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Mass Effect

Retail version

Application Details:

Version: 1.0x
License: Retail
URL: http://masseffect.bioware.com/
Votes: 25
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.0-rc4

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What works

Most of the installation, it crashes after the directx installation though, but then the game is installed far enough to run. I patched the game to v1.02 with the official patches, after which the configuration tool worked as well. The config tool didn't give much information though. After installing vcrun2008 and d3dx9 with winetricks the game started. I was able to create a character and start playing.

What does not

The mouse is visible but clicks won't register. After setting dxinput8.dll to native the menus worked, but ingame the mouse has a limited range and doesn't seem to target the right location on screen.

Workarounds

What was not tested

Completing the game

Hardware tested

Graphics:

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Additional Comments

I had to disable the typematic rate in Xorg using "xset r off", otherwise the spacebar menu disappears again after a split second. Using the mousewarp patch found here: http://bugs2.winehq.org/attachment.cgi?id=25097 pretty much solved the mouse issues and made the game very playable. Note that dxinput8.dll has to be set to 'builtin' for this to work, and you need to start the game with WINEFORCEMOUSEWARP=yes.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
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RatingSubmitter
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Testing "bullseye"Jan 10 20205.0-rc4Yes Yes YesGoldbestie 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster" x86_64Nov 24 20194.20-stagingYes Yes YesGoldPrajwal Gaonkar 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Apr 14 20194.1-stagingN/A Yes YesSilverHugoPoi 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jun 19 20183.10No Not installable NoGarbageSinan Ozan 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 04 20161.9.0Yes Yes GoldJaka Kranjc 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
7991 Test Drive: Unlimited messed up graphics REOPENED View
24392 Unreal Engine 3: Motion Blur Effect Makes Games Unplayable RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
24417 America's Army 3 and other games fail: d3dcompiler needs a working HLSL compiler NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

MassEffectConfig.exe issues

Be aware, that aforementioned stand-alone config utility in version 1.0 (unpatched) of Mass Effect has many issues under Windows as well, ofted resulting in its hang.

This problem occurs mainly (but not exclusively) on quad-processor machines. 

Patched version should have this problems fixed (supposedly).

 

 

HOWTO

Get audio to work

Edit "Documents/BioWare/Mass Effect/Config/BIOEngine.ini"
Add the following under the "[ISACTAudio.ISACTAudioDevice]" section:

DeviceName=Generic Software
UseEffectsProcessing=False

Ensure "Hardware Audio" is turned off in Sound settings in game

To get the MEUITM installer to work

A custom MassEffectModder.exe must be suppliedThis is seemingly due to it using functions not fully implemented in wine/mono
A hacky, usable version can be found here: https://github.com/DougTy/Mass...

Occasional "rendering exception" error while playing MEIUTM requires your game's binary be large address aware.
MassEffect.exe can be patched using this tool: https://www.techpowerup.com/fo...
Make a backup before patching!

Comments

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Avoiding splash screen error and using ALOT
by Ilya Trukhanov on Sunday October 27th 2019, 16:15
I used a clean 64-bit prefix to play the retail release, it crashed on splash screen without DirectX installed. Issuing `winetricks d3dx9_31` seems to help with this.

Also, if you're looking to run the ALOT Installer, you need `winetricks dotnet472 d3dcompiler_47` and Wine 4.18+ for it to work. Although there are sometimes graphical glitches (solvable through minimizing and opening the window again), the application itself more or less works. It sometimes hangs after clicking the download links, couldn't do anything about it, but you should be able to download all the mods to a directory in a few restarts, and then install them without issue.
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