chimpyNot completely relevant to the article, but does anyone know how to install a non Steam DLC to a Steam Proton game? Specifically Mass Effect; Steam doesn't have any of the DLC available but they are available for free as executibles on the EA site. Tried to install by adding it like you'd add a non Steam game to Steam, but when it looks for where Mass Effect is installed it can't find it.

Hello.

It proved to be quite simple - you just need to replace MassEffect.exe (make backup copy) from SteamLibrary/steamapps/common/Mass Effect/Binaries with your DLC executeble, renamed as MassEffect.exe. Then start the game from Steam. It will launch installation in the game wine prefix. Do it for both DLC, then replace MassEffect.exe back from backup.

Hope this helps.

Wow that was a really simple fix for a problem that had been driving me crazy, so thank you both Trias and adamhm.
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