Half-Life Counter-Strike: 1.6

Category: Main > Games > 1st Person Shooter > Half-Life > Counter-Strike: 1.6

VersionCounter-Strike: 1.6
License Retail
Votes 16
Wine Version1.4
Maintainers of this version:

Counter-Strike 1.6 from Steam

Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)

What works
Playing the game (at 1680x1050),multiplayer and single player.

What does not
Running the game with EasyAntiCheat.

What was not tested
Creating a server.

Additional Comments

Game works fine on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with no errors except unstable fps.

Here's some info you might find useful - Pc that i used : 

Cpu : Amd Athlon 64 x2 5200+ 2.7 Ghz

Ram : 4gb ram (I don't think 4gb is necessary but i'll just leave it here)

GPU : Ati Hd 5770 - Installed the drivers using the following commands 

1. sudo apt-get install build-essential cdbs fakeroot dh-make debhelper debconf libstdc++6 dkms libqtgui4 wget execstack libelfg0 dh-modaliases

2. sudo apt-get install fglrx fglrx-amdcccle

I don't know if other custom Anti-Cheat plugins can work on Ubuntu but if you're going to play with EasyAntiCheat the game won't launch at all(at least not for me).
Test Results
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 13 20121.4 Yes Yes Platinum Harris 
ShowopenSUSE 11.4 x86_64Jul 11 20111.3.24 Yes Yes Platinum Ursan Marius Bogdan 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 21 20111.3.20 Yes Yes Silver Jakob 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 15 20111.3.18 Yes Yes Platinum an anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 6.0 "Squeeze"Apr 25 20111.3.18 Yes Yes Platinum an anonymous user 

Known bugs
Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
5159 Microphone xmit in Half Life and HL:S games very harsh and goes in and out of "focus" REOPENED View
6095 MOTD in counter-strike 1.6 does not render REOPENED View
10495 Wine should support PulseAudio NEW View
13019 Half-Life(CS 1.6): SoundBlaster Live - microphone output harshy and chopped NEW View
15357 Fullscreen applications cannot be minimized NEW View
28282 Sound constantly crackling in lot of games UNCONFIRMED View

No Text In-Game
The most common cause of not having text in chat, menus, or settings is because of the lack of the required fonts.  Make sure you have the following fonts properly installed: Verdana, Tahoma, and Arial.

counter-strike.lnk File

The .lnk file that is created after install can be safely deleted. The .lnk file is used by Windows in case any special parameters have been set when an .exe file is run. If you have problems and suspect that you need the .lnk file for any reason, simply go into Steam, and right-click on the game that needs the .lnk file, and select "Create Desktop Shortcut". ­

The above applies to all .lnk files that are Steam based, including steam.lnk. 

Problems with disconnecting from server
If you get disconnected from server, then just wait a while and connect back. This is because of bugged version of HLDS used by server.


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

if you have some lags-try installing gecko
by yinon on Wednesday July 11th 2012, 12:05
My friend Dudu tryed installng the game in ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin with both wine 1.4 and 1.5 but the game didn't work well.

also install mesa-util didn't help (he has intel graphic card).

but now he told me he successeded and the game is working best ^^

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CS 1.6 non-steam freezes at start.
by Adam Pajor on Friday June 17th 2011, 4:09
I tried to run CS1.6, worked perfectly, could play online, then I switched to OpenGL from D3D mode. Instant crash, can't move mouse cursor, keyboard doesn't react ---> hard reset.

I can't figure out, how to reset the settings, or how to set to D3D.

It was weird for me, because Linux supports OpenGL natively.

Any solutions?

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Fixes for freeze
by CORSIN Simon on Tuesday February 1st 2011, 4:59
By default, CS 1.6 just run fine then it randomly freeze. The only solution then is to reboot your computer or killall hl.exe using a SSH connection.
This is a wine issue.
You can partially resolve this problem by using the 1.3.3 version of wine. For this, install Steam by using PlayOnLinux, then force playonlinux to launch Steam with the 1.3.3 version of wine. Also add hl.exe to Windows 98 compatibility mode.
By doing this, the game will run fine without crash, but you may be disconnected sometimes (just reconnect then).
Only the 1.3.3 version seems to resolve the freeze problem.

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Counter Strike on Ubuntu.
by Harris on Saturday November 27th 2010, 14:32
I'm using ubuntu 10.04 and these are my problems

No crosshair,half weapons also when i go very close to a wall i can see through it.

Also once i join the game the menus are invisible,there is not text and if i press Esc the Main menu is invisible as well..

Graphics Card drivers are up to date,and i 'm using wine 1.3.6

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Freezes when i create game
by Ivo on Monday September 13th 2010, 8:00
After I create new game it displays the 'welcome screen' : You are playing Counter strike 1.6 etc and than it freezes. I'm using wine 1.2 and catalyst 10.8. Anyone has some solution?

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cscz lags in multiplayer-mode
by Harmageddon on Saturday September 4th 2010, 5:29
I've got Ubuntu 10.04 LTS - Lucid Lynx and i've tried to play the Half-Life Version of CS-CZ using Wine. In the singleplayer-mode it works. But if I want to start a server, the game has very big lags. My graphics card is the Nvidia GeForce 210 witz 512 MB GDDR2. I already tried it with lower graphics settings but it doesn't work, too.

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opengl gentoo amd64
by mmichel on Saturday December 19th 2009, 7:16
Hey guys. I have a problem with running counter-strike since some version of ati-drivers was released.
It seems to me, there were some major changes in ati opengl, for I could still run CS, if I installed the previous version of drivers on working system and played for a while, but had to reinstall newer cause X server wouldn't run with previous. I'm not able to do this anymore that flawlessly since older version is not in portage. I can confirm that opengl is ok for other games.

When first run in this conditions, it crashes after I click "servers" menu. All other tries end up earlier, the game draws two lower menu items, 'options' and 'quit', and crashes. There is not much console output without debugging on:
fixme:win:EnumDisplayDevicesW ((null),0,0x33f514,0x00000000), stub!
fixme:x11drv:X11DRV_desktop_SetCurrentMode Cannot change screen BPP from 32 to 16
fixme:shdocvw:ViewObject_SetAdvise (0x21aac0)->(1 00000002 0x1231e60)
fixme:shdocvw:PersistStreamInit_InitNew (0x21aac0)
fixme:shdocvw:WebBrowser_put_RegisterAsBrowser (0x21aac0)->(ffffffff)
fixme:shdocvw:WebBrowser_put_RegisterAsDropTarget (0x21aac0)->(ffffffff)
fixme:dsalsa:IDsDriverBufferImpl_SetVolumePan (0x21b580,0x21b508): stub
fixme:winmm:MMDRV_Exit Closing while ll-driver open

I run nosteam version, xorg-server 1.6. Here is what fglrxinfo says:
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: ATI Radeon HD 3850
OpenGL version string: 2.1.8918

ati-drivers' version is marked as 9.9 in gentoo portage.
If there are any clues what could issue a problem, any guesses and ideas are welcome.

P.S. I must also mention that I ran the game with another user's privileges and home folder, nothing changed. But I can still run it in software mode and d3d.

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Fails to launch
by ikey on Thursday October 22nd 2009, 16:36
Im using ubuntu 9.04 and wine1.1.31

When i click the game windows cmd opens and closes.

and nothing happens.

pls help

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Scope is unuseable
by Manuel on Sunday February 1st 2009, 16:29
When I use Sniper Rifles and use the Scope, the Screen becomes black. Sometimes the Screen looks like this for a few milliseconds. (This is not my Picture!!!Hope this is ok)
I've got this error on wine 1.0-1.1.14(Versions < 1.0 not tested)

I am running Debian Lenny on a Thinkpad X31


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Cannot Join Games With Anti-Cheat
by Cr4nk on Saturday January 3rd 2009, 18:37
Hi, I just installed steam through wine, and downloaded + installed cs 1.6 with steam. I can only play games that are not protected with anti-cheat, otherwise the game freezes after about 10sec and I have to reboot. I have everything at default, and i dont use any cheats of any kind. Any ideas?

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CS not playable
by Brehm Wolfgang on Wednesday December 31st 2008, 11:32
under SuSE Linux 11.1&11.0 x86-64 RadeonHD3870 Catalyst8.8-8.11 tested several times, reproducable for me.
It will stop when the game should begin, at the first frame. When the first frame shows up it stops. What can I do?

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No console issue
by Guillermo Guerrero on Tuesday September 16th 2008, 4:13
Also the zircumflex key for the console don't work out of the box. I changed the console hotkey by (Shift + ^)

i had that problem.
I fixed it by changing keyboard layout in ubuntu from USA (former international) to USA (default)...
might be of help.
soo...i think the reported bug is not actually a bug

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Console wont work
by Jakov on Friday August 22nd 2008, 8:56
Hi, I'm using Mandriva 2008.1, I've installed CS 1.6, but my console in game (key `) wont work.

I need that console for my fps and other stuff.

Help somebody


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CS Crashes when starting the game
by Julio on Wednesday August 13th 2008, 11:20
I've installed the CS 1.6 in my Ubuntu 8.04 with wine 1.1.2,

But I have a big problem:

It starts normally and I can configure it.
But when I choose the "NEW GAME" option and start a new server game or when I find a network battle and start it, after 10 or 15 seconds the game stops and I have to turn it of closing the window.

I've already tested a lot of things and had no success.

My laptop is a Compaw 6910p with a Intel Integrated Video Card.

Please somebody help me.


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Fails to launch
by Edward Strong on Monday July 21st 2008, 8:46
This simply fails to launch (via Steam GUI or via console), I get a lot of console output but nothing exceptionally useful, the main error seems to be:

err:seh:raise_exception Unhandled exception code c0000005 flags 0 addr 0x7ee1fcd0

Running 64-bit Gentoo, any ideas would be really useful.

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Weird sound
by Kaljio on Sunday July 6th 2008, 11:06

I have a serious sound problem with CS 1.6 since Wine 0.9.60 or so. The sounds are played much too fast, like 4 times the normal speed and sound very high. This happens with all possible playback settings in Wine and CS.

The problem occurs with the most recent CS 1.6 Steam, ALSA and OSS, Wine 1.1.0 on Debian Sid and 2.6.26rc7 kernel.

Other games run fine, without any sound problems.

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Xfce Panels
by Renārs Grīnbergs on Sunday June 29th 2008, 14:56
In Xubuntu 8.04 since Wine 0.9.60 desktop panels are visible on screen when game is running. It is only possible to hide panels by turning off window manager's control over wine but then the keyboard isn't working in game. In 0.9.60 panels weren't there but since 0.9.61 until 1.1.0 they won't go away when game is launched.

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Counter-strike freezes at random on ATi video cards
by Alyven on Wednesday April 30th 2008, 5:50
Try add
Option "Capabilities" "0x00000800"
Option "KernelModuleParm" "locked-userpages=0"
to xorg.conf in the device section.
Restart the xserver.

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Freeze & forced to reboot
by Chris on Tuesday April 29th 2008, 15:37
I get the impression that random in-game freezes are down to video drivers predominantly. Has anyone got an ATI X300/X550/X1050 card and had this problem? If anyone knows a possible solution would be great to hear before I once and for all give up and get an nVidia.

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Crashes laptop
by Nesh on Saturday April 5th 2008, 11:29
My laptop crashes every now and then. Evertyhing is non-responsive, i cant use the ctrl+alt+backspace to restart. I cant kill wine, i must do a hard reset to my laptop. Ive tried every possible way but still cs crashes. Ive set hl to windows 98, steam to 2000. Ive tried the sysconftl trick, i tried using OSS as sound only. Nothing works, its still crashing.. Any ideas?

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new issue: 0.9.55
by Johnathan on Sunday February 24th 2008, 19:04
This game use to run fine in 0.9.54, but now the game crashes in 0.9.55.

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Screen refresh on mouse click
by Marco on Thursday January 31st 2008, 19:05
I don't really know, if im the only one getting this one, but here goes.
Counter strike works almost perfectly for me, but im gettig this problem/issue. So when i click on mouse i get my screen refreshed. I mean i see a screen that comes first when i load, and then back to normal. This doesnt bug me, when im in menu or somewhere simmilar, but when im shoothing, this is really a problem. Ah, yes, and this happens only in widowed mode. I googled and searched, and i dont see anyone talking about this problem, so maybe its just me getting this?
Im using fedora 7, on 2.6 kernel and wine 9.52.

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by pdw on Tuesday January 22nd 2008, 13:33
Confirmed here too, this also happens with the new 169.09.

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  • RE: by pdw on Tuesday January 22nd 2008, 13:34
by TraveXaS on Friday January 18th 2008, 13:19
Why does the game not run with the newest nvidiadrivers? I am not able to install the older one. Is there a hope to get it to run with the new drivers?

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CS wont start
by ^[ABC] on Tuesday January 8th 2008, 23:29
Ok im currently running wine 0.9.52 and steam runs fine. But when i try to start out counter strike it loads like its suppose to and then freezes without a menu or console or anything. The text for the "find server" and stuff are not there at all.


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Error type 1
by Ben Stevenson on Sunday December 30th 2007, 18:23
i installed wine and steam today and downloaded cs, cz and hl1. when i try starting them i get

SteamMountAppFilesystem(80,0,0x7a7057bc) failed with error 1: The registry is in use by another process, timeout expired.

I've gotten cs to open twice, but never again. I have no idea whats going on and when I googled my problems nothing helped.

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Counter-Strike 1.6 Crash on startup
by ZyzR on Wednesday December 26th 2007, 13:10
I've got this little problem with Cstrike at this moment.
Whenever i try to start Counter-strike 1.6 a window loads and displays the welcoming screen sometimes i se text like options and exit but then the window just closes and leaves no explanations to why.
i've think i tried everything(Atleast as far as i know).

i'm running wine-0.9.49 maybe it is when i updated my kmod-nvidia drivers that this happened.
Would glady take any advice on how to fix this.

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RE: crash at the end of install
by Frogzz on Wednesday December 19th 2007, 3:32
fixme:shell:DllCanUnloadNow stub

I've tried 0.9.50, 0.9.49 and 0.9.46

I'm on Gentoo, mb: Abit NF7, CPU: AMD Barton M 3000+, graph: GF6600GT

On my other machine at work (Gentoo,intel,radeon, 0.9.50) everything works perfectly

any ideas?

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Although Steam starts normally Counter-Strike doesn' start after i click on it.
by Christian Sam on Sunday December 16th 2007, 10:31
I think this will be only a temporary problem, and it might affect not only Wine users, but since the introduction of the "Steam Community" feature i couldn't start Counter-Strike, because nothing happend after i clicked on Start.

If you are in a similiar situation maybe this workaround will help.

In Steam click on "File" > "Preferences" > "In-Game" (or something similar,i don't know the exact name of the tab because i'm using a german steam version)

Uncheck the checkbox, and your games should start like before.


I hope this will help you,
Christian Sam

Keep in mind that you changed this setting because it will maybe work some day.

Another note concerning my "One possible Solution for the "No Sound Problem" posting:
If you followed the instructions and encounter a "steamstartup(...) failed with error1: the registry is in use by another process, timeout expired" error when you were starting Counter-Strike, keep Steam open and try to start Counter-Strike again.

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One possible Solution for the "No Sound Problem"
by Christian Sam on Saturday December 15th 2007, 16:32
I think since one of the latest Steam-Updates Sound stopped working for my Counter-Strike 1.6 Version. I'm using a Ensoniq ES1371 [AudioPCI-97] soundcard and never touched the standard Wine sound settings, but now i couldn't hear anything with OSS. I tried switching to ALSA, but then the sounds in Counter-Strike were very choppy and it ran with lag. I tried updating my Wine Version to "wine-0.9.36-2.fc5" but this didn't help in any way.

If you are in a similiar situation like me, follow the link. For me it worked - my Counter-Strike runs like before.

!!! Read on !!!
It's a German posting with settings for the Wine registry and an ALSA configuration file.

Between the two config-snippets on the website you will also find an instruction for the audio-tab of winecfg. "Switch the Hardware-Acceleration to "Emulation", and leave Driver-Emulation unchecked"

Another thing i wanna metion is, that i commented out the 4th line of the ALSA configuration file, which by the way, goes to ~/.asoundrc, (or /etc if you like)

# ALSA library configuration file
# Include settings that are under the control of asoundconf(1).
# (To disable these settings, comment out this line.)

# ALSA library configuration file
# Include settings that are under the control of asoundconf(1).
# (To disable these settings, comment out this line.)

I had never anything to do which ALSA configuration files, but i think you don't need this line.


I hope this will help you,
Christian Sam

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