Whenever I try to play The Sims 3 using Wine 1.2 in Ubuntu Natty the Acer Aspire 4935G is just shutting down without any warning. According to appdb.winehq.org The Sims 3 should work almost perfectly fine (Gold status) on Ubuntu and as long as the laptop does not turn off everything does work fine.
I also tried different graphics drivers but NVIDIA current worked best for the GeForce 9300M GS. When the laptop is shutting down while I'm playing The Sims 3 I found the following messages (amongst others) in
2011-08-14 10:52:28,537 DEBUG: nvidia.available: falling back to default 2011-08-14 10:52:28,745 DEBUG: nvidia_173 is not the alternative in use 2011-08-14 10:52:31,054 DEBUG: nvidia_173 is not the alternative in use 2011-08-14 10:52:31,113 DEBUG: nvidia_173 is not the alternative in use 2011-08-14 10:52:40,779 DEBUG: Shutting down
I couldn't find any errors in
syslog. But maybe I didn't look at the right place?
Activating metacity for the time the game is played seems to increase the time I can run the game before the laptop is shutting down.
I also noticed that the fans were runing very loud during the whole time the game is played. Maybe the laptop is overheating? How can I check if this is the case?