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The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release => Technical Issues => Topic started by: hazul on April 10, 2003, 11:15:22 pm

Title: Linux, UQM only shows black screen...
Post by: hazul on April 10, 2003, 11:15:22 pm
I downloaded the zip files and statically linked (whatever that means) installer, after some CHMODding ran the .sh file and managed to install the game. Now, when I launch the executable it opens a window with the correct title, but the contents of the window is just black with it's own inverted cursor.

What could be the problem  ??? ?

I'm still pretty much a beginner with Linux, so please be specific.  :P
I am running Mandrake Linux 9.1 with KDE 3.1.  


Title: Re: Linux, UQM only shows black screen...
Post by: Nic. on April 11, 2003, 02:06:11 am
Claims have been made that there are many reasons why this could happen, but on Linux platforms you have a fairly good chance that it's related to your version of SDL.

At a prompt, type this:

rpm -qa | grep -i sdl

and compare the versions of libSDL and libSDL_image with the "required" versions posted on the downloads page (  Odds are that one of the versions is older than what is required, but perhaps not.

Another possibility is that your installation of SDL_image does not have PNG support built-in.  Since all the graphics in the game are PNG files, this is problematic.  :)

In either case, you'll need to get newer versions of the libraries from your vendor (i.e., MandrakeSoft) or build/install your own from sources.  Links to all required libs are available on the downloads page ( for easy retrieval.