I ran into some problems following the guides in this forum and these
(other versions with apparently different DLL requirements)
So here is my setup with a 10yr old Intel core i5-M540 notebook:
System: Kernel: 5.4.0-136-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 9.4.0 Desktop: Xfce 4.16.0
tk: Gtk 3.24.20 wm: xfwm4 dm: LightDM Distro: Linux Mint 20.3 Una
base: Ubuntu 20.04 focal
Versions wine-5.0 (Ubuntu 5.0-3ubuntu1) VarAC v6.3.3 VARA HF v4.7.1
Rig / HW-Setup: Yaesu FT-950 with Yaesu SCU-17 interface, shwoing up as /dev/ttyUSB0 and /dev/ttyUSB1 in Linux and COM33 / COM34 in Wine. Picture of settings below.
I have other wine prefixes running other software with different needs, so I put all inside a new prefix. This is what I did:
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/home/hb9fsv/.wine32-test/ winetricks -q vb6run WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/home/hb9fsv/.wine32-test/ winetricks -q vcrun2015 WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/home/hb9fsv/.wine32-test/ winetricks -q dotnet461 WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/home/hb9fsv/.wine32-test/ winetricks -q winbind WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/home/hb9fsv/.wine32-test/ winetricks sound=alsa
(I messed all up trying to install dotnet471, after which VarAC was complaining about a missing MSCOREE.DLL.)
If I remember correctly, VaraC should already run at this point. I downloaded the files mentioned in the links above and copied them over to the wine prefix. With VarAC I did the same after unpacking it in Linux:
cp Downloads/VARA/Put_in_System32/* .wine32-test/drive_c/windows/system32/ cp Downloads/VARA/pdh.dll .wine32-test/drive_c/windows/system32/ cp -r Downloads/VARA/VARAC .wine32-test/drive_c/VaraC
Now it was time to install the VARA TNC:
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/home/hb9fsv/.wine32-test/ wine Downloads/VARA/VARA\ setup\ \(Run\ as\ Administrator\).exe WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/home/hb9fsv/.wine32-test/ wine .wine32-test/drive_c/VARA/VARA.exe
VARA was now running stand-alone. After configuring VarAC, it started up automatically.
I use now these commands to start VarAC:
cd .wine32-test/drive_c/VaraC/ WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/home/hb9fsv/.wine32-test/ wine ./VarAC.exe
I have to cd inside the VarAC directory because VarAC complained about not finding the CAT commands file.
CAT controlled frequency changes didn't work, so I had to tweak the CAT commands file, see this post.
Auto-logging still pending, I'll keep this post updated.
Settings on Yaesu FT-950
Menu items differing from default settings:
055 DATA PKT SFT set to 0 (zero)
So hope it helps anyone to meet you on the bands!
vy 73 Martin HB9FSV
Thank you so much Martin for putting this together. I have just opened a dedicated section on the forum for Linux/Pi fans so I am going to move this post to that section. I appreciate your help and he time you put into this post. 73s!