Neverwinter Nights creature viewer problem

Janne Morén jan.moren at
Fri Mar 15 08:57:41 CST 2002

New on this list - bear with me if I put an unintentional foot in my

Neverwinter Nights is a game that's coming out on both windows and linux
(and the Mac). What is _not_ coming out for Linux is the toolset used to
make new adventures and such. We are a lot of people that hope to be
able to run the toolset under Wine, however.

A couple of days ago, the developers released a 'creature viewer'
program for Windows to be able to look at creature models for the game.
This program uses the same technology as the toolset itself, so if we
find a way to make the creature viewer work under Wine, chances are very
good that the toolset itself will work as well.

The creature viewer can be found here:

Now, I (and a couple of others) have been playing around with making the
creature viewer to work. I have the most recent build of Wine, compiled
with OpenGL support (which I have confirmed to work through testing
other programs). The application starts fine (and seems to actually run
OK) - except that the window pane for the model stays resolutely black.
With X in 16bpp, we do get a 'floating point exception' and an assertion
about a camera being undefined; this does not happen in 24bpp. In either
case, no graphics are displayed. 

As I am not a Wine developer - and indeed have no knowledge of the inner
workings of either Wine or windows - I am somewhat at a loss here. I
have a _very_ speculative theory: The viewer is written in Borland C++
Builder, and when I've earlier tried Borland written stuff on older
versions of Wine, one problem was that the window would be placed far
out of the visible screen. I thought that _maybe_ (heavy speculation
ahead) that's what's happening to the OpenGL window pane here.

If anybody here treis the viewer, you can right-click in the pane and
choose 'show grid', and that is supposed to show a green grid in the
pane, rendered with OpenGL; no need to actually load any of the models
to test it.

Right now I have checked out Wine from CVS, and this one segfaults when
starting the program; I suppose that is quite normal when pulling
development versions straight off the net. :)

If anybody has any suggestions of how to proceed with this, please don't
hesitate to say so!

Trust the Computer. The Computer is your friend.

Mr. Jan Morén                          Dept. of Cognitive Science
Tel. +46-046 222 8588                  Kungshuset, Lund
Fax. +46-046 222 9758                  S-222 22 Lund, Sweden

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