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StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Thu, 13 June 2019 23:02 Go to next message
raptor is currently offline raptor

 
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Hi,

I have updated StarsWine to use a new engine called 'otvdm'. Download StarsWine here:

https://github.com/stars-4x/starswine/releases

This new release brings some excellent changes:

* Much better integration with Windows 64-bit, if not seamless
* Only 3 MB download!
* None of the bugs from the previous release

But if you should find a bug, please let me know and I'll see if I can't fix it or kick it upstream.

For the curious, otvdm is the 16-bit WINE layer ported natively to Windows 64-bit and is being developed here:

https://github.com/otya128/winevdm

Enjoy!


[Updated on: Tue, 25 August 2020 10:47] by Moderator


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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Fri, 14 June 2019 01:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hooray! Thanks.

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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Sat, 15 June 2019 15:24 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Note one bug: if it fails to run (missing a DLL or funny 0xc000007b error), you'll need to install VS C++ runtime 2017 (32 bit) found here:

https://aka.ms/vs/15/release/vc_redist.x86.exe

I am working on removing this requirement.

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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Sun, 16 June 2019 11:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I have removed the requirement for installing the MSVC runtime libraries in the latest release. However, the download is now 2 MB larger! Smile

[Updated on: Sun, 16 June 2019 11:19]

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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Mon, 17 June 2019 03:35 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Which is about 3 times the original size of stars? Smile

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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Wed, 30 October 2019 16:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I see at least a dozen people have downloaded this. Are people actually using StarsWine?

For those who tried it and may have decided against, what were some of the issues?

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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Fri, 01 November 2019 09:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I've used it a few times, and it starts up faster than then my StarsDOSBox setup. Unfortunately, I usually forget I have StarsWine setup and use StarsDOSBox instead.
I've added StarsWine to the Wiki on the https://wiki.starsautohost.org/wiki/Stars_vs_OS



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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Tue, 17 December 2019 19:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Today I've tried the StarsWine for the first time.

WHOW!
Now that's great stuff and highly superiour to any other thing we had so far for Win 7 64-bit.
And as easy as even me getting it done within 2min.

Thanks a lot, raptor!

Does it also work for Win 10?

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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Tue, 17 December 2019 22:35 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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You're welcome!

Yes, tested on every Windows 64-bit since Windows 7.

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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Wed, 18 December 2019 06:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Does this just allow windows users to use Stars! in the same fashion as Linux uses? I just can't imagine anyone using DOSbox to play the game. How claustrophobic.

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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Wed, 18 December 2019 12:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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theene wrote on Wed, 18 December 2019 06:15
Does this just allow windows users to use Stars! in the same fashion as Linux uses? I just can't imagine anyone using DOSbox to play the game. How claustrophobic.


Correct. Smile

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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Wed, 18 December 2019 14:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I've used the Windows 7 Virtual PC, and VirtualBox. Both of which I prefer over DosBox. Glad StarsWine is improved.


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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Thu, 20 February 2020 01:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks @raptor This is so much better than dosbox and way more convenient than a VM!

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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Sat, 18 April 2020 06:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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@Raptor huge thanks for your work on this. Great to have tools that allow continued play of this classic on newer systems.

I found that running stars.bat works fine on Win 10 but when trying it on a 64-bit Win 7 pro machine I get the following error:
Quote:
Could not load 'KERNEL.DLL' required by 'dummydll', error=2


Upon clicking "OK", another error displays:
Quote:
otvdm.exe has stopped working


I've tried running as administrator but get the same result.

Is there anything I can do to fix this?

Thanks
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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Sat, 18 April 2020 23:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hi Mr K,

It sounds like something is wrong with the file layout in the starswine4 folder. Either extraction of the ZIP didn't work quite right or some files went missing accidentally.

I know that it has run on Windows 7 without issue, but it could be an incompatibility with your specific system for some reason. For this reason, I attempted a new build that modified some compiler things to increase compatibility. It's found here (for now):

https://www.et.byu.edu/~buckd/starswine5alpha.zip

md5sum:
5673a8be3da0b43fd71fa266ba95a321 starswine5alpha.zip

I don't know if it'll work, it's a shot in the dark. Please let me know if it does.


[Updated on: Sun, 19 April 2020 00:04]

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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Sun, 19 April 2020 19:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hi Raptor,

Your 'shot in the dark' is a bulls-eye. That version works perfectly on my 64-bit Win 7 pro machine.

I've also checked it on my Win 10 machine and it works there too.

Thank you!!


[Updated on: Sun, 19 April 2020 19:48]

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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Mon, 20 April 2020 16:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Mr K wrote on Sun, 19 April 2020 19:47
Your 'shot in the dark' is a bulls-eye.


Hah, that's great! I admit I still don't know what the issue is, but I posted that build publicly here now (and renamed it):

https://github.com/stars-4x/starswine/releases

I'll include the compiler changes in future builds (if any).

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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Wed, 17 June 2020 15:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I just installed StarsWine.

A hopefully little problem: in the battle VCR I do not see ship quantities, and the VCR is smaller than it was when running it on my old VM. Is this a StarsWine problem or something else?

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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Wed, 17 June 2020 17:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Can you tell me what OS/architecture you're running?

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raptor wrote on Wed, 17 June 2020 17:39
Can you tell me what OS/architecture you're running?

Win 10 Pro. HP Laptop with extra monitor. This occurs if on the laptop screen or the second screen. I have tried with the Stars! setting for small, medium, and large screens, and all the same. Not sure this is a Starswine problem. Could this be a problem I can fix in the .ini file? Just not sure where to start on this one. Let me know if there is anything I should try (including things to prove it is not a Starswine problem).
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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Wed, 17 June 2020 18:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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It could very likely be a StarsWine problem - there is another build on the releases page that says it's for Windows 7, it actually has a slightly newer StarsWine engine compiled in and may work differently. Could you please try that one?

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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Fri, 19 June 2020 13:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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No change to the battle VCR. It did lose all my setups again (but those are still there with the previous Starswine). Where does it keep the ini file?

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Re: StarsWine - Major update to new WINE engine Fri, 19 June 2020 14:44 Go to previous message
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The stars.ini is located in the otvdm\windows sub-directory

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