I figured I should share this with everyone else. I do not own ACE yet, so I just used the trial and never activated it, 'cause I didn't want to. I did however try VX and it works fully; played tested it and everything. Also, you must use the latest Ubuntu upgrade, "12.04 LTS". This also allowed me to install VX on Ubuntu as well. Since I have my full copies on Windows, I used trials for this. You could try 11.10, but nothing before that seems to work.
This is but one way to fix the DRM errors, DirectX errors and sound errors when installing on Ubuntu. It might also go slower than it does on Windows (for me, it runs FLAWLESSLY except when first executing the exe), but if you are desperate, you won't care much I think. But the good news is, each and every Ubuntu update and WINE update makes this more and more possible! For example, CS4 and CS5 are usable on Ubuntu now, though I have not tested it myself.
Sometimes this doesn't fix it for everyone. It solved it for me, and four other friends of mine. I think I found a "reason" as to why. Sounds cards and PC info. I really don't know how to explain this, but sometimes (I have three Desktops, one of which this didn't work on) PCs in Ubuntu won't accept some of the WINE installations. Though you are welcomed to try installing it else where to see if it can be fixed. Overall though, I've only met two people this didn't work for, three if you count my third Desktop computer.
Lastly, I hope this was the right place to put this tutorial. I apologize if I erred, moderators and admin team.
Since it worked for VX, this also goes for that. I have not yet tested XP fully, but I will when I get my drive back.
Okay, the process may seem long and hard, but its not. I have spent all day trying to get it to work in 11.10, but it does not. You must update to the newest Ubuntu. This is a screen shot showing I got it to work, in case others doubt me or something (I once said it was possible, and got chewed out, so I'm being careful xD):
To update to the newest version, there are many options; 1) there is searching up "Update Manager" by clicking this:
and then clicking the "Upgrade now" button, or you can click this:
And then select the updating option.
Now we need to upgrade the WINE application. If you haven't upgraded to the newest Ubuntu, do it now, restart and continue. Only after that point, unless you wish to try it on 11.10 first, should you continue.
Open up the Terminal Window (you can search for it in the search bar mentioned earlier) or you can try this shortcut prompt: CRTL + ALT + T
Now, type the following sudo commands. All of them must be separate! So that means pressing "ENTER" each line. If you worry about typing the sudo commands out yourself, then you can select each line, copy and paste it into the Terminal by right clicking and selecting "PASTE". You will be prompted for your password now.
Once you installed that, we need DirectX; something VERY important to RPG maker games. It is a Windows based native, but it can be run through WINE. But first, we need the latest Winetricks. Open the terminal window again and type the following all as separate sudo commands:
$ wget http://www.kegel.com/wine/winetricks $ chmod +x winetricks $ sh winetricks
This should bring up the winetricks program. It looks like this:
Check "Select the default wineprefix" if it isn't already, and then hit okay. Now check the first option, which is "Install a Windows DLL or component" and hit okay once again.
Another window should pop up with hundreds of options. Search for the following and check them:
dotnet20 (MS .NET 2.0); You NEED this file for this to work! And make sure you have "gdiplus" checked as well.
And then hit OK and it will install them all. If you get any errors installing the DirectX, please take pictures of them and provide them, as well as tell me exactly what you did, because this should work.
Now we need to install TiMidity; a MIDI solving thingy-ma-bob. Open the terminal window again and type:
$ sudo apt-get install timidity
And then let it install. You might have to say "yes/y" to continue and you might have to agree to let it install extra stuff. Say yes. Reboot the computer just to be safe.
When you get back into Ubuntu, its time to start the most important process, I think. Installing all of the RPG Makers. That's right, all of them. You can just use trials though, that's what I did at first, though i later dragged my files from Windows over to continue where I left off with my games.
First, download RPG VX (Not ACE) and RPG XP and drag them to the desktop. Time to drag ACE to the desktop as well, JUST THE INSTALLERS THOUGH. You might have to extract them. Put them all in folders separately called "RPGVX Setup" and so on.
Now we need to go to Program files and create a folder called RPG Maker, or put this folder in Common Files, if you are dual booting like me. This will make sure it won't erase the Windows install of the makers or overlap each other and cancel everything out.
So for example, this is what mine looked like:
Which is "500GB\programfiles\commonfiles\RPG Maker\" This is important, okay? All of the files must go in the same folder, or this won't work. *Also, it will install under ".wine" folder. The "." makes folders/files hidden. I will get into this on the second post*
First, we need to install VX, not ACE, so you need to go to Uninstall WINE Software. This won't effect WINE, but its actually the panel to install things through it. I don't know why they decided to call it "UNINSTALL" only, since it does both and more.
You should see this:
You see the red boxed thing? That's how you install new things; we'll need to click that.
But first, take a look at the stuff I boxed in blue. This is how it should look after you are done with everything. Ignore "MSVCRT Redists"; though; but if you want, you can install it just in case (by checking the list I mentioned earlier, or searching it up in Dash Home). Now back to the red; click the "INSTALL" button and navigate to your desktop.
Here, open up the folder that has the install files for RPGVX, not ACE, and install the ACTUAL MAKER before the RTP. For example, this is what it looks like for me, e.i, where I installed:
All of it must be inside of RPG Maker folder! Do not make separate folders for ACE, XP and VX!
So, set up the RPGVX program, NOT THE RTP, to this folder first. Install it and then open up the Uninstall WINE software again, this time we select VX's RTP. We'll install it in the same folder, so do it. If it says "This folder already exists, would you like to install inside this folder anyway?" click yes; do no worry about it. After the RTP is installed, we need to install the trial of XP. *You can install FULL versions if you have them instead of trials*
Actually, I just realized I couldn't install XP, or at least it doesn't show up, or I forgot if I did or didn't. Just in case, we'll still include it. Do the same steps as above in the same folder. Though, if it asks to erase VX stuff, say no and I guess skip the XP step. However, if it lets you install without erasing VX stuff, good, continue. And then install XP's RTP and if it says "This folder already exists, would you like to install inside this folder anyway?" again, say yes!
Now that we are passed that, we need to install ACE! Boo-ya!
Open up "Uninstall WINE software" again if you closed it and click the Install button again.
This time navigate to the ACE set up folder on the desktop and install the GAME first, not the RTP. Put it in the same folder as VX.
It shouldn't ask you to merge or replace the normal VX, if so, stop. Something went wrong. If not, continue. Now do the same for the RTP; it might say "This folder already exists, would you like to install inside this folder anyway?" again, if so, say yes.
If all goes well, BAM, you have ACE installed. To run the game, you should have a desktop shortcut. If that doesn't work for you (give it about a minute to load), go to the install folder and execute the exe of ACE install by right click and running with WINE LOADER. I need to explain a few more things in the next post, but that should be all.
There you go. Please post your problems, your Ubuntu version, your PC specs and what you did and didn't do.
Enjoy Linux users! You have a great game maker now!
THINGS TESTED SO FAR:
✓ = completed and tested [Unchecked] = I have not yet tested, will do next ✗ = failure; does not currently work with WINE's udpate.
UBUNTU 11.10/12.04 LTS TESTING
Laying tilesets down = ✓
Play testing = ✓
Opening from the "game" exe = ✓
Playing around = ✓
Text read and imputing = ✓
Importing Graphics = ✓
Database (Entering, editing etc etc; LARGE update from before, where you couldn't even enter the DB.) = ✓
Script editing and script menu = ✓
Music import = ✓
MIDI file types playable = ✗ (FILES will play if converted to OGG!)
BGS and SE Testing = ✓
Any music on map = ✗ (If the file is MIDI, the game crashes. MUST BE OGG FOR NOW!)
Anything else I am missing = [Unchecked]
LOG MOCK UP:
The engine is 99% perfect workable in Ubuntu with WINE now. The only problem, and I seriously mean the only problem (unless you gave give me something to test?), is MIDI files. I've read and heard you can get them to emulate properly in Ubuntu, but I couldn't. To get around this, converting all MIDIs to OGG works. If you do this, you are 100% able to use the engine.
RMXP has not been fully tested though.
As things are found and checked as either working, sorta working or X for not working, I will continue to find ways to update and fix it, if its possible with the current build of WINE. Each WINE update will be provided as a LOG edit here in this thread.
Please be patient as this updates with solutions etc etc. It will also help if you privide any other errors you might have had, or if you can tell me what to test and add to the list.
I have heard that some people did not need to install the other makers to get this to work. You are more than welcomed to do that, if you want. If you find other ways to install RPGVX/ACE in Ubuntu, then please share!
This post has been edited by MagitekElite: Jul 28 2012, 06:23 PM
I have tested everything I could think of in Ubuntu running RMVX through WINE. I didn't encounter a single problem, unless you count the MIDI problem. See, Ubuntu cannot run MIDI files because its not native to it. That isn't to say its impossible to run MIDIs, because I have and did. There are many ways to getting MIDIs to play in Ubuntu. TiMidity is one of them, and requires a lot of work of editing as I just found out. Unless you were lucky enough to get that TiMidity install to work with MIDIs, of course. I'm just the unlucky one, it seems.
Well, anyways, I'm still trying to figure out how to edit the config file for TiMidity and everything else to get it to run properly, so I will post the solution as soon as I can, promise. However, don't let this stop you from playing and making Ubunter users. Why? Because there is another simple and quick solution around this temporary MIDI problem.
Ubuntu has no problem playing them, and I tested it out and it worked. I went in and converted "Airship.mid" to "Airship.ogg" and imported it. It worked fine! If you watch the video below, please don't think the system runs this game as slow as tectonic plates--IT RUNS FLAWLESSLY! Its just...well, read the video description please! You'll see why it looks slow in the video.
So, if you are desperate, then just convert all the MID/MIDI files to OGG once you install the game. "How though?!" you might ask? You could do it many ways, but I did it via Ubuntu. Open up the terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) or searching it up in Dash Home, and sudo apt-get install oggconverter. However, I would say open up Software Center and search up "OggConverter" and install it that way. Seems to install things better that way for me, and its easier for the starters of Ubuntu.
Once you have that installed, go to Dash Home and search it up and then open it. Before you close it, look over at the left to the bar with all the programs/folders on it. You should see OggConverter's logo. Right click it and pin it to the Launcher. This way, you don't have to search for it every time you want to use it, you can just double click it.
Once you are in OGGC, open up the MIDI file and select OGG as the output, select where you want the convert to save at and then convert. Bam! You are done!
There is another thing you probably noticed in the videos I presented. The bars, like this, are missing, huh? Well, they disappear for some odd reason when WINE is run. Its not broken and you can easily still "x" off programs etc etc even without them. There are many options, two of which is 1) On the top, when you scroll over it, you should see a line of "file, edit," etc etc. In File, you can exist the programs. 2) To the far left, on your Home DashBoard, you can right click and quit.
So...currently, unless you have something for me to test and report back on, RMVX (Ace should as well!) works beautifully on Ubuntu now! So Ubuntu users, enjoy! I certainly did fiddling with it in Ubuntu!
Remember, I will post the solution to the MIDI problem as SOON as I find it out, so keep an eye on this thread, report problems, crashes, questions etc etc and I'll get to it as quick as The Flash.