Getting Started

By Loyd Case  |  Posted 2004-07-28 Print this article Print

We first had to download and install Cedega and Point2Play. Point2Play is a shell on top of Cedega that makes it a little easier for users to install and get games running. We initially installed Cedega by itself before realizing that we could more easily install if by using Point2Play. So if you decide to try out TransGamings service, be sure to download Point2Play first and then try installing Cedega though Point2Plays interface.
Installing Point2Play wasnt difficult in Fedora Core 2. If youve installed other applications in Linux you should have no problem with it. The Point2Play interface is easy to figure out -- its broken into the following tabs: Main, System Tests, Versions and Languages.
The Main tab lets you install games, play games and edit game configurations. It also has a handy mount/unmount button for games that require multi-CD installs. If youve ever tried to install a multi-CD game in Linux you know that drive mounting can cause it to be a real headache – you cant get the system to relinquish control of the drive so you can open the door to put in the next required CD. Point2Play deals with this in an easy-to-use way. We just needed to click the Mount/Unmount button to feed in the rest of our CDs.
The System Tests tab lets you test your systems video card performance, CD card and sound. The Version tab lets you know which version of Cedega youre running, download Microsoft Fonts and also set up your TransGaming account. The Languages tab lets you install other languages. Note that theres a choice on the Configure drop down menu at the top of Point2Play that lets you configure joysticks.

Loyd Case came to computing by way of physical chemistry. He began modestly on a DEC PDP-11 by learning the intricacies of the TROFF text formatter while working on his master's thesis. After a brief, painful stint as an analytical chemist, he took over a laboratory network at Lockheed in the early 80's and never looked back. His first 'real' computer was an HP 1000 RTE-6/VM system.

In 1988, he figured out that building his own PC was vastly more interesting than buying off-the-shelf systems ad he ditched his aging Compaq portable. The Sony 3.5-inch floppy drive from his first homebrew rig is still running today. Since then, he's done some programming, been a systems engineer for Hewlett-Packard, worked in technical marketing in the workstation biz, and even dabbled in 3-D modeling and Web design during the Web's early years.

Loyd was also bitten by the writing bug at a very early age, and even has dim memories of reading his creative efforts to his third grade class. Later, he wrote for various user group magazines, culminating in a near-career ending incident at his employer when a humor-impaired senior manager took exception at one of his more flippant efforts. In 1994, Loyd took on the task of writing the first roundup of PC graphics cards for Computer Gaming World -- the first ever written specifically for computer gamers. A year later, Mike Weksler, then tech editor at Computer Gaming World, twisted his arm and forced him to start writing CGW's tech column. The gaming world -- and Loyd -- has never quite recovered despite repeated efforts to find a normal job. Now he's busy with the whole fatherhood thing, working hard to turn his two daughters into avid gamers. When he doesn't have his head buried inside a PC, he dabbles in downhill skiing, military history and home theater.

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