Wine on OpenSUSE Without Sound

4. September, 2013

Yesterday, I tried to install the Windows game Homeworld on my openSUSE 12.3. After a couple of problems, the no-cd patch, I could start the game with:

/opt/cxoffice/bin/cxrun --bottle Homeworld homeworld.exe /1600 /enable3DNow /enableSSE /device gl /heap 1073741824

Note: For /device gl, you must install DirectX 9.

The main problem: No sound. Starting the Wine Configuration, I saw that it was using winealsa.drv in the Audio tab.

Looking into the terminal finally solved the mystery:

ALSA lib dlmisc.c:236:(snd1_dlobj_cache_get) Cannot open shared library /usr/lib/alsa-lib/
ALSA lib dlmisc.c:236:(snd1_dlobj_cache_get) Cannot open shared library /usr/lib/alsa-lib/

My system is 64bit but Crossover is probably a 32bit application.

Installing alsa-plugins-pulse-32bit finally solved the problem.

Also make sure you have this in your ~/.asoundrc:

pcm.!default {
    type pulse
ctl.!default {
    type pulse


StarCraft 2 on openSUSE 11.3 [update]

13. August, 2010

As you may have heard, StarCraft 2 works on Linux. It’s even officially supported by CrossOver Games. It’s only Silver (which means “runs with minor issues”.

One of the issues is that the game crashes at startup or shortly afterwards. This seems to be a kernel bug.

To solve the issue on openSUSE 11.3, you need to install a kernel with version 2.6.35. Luckily this is pretty simple:

  1. Add the repository  with Yast2 (under “Software Repositories”). Give it any name you like.
  2. I suggest to set the priority to 120; that way, the other repositories will be considered first and entries in this new repository won’t pollute your system unless you ask for them.
  3. Open “Software Management” in Yast2
  4. Open the tab “Repositories”
  5. Select the new kernel repository
  6. Locate the package “kernel-desktop” and select it
  7. Click on the “Versions” tab at the bottom
  8. Select the one with version “” (the last digit can be different).
  9. Click “Accept”

Yast2 will download the new kernel and install it. After a reboot, you can enjoy StarCraft II.

[Update] I’ve played the first six single player missions and had no major problems so far. The frame rate could be better but that’s about it.

[Update 2, 11th Nov. 2010] Kernel 2.6.36 has been released. You can find it here.

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