Mass Effect 2

Retail version.

Application Details:

Version: 1.0
License: Retail
Votes: 2
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.6.2

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What works


Mouse(pre-hacked with 'force_edge' option)/Keyboard

3D Rendering,character animations,shader programs,bloom,Shadows,Lighting and post-processing

Multi-Core support (*see extra comments)

Cerebus network

Sounds (*see extra comments)

What does not

Initial startup but can be fixed with a hack to the newer Wine versions - 1.1.22 and above

Revert patch -



What was not tested


Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

-=System Info=- Linux 2.6.33/Ubuntu 9.10 Phenom II X3 720 @ 3.4 Ghz Geforce GT 200 DDR3 1024MB (695/840) 2 Gig 1066Mhz DDR2 ME2 v1.01 @ 1280x1024 *There's an odity in Multi-core/Multi-Processor detection with MassEffect2Config.exe where multi-core processors are designated as having 1 processor and 1 core. To override this oddity open ~/BioWare/Mass Effect 2/BIOGame/systeminformation.xml and set the appropriate values for numcores and numprocessors and then make the file read-only. *If you expereince low-resolution blocky lighting and shadows initially, open ~/BioWare/Mass Effect 2/BIOGame/Config/GamerSettings.ini and add [TextureLODSettings] TEXTUREGROUP_LightAndShadowMap=(MinLODSize=256,MaxLODSize=4096,LODBias=1) or [TextureLODSettings] TEXTUREGROUP_LightAndShadowMap=(MinLODSize=256,MaxLODSize=4096,LODBias=0) Since ME2 is UT3 based all .ini tweaks can be put in here and will override the Coalesced.ini and DefaultEngine.ini. *Use foobar2000 to set the playback device and then select the Direct Analog version in MassEffect2Config.exe. I haven't had a problem running it with Alsa version after the pain of getting sound figured out right. *GamerSettings.ini - *Did I mention this game is amazing? :)

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 28 20141.6.2Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 16 20131.7.4Yes Yes GoldMatt 
ShowLinux Mint 14 "Nadia"Feb 25 20131.5.24Yes Yes GoldBooman 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Aug 24 20121.5.11Yes Yes BronzeGalym Kerimbekov 
ShowGentoo LinuxNov 06 20111.3.30Yes Yes SilverSebastiano Tibolla 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
6971 Mouse "escapes" window or is confined to an area in the full screen program CLOSED FIXED View
8354 Mouse is constantly recentered is some games CLOSED FIXED View
18019 Some Bioware games' setup crashes when changing install directory CLOSED FIXED View
21519 Mass Effect 2 crashes after start CLOSED FIXED View
22091 Dragon Age Awakening/Mass Effect 2 installers crash with ntdll error CLOSED FIXED View
22548 Mass Effect 2/Singularity: Banding in lighting effects CLOSED FIXED View
22919 Mass Effect 2 Installer hang (and then crash) during PhysX install CLOSED DUPLICATE View
23125 Mass Effect 2 requires d3dx10_39.dll CLOSED FIXED View
23126 Mass Effect 2 requires msvcp80 CLOSED FIXED View
23127 Mass Effect 2 ignores keystrokes unless in virtual desktop CLOSED DUPLICATE View
23135 Mass Effect 2 hangs/crashes after Shepard is reanimated CLOSED FIXED View
23150 Mass Effect 2: No audio in menus/videos/game REOPENED View
23151 Mass Effect 2: in intro video, Miranda's eyes are solid white CLOSED NOTOURBUG View
23184 Mass Effect 2: can't authenticate disc CLOSED DUPLICATE View
23218 Mass Effect 2: Illusive Man's lips don't move in intro movie CLOSED DUPLICATE View
23684 Mass Effect 2 demo: decals on walls and floor flicker CLOSED FIXED View
23832 Mass Effect 2 stutter on initial rotation after awakening NEW View
24392 Unreal Engine 3: Motion Blur Effect Makes Games Unplayable RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
24650 Mass Effect 2 (demo/full version): hangs if you alt+tab away and back CLOSED FIXED View
24805 Mass Effect 2 hangs sometimes when loading a save game CLOSED DUPLICATE View
30554 Mass Effect 2 only renders a black screen CLOSED FIXED View
31436 Mass Effect 2/3 won't run properly with wine-1.5.10 CLOSED INVALID View
34972 Fullscreen applications are only partially visible CLOSED ABANDONED View

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HowTo / Notes


DLC for Mass Effect 2 seems to work okay. You need an EA account & Bioware account. You have to link your bioware account to your EA master account.

When done, you can login to  and download the  content manually.

I have tested the Inferno Armor, Blood Dragon Armor, Zaeed - The Price of Revenge (Cerberus Network), Normandy Crash Site (Cerberus Network).

Launch the installer in the wineprefix you have Mass Effect 2 installed, the installer will fail (for me) at cleaning up the install. It is safe to kill the install process.

Once you have started Mass Effect 2, login to the Cerberus Network with your EA account and the DLC will be authorised (you may get a warning the first time)

To get the Keyboard/Mouse working and Increasing in-game performance

Please purge your previously wine installation before using that HowTo!

For patching and installing wine on Ubuntu:

apt-get build-dep wine
(This wine version is given as an example)
tar xjpf wine-1.5.9.tar.bz2
cd wine-1.5.9
patch -p1 < raw3.patch

For patching and installing wine on Gentoo:

mkdir -p /etc/portage/patches/app-emulation/wine-1.5.9
wget -O /etc/portage/patches/app-emulation/wine-1.5.9/raw_input.patch ''
emerge =app-emulation/wine-1.5.9

Thanks to t800 for the tip ;-)

Increasing in-game performance

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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