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Left 4 Dead 2

Demo version for users who pre-ordered the game through steam.

Application Details:

Version: Steam Pre-Order Demo
License: Demo
URL: http://www.l4d.com/
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.1.33

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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Test Results

Old test results
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Selected Test Results

What works

Single player to the end

Hosting a multiplayer game

Joining a multiplayer game with no MOTD on joining

What does not

Joining a multiplayer game with a MOTD on joining - this crashes the game just as you get in

Workarounds

What was not tested

Multiplayer to the end

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

This is almost identical to my previous test data, except that now you can play the game. If you are getting stuck at the "Incomplete Installation (2)" error, then you can get around it by doing the following: 1. Install the L4D2 demo using Steam 2. Quit Steam 3. Download this gzipped tarball (~14 MB): http://www.tghost.co.uk/wine/steamappscommon.tar.gz 4. Extract that into the steamapps/ directory: ~ $ wget http://www.tghost.co.uk/wine/steamappscommon.tar.gz ~ $ cd .wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Steam/steamapps/ steamapps $ tar -xvf ~/steamappscommon.tar.gz This will overwrite a few existing files, create some new directories, and create some new files, all inside the steamapps/common/left\ 4\ dead\ 2\ demo/ directory. 5. Launch the game using Steam The files for the tarball were got by comparing the md5sum of each file of a successfully installed version of the game on a Windows box to the partially installed version in Wine to see what the difference was.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
ShowArch LinuxNov 14 20091.1.33Yes Yes GoldCody Goldberg 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Nov 13 20091.1.33Yes Yes GoldLuke Bratch 
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 07 20091.1.32Yes Yes SilverSabun 
ShowArch LinuxNov 07 20091.1.32Yes Yes GarbageGodofGrunts 
CurrentGentoo Linux x86_64Nov 05 20091.1.32Yes Yes SilverLuke Bratch 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO
- To get past the "Incomplete Installation" error:

Use Wine-1.1.35 or later

- To get past crashing at the MOTD display when joining a multiplayer game:


Either: Use native urlmon.dll (can be limited to just left4dead2.exe),
Or: Use wine-1.1.27 or earlier.

- To improve the performance

1. Enable multicore rendering.  This increases performance by 10-15 fps in most places for me.
2. Use the following patch:
http://bugs.winehq.org/attachment.cgi?id=24812
   This increases performance by 50-60 fps in most places for me.  Note that you may need to minimise/restore or otherwise lose and regain focus of the game to fix the flashlight and some textures if using this patch.
   The performance is so much better in wine-1.1.33 that this doesn't seem to be needed any more.  The framerate with this in wine-1.1.32 was still higher than the framerate without this in wine-1.1.33 though.

- To get past the crashing/restarting/broken game files which occurs every few minutes during gameplay

Add -lv to the launch options in Steam.  This enables low gore mode, which for some reason fixes the problem.  Low gore mode doesn't look as great, but it's worth it for the stability.
HOWTO
- To get past the "Incomplete Installation" error:

Upgrade to Wine 1.1.35 or later

- To get past crashing at the MOTD display when joining a multiplayer game:

Either: Use native urlmon.dll (can be limited to just left4dead2.exe),
Or: Use wine-1.1.27 or earlier.

- To improve the performance

1. Enable multicore rendering.  This increases performance by 10-15 fps in most places for me.
2. Use the following patch:
   http://bugs.winehq.org/attachment.cgi?id=24812
   Note that you may need to minimise/restore or otherwise lose and regain focus of the game to fix the flashlight and some textures if using this patch.
   The performance is so much better in wine-1.1.33 that this doesn't seem to be needed any more.  The framerate with this in wine-1.1.32 was still higher than the framerate without this in wine-1.1.33 though.

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