Category: Main Games 1st Person Shooter Left 4 Dead Full (Steam)

Left 4 Dead

Set in the immediate aftermath of the zombie apocalypse, L4D's survival co-op mode lets you blast a path through the infected in four unique “movies,” guiding your survivors across the rooftops of an abandoned metropolis, through rural ghost towns and pitch-black forests in your quest to escape a devastated Ground Zero crawling with infected enemies. Each "movie" is comprised of five large maps, and can be played by one to four human players, with an emphasis on team-based strategy and objectives.

Application Details:

Version: Full (Steam)
License: Retail
Votes: 80
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.0

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Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works





...Everything...under some conditions...

What does not

vanilla wine version 3.1 (compiled from source) crashes when connection to server progress bar reaches the end, crashes without error



kernel 4.11 with BFS scheduler

also tested on kernel 4.14.18 with MuQSS scheduler


asrock Z87 Extreme3

haswell 4790K

780 Ti EVGA classified kingpin

32GB DDR3 corsair

first: the winetricks:

gdiplus gdiplus_winxp mfc40 mfc42 msxml3 msxml4 msxml6 quartz wsh56vb wsh57 xact_jun2010 xact xinput corefonts vb6run vcrun6 vcrun6sp6 vcrun2003 vcrun2005 vcrun2008 vcrun2010 vcrun2012 vcrun2013 vcrun2015

wine 3.0 (WOW64) patched with nine 3.0 git build 8 feb 2018, built from source:

mesa versions:




all have graphic bugs:

characters are black when flashlight is off

disabling SweetFX with the disable key renders the main menu completely green

other graphic corruptions such as textures disappearing and suddenly reappearing at some view angles

mesa 17.1.x works without graphic errors, but has some mouse lag spikes

mesa 18.x was tested, but it has other problems such as sudden mouse lag spikes

so I came up with a hybrid "driver": use mesa 17.3.3 (32-bit) but manually copied from mesa version 17.1.10

What was not tested

nVidia graphics drivers

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentSlackware 14.1 64-bit multilibFeb 11 20183.0N/A Yes YesGoldManoa 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 03 20172.2Yes Yes PlatinumWayne 
ShowFedora 21 x86_64Mar 29 20151.7.38Yes Yes Platinumbrnns 
ShowMac OS X 10.10 "Yosemite"Dec 14 20141.7.33Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 03 20141.7.22Yes Yes GoldLuis Alvarado 

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
7698 Counter-Strike:Source crashes after a while CLOSED FIXED View
12453 Bad performance in Source based games REOPENED View
14451 Half-Life 2 Runs Really Slow (Menu's & Gameplay) CLOSED DUPLICATE View
15710 Using OSS audio causes PCM device to be muted CLOSED FIXED View
17083 Counter-Strike: Source (Steam): background artefacts CLOSED FIXED View
17437 ATI and EVE Premium: no models display / crashes on startup CLOSED FIXED View
18070 Multiple apps need separate msi custom action server process due to COM/MTA and/or isolation issues (Adobe CS3/CS4, Flash, Windows SDK 2008, Strawberry Perl, MS Office 2010) STAGED View
18900 Wineserver crashes starting Team Fortress 2 CLOSED FIXED View
19522 Team Fortress 2 (TF2) missing menu fonts CLOSED FIXED View
19748 Bad performance and/or lags with wrong thread problems in Metro 2033 (Unreal Tournament 3, Counter Strike: Source, Metro 2033, Call of Duty 4, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Final Fantasy XIV, Half-Life 2) NEW View
20257 Left 4 Dead:Crashes when viewing MOTD while in 'Crash Course' map. CLOSED DUPLICATE View
21770 Keyboard doesn't work in games launched from Steam when using virtual desktop CLOSED FIXED View
22534 Many Valve Source games will not start on ATI Radeon HD 5870 CLOSED DUPLICATE View
23286 Disconnected: Server unable to authenticate Steam ID CLOSED FIXED View
24667 On ATI Radeon HD 5xxx (and probably 6xxx) all source-based games flicker and can't render some objects and NPCs CLOSED INVALID View
24684 Multiple Source engine based games (Steam): out-of-order rendering, bloom effect and lights are visible through walls when multicore rendering is enabled NEW View
25256 Source based games won't start (Team Fortress 2) CLOSED FIXED View
25679 Lights show through walls in l4d CLOSED ABANDONED View
27779 Desktop mouse pointer always visible in Steam games CLOSED FIXED View
28066 Sound stops after some time (restarting sound in game usually possible) CLOSED FIXED View
28586 Team Fortress Arcade and Pixel Force: Left 4 Dead have no sound UNCONFIRMED View
29354 Multiple Microsoft product installers fail due to ProductID being set during client side "ValidateProductID" standard action (Microsoft Virtual PC 2007, Visual Studio 2008) NEW View
33446 Left 4 Dead: Player outlines may appear distorted UNCONFIRMED View
33885 Left4dead glitchy execution CLOSED ABANDONED View
37158 Left 4 Dead (Steam) crashes after pressing 'tab' key in-game UNCONFIRMED View
38749 Left 4 Dead: text in terminal is unreadable UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

Startup Settings

To change startup settings, right-click on the game in Steam, select "Properties, then "Set launch options...". You can add any of the following options, seperated by a space.

  • -novid - Prevent the startup video from running. Not necessary, but gets you to the menu faster.

If you have multiple screens, you'll probably find that the game tries to stretch over all screens, instead of just one. In this case, you'll need these options:

  • -height - Sets the window height. For example, "-height 900".
  • -width - Sets the window width. For example, "-width 1440".
  • -windowed - Not necessary, but starts the game in a window. Nice for if you want to move it to a different screen.
L4D does not recognise -dxlevel 81 - it only uses dx9, using this option will make zero difference.


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