Category: Main Games 1st Person Shooter Left 4 Dead 2 Left 4 Dead 2 Full (Steam)

Left 4 Dead 2

Full version released on Steam

Application Details:

Version: Left 4 Dead 2 Full (Steam)
License: Retail
Votes: 13
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.19

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Test Results

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What works

Installation through Steam

Single-Player, Multi-Player.  Joining Game

 Incoming Voice Chat

Full Screen, Windowed

What does not

Changing from Full Screen to Windowed Mode via the options menu.  Crashes to white screen.

Outgoing Voice Chat w/ headset plugged into onboard HDaudio ports (back and front panel).  Seems to pick up a spotty signal under OSS, but does not actually pick up audio. Does not pick up anything under ALSA.


What was not tested

Joining games with MOTD posts.  Either that, or the game just skips them.  I haven't seen one after joining ~10 games, though.

All game modes, maps, weapons, characters, etc.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

With the exception of the crash during a setting change (easily avoided with command line options) and in-game voice chat, this game works just about flawlessly. Frame rate IS lower than in Windows, however. It runs with a fantastic frame rate for me in windowed mode @ 1280x720 with no patching or DLL overrides. Don't even have to turn off kwin effects!

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowLinux Mint 16 "Petra" x86_64May 16 20141.7.19Yes Yes PlatinumPhilipglo Joshua Opulencia 
ShowUbuntu 13.04 "Raring" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 19 20131.7.0Yes Yes PlatinumJT 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Mar 14 20131.5.25Yes Yes SilverExar101 
ShowUbuntu 12.10 "Quantal" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 10 20131.5.21Yes Yes GoldMR_squiggley 
ShowSlamd64 -currentDec 16 20121.5.19Yes Yes BronzeZootal 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
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
27453 Lag when loading new sound in source games NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

- 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:
   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.


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an error in left 4 dead 2 version
by Manoa on Monday July 11th 2016, 19:00
at the end of loading when connecting to a server in multiplayer, the game crashed and this is displayed in the output of wine:

threadtools.cpp (3272) : Assertion Failed: Illegal termination of worker thread 'SocketThread'
Assert( Assertion Failed: Illegal termination of worker thread 'SocketThread' ):threadtools.cpp:3272

many versions of wine were tested and the MOTD fix had no effect, I even disabled motd in the server.
RE: an error in left 4 dead 2 version
by Manoa on Monday July 11th 2016, 19:04
tested wine versions: