Mass Effect

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Default Steam install

Application Details:

Version: Steam
License: Retail
Votes: 5
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.10

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Test Results

Old test results
The test results you have selected are very old and may not represent the current state of Wine.
Selected Test Results

What works

* A full playthrough of the game

* Bring Down the Sky DLC


What does not

* Mouse input (Bugs 16822 and 6971)

* Dynamic Shadows look "wrong" as they tend to be inappropriately placed on character's faces.

* Several armors look "more grey" than they should, such as the C-Sec Armor, Garrus' and Wrex's defaults, and Nihilus' just to name the most obvious examples.

* Rachni look white or green, except for the queen, who looks normal.


What was not tested

* Other DLC which I do not own.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Graphical problems are probably caused by the Mac OS X OpenGL and X11 implementations being incomplete. I have yet to test whether I can reproduce these bugs under Linux or another OS. Applying this mouse patch will deal with both 16882 and 6971: If you use that patch, be sure use builtin dinput8 and set "MouseWarpOverride" in the wine registry to "force-box". With a patched version of Wine, the game gets a rating of at least Silver. If you want better graphical performance, disable-glsl in the wine registry. Also, using d3dx9 winetricks helps too.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jun 14 20183.10Yes Yes NoSilverCarlos Rodriguez 
ShowManjaro LinuxJan 14 20183.0-rc5Yes Yes YesGoldOdisej 
ShowArch LinuxJun 14 20172.10Yes Yes GoldLiam 
ShowGentoo LinuxAug 27 20161.9.17N/A Yes Goldaililoh 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jun 24 20161.9.12Yes Yes Silvervorpalblade 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
40898 Mass Effect (Steam) has no sounds with native OpenAL (except for cutscenes) NEW View

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HowTo / Notes


Get audio to work

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

DeviceName=Generic Software

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:

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


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by sairuk on Thursday September 1st 2016, 6:49
Edit BIOEngine.ini

Add the following lines to the section labelled [ISACTAudio.ISACTAudioDevice]

DeviceName=Generic Software

Disabling hardware audio