Odd behavior when using (not drinking!) WINE

Pete Vander Giessen petevg at gmail.com
Sun Jan 10 17:29:18 UTC 2010

On Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 9:08 AM, Art Spencer <spencer.art at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have Ubuntu 9.10 and XP in a dual boot configuration, and would like
> to switch to Ubuntu exclusively when I can.  Right now, I have Hardwood
> Solitaire III (my wife can't live without it) installed using Wine, and it
> works but. . .
> When I start the game, the screen goes black except for the very top of
> the screen, where I can see a narrow strip of the opening screen of the
> game.

Hi Art,

I'm not familiar with that particular game and that particular
problem.  You might find a specific solution by going to
appdb.winehq.com, and doing a search for Hardwood Solitaire III.

A general solution might go thusly:
1)  Go to Applications -> Wine -> Configure Wine
2)  Click the Graphics tab
3)  Check the box next to "emulate a virtual desktop", and click [OK]

This will run the program in a little self contained window.
Oftentimes, Windows programs will behave better in this window.  At
the very least, it prevents them from mucking up the entirety of your
display, which makes troubleshooting easier.

If you have a high resolution monitor, and the Wine window is too
small, try repeating the steps above, but change the Desktop Size to
1024x764, or larger.  I run my Ubuntu at 1920x1080 ("HD resolution"),
and run Wine games at 1280x960, for example.

Alternate approach:  take a look through the Ubuntu Software Center,
and install some of the solitaire variants to try out.  Somebody may
have put something together that looks or plays a lot like Hardwood
Solitaire, and you may be able to just go with an Ubuntu native



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