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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Test Results

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What works

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

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

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.

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 NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 16 20131.7.4Yes Yes NoGoldMatt 
CurrentLinux Mint 14 "Nadia"Feb 25 20131.5.24Yes Yes NoGoldBooman 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Aug 24 20121.5.11Yes Yes NoBronzeGalym Kerimbekov 
ShowGentoo LinuxNov 06 20111.3.30Yes Yes NoSilverSebastiano 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 when starting game from launcher 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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