Wolfenstein ET on Linux, using a Full HD tv causes a problem



  • Hello I am totally new to Linux but I got the latest version of Ubuntu Desktop running 20.04. I installed ET on Ubuntu with the help of this topic https://annihil.com/topic/3/how-to-install-wolfenstein-enemy-territory-on-linux

    There are 2 major problems and one question I have.

    The first problem is that I didn't get Punkbuster to update succesfully, when I copy/paste the following rule "unzip et_linux.zip -d ~/.etwolf/pb" (without the quotes) terminal tells me something like "no such file or directory" but I just downloaded the et_linux file.

    Am I doing anything wrong? Sorry, I am totally new to Linux after using Windows systems since like even before Windows 95.

    The second problem is the following:

    I am using my old desktop PC to run Ubuntu Desktop 20.04 but I use my Philips TV as a monitor because my PC monitor is hooked to my newer PC.

    My old PC specs:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570k boxed @3,4 ghz
    Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth z77
    RAM: some Corsair Vengeance 8 GB DDR3 RAM 1333 mhz
    GPU: Asus GeForce GTX 760 -DC2OC-2GD5
    PSU: Corsair CX600 600 Watt
    HDD: A very old Western Digital HDD 250 GB, it's a bit slow and noisy but everything works fine.

    TV (used as monitor): Philips LED-TV 32PFL5606H/12

    The issue: when I start up ET for the first time my system starts loading the game but as soon as the game actually tries to load my TV goes black and gives me a notification "Format Not Supported". I have no clue what to do next so I just reset my PC so it reboots into Ubuntu. I get the black screen everytime, is it because my graphics card drivers are not updated/installed? Installing stuff on Linux is strange/oldfashioned compared to the way it happens on Windows, some may just call me newbie but that is fine because in the world of Linux, I am.

    And third, I'd like to use ETH 1.4 archit3ct BETA3 but I have no clue how to compile/use it... can anyone point me into the right direction for all of my questions?

    ~Greetings from a Linux newbie :D


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    Well I may have some ideas on how to solve your problems but it seems you are very new to linux...
    I wouldn't recommend starting by compiling ETH if you don't have any knowledge about that OS, AFAIK eth-1.4-archit3ct-b3 does not compile on Ubuntu 64 bits (libghf which depends on libelf, libbfd and libopcodes will cause you headaches). That is why I started modifying it till it was so different that it eventually became eth-annihilation, which I later ported to Windows since nobody were playing ET on linux anymore, so I haven't touched Linux since 2017, I would have hard time helping you if I'm honest.
    That said, eth-1.4-archit3ct-b3 is fairly old and outdated, you wouldn't be able to play on any mods nowadays except etpro and perhaps etpub. If you still really want to do that, look at sETH32nix, eth32nix salvation or resurrection which are the best hacks for raging ever made for ET.


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  • Well I may have some ideas on how to solve your problems but it seems you are very new to linux...
    I wouldn't recommend starting by compiling ETH if you don't have any knowledge about that OS, AFAIK eth-1.4-archit3ct-b3 does not compile on Ubuntu 64 bits (libghf which depends on libelf, libbfd and libopcodes will cause you headaches). That is why I started modifying it till it was so different that it eventually became eth-annihilation, which I later ported to Windows since nobody were playing ET on linux anymore, so I haven't touched Linux since 2017, I would have hard time helping you if I'm honest.
    That said, eth-1.4-archit3ct-b3 is fairly old and outdated, you wouldn't be able to play on any mods nowadays except etpro and perhaps etpub. If you still really want to do that, look at sETH32nix, eth32nix salvation or resurrection which are the best hacks for raging ever made for ET.

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  • Well so first of all ETLegacy is a game and a mod, you don't need ETL to play on servers running Legacy mod. The benefits of ETL, on the top of my head, is that it works on much more devices than 2.60b, for example Mac OS X Catalina, Linux 64 bits, Raspberry Pi, Android and even PS Vita.
    It also fixes the pain points of ET with built-in minimizer, auto desktop resolution, etkey generator.
    Now, if you are using Windows 10, ETL will not give you any substantial benefits over 260b if you are using Nexus. I have benchmarked ETL 277 and ET 260b, and 260b gives me higher framerate, which matters if you are using Nexus. You can use ETWC to mininize ET, I added an etkey generator in Nexus, and it is very easy to use a custom resolution with cvars on 260b. Also ETL does not support ETPro / Punkbuster.
    Nexus does not support ETL, but Legacy mod via 260b.

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  • @fist Yeah this is rather annoying I agree, I will have a look into it, it's a good idea!

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    I had this problem from all the time, but maybe now someone can help me :)

    So some servers have their own UI, which automatically sets up when you download the server packages, and sometimes it is really crappy...
    Is it possible to prevent this? Make some UI depending files/packages as "readonly" ?

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