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Mass Effect

Retail version

Application Details:

Version: 1.0x
License: Retail
URL: http://masseffect.bioware.com/
Votes: 25
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.1-staging

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What works

Installation, installation of DLCs, installation of the patch, the logos before starting the game, the 'press any key' screen, the menu, changing options, creating a profile.

Mouse also appears to work fine, both hardware and software.

What does not

Anything after creating a profile.

Workarounds

What was not tested

Configuration utility, nothing after the profile creation screen.

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

In order to get the mouse working, you need to use 'winetricks dinput8' and set the DLL to native in winecfg. If you choose not to install the DirectX redistributable, you will see videos in greyscale. Installing it seems not to cause any problems. The fact that it's not working as it should is probably due to bug #7411, also see bug #24561.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
ShowArch Linux x86_64Apr 14 20194.1-stagingN/A Yes YesSilverHugoPoi 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jun 19 20183.10No Not installable NoGarbageOzan 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 04 20161.9.0Yes Yes GoldJaka Kranjc 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64Aug 30 20151.7.50Yes Yes PlatinumScott Weldon 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 01 20131.7.4No, but has workaround Yes SilverMatt 

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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