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To anyone currently running Wine Stable (the version of Wine that will be installed by default) on Ubuntu, Mint, and perhaps any of the other Debian-like distros, I HIGHLY recommend updating to the newest Wine Staging from WineHQ (5.16).  There is a quite a large performance increase overall (especially in regards to menuing), and if you are like me and already using LaunchBox in this manner, it is a breath of fresh air.  Instructions are on the WineHQ page.  I tested this on Linux Mint 20, and despite the instructions on the WineHQ Ubunutu page I did NOT remove the installed Wine before installing the new, instead letting apt do it's thing.  There were no dependency conflicts.

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On 9/5/2020 at 3:11 PM, bombatomba77 said:

@The_Keeper86 Yes.  If you are using stable you might have to change the Wine command on any launchers or shortcuts you may have created, as it changes to "wine" (from "wine-stable" I think).

Thanks! I might just wait and see if @Jason Carr adds it to the script. For now I'm still trying to figure out how to get Steam games to launch.

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Guys, LB/BB 11.4 and 11.5 won't launch on my system (Linux Mint 20): after succesfully installing it, trying to start LB gives me the error "The process cannot access the file 'C:\LaunchBox\Core\LBThemes\Default\Views\BoxesContentView.xaml' because it is being used by another process.", and LB keeps "Loading interface", requiring me to kill the process.

It's the same with BB, only difference being the error message shown: "The process cannot access the file 'C:\LaunchBox\Core\Themes\ComixBox\Styles\BoxListBoxItemStyle.xaml' because it is being used by another process.".

Has anyone managed to launch recent versions after 11.3? I'm attaching the error messages for both LB and BB, in case someone has any idea of how to work it out.

LB 11.3 launches without any issue - and of course, installing 11.3 over 11.4/11.5 makes LB and BB work as expected again.

BB_error.txt LB_error.txt

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Hey all, I've updated the script at the beginning of this topic with the following:

  • Updated to install the new 11.5 release
  • Fix for a possible out-of-date apt-get issue
  • Fix for @jedigu's reported issue above

11.5 was seeing some conflicts with the symlinks that were created by the previous script, so you may need to delete the ~/LaunchBox/drive_c/LaunchBox/Core folder before installing 11.5 if you're not starting fresh. :)

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35 minutes ago, Jason Carr said:

Hey all, I've updated the script at the beginning of this topic with the following:

  • Updated to install the new 11.5 release
  • Fix for a possible out-of-date apt-get issue
  • Fix for @jedigu's reported issue above

11.5 was seeing some conflicts with the symlinks that were created by the previous script, so you may need to delete the ~/LaunchBox/drive_c/LaunchBox/Core folder before installing 11.5 if you're not starting fresh. :)

Thanks, @Jason Carr! LB /BB 11.5 are now working as expected on my rig. 👍

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@The_Keeper86 Tried it and, as far as I can tell, LB / BB on Linux still can't launch Steam games, or launch ROMs / ISOs with the native versions of Retroarch, PCSX2 and Dolphin.

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@jedigu Awesome, I've used Mint a lot off and on since the early days. Actually started using Ubuntu when it was like version 7.04 lol. I've tried many Arch based distros including Arch itself but still prefer Debian/Ubuntu distros. Something about apt I always enjoyed.

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I just tried the installer last night, and it ran for 45 minutes before throwing an error. Running: EndeavorOS Budgie (Arch). I keep hoping that someone uploads this setup to the AUR or Lutris lol I'll try again when changes are done to the installer, cause that's a lot of time to dedicate to one setup.

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