Mass Effect 2 1.0

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NameMass Effect 2
License Retail
Votes 2
Wine Version1.7.4
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Old test results
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Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)

What works
Everything except for the issues below (all of which have workarounds). The game runs great with dynamic shadows. No LAG. No screen tearing. Game starts up quickly. You can safely minimize/switch workspaces without messing up the game. Mouse works perfectly in fullscreen mode.

What does not

The intstaller crashes when attempting to install PhysX, but the installation of the game is already completed at this point, so you can just force quit and everything will be fine (but you need to use winetricks physx, of course)

 Using my usual 64-bit wine prefix and the ALSA sound drivers, the sound would almost always be crackly, but would usually get better over time until it worked perfectly. Switching workspaces away and back again seemed to rapidly accelerate this.

 However, starting a new 32-bit wine prefix (WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX= wine MassEffect2.exe) and using the default pulseaudio drivers resulted in flawless audio every time. I'm not sure whether ALSA or being 64-bit (or both) caused the problem.

 The configuration utility works for everything except for importing a Mass Effect 1 character, which does nothing. You can work around this by doing it manually (find a file that starts with Char_ in the /BioWare/Mass Effect/Save folder and copy it to /BioWare/Mass Effect 2/Save/ME1. You will need to create the ME1 folder. Now, when you create your character in Mass Effect 2, you will be able to import your Mass Effect 1 character.)

For some reason, the game starts minimized.

What was not tested

I never tested the game using a virtual desktop since it was not needed. (Game runs perfectly in fullscreen, and it correctly releases mouse control when you switch workspaces and takes it back when you go back.

I never tested logging into the Cerberus network

Additional Comments

The following winetricks were performed before running the game:
winetricks d3dx9_36 physx

I mounted both installation CDs before installing. The installer from the first CD automatically installs the entire game as it sees the second CD is already mounted. No need to run anything from the second CD.
Test Results
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 16 20131.7.4 Yes Yes Gold Matt 
ShowLinux Mint 14 "Nadia"Feb 25 20131.5.24 Yes Yes Gold Booman 
ShowGentoo Linux AMD64Aug 24 20121.5.11 Yes Yes Bronze Galym Kerimbekov 
ShowGentoo LinuxNov 06 20111.3.30 Yes Yes Silver Sebastiano Tibolla 
ShowGentoo Linux AMD64Oct 14 20111.3.30 Yes Yes Silver Rinaldus 

Known bugs
Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
18019 Some Bioware games' setup crashes when changing install directory NEW View
23127 Mass Effect 2 ignores keystrokes unless in virtual desktop NEW View
23150 Mass Effect 2: No audio in menus/videos/game REOPENED View
23151 Mass Effect 2: in intro video, Miranda's eyes are solid white NEW View
23832 Mass Effect 2 stutter on initial rotation after awakening NEW View
24392 Unreal Engine 3: Motion Blur Effect Makes Games Unplayable NEW View
34972 Fullscreen applications are only partially visible UNCONFIRMED View


DLC for Mass Effect 2 seems to work okay. You need an EA account & Bioware account. You have to link your bioware account to your EA master account.

When done, you can login to  and download the  content manually.

I have tested the Inferno Armor, Blood Dragon Armor, Zaeed - The Price of Revenge (Cerberus Network), Normandy Crash Site (Cerberus Network).

Launch the installer in the wineprefix you have Mass Effect 2 installed, the installer will fail (for me) at cleaning up the install. It is safe to kill the install process.

Once you have started Mass Effect 2, login to the Cerberus Network with your EA account and the DLC will be authorised (you may get a warning the first time)

To get the Keyboard/Mouse working and Increasing in-game performance

Please purge your previously wine installation before using that HowTo!

For patching and installing wine on Ubuntu:

apt-get build-dep wine
(This wine version is given as an example)
tar xjpf wine-1.5.9.tar.bz2
cd wine-1.5.9
patch -p1 < raw3.patch

For patching and installing wine on Gentoo:

mkdir -p /etc/portage/patches/app-emulation/wine-1.5.9
wget -O /etc/portage/patches/app-emulation/wine-1.5.9/raw_input.patch ''
emerge =app-emulation/wine-1.5.9

Thanks to t800 for the tip ;-)

Increasing in-game performance

If you have experienced performance degradation please deactivate dynamic shadows and antialiasing from game graphic menu. Also set proprietary driver image settings to Maximum Performance. This helps for weak graphic cards like NVIDIA Geforce 120 GT.

Fixing game crashes with latest wine
If you're experienced game crashes, freezing or just black screen while using latest wine (1.5.10 or higher), then you will need apply patches from

Thanks to Erich Hoover for these patches :)


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