Linux OS and Mac OS X

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Tech Support and Legal[edit | edit source]

The official response of the developers and company motto is going to say they don't support it. They won't be responsible for your choice of OS. Tech support won't help you diagnose issues. Linux OS is everywhere these days. If you own a tablet or phone they run Android OS which is another "flavor" of Linux. People on Mac OS X can also use this information to install and run Star Trek Online. Cryptic won't ban you for this, they need your money, they want you to play this game. WINE is an acronym that means WINE Is NOT an Emulator. WINE is a program overlay that makes Windows games and apps "think" they are running in Windows. Because the OS uses different language structures (API) WINE simply redirects the graphic drivers and other functions.

Wine HQ Support

Mac OS X Instructions[edit | edit source]

Posted by fluffymoof, February 16th, 2016

YOU WILL NEED[edit | edit source]

  1. Some form of WINE. I personally use CrossOver, which I got from a Stack Social deal iirc. You can also use a free one called PlayOnMac. I'm going through this from a CrossOver point of view, but PlayOnMac will be very similar if not identical to this process.
  2. A Steam account, which can be created as you do this.
  3. Time. Lots and lots of time.

HOW TO DO IT[edit | edit source]

  1. Install your WINE client by dragging CrossOver or PlayOnMac to your main Applications folder.
  2. Start it up once you get it installed. From here on out, I will be detailing this in CrossOver, so you might need to search for the equivalent items in any other WINE client.
  3. On your menu bar in CrossOver, select "Configure" and then "Install Software."
  4. In the search box, you will type "Star Trek Online" without the quotes.
  5. Highlight STO if it isn't highlighted already and click "Continue" at the bottom of the Window.
  6. Click "Install Via Steam." For some reason, this works better than any other option I tried, but your mileage may vary. Then click "Continue."
  7. If it asks for the type of WINE bottle needed, make sure "New Windows XP Bottle" is selected. It will work and other bottles might not work with STO. Then click "Continue."
  8. You're at the final tab now. Check to make sure everything is correct with this HOW TO and then click "Install."
  9. Wait. And wait. And wait. This is going to take a while, because everything you need is downloading. Go make a sandwich. Watch some Star Trek episodes/movies on Netflix.
  10. While it's all downloading, some dialog boxes will spring up. So check back for a minute or two and say yes. Internet Explorer will ask you to reboot and it's ok to say yes to this. WINE does a simulated reboot, so don't worry.
  11. Once Steam is installed, it will ask for your username and password. If you don't have one, now is the time to do it. When you do this, the STO launcher should download and be ready.
  12. Open your new "Windows" STO launcher from Steam and put your username/password in. For some reason, this took two separate launches for me. Give it a bit of time to work up. If it doesn't come up, Force Quit STO and then do it again. This is about the only time this will ever happen, so don't get frustrated. Then...
  13. Wait. And wait. And wait. This is going to take a while, because everything you need is downloading. Go make a sandwich. Watch some Star Trek episodes/movies on Netflix.
  14. Once it's all downloaded, click "ENGAGE." Just like with Step 12, this first run could take two tries and under normal conditions it's the only time it'll happen. It's all right. Don't get frustrated. Once it starts up, configure the graphics like you always have to do on the first run.
  15. Enjoy Star Trek Online!

RESOURCES[edit | edit source]

CrossOver for Mac: (CrossOver is $59.99)

Free Play on Mac[edit | edit source]

Posted by raj011 on February 14th, 2016

Playonmac download:

  1. Playonmac is simple to install. Follow the instructions.
  2. You can play STO through Perfect World Intentional and Steam, which will be listed in the Games category or install a non-listed program, such as Arc. For me STO did not work through Perfect World International or Arc. I installed Steam through Playonmac. Once that is complete you will have to sign in as usual then download the entire patches released for STO.
  3. After downloading the patches you should be able to click on the "Engage" button. For me it took between 5 and 10 minutes for the game to load to the character section. After the game does the graphic settings.
  4. Personally I would put the display settings on window and you can expand the STO window. The reason I do this because when you are switching between windows, such as looking at the e-mails, the game freezes but you can expand or compress the window slightly and the game will unfreeze or double click on the top of the window, which will expand to full screen then double click again will go back to the previous window and the game will unfreeze. Also for me when the game is in full screen, if you want to change the graphic settings or any other setting the game will freeze and you will have to close it by others means and re-open steam and sto.
  5. Enjoy Star Trek Online.

PlayOnMac: (PlayOnMac is free)

Linux OS for PC[edit | edit source]

Post by Simon on March 15th, 2015

Most people run WINE in two ways;

1. WINE as in a command line, which requires some system knowledge for the moderate to advanced users.
2. Play on Linux (POL), a front end GUI (graphic user interface) with icons and menu for people with little system knowledge.

First thing to learn about the two formats is... NEVER ask questions in the wrong forums. POL is really no different than running WINE from a command line but the fans will shoot you down for asking questions about POL at WINE HQ and same goes for WINE issues at POL. Pick one and stick with it. POL is pretty easy to download and setup, not much there to talk about. One of the best reasons to use POL is for the automation and custom builds.

Setting up WINE[edit | edit source]

1. Open a Terminal window, this is where you can type in commands and it normally has a text only interface with a $ for the prompt.
2. Type wine --version [enter key]
You should get something like this:
simon@G41-M7:~$ wine --version
If it returns:
simon@G41-M7:~$ wine --version
wine: command not found
WINE is not installed on your machine.
3. To install WINE there are different ways it can be done. On my system I would do this:
simon@G41-M7:~$sudo apt-get install wine
simon@G41-M7:~$sudo apt-get install winetricks
4. Next configure the WINE using:

You should now be looking at a menu in winetricks. And your default option should be to Select the default prefix. The next menu should have the option Change settings. Now you should see a great many options you can toggle. If poor graphics is a problem or sound is an issue, you can make changes in here and test different settings. Adjust these as you see fit.

5. Run your STO Launcher:
simon@G41-M7:~$wine 'Star Trek Online.exe' (you might have to change the name of this to Star-trek-online_ArcSetup.exe check the name of the file you've downloaded and check the directory you store it in. )
6. Configure STO

WINE App Database
I never had much issue getting Star Trek Online to function. I did remove my Pulse Audio from my system because it caused cracking and popping. I normally get a very good ping rate and run about 60 frames per second. Also it is highly recommended you do the full install of game before playing. DON'T use the On-demand patching option. This will take a while to download but worth every minute.

NOTE: First Start of Star Trek Online with Wine Can be times up to 15 minutes !