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Dead Space 2

This version uses double DRM system. Main executable protected by SecuROM DRM system and online activation and authorization powered by SolidShield DRM system. Digitally downloaded game is already-installed Retail version of game, with additional EASetup.exe program in __Installer directory for means of uninstallation.

Application Details:

Version: Retail & Digital from EA Store
License: Retail
Votes: 2
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.28

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Test Results

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What works

  • Activating game with SolidShield
  • Starting game with No-DVD for retail
  • Logging into valid EA account
  • Playing on High settings (with Decals off) up to chapter 7

What does not

In addition to bugs below:

  • Text decorations, but now somehow random - some places has decorations, but has no text, some has no decorations, but has text. Hack mini-game has only text, so you will need to follow sound and your feelings to get it
  • Mouse in menu not visible
  • Textures and models, especially in intro in-game cutscene are broken. RIG health-bar now constantly "detached" from Isaac's body.
  • Videos and subtitles are playing with high lag behind audio in videochats


What was not tested

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Hardware tested


  • GPU:
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Additional Comments

Well, it's quite playable, except hack-in-vacuum (no sound), but it takes just enough training and you will catch-up with it - not "prefect", but that's all thanks to fglrx. gpu: HD4570, fglrx-11.1

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 07 20141.7.28Yes Yes PlatinumLuis Alvarado 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 03 20141.7.22Yes Yes GoldLuis Alvarado 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Dec 23 20111.3.35Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
CurrentGentoo Linux x86_64Jan 30 20111.3.12Yes Yes SilverNight Nord 
ShowFedora 14 x86_64Jan 30 20111.3.12Yes Yes GoldBarborica Alexandru 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
21230 d3dx9_36.dll: incomplete function "D3DXGetShaderConstantTableEx" CLOSED FIXED View
25727 Dead Space resolution issues CLOSED FIXED View
25747 Very low 2d effects quality in Dead Space on fglrx CLOSED NOTOURBUG View
25811 Dead Space in-game text decorations and backgrounds are missing on fglrx CLOSED NOTOURBUG View
25812 Dead Space flames and flame-alike effects are not rendered on fglrx CLOSED ABANDONED View
25853 Dead Space 2 crashes on start (SecuROM Data File Activation 2.x/SecuROM SLL 1.x - Release Date Verification) CLOSED DUPLICATE View
25914 Dead Space 2 exits with error CLOSED FIXED View
25963 Dead Space 2 dvd installer fails to switch discs (no ready_media/msi_change_media for normal files) CLOSED FIXED View

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HowTo / Notes


In general, game inherits most of bugs from Dead Space 1 (engine is almost the same).

Generic instructions
  1. Install the game from DVD (if you have digital version - download DVD-version from somewhere, as EADM version misses all videos, including videochats and loading movies)
  2. Find and replace main executable deadspace2.exe with SecuROM-removed version.
  3. Activate the game via wine activation.exe
  4. Run wine regedit and set HKCU/Software/Wine/Direct3D/VideoMemorySize to your actual video memory size.
  5. Start the game with wine deadspace2.exe. Go to "Settings" -> "Visuals". Set "Quality" to "Custom". Enter sub-menu "custom settings" and set "Decals" to "Off"

For fglrx users:

Use wine-1.3.6 or revert commit f0b0c1b1dddf606177651deb45c0afd6259076aa as described in RegressionTesting wiki page

For NVidia users:

Requirement for winetricks d3dx9_36 was reported at least twice. fglrx users don't need it due to, probably, some effect not working

Workarounds for known bugs:
  • Crash when cutting some part of enemy:

    Switch off "Decals". See Generic instructions, part 5

  • Mouse cursor in menu isn't visible:

    To navigate in menu use arrows to control selection, Enter on non-submenu option is "accept", ESC - "cancel". Or you may try to guess mouse position watching at highlights.

  • Valid EA Account used, but Shop says, that there is no connection to EA servers:

    Connection to EA is quite fragile - few glitches and it goes down (and no reconnect was ever seen). Just restart game, load near shop and enter it instantly - it will work.


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