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 jokey.log:

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 kern.log, Xorg.0.log or 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?

  • suggest install a temperature monitor such as this to see what temperature your laptop is reaching: askubuntu.com/questions/33976/… – fossfreedom Aug 14 '11 at 11:05
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Your computer is most likely shutting down unexpectedly because either the kernel or BIOS thinks it's in imminent danger, usually due to overheating issues. There may be a faulty driver, or perhaps you have a broken fan but don't notice the heat buildup unless you tax the system by running Wine. There could be another sort of cooling problem as well, such as a lack of (or too much) thermal paste.

While Wine's the proximate cause here, this isn't really Wine's fault - it's exposing a deeper problem in the system.

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