How to install ExaGear Desktop Trial
on Odroid

And play more than 38 famous Windows games on your device
with ExaGear software (the example user case-study)

Install ExaGear Desktop Trial on Odroid

Odroid is a great development mini PC board to make different IoT or other tech projects on. Needless to describe all the advantages of this marvelous device, as any reader of this post is likely to be really into this growing community.

But if you are new to these boards, there are a bunch of resources to educate yourself. Read their Odroid magazine, ask questions on their forum and explore the details on their Wiki pages (Find the models and prices on Odroid store).

In this article, we are going to release the tutorial on how to set up an ExaGear Software trial on Odroid devices. But, first of all, let me give you a brief introduction of what the ExaGear software is for.

ExaGear Desktop is a powerful emulator for porting almost any x86 applications to ARM-based devices. In a nutshell, if you need some Windows apps or on your Odroid for any specific purpose (e.g. Notepad++ or even MS Word), ExaGear is the best solution to make it happen. Not mentioning the fact, that some native Linux applications, such as Skype and TeamViewer, when launched within ExaGear run even faster than launched via Wine on Linux. If you need more information visit our product page!

Install ExaGear Desktop Trial on Odroid

Our ExaGear Odroid Trial is kept on Odroid repos and is available for the following ODROID models:

  • Odroid C0
  • Odroid C1
  • Odroid C1+
  • Odroid C2
  • Odroid X
  • Odroid X2
  • Odroid U2
  • Odroid U3
  • Odroid XU3
  • Odroid XU4
  • Odroid HC1
  • Odroid MC1

Within the following OS images on:

  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • Ubuntu 16.04 Kernel 3.10
  • Ubuntu 16.04 Kernel 4.9
  • Debian Jessie (available for Odroid X,X2,U2/U3,XU3/XU4,C1,C2)
  • ODROID GameStation Turbo (available for Odroid X,X2,U2/U3,XU3/XU4,C1,C2)
  • DietPi (available for Odroid C1,C2,XU3/XU4)

The installation process is really straightforward:

1. Connect a keyboard and a mouse to your Odroid device, or connect to it remotely – whatever you got used to.

2. Call for the command line and input the following commands to update the system.

$ sudo apt-get update

3. After a few minutes of auto-updating, you need to proceed with the following command:

$ sudo apt-get install exagear-desktop

4. As soon as the installation is finished, simply switch on the ExaGear software:

$ exagear

5. The pop-up window will appear for you to provide your name and e-mail address. After you are done with that your ExaGear Odroid Trial will be activated and will last for 3 days from the moment of activation.

Popup form for ExaGear Odroid trial

You might want to check if ExaGear is properly installed on you Odroid device. You can do it the following way:

$ uname -a

You should get the output like:

Linux odroid 4.9.51-64 #1 SMP PREEMPT Sat Sep 23 03:28:28 UTC 2017 i686 i686 i686 GNU/Linux

6. Finally, we recommend to check that everything is OK by running the “arch” command (it should result in “i686” output):

$ arch
i686

Playing Windows Games on Odroid

Well, you are done with the installation and activation of your trial, so it’s the very time to enjoy the full power of ExaGear Desktop emulator by playing different famous Windows games on your Odroid device. Of course, gaming on Odroid is just a very small part of what ExaGear software can really do, but this user case is very representative and after all simply cool!

Tobias Schaaf from Odroid Magazine has prepared an outstanding article, covering some of the most popular PC games to be installed and played on Odroid, using ExaGear Desktop as an emulation machine and PlayOnLinux app. Read the ultimate tutorial here or watch a detailed video-guide below!

Moreover, as a bonus, he has prepared a list of games compatibility for Odroid, tested by him personally on Odroid XU4 model. See the table bellow:

Linux x86 Compatibility list for ODROID XU3/XU4 running ExaGear 2.1 Desktop

Game

Rating

Notes

Airline Tycoon Deluxe Perfect Uses Desktop resolution, up to 720p should run fine

Windows x86 Compatibility list for ODROID XU3/XU4 running ExaGear 2.1 Desktop

Game

Rating

Notes

7th Legion Perfect 640×480 only
8th Wonder of the World Very Good no music, long loading times, many resolutions, very demanding
Age of Empires 1 + The Rise of Rome Very Good No Music (no MIDI support in ExaGear)
Age of Wonders Perfect Requires IndeoVideo, offers many in game resolutions
Airline Tycoon Deluxe Broken Fonts don’t work can’t be played that way (else perfect)
Alien Nations Perfect requires: amstream, quartz, icodecs/iv5setup
Alpha Centaruri + Alien Crossfire Perfect use PlayOnLinux installer
Anno 1602 Perfect Requires NoCD patch
Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura Perfect 800×600 only
Atrox Very Good Very similar to Starcraft, supports 800×600 and 640×480 resolution, Videos are not working
Balls of Steel Perfect 800×600 max resolution
Caesar III Perfect runs in 640×480, 800×600, or 1024×768 resolution
Call to Power 2 Good Videos are not working, game supports many resolutions.
Capitalism II Fair Graphical glitches in game (known issue with the game)
Civilization III Very Good 1024×768 only, has some known sound issues.
Dark Colony Very Good requires Linux PC to install, 640×480 only, minor sound issues
Diablo 1 Very Good 640×480 only, requires ddraw patch
Diablo II Complete Edition 1.13d Very Good Videos don’t work, runs in 640×480 or 800×600
Dune 2000 Perfect use high resolution patcher for all kind of resolutions
Earth 2140 Perfect GoG classic Windows versions is only 800×600, reduce sound volume.
Emperor – Rise of the Middle Kingdom Good runs in window mode, annoying sound issues.
Gangsters: Organized Crime Good graphical issues in menu, game is fine, requires gdi rendering
Homeworld: Cataclysm Perfect 3D rendering in software mode, complicated resolution switch
Jack Orlando: A Cinematic Adventure (Director’s Cut) Good 640×480 only, often keyboard input issues
KKND: Krush Kill ‘n Destroy Xtreme Poor 640×480 only, Everything except New Game will crash the game (would be “perfect” otherwise)
KKND2 Krossfire Perfect supports 640×480, 800×600 and 1024×768 as resolution.
Larry 7: Love for Sail Perfect runs in ALL resolutions, you can NOT use “System” wine version
Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader Very Good 800×600 only, can slow down at times, especially with special effects
Mech Commander Gold Perfect Must be installed on another PC, supports 640×480, 800×600, 1024×768, and 1280×1024 resolution.
Microsoft Office 2007 Perfect Runs directly on your Desktop
Pharaoh and Cleopatra Good runs in 640×480, 800×600 or 1024×768 resolution, suffers from sound issues (echoing)
Rollercoaster Tycoon Deluxe Very Good only minor sound issue, offers window mode which allows to start it on any desktop resolution (without virtual desktop)
Rollercoaster Tycoon 2: Triple Thrill Pack Very Good 800×600 only
Starcraft Very Good 640×480 only, can have slowdowns
Stronghold Crusader HD + Stronghold Crusader Extreme HD Very Good Some sound issues similar to Pharaoh and other games where sounds are played twice, many different resolutions supported including 1080p and 720p
The Tone Rebellion Perfect only runs in 640×480, needs to be installed on another PC
Tropico Gold Perfect offers different resolutions from 640×480 to 1600×1200
Unreal Very Good runs in software mode only, supports many different resolutions

You can also stay tuned to the latest games updates. Originally, the list is located here. For instance, Xenonauts and Total Annihilation are coming soon!

Final notes

It’s worth noting that ExaGear can launch almost any x86 app on any ARM-based device including, but not limited to Odroid, Raspberry Pi, Banana Pi, Beagleboard, Cubox, Jetson, Cubieboard and many others.

Learn more about ExaGear Desktop

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