When we moved to the new flat, I decided that I’d be setting up both my new and old laptops in my little ‘office’ so that I could run the Dell (Ubuntu) for my coding, any work stuff, browsing etc, and the old VAIO (WinXP) for gaming. However, the VAIO is not a gaming laptop by any standards, and while it supports games like RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 and Age of Empires it does tend to struggle a bit with more modern games. That, for some reason, includes the fairly old “Rise of Nations”, which requires 16MB video RAM.
So, not to be beaten (and so I don’t waste the epic 5.99 I spent on RoN) I’ve decided to try installing and running it on Ubuntu under Wine. Using Damon Kohler’s How to Run Rise of Nations with Wine guide — minus the disc ripping/mounting as I didn’t feel it necessary — it has thus far totally installed.
Now all I’ve got to do is try and run it… and I’m sure it’s some sort of blasphemy to get a Microsoft game running under Linux! :)
Update: it runs but with no sound (a known issue). Incidentally, I’ve just looked at the back of the box and noticed in the small print “
Onboard/Integrated graphic chipsets and laptops are not supported” … someone forgot to tell my Dell :)