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Arseny Zinchenko
Arseny Zinchenko

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World of Tanks: installing and running on Arch Linux

Didn’t think it will work, but it did!

Used guide of the 2017 year from here>>>, and after everything was done – found another one here>>>.

Not sure if it will work on the nouveau drivers – I did with the nvidia.

Enable the Multilib repo.

Update packages:

$ sudo pacman -Syu

Install the wine package:

$ sudo pacman -S wine

Install other dependencies:

$ yay wine gecko
$ yay wine mono
$ sudo pacman -S winetricks

Install Internet Explorer 7😀 (in the 2019 year!).

Configure wine to work as 32-bit system:

$ export WINEARCH=win32

Install IE:

$ winetricks ie7
Drive C: total 28
drwxr-xr-x  7 setevoy setevoy 4096 Feb 24 18:37 .
drwxr-xr-x  4 setevoy setevoy 4096 Feb 24 18:38 ..
drwxr-xr-x  6 setevoy setevoy 4096 Feb 24 18:37 Program Files
drwxr-xr-x  6 setevoy setevoy 4096 Feb 24 18:37 Program Files (x86)
drwxr-xr-x  3 setevoy setevoy 4096 Feb 24 18:37 ProgramData
drwxr-xr-x  4 setevoy setevoy 4096 Feb 24 18:37 users
drwxr-xr-x 18 setevoy setevoy 4096 Feb 24 18:37 windows
Registry info:


wine cmd.exe /c echo '%ProgramFiles%' returned empty string, error message "wine: WINEARCH set to win32 but '/home/setevoy/.wine' is a 64-bit installation."


Let try this>>> solution:

Remove the ~/.wine directory:

$ rm -rf .wine/

Run again:

Install more dependencies:

$ winetricks d3dx9_36 d3dx9_43 vcrun2008 msxml3 wininet corefonts ie7 d3dcompiler_43

Restart wine:

$ sudo wineboot
wine: configuration in '/root/.wine' has been updated.

Install fonts:

$ winetricks allfonts

Install lib32-libldap:

$ yay -S lib32-libldap

Install wine-staging – it will replace wine:

$ yay -S wine-staging-nine

Install fixes and other packages:

$ winetricks wmp9 msxml3 msxml4 msxml6

Windows Media Player started here and hung – kill it.

Configure wine – run winecfg.

In the Staging tab enable the next options:

  • “Enable CSMT for better graphic performance_“_
  • “Enable VAAPI as backend for DXA2 GPU decoding”

Go to the Graphics tab and enable everything here.

First I tried without the Virtual desktop enabled but it led me to a slightly curved picture, so better to enable it now and set your monitor’s resolution:

Download the Wargaming Game Center installer:

$ ls -l Downloads/
total 6292
-rw-r--r-- 1 setevoy setevoy 6435808 Feb 24 18:59 world\_of\_tanks\_install\_ru\_bs813vc8ybyz.exe

Run it with wine:

$ wine world\_of\_tanks\_install\_ru\_bs813vc8ybyz.exe

Install the game:

During the installation process WGC died a few times – just restart it.

And – almost ready:

Here you can see the picture’s issue I mentioned above.

To fix it – run again winecfg => Graphics, enable the Emulate a virtual desktop, and set a screen resolution:

Okay – now need to find out how to run game!

Check the ~/.wine/drive_c/users/setevoy/Desktop/World\ of\ Tanks\ RU.desktop file:

$ cat .wine/drive\_c/users/setevoy/Desktop/World\ of\ Tanks\ RU.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Name=World of Tanks RU
Exec=env WINEPREFIX="/home/setevoy/.wine" /usr/bin/wine C:\\\\Games\\\\World\_of\_Tanks\_RU\\\\wgc\_api.exe --open


Here is the command I'm looking for – /usr/bin/wine C:\\\\Games\\\\World_of_Tanks_RU\\\\wgc_api.exe --open.

Execute it:

$ wine ~/.wine/drive\_c/Games/World\_of\_Tanks\_RU/wgc\_api.exe --open

Or just run:

$ winefiles

I played a couple of battles – all worked fine.

Will see how it will be after the game’s upgrades.

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Top comments (1)

koenverhoeff profile image

Hi man,

Thanks for the tutorial!

But everytime I start up the Game center I get a message that it cannot connect to the internet, any idea how this can be fixed?

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