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Game: The Sims 2

Alexandr Oleynikov edited this page Feb 15, 2019 · 12 revisions

The Sims 2 on Linux

Wine dependencies

Wine dependencies are REQUIRED for proper functionality of The Sims 2 and Origin.
NOTE: While Lutris does provide its own Wine, it doesn't provide the dependencies for it by default.
You NEED TO install them manually.

  • To get Wine dependencies on Arch and Arch-based distributions (Antergos, Manjaro), enable multilib and then install wine-staging:
    sudo pacman -S wine-staging
  • To get Wine dependencies on any other distribution (including Ubuntu, Linux Mint), install Wine Staging by follwing instructions at WineHQ.

Additional system dependencies required for Origin installation:

  • Arch: lib32-gnutls lib32-libldap lib32-libgpg-error lib32-libxml2 lib32-alsa-plugins lib32-sdl2 lib32-freetype2 lib32-dbus
  • Ubuntu: libgnutls30:i386 libldap-2.4-2:i386 libgpg-error0:i386 libxml2:i386 libasound2-plugins:i386 libsdl2-2.0-0:i386 libfreetype6:i386 libdbus-1-3:i386

Origin In-Game problems

In some cases, The Sims 2 may not be able to start due to Orign In-Game not working properly in Wine. To disable it, you need to open Origin>Application Settings in the top menu, then open Origin In-Game tab and uncheck "Enable Origin In-Game". This should fix the problem and allow The Sims 2 to start.

Windowed mode

At the first launch, The Sims 2 will start in fullscreen and quite low resolution (1024:768), so for your first time, you may want to run it in a windowed mode. To do that, simply open the game preferences and in the argument area, enter -W.

Known Issues

  • Sim models may explode if Sims 2 won't have your graphics card in its database (and it most certainly won't). To fix this, save and copy this file into ~/drive_c/users/alex/My Documents/EA Games/The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection/Config. The folder inside EA GAMES may not be called The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection so adjust it according to what you have.
  • Almost all thumbnails and family previews render incorrectly. To fix this, add these mods.
  • Changing resolution on public lots may result in a black screen. Avoid doing that and simply change it in the town mode.
  • Icons above sim’s head (like the one you get for a new friend) cause temporary polygon explosion.
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