Installation with PlayOnLinux 4.1.9 & Wine 1.5.24
Direct X 9 full capabilities (dynamic shadows, high quality bloom, motion blur, light environment shadows, spherical harmonic lighting, number of cinematic lights 3)
multiple resolutions (widescreen, fullscreen, windowed)
Audio (music & sound effects)
Mouse & Keyboard
What does not
Sometimes Mouse warp override would not work in windowed mode
Desktop resolution has to match the game resolution before launching
What was not tested
Playing through full campaign
Installation: Mass Effect 2 requires two DVD disks for installation but PlayOnLinux would never continue with the second disk. I had to copy all the data from Disk 1 and the game data from Disk 2 into a single folder for Mass Effect to properly install DVD Key DRM problems: Wine ver 1.5.24 seems to be the only version that allows the game Key to sync with the DVD. All other version resulted in an error. Mouse warp override: Had problems keeping the mouse in the game window. When you configure Wine, make sure to select "Graphics" and check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows". Otherwise your character will not be able to rotate in full 360 deg motion. Windowed Mode: Full-screen mode would not allow the keyboard to work but Windowed Mode retained mouse & keyboard functionality.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Sep 28 2014||1.6.2||Yes||Yes||Gold||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Nov 16 2013||1.7.4||Yes||Yes||Gold||Matt|
|Current||Linux Mint 14 "Nadia"||Feb 25 2013||1.5.24||Yes||Yes||Gold||Booman|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Aug 24 2012||1.5.11||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Galym Kerimbekov|
|Show||Gentoo Linux||Nov 06 2011||1.3.30||Yes||Yes||Silver||Sebastiano Tibolla|
|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|
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 http://social.bioware.com/user_entitlements.phpÂ and download theÂ content manually.
I have tested the Inferno Armor, Blood Dragon Armor,Â 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)
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
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 'dl.dropbox.com/u/6901628/raw3.patch'
Thanks to t800 for the tip ;-)