Counter-Strike, Wine and FreeBSD

Andrew P. infofarmer at
Tue Aug 16 07:30:41 GMT 2005

I use wine-20050725 from ports. You know, I also have problems with
fonts in CS. Sometimes they all work flawlessly, sometimes squares are
displayed instead of some of them - but it has nothing to do with wine
fonts or X fonts, because all fonts in CS are bitmap files located
somewhere in the valve folder.

I think the only thing in the config that matters in this case is this:

"ScreenDepth" = "16"
"Managed" = "N"
"Desktop" = "1024x768"
"UseDGA" = "Y"
"UseXVidMode" = "Y"
"UseTakeFocus" = "Y"
"DXGrab" = "N"
"DesktopDoubleBuffered" = "Y"

But in fact I'm not sure all fonts are displayed fine with this. CS
launches with virtually any settings here - that's what I'm sure of.

I know about (and btw, Cedega is free
without its copy-protection extensions), but it seems that wine is
still much easier to set up on BSD than Cedega.

I have never paid for a piece of software in my life (except for
donations to some open-source projects), but I'm ready to give the
guys $15 if they cure me of dependancy from windows. [I was also going
to buy OSS sound drivers as they stated support for SoundMax, but I
downloaded a trial - and SoundMax wasn't in the list of FreeBSD
drivers, what a pity].

Yep, there are many great games that run smoothly on FreeBSD without
any tribal dances. I've been enjoying Nexuiz for the last few days.
But I really want to get CS1.5 going - it's not just a game for me,
it's a place where I can regularly meet my friends :-)

Andrew P.

On 8/16/05, Aaron Gibson <agibson at> wrote:
> quick question, I'm guessing you used wine in ports? I never seemed to
> be able to get the fonts to work properly with Counter-Strike 1.5. Can
> you post your wine config file?
> The alternative was/is cedega, but I felt more inclined to boot windows
> than pay even more money to get a game to work (my .02)
> Props to ID and epic for supporting alternative platforms. UT* and
> Quake/Doom series work very well as I understand it (I played UT2004 and
> QuakeIII on FreeBSD with great success)
> --Aaron
> Andrew P. wrote:
> > Hello!
> >
> > I'm sorry to bother you all guys, but this issue has really become a
> > crusade for me :)
> >
> > I'm trying to play Counter-Strike 1.5 on FreeBSD - over network
> >
> > The easy part was to install wine, closed-source nvidia drivers,
> > launch CS1.5 - and even play on the local listen server with some
> > bots. Mouse was not very responsive, but overall performance was
> > great. It should be noted that CS1.5 did not need any native dll's -
> > only wine's built in modules.
> >
> > The problems start when you try to connect to a network server. It
> > would just hang. It took me three days of messing with wine, googling,
> > and meditating - to finally decide to ask for help at
> > freebsd-questions :)
> >
> > Things I tried: using virtually all combinations of native dll's from
> > Win98 and WinXP, trying each and every option in .wine/config, trying
> > all kinds of CS1.5 options, etc.
> >
> > Things I didn't try yet - they would require some expertise with
> > wine/freebsd: careful debugging of relays and messages, building wine
> > from cvs (port is not that old), IPX instead of IP (wild idea), etc.
> >
> > Come on, people, could somebody help me with this? CS is the single
> > most popular FPS game out there. I could just give up and fall back to
> > Linux/Cedega, but that just wouldn't be cool :) I'm sure that if we
> > sort it out with CS1.5, Steam and Source will just be a matter of
> > time. And some hundreds of geeks won't have second thoughts about
> > FreeBSD on their desktop/laptop computers.
> >
> > I set up a separate Category on my forum in case anyone needs it:
> >
> >
> >
> > Thanks guys,
> > Andrew P.
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