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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?

  • 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
  • See this for an update: askubuntu.com/a/1062151/29097 and improved method – Evan Carroll Aug 3 '18 at 22:00
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update --- there is a new release now, 3.3, and as 3.2, works great.

I managed to compile it with trial-and-errors adding the following libraries:

sudo apt install xa65 libreadline-dev libxaw7-dev libgtkmm-3.0-dev libpulse-dev

and compiled with

./configure
make
sudo make install 

...and it seems to work (the lib hack is not needed anymore). Seems a quite live project!

Original content:

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 http://vice-emu.sourceforge.net/

2) unpack it where you want

tar xvzf vice-3.1.tar.gz
cd vice-3.1

3) install required dev libraries:

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

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

./configure --enable-gnomeui
make
sudo make install

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

cd /usr/local/lib
sudo 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) type x64 and Enjoy! (this thing evokes a tear... my first computer ever was a C64. If only I did not lose my discs...)

vice x64 running

  • 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
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    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
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    How do you actually run VICE after the sudo make install command? – Tony Lancer Dec 30 '16 at 21:19
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    On Ubuntu 17.10 with vice-3.1 you need sudo apt install byacc flex before you configure – rubo77 Nov 1 '17 at 20:44
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    I like this emulator as it produces the sound of the 1541 Floppy Drive. Definitely a tear is shedding! =) Thank you! – Terrance Nov 16 '17 at 15:02
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Compile and install went well 1st time on my fresh install of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, however i found that the C64 had no keyboard response.

This was fixed by copying the x11_sym.vkm and sdl_sym.vkm files from the source codes data/C64 folder into the installed C64 folder.

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To install vice with the default roms, you can

  1. Install vice from the system repos

    sudo apt-get install vice
    
  2. Install the roms,

    1. Download the source tarball http://vice-emu.sourceforge.net/index.html#download and extract it to /tmp

    2. Run the following commands to copy over the data files,

      find /tmp/vice-*/data \
        -mindepth 1
        -type d
         -exec sudo cp -rnv {} /usr/lib/vice/ \;
      

now you can use x64 and x64sc to run the bin files.

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