winecfg/virtual desktop makes a classic free combat flight sim stable, but causes some icons to disappear

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winecfg/virtual desktop makes a classic free combat flight sim stable, but causes some icons to disappear

Post by sponsor61 » Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:07 pm

If virtual desktop in winecfg/Graphics is turned off in Rowan's classic (and free) combat flight sim Battle of Britain, the keyboard and/or mouse can become unresponsive after a while, and the screen resolution can get changed such that only part of the screen is displayed.

If virtual desktop is turned on, this 2005 sim is completely stable running under Ubuntu 20.04/wine 5.0, but the icons to the right and below the map in the 2D campaign screen disappear. Behavior is the same with Ubuntu 20.10/wine 5.0.

With virtual desktop off, the 2D campaign screen icons to the right and below the 2D campaign map display correctly:
winecfgVirtualDesktopOFF.png

With winecfg/Graphics/virtual desktop turned ON, no icons appear below or to the right of the map:
winecfgVirtualDesktopON.png

How can I display get all the 2D campaign screen icons to display AND obtain the graphics stability provided by virtual desktop?

Thanks!

P.S.

The source code and executable of this free game are available to aid in debugging.

Rowan released the source code for Battle of Britain in 2001; community volunteers patched it until 2005. The link to the source code is here: https://github.com/xor2003/bob-flight-sim

The Windows binary files for the game, along with a shell script to run the binary under wine, are here: http://www.mediafire.com/file/4rgjf2jzo ... ar.gz/file If you're concerned about the file server tampering with the tar file, download and then check the sha256sum, which should be: 98533d30ee378f60ebe446a01a911089ccc714ee949bf371d32b916fcd1e8ade bob.tar.gz If you want to run the binary under linux with wine but are concerned about malware risk, create an isolated ubuntu 20.04 or ubuntu 20.10 partition, install wine, and then unpack the tar file in this new partition.

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