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I have a Windows application (Kidspiration 3 Starter), that when running under wine 1.4 in Ubuntu 12.04 shows a completely distorted color palette that makes the interface unusable. See screenshot.

What is usually the way to correct this? Is there a particular wine library that I should switch to native?

Other details: wineHQ list Kidspiration 2.1 as "garbage", however version 3 installation and program works, except for the colors.


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At a guess this is an issue with a program trying to run in 256-color mode.

The WINE wiki includes has a page on running applications in 256 colors, but I'm afraid it isn't trivial:

It suggests you install the Xephyr nested X server:

sudo apt-get install xserver-xephyr

Then create a 256 color window and run wine inside it:

Xephyr :1 -ac -screen 800x600x8 &
DISPLAY=:1 wine application.exe
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This seems to be in the right direction but using this commands make the display even worst. I tried also with 800x600x16 and 800x600x32 and the result is the same as in the original post. I'll keep looking for a solution. – alfC Nov 2 '12 at 16:08

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