This claims to be a quick guide on how to get Unreal Tournament running
happily under FreeBSD via 3Dfx Glide. It's written mostly from my very own
experience, so I suppose it may be useful to other UNIX souls who would like
to get this aging masterpiece running on their machines.
I hope you've got a CD with Unreal Tournament or have the game installed
under Windows already, a functional FreeBSD 4.x or 5.x release with XFree86
and a fast enough i386 compatible machine indeed.
Now about 3D accelerators. I suggest you to obtain a pair of Voodoo 2
cards or a Voodoo 3. Although a Voodoo Graphics, Voodoo Rush, Voodoo
Banshee or a single Voodoo 2 can do the job, too. You may also try a
VSA-100 based Voodoo 4 or Voodoo 5, but I cannot guarantee anything
since I've never tried them for this purpose. They're of a different
architecture, and their drivers are quite different as well. Of course, you may
configure Unreal Tournament for OpenGL rendering given a capable video card, or
even set up the game for software rendering. In the latter case, you needn't
worry about your video hardware almost at all. Just make sure you've got a fast
processor, say, a 1GHz Pentium III or a more decent one. I shall assume that
you have some Voodoo card, so here we start.
Find an applicable Glide 2 library for your Voodoo and
download a x86 Linux binary of it (see
3Dfx Glide for UNIX
install accordingly to the instructions given. If the library works fine for you,
we may continue.
Download either the official installer of Unreal Tournament for
Linux made by Loki Entertainment or my tarball, much easier to install
(here it is
Create a directory to hold Unreal Tournament (for example,
/usr/local/ut) and copy Maps, Music, Sounds, System and Textures directories with
all files into it. Although you may copy just System and drop symlinks for the
rest if you've got the game installed already under Windows.
Assumed that you've preferred to make use of my tarball, unpack it
somewhere, then copy System and Textures directories with all files to your
Unreal Tournament's directory.
If your version of the game isn't 4.36, that's a good time to
upgrade it: run patch.436/apply_patch.sh.
Either copy System/UnrealTournament.ini.Glide to
System/UnrealTournament.ini or drop a symlink and edit the file if necessary.
Write a start-up script of your own, here is a reference one for
# Unreal Tournament's startup script
# 3Dfx Voodoo2 & Glide for Linux are required
# path to your UT system directory
# performance & quality optimisations
# launching UT
Make sure there is COMPAT_LINUX compiled into your kernel.
Otherwise do "kldload linux" (and add linux_enable="YES" to /etc/rc.conf). Of
course, you have to install a Linux binary compatibility package
If you run FreeBSD 4.x, make sure you have super-user (root)
privileges. If FreeBSD 5.x, you may try to compile "device tdfx" and "options
TDFX_LINUX" into your kernel, set appropriate access rights on /dev/3dfx0 and
run as non-root. It seems that this driver doesn't support SLI, so don't mess
with it if you've got a pair of Voodoo 2 cards.
Drop a symlink from /usr/compat/linux/usr/lib/libglide.so.2
Let it ride!
If you feel that I've missed something, your feedback is welcome.
One more thing. In a matter of fact, you may run
even on a P-100 with 48Mb of memory, but it you want to play
the game, a
P2-300 with 128Mb of memory and a Voodoo 2 is the way to go.