Dec 15, 2020

Gamepad/Joystick in Wine (Ubuntu 20.04)

Configuring a Joystick or Joypad for Wine in Ubuntu 20.04 is pretty simple.

Start by installing the joystick tools:

    sudo apt-get install joystick 

If you have an analog controller it may need calibration:

    jscal -c /dev/input/js0 

Save calibration to file:

    jscal -p /dev/input/js0 >

To load calibration later just source the file:


Start by checking that you controller works as expected in Wine by running:

    wine control

This will bring up the Wine Control Panel.

Lauch your game

    wine mygame.exe 

and locate the settings to map the controller.

Dec 14, 2020

Running Windows 3.1/95/98/XP Games in Linux

Most old Windows games that can't be run under Windows 10 will run well in modern Linux distributions like Ubuntu 20.04. You don't even need to bother with virtual machines like VirtualBox. All you need is Wine. Wine is an excellent Windows emulator that lets you run Windows application in Linux. Sounds complicated? Good new it is not! First you need to install Wine:

    sudo apt-get install wine

A nice feature is that you can run a game that was designed to run in full screen only in windowed mode. This is great if you want to record in OBS studio. To do this you need to run the Wine configuration tool. Start it by running:


Check Emulate a virtual desktop and press OK. This will make all Wine applications to run inside a window rather than on your Ubuntu desktop.To start a game just run:

    wine yourgame.exe

This will start you game in a new window. Most games will lock the mouse and keyboard inside this Window. To release it press Alt+Tab. If the game needs to be installed just run the installer with wine. The game can then be found in the Ubuntu Applications launcher. Happy gaming!

Contra Reloaded from ~2012


Dec 4, 2020


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