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Nice Guy

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#1 12 years ago

i have ubuntu linux dapper and i want to play games/movies/music on it

i've been looking around for guides, instructions etc, but i only got more confused. i'm using geforce 7600gt, m2n-e, athlon 64 x2 4200+, 1gb ddr2, r20gb hdd. so is there any way of just downloading the package and installing it or do i really have to do all that wackadoo coding? btw, i've just started using this OS cuz i was tired of windows bugs and unstability, so my knowledge of linux is very poor. also, how do i install codecs to play divx, mp3 and other often used formats? those players that came with OS dont seem to be able to play any of them.

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Bs|Archaon

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#2 12 years ago

Easiest way is to dual boot it...which won't be fun with a 20gb HDD. But it does remove all the problems and kinks you'll inevitable encounter when trying to use something like Wine, Crossover or Cedega to run games while in Linux.




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#3 12 years ago

I agree that dual booting would be best.

To get into ubuntu, i suggest looking through the Ubuntu Wiki, lots of good info can be found in there.




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#4 12 years ago
-StaticX-;3244850To get into ubuntu, i suggest looking through the Ubuntu Wiki, lots of good info can be found in there.

For instance, the instructions for installing the media codecs.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormats

Basically, these codecs are not fully "legal" in all countries, so Ubuntu can't include them without "possibly" breaking some laws somewhere. (Ie, you can't install these codecs in the US, without having purchased the rights to use them,... Usually through another media player, such as WMP).

To play games, just browse around the Ubuntu repositories. There are several games to be had. There is also Planeshift, Nexiuz, and Legends (Tribes clone).

To play most games, you need Cadega. Battlefield 1942, and Half-Life 2 are supposedly among the best supported games. (Age of Empires was among the worst, and Steam support is iffy...)

Most Quake engine based games work fine with Wine, or a "Loki" installer. Half-Life1, Elite Force, Jedi Outcast, etc...




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#5 12 years ago

oh that was a typo, i'm using a 320 gb hdd. so by dual booting u mean to play games on windows and do everything else on ubuntu? well i'd rather make them work on ubuntu, cuz windows is simply unstable, atleast on my machine. but i already have both OS's installed for now, cuz i havent made everything to work on linux. about games, i only want to play bf1942, bf2, with some of their mods, RTCW, COD2 (ocasionally), quake 3 arena and ut2007 when it comes out.

about nvidia drivers, it seems that i installed something correctly, i get the nvidia logo splash screen on ubuntu startup and now i can use 85hz refresh rate but no higher resolution than before.

well thx for that codec page i'll try it.




Bs|Archaon

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#6 12 years ago

Windows really is not all that unstable. There must have been something wrong with your installation and/or your hardware.




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#7 12 years ago
Nice Guy;3245382oh that was a typo, i'm using a 320 gb hdd. so by dual booting u mean to play games on windows and do everything else on ubuntu? well i'd rather make them work on ubuntu, cuz windows is simply unstable, atleast on my machine.

Windows games on Linux are probably more unstable.

but i already have both OS's installed for now, cuz i havent made everything to work on linux. about games, i only want to play bf1942, bf2, with some of their mods, RTCW, COD2 (ocasionally), quake 3 arena and ut2007 when it comes out.

Quake 3 has a native Linux port anway, and I think UT200* is available too. I think that they can both be used on Linux if you have a serial already, so that you needn't buy it again.

about nvidia drivers, it seems that i installed something correctly, i get the nvidia logo splash screen on ubuntu startup and now i can use 85hz refresh rate but no higher resolution than before.

Yup, they should be installed correctly then. Check you can find the Nvidia settings in Applications > System Tools, and video playback should now be smooth.

For video/audio codecs, media players, Acrobat reader, Gaim, aMSN, and all kinds of useful things can be installed incredibly easy with a script: Automatix. All you have to do after installing Automatix is to run it, tick what you want to install, and it should get on with it. www.getautomatix.com