Updated:        2016-10-08
Wine Version: 1.9.20-staging

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I admit, I play World of Tanks and I play it on Linux with Wine (PlayonLinux).
It has its install script there, and it works flawless.

Issue #1 WOT Launcher crashes when downloading an update

A change in the launcher by Wargaming recently, now forces to use the torrent protocol to download and share updates. That’s not working well on Linux and while in the old client it has to be disabled in the client settings under options while installing its now more hidden.

Taken from here http://forum.worldoftanks.eu/index.php?/topic/533831-serious-problem-with-new-launcher/page__pid__11606193#entry11606193 and full credit to Ch4t_0ff.

The new solution is to go to the WOTlauncher.cfg file which is located under: ~userhome/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/WorldOfTanks/drive_c/Games/World_of_Tanks/

and change <launcher_transport>3</launcher_transport> to 2.
3 is torrent transport 2 is direct download.

That will make the updates downloadable on the Wine client.

Issue #2 WOT graphic issues and artifacts when starting

If anyone is having graphic issues starting with the version 0.9.5 (flicker screen) here is what to do.

Go to your PlayonLinux container configuration for WOT, choose the latest staging version of wine and install it.
go to “configure wine” -> “Staging” -> “Enable CSMT for better graphic performance”

Issue #3 WOT 9.16 not starting in PlayonLinux

Work in progress …

I had a few go’s to get around it.

At first, I upgraded an existing and working 9.15 and it didn’t start after the update.
Based on https://www.playonlinux.com/en/app-1592.html credit to cronotk, It seemed WOT now needs vcrun2015 which is not part of the default wine/PlayonLinux
Here is how I got it running, However, after working fine for 2 – 3 times it didn’t start anymore,even reboot didn’t help. I keep this here for reference cause it did work for a short while.

Get the latest winetricks from github. Go to any directory

wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Winetricks/winetricks/master/src/winetricks
chmod +x winetricks
WINEPREFIX=~/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/WorldOfTanks ./winetricks vcrun2015

For the records, after being unable to start it anymore I went back to a POL backup I made of 9.15. I then updated again to 9.16 and it well without any issues for more than 6 times.

To make a POL backup do the following which I would advise for the future for POL applications:

In PlayonLinux go to “playonlinux > plugins > PlayOnLinux vault

Happy gunning tankers.

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