|Latest Wine Version Tested:||1.6.2|
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Everything except for the issues below (all of which have workarounds). The game runs great with dynamic shadows. No LAG. No screen tearing. Game starts up quickly. You can safely minimize/switch workspaces without messing up the game. Mouse works perfectly in fullscreen mode.
What does not
The intstaller crashes when attempting to install PhysX, but the installation of the game is already completed at this point, so you can just force quit and everything will be fine (but you need to use winetricks physx, of course)
Using my usual 64-bit wine prefix and the ALSA sound drivers, the sound would almost always be crackly, but would usually get better over time until it worked perfectly. Switching workspaces away and back again seemed to rapidly accelerate this.
However, starting a new 32-bit wine prefix (WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=
The configuration utility works for everything except for importing a Mass Effect 1 character, which does nothing. You can work around this by doing it manually (find a file that starts with Char_ in the
For some reason, the game starts minimized.
What was not tested
I never tested the game using a virtual desktop since it was not needed. (Game runs perfectly in fullscreen, and it correctly releases mouse control when you switch workspaces and takes it back when you go back.
I never tested logging into the Cerberus network
The following winetricks were performed before running the game: winetricks d3dx9_36 physx I mounted both installation CDs before installing. The installer from the first CD automatically installs the entire game as it sees the second CD is already mounted. No need to run anything from the second CD.
|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|
|Current||Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Nov 16 2013||1.7.4||Yes||Yes||Gold||Matt|
|Show||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 ;-)
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