Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)
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
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.
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.
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by Martina on Wednesday April 24th 2013, 15:10
I am kinda new to linux and I really want to get rid off windows (especially since win 8, but this is not the point).
I was able to play ME1 by myself, however, when I want to install ME2, at the end I always get an error, when it comes to installing the EAAccessInstaller. I saw that this problem was quite common for some windows versions, however, my version worked fine on windows but i get this error with wine 1.5.28.
Has somebody an idea how I (quite a noob) can make this work?