The old Sim games are great, but getting them to run correctly can be difficult even in Windows. I use an older version of wine (0.9.15) for all three games since newer versions seem to cause SM3 to crash. I also use the cpulimit and taskset applications since all three games use 100% of at least one CPU.
On multi-core systems, start the game using the following command to keep the process on a single CPU. (Replace X with the CPU you want the game to run on)
$ taskset -c X wine /path/to/exe
To keep the games from killing the CPU try using cpulimit to throttle back the application. To make SimCity 3000 use 35% issue the following command.
$ cpulimit -p `pgrep SC3` -l 35
I also found that limiting the wineserver application useful in some cases.
$ cpulimit -p `pgrep SC3` -l 10
SimEarth also complained about a missing SOUND.DLL which doesn't seem to exist. A solution I found somewhere is to do a little hack.
$ sudo ln -sf /usr/lib/wine/sound.drv16 /usr/lib/wine/sound.dll16
Finding the right CPU limit is somewhat tedious, but it can be readjusted during gameplay as needed. Other than that, the games seem to work just fine. There a few tricks to getting fullscreen mode working correctly for SM3, but the details are hacky.
This happens to be a personal favorite and one that Christina tries to make at least once every two weeks. Goes well with cheesy tomato rice (soon to come).
- ¼ cup Italian seasoning
- just under 1/3 cup plain (or Italian) dried breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- salt to taste
- 1 T lemon pepper
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 slices provolone
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- Spray bottom of 9 X 13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray
- Add Italian seasoning, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and pepper to medium bowl and blend well
- Season both sides of chicken with salt and lemon pepper
- Press both sides of each chicken breast in breadcrumb mixture, and place in prepared pan
- Bake until the chicken is completely cooked through, and the tops and bottoms are lightly browned (about 25 minutes)
- Turn off oven; top chicken with provolone and let sit in oven for 3-5 minutes
Turkey day, or turkey week for most of the US, hopefully means good food. I started the week with some Taste of Thai, enjoyed two days of family food, and finished off with Hog House. Not too bad of a week.
I also had a great time being home and even got a few pictures. I tied to include the best picture from each set. My favorite has to be the Monopoly picture with Pops and the wife.
I rather enjoyed the couple of Monoply games I got to play. I gladly claimed victory of both games, winning on a very strict margin. I did feel sorry for poor Uncle who only managed to acquire two properties in the whole game (a railroad and an orange property).
Christina's week could have been better. After walking a colicing horse for 4+ hours, and having to deal with an obstinate vet, and then still having to drive the horse over an hour away to a vet that could actually fix the issue, for a hefty fee (a few sig figs), all was well.