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GE-Proton 8-25 released, should fix a bunch of early 2000s games

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A small hotfix release of GE-Proton went up with GE-Proton 8-25 containing two changes, but for players of classic games it might be a good release to try.

From the changelog:

  • Remove Baldur's Gate 3 launcher workaround (no longer needed)
  • Add mpegvideo codec to ffmpeg, should complete Crimson Skies, Azumanga Fighter and possibly a lot of other early 2000s games. (thanks loathingKernel)


Here's a text guide on how to install GE-Proton.

Download ProtonUp-Qt

For Steam Deck, make sure you're in Desktop Mode. Steam Button -> Power - Switch to Desktop.

  • Steam Deck / KDE Plasma - Open the Discover store, in the search box (top left) type in "ProtonUp-Qt", click it and hit Install (top right). Alternatively on Steam Deck if you have Decky Loader, you can also try the "Wine Cellar" plugin.
  • Manual install / GNOME - head to the official website, scroll down and pick your favourite download option either AppImage or Flathub. On GNOME desktops, you can also download via GNOME Software.

Using ProtonUp-Qt:

  • Launch ProtonUp-Qt.
  • Make sure it's set to Steam at the top and select to install GE-Proton.
  • Reload Steam to update the compatibility layer list.
  • In Steam:
    • Desktop: right click a game and go to Properties.
    • Steam Deck / Big Picture Mode: find the game in your library, go to the little cog on the right and then select Properties.
  • Compatibility menu -> Tick the box, select GE-Proton from the drop-down menu.

My original video of how to do it on Steam Deck:

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Linux_Rocks Nov 22, 2023
Crimson Skies kicks ass. 🏴‍☠️
MayeulC Nov 22, 2023
Quoting: Linux_RocksCrimson Skies kicks ass. 🏴‍☠️

I had no idea it was released on platforms other than Xbox
Linux_Rocks Nov 22, 2023
Quoting: MayeulC
Quoting: Linux_RocksCrimson Skies kicks ass. 🏴‍☠️

I had no idea it was released on platforms other than Xbox
Yeah, the original was on PC.
kuhpunkt Nov 22, 2023
Does anybody have any idea if Valve is still working on a solution to this problem? All this ffmpeg stuff. It's great that GE-Proton exists, but it would be nice if you could just rely on vanilla Proton.
Purple Library Guy Nov 22, 2023
Quoting: kuhpunktDoes anybody have any idea if Valve is still working on a solution to this problem? All this ffmpeg stuff. It's great that GE-Proton exists, but it would be nice if you could just rely on vanilla Proton.
Isn't their solution basically mechanical, going through games one at a time redoing video files as something usable?

Is this one of those things where it matters if the file format is still patented?
Charco Nov 22, 2023
I had an issue where videos wouldn't play in Resident Evil 5,does this update fix that?
KeyBounce Nov 22, 2023
I am having trouble figuring out how to get this to work (I am new to this).

I saw a report of a new version of proton (Ge-proton), and the article describes ProtonUp-Qt. But "Discover" doesn't find this, so the Steam Deck / KDE Plasma instructions are a non-starter for me.

I am KUbuntu, with plasma, and lts 22.04. Not wayland, yet (people have been recommending that I switch given X issues).

QuoteSteam Deck / KDE Plasma - Open the Discover store, in the search box (top left) type in "ProtonUp-Qt", click it and hit Install (top right).

Discover does not list this. Searching the web for "ProtonUp-Qt" lead me to a github page, an install link, and then appstream://net.davidotek.pupgui2 being passed to discover, which complains that it's not available in any repository (with ... grumble, an error message that cannot be copy/pasted.)

Can you help someone that is new to configuring / administering modern linux with this?

(The last time I had to deal with linux was 1999. I knew how to admin BSD back around 1992, mac OS's of various types from 2005-2019 [last version used there was 10.12], but modern linux is like a sea of chaos where the documentation seems dumbed down and/or hidden.)
Solitary Nov 22, 2023
Quoting: KeyBounceI am having trouble figuring out how to get this to work (I am new to this).

I saw a report of a new version of proton (Ge-proton), and the article describes ProtonUp-Qt. But "Discover" doesn't find this, so the Steam Deck / KDE Plasma instructions are a non-starter for me.

I am KUbuntu, with plasma, and lts 22.04. Not wayland, yet (people have been recommending that I switch given X issues).

QuoteSteam Deck / KDE Plasma - Open the Discover store, in the search box (top left) type in "ProtonUp-Qt", click it and hit Install (top right).

Discover does not list this. Searching the web for "ProtonUp-Qt" lead me to a github page, an install link, and then appstream://net.davidotek.pupgui2 being passed to discover, which complains that it's not available in any repository (with ... grumble, an error message that cannot be copy/pasted.)

Can you help someone that is new to configuring / administering modern linux with this?

(The last time I had to deal with linux was 1999. I knew how to admin BSD back around 1992, mac OS's of various types from 2005-2019 [last version used there was 10.12], but modern linux is like a sea of chaos where the documentation seems dumbed down and/or hidden.)

ProtonUp-Qt is on flathub, so Discover does list it if you have Flatpak support installed/enabled, given that you mentioned you use *buntu, you most likely only have Snap enabled and need Flatpak packages installed.
Brokatt Nov 22, 2023
Quoting: KeyBounceI am having trouble figuring out how to get this to work (I am new to this).

I saw a report of a new version of proton (Ge-proton), and the article describes ProtonUp-Qt. But "Discover" doesn't find this, so the Steam Deck / KDE Plasma instructions are a non-starter for me.

I am KUbuntu, with plasma, and lts 22.04. Not wayland, yet (people have been recommending that I switch given X issues).

QuoteSteam Deck / KDE Plasma - Open the Discover store, in the search box (top left) type in "ProtonUp-Qt", click it and hit Install (top right).

Discover does not list this. Searching the web for "ProtonUp-Qt" lead me to a github page, an install link, and then appstream://net.davidotek.pupgui2 being passed to discover, which complains that it's not available in any repository (with ... grumble, an error message that cannot be copy/pasted.)

Can you help someone that is new to configuring / administering modern linux with this?

(The last time I had to deal with linux was 1999. I knew how to admin BSD back around 1992, mac OS's of various types from 2005-2019 [last version used there was 10.12], but modern linux is like a sea of chaos where the documentation seems dumbed down and/or hidden.)

I am also a Kubuntu user, you have to have Flatpak for this. It's not available either as a snap or deb. If I remember correctly you have to open Discover, go to settings and enable flathub. If I am wrong you can follow these instructions: https://flatpak.org/setup/Kubuntu


Last edited by Brokatt on 22 November 2023 at 7:42 pm UTC
Bestia Nov 22, 2023
Quoting: BrokattI am also a Kubuntu user, you have to have Flatpak for this. It's not available either as a snap or deb. If I remember correctly you have to open Discover, go to settings and enable flathub. If I am wrong you can follow these instructions: https://flatpak.org/setup/Kubuntu

No you don't have to have Flatpak.

ProtonUp-Qt is available as AppImage.

https://github.com/DavidoTek/ProtonUp-Qt/releases
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