Linux SDL error - game won't start

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deb25
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Linux SDL error - game won't start

Post by deb25 » Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:36 am

Hi all,

When trying to run the game, I get the following error:

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Alert: Error Unable to initialize SDL.  (Error: No available video device)
Exiting
I'm guessing some part of SDL is missing, but I'm not sure what! Other SDL games have worked previously....

I'm on Debian testing/wheezy, using nvidia drivers.

Any suggestions?
deb25
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Re: Linux SDL error - game won't start

Post by deb25 » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:28 am

Still no joy.

Is anyone running this game successfully on Debian? Anyone who can help out?
MrWeaver
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Re: Linux SDL error - game won't start

Post by MrWeaver » Wed Oct 26, 2011 6:11 pm

I have the same error running on Kubuntu.

It worked fine when I had Gnome installed oddly. Apart from the strange bug where it only launches with the exact right resolution. I'd love a fix for this. Be searching in the meantime.

Just letting you know you're not alone!
deb25
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Re: Linux SDL error - game won't start

Post by deb25 » Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:26 am

Still no change for this? No fix?

Anyone?
Sman789
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Re: Linux SDL error - game won't start

Post by Sman789 » Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:14 pm

This bug also affects me on Ubuntu 11.10 - same error as given by OP as soon as the program is launched in a terminal.
kwejk
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Re: Linux SDL error - game won't start

Post by kwejk » Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:28 am

Had the same error. Solved this by installing the 32bit version of SDL

yum install SDL.i686

I'm running Fedora 16 XFCE spin. Kernel 3.3.0-4.fc16.x86_64

Now i can play!
No Sound. for sure some 32bit stuff needed for that as well.

Hope this helps some of you guys!
Enjoy!


edit:
for sound try this:
viewtopic.php?f=21&t=3664#p16346
nolanjurgens
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Re: Linux SDL error - game won't start

Post by nolanjurgens » Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:32 am

I was getting this error on Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit on a Desura install. Installing the 32 bit version of libSDL with the command below got me past it.

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sudo apt-get install libsdl1.2debian:i386
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