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    • By Handyman

       
      How to use Wine with SimCity4Deluxe, NAM, Modding Tools
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          About ten years ago I made Ubuntu my only OS, after dual booting with XP for about a year. I had only one regret, I could not get SC4D to run in Wine. I tried a few times over the next few years but still had no luck. Then a couple of years ago I decided to dig in and get it running.
          My first success came with the help of PlayOnLinux, finally! I used this setup until, recently, I decided to try working directly with Wine without the extra layer of PlayOnLinux. So I dug a little more and eventually I gathered most of the info I was looking for on the interweb. Much of this was, things I didn't know I needed to know, until I knew them.
          Now, I had a lot of info, but some bits seemed to contradict other bits, so I began to develop a repeatable, controllable, procedure that would allow me to test a defined set up, document it, rinse and repeat. The process I settled on, exposed the unreliable information, but gave rise to more questions. I dug around, got some more bits, and started again. This time it all came together.
          Eventually, I settled on a kind of combination set-up method using wine / winetricks / wine tools. I'm more of a nuts and bolts kinda guy,so this satisfies me. There are other ways to achieve the same results, and I may tackle them some time, but for now, I am concentrating on using this method to install SimCity4Deluxe and some of the modding tools.
          As a part of the testing process I developed sets of instructions, so I could repeat a particular set-up, exactly the same, multiple times. After using them for awhile, I decided they were solid and they might be helpful to other people. So I edited them into a more readable format and added some, (I hope), helpful information.
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    • By zebulon_stonehenge
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    • By zebulon_stonehenge
      Anyone who likes U-Drive-It-ing in SimCity4DE, or likes trains, or likes Chicago, I think will enjoy the following video. This is like U-Drive-It-ing an El-Rail train through an SC4 city... but in real life! This is a driver's view of The Green Line. Note that we pass through both Lake&Morgan Station (with it's beautiful translucent roof) (24:40) and Lake&Ashland Station (with it's gorgeous Victorian architecture) (26:13). Both of these stations are part of NAM. If nothing else, this video will give an SC4 enthusiast an idea of how El-Rail lines are laid-out and used in real life.
       
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