Playing in Linux / Wine


I found a link to the demo of this game and thought will give it a try. To my surprise - GSB runs VERY smoothly on my old laptop, on Wine, on Ubuntu Linux 9.10 ! This is also made possible by being DRM-free.
Well done ! :smiley:

As I wrote this I’ve just bought the game. And I will recommend it to my friends looking for Linux games.
It’s not perfect, of course. But it’s playable, and I’m having a lot of fun. So there :slight_smile:

In this thread I’d list the problems encountered, and if available, its solution :

(1) Black box shown when there’s a cloaked enemy ship

(2) Wine Error : no sound : (error message: GUI_Sounds.cpp 635)

There are 2 ways to solve this problem:

Install special version of Wine on Ubuntu:, or :

Set Wine output to OSS - then forward it to PulseAudio:

Run winecfg (or, Start - Wine - Configure Wine)

Click on “Audio” tab

Choose OSS. Don’t forget to click “Test Sound” button

Now, run GSB with the OSS wrapper program, padsp. Usually the command will be something like this :

(all in one line)

btw - Thanks Cliff for the fabulous game. Long live indie developers ! :smiley:

Cheers, HS


Thanks, its cool to know it works under linux.


Doesn’t work at all under wine on my Ubuntu Linux 10.4 system, neither the demo nor the full version. (I bought the full version because I have access to a Windows machine as well, but I’d really like it to work on Linux.) The outline of the game window flashes briefly and that’s it.

Wine version: 1.1.42

GSB version: 1.38

Contents of debug.txt:
----DEBUG FILE----
Windows XP detected
GSB Debug File. App version Full 1.38
Desktop resolution is 1600 x 900
Initialising Direct3D

Contents of drawdebug.txt:
Initialising 3D Engine
Driver : ati2dvag.dll
Description : ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600
DeviceName : \.\DISPLAY1
Checking For Shader Support
hal_caps.PixelShaderVersion < D3DPS_VERSION(2, 0)
About to Create 3D Device with width: 0 and height : 0
Attempting hardware Vertex Processing

Output from wine:
swolchok@starman:~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Gratuitous Space Battles$ wine GSB.exe
fixme:win:EnumDisplayDevicesW ((null),0,0x32db10,0x00000000), stub!
err:x11settings:X11DRV_ChangeDisplaySettingsEx No matching mode found 0x0x32 @0! (XRandR)
err:d3d9:device_parent_CreateSwapChain (0x1697dc) CreateAdditionalSwapChain failed, returning 0x8876086a
wine: Unhandled exception 0xc000000d at address 0x50dc1e (thread 0009), starting debugger…

Observed behavior:
A wine error dialog pops up, stating “The program GSB.exe has encountered a serious problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.” Nothing useful there, but that exception code is “invalid parameter”.

I tried to get some more information about the crash using winedbg, but I don’t see the unhandled exception in the debugger. Not sure why, but it’s apparently not unheard-of with wine. (is there perhaps some anti-debugging going on?) One item of note is that my computer has a ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650, not a 2600 as drawdebug.txt seems to think. Another is that it also doesn’t work in Windows XP under VirtualBox on the same machine, but I suspect that that’s unrelated.


Hi, just something that you can quickly try – install Wine 1.2 instead :

sudo apt-get install wine1.2



The lines above are pretty interesting too - basically, I think, GSB is going to run with 1600x900 resolution; but somehow Wine is trying to create a screen with 0x0 resolution.

Possible fix: you can force set the resolution for GSB / any apps in winecfg :


Another possible solution: fake desktop :
(search for “wine desktop” on that page)

Another possible solution : Hardware acceleration is not yet setup properly in your computer (which may explain the wrongly detected 3D card) :

Hope it helps.



Sorry for the necromancing.

Now with the latest wine (1.3), GSB works out of the box.
On Ubuntu 10.04 - add this repository:

winecfg wine <GBS installer>

For Crossover Games (9.0.x) users, it’s quite simple:
Double click the GBS installer.

Note that wine/crossover Games works best with Nvidia close source driver. The ATI and intel open source driver is more or less out of the question.


Excellent info, Thalic !
Just a bit more info - I have Intel 3D card + its Linux driver, and GSB plays alright.

Thanks a bunch for sharing it with us :slight_smile:

Cheers, HS


That’s good news. One less thing for me to have to switch back to Windows to use. Now I just need to find out if it works with Ubuntu 10.10. I might have a chance to do this in the coming weeks, but I doubt it. Anyone out there running 10.10 yet that can try it out?


I like CodeWeaver’s Crossover Games for running it. Works well, although i did get a few odd errors i can’t remember


It works as good as in 10.04

If you run into problems you can contact me here:


I have tested “GSB Conquest” with the latest version of Crossover Games (9.2.0) on Ubuntu 10.10 (64 bit) - Works perfectly!

Just make sure you use the latest version of GSB 1.50.


Tested with GSB Collection + nomads extention + Conquest v1.53 still working 100%


I’m running GSB on a stock wine from Ubuntu 10.10 (i386). It works, with three problems:

  • Cloaking ships produce nasty graphical artifacts. (Workaround: edit the module file so cloaking modules run out immediately.)

  • Sound dies from time to time. Don’t know why, but this seems to be a Wine problem, not GSB-specific.

  • The game sometimes dies while trying to carry out a network operation. In particular, when I renew my list of challenges, the game freezes (in fact the process becomes “defunct”). Upon killing and restarting the game, all the challenges have been successfully downloaded. More annoyingly, the conquest expansion will sometimes (thankfully not always) die at the beginning or end of a battle, forcing me to kill the game and restart the game. This is cheat-y in a statistical sense, since I’m more likely to have to retry turns where I’m randomly attacked. In spite of this the challenge mode is playable.

This last problem is kind of nasty, since I don’t think it’s possible to trigger it with the demo. I’m still happy I bought both the base game and the conquest expansion in spite of the problems.


Just reporting back that the latest version of GSB 1.57/1.58 plus all the expansions still works with latest stable version of wine (1.3) and with crossover games 10.1.


I am a long time Linux user at my work and I use WinXP to play games. Now i moved to wine. Satisfied!