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I want to play games on the vice emulator on ubuntu 14.04. I have never managed to get vice working in ubuntu.What are the steps needed to achieve this?

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What's Vice C64? – Braiam Oct 12 '13 at 22:16
It's a commodore 64 emulator. There is a a linux version but I don't know how to get it working. I have now discovered you can sudo apt-get install wine and then download the windows version and use it with wine – uzi3k Oct 13 '13 at 22:43
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You can compile the native version pretty easily (well...). Tested with version 2.4. (compact instructions --- tell me if you need more details).

1) download the last version from

2) unpack it where you want

tar xvzf vice-2.4.tar.gz
cd vice-2.4

3) install required dev libraries:

sudo apt-get  install build-essential  libvte-dev libasound2-dev libgtk2.0-dev libgnome2-dev

4) configure, compile and install (it will go in /usr/local/). On my netbook, I have a coffee after the "make"...

./configure --enable-gnomeui
sudo make install

5) if you machine is 64 bit, do the following (as root)

cd /usr/local/lib
ln -s ../lib64/vice .

(this is probably a bug; the emulator will search the ROMS in /usr/local/lib even if the installation is a 64 bit one and the install program will put the libraries under /usr/local/lib64/)

6) Enjoy! (this thing evokes a tear... my first computer ever was a C64. If only I did not lose my discs...)

vice x64 running

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thanks @Rmano, now I can finally play mission impossible on ubuntu. just a quick question: is it possible to set fullscreen mode? I can't find how to do it. – tezzo Mar 7 '14 at 7:56
Fullscreen does not work for me either. It produce a borderless window, but does not scale to fit the monitor. I think is by design; really the emulator maps 4 (2x2) real pixels to each pixel of the C64. But you can ask the upstream forums... – Rmano Mar 7 '14 at 15:54
This still works with Ubuntu 14.04, playing last ninja and it works great, fullscreen doesn't work for me either. – uzi3k Sep 12 '14 at 21:42

If you have trouble going fullscreen with any software, just rely on your window manager. It should allow it. For example, with gnome, go to keyboard settings, open the "Shortcuts" tab, choose "Windows" category, and there you can define a keyboard shortcut to toggle between fullscreen (real fullscreen, without borders or other crap) and windowed mode. That "trick" is quite helpfull in many situation where there is no fullscreen option or when there is but not working as intended.

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