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Portal 2

Steam & DVD version

Application Details:

Version: Steam
License: Retail
Votes: 20
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 8.0.2

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

  • SinglePlayer
  • Steam Overlay
  • Map Creation
  • Fullscreen
  • Settings to High

What does not

  • Multicore Rendering
  • Crashs when trying to close.


What was not tested

  • Finish the game
  • Cooperative
  • Playing created maps
  • Windowed

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Only multicore rendering don't work for me, for that i will give Gold. It's make the game really laggy (8/10FPS), without i have ~60 FPS. Hardware: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T, 8GB DDR3, GeForce GTX460. Software: Arch Linux x86_64, Nvidia Proprietary 319.32, KDE 4.10.5, Wine 1.6 Wine: From Arch repositories, with multilib libraries installed, used with WINEARCH=win32, Wine Gecko and Wine Mono installed.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowmacOS 13 "Ventura"Nov 07 20238.0.2Yes Yes YesGoldAutumn Jolitz 
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Jul 24 20131.6Yes Yes GoldArtur h0m3 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 17 20131.6-rc2Yes Yes PlatinumEric 
ShowUbuntu 12.10 "Quantal" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 10 20131.5.21Yes Yes PlatinumMR_squiggley 
ShowUbuntu 12.10 "Quantal" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 08 20131.5.19Yes Yes PlatinumGareth Schakel 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
24684 Multiple Source engine based games (Steam): out-of-order rendering, bloom effect and lights are visible through walls when multicore rendering is enabled NEW View
27453 Lag when loading new sound in source games NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

Sugestions about Test result submit

This notes was updated: August 03 - 2013

First of all, thank you for spend your time helping wine to get better,

I like to make some suggestions to make the tests results more organized and better to all users:

  • Put your PC specifications at the Extra Coments section like your video card, cpu, and system memory.
  • It's important to put your video card drivers into extra coments section.
  • Specify if you installed the game into a fresh prefix (or not), and what programs are you installed.
  • Tell what version of the windows emulation you use in your wine (at winecfg).
  • Add a comment about what is don't working.
  • Tell if you put any official or unnoficial path on your game like a diferent version of some .exe or a modification on some config file from the game.
  • Please, don't put tests results like "Everything is working" or "Everything is not working".

These are just suggestions to make tests result more clean and more fast to be submitted.

How-to install the game

You need:

  • A recent version of wine, 1.3.28 or newest, it's recommended the lastest release.
  • A video card with 3D Acceleration suport on your unix.
  • The official 3D driver installed and working for that card.
  • It's not necessary a clean prefix, but it's recommended.

First download steam from here, install following the steps on Steam page and install the game trought steam.

Be sure that 3D support is working, you can check this by typing the follow command:

glxinfo | grep "direct rendering:"

It's also recomended to install the following fonts: tahoma.ttf, arial.ttf and verdana.ttf.

I recommend that you install the Visual C Runtime, download-it from here and here and install on your prefix.

To override the wine vcrun with the native one you need to create a file called vcrun.reg with the follow content:


Then run the follow command:

env WINEPREFIX="(your-prefix)" WINEDEBUG="fixme-all" wine regedit ./vcrun.reg

The game shoud work fine. Any problem, you can see the Troubleshoot notes, post a comment or submit a bug at Bugzilla.


 For problems related with Steam itself, please visit the Steam Official Release page.

Can't change the resolution or go to fullscreen.

Right click on the game at steam and go to: Proprieties > Set Launch Options and type:

-full -w (your width resolution) -h (your height resolution).

Portal 2 is crashing before you enter the menu.

You need to check your game cache, on Steam right-click on portal 2 and go to Proprieties > Local Files (Tab) > Verify integrity of game cache.

Some people with  Portal 2 is still suffering with the problem "crashing before the menu" and verifying the integrity of the game don't work. Solutions that worked for some people:

  • Uninstall portal 2, and download again through steam (don't reinstall from DVD, download-it again).
  • Install steam through winetricks.
  • Disable the Steam Overlay by setting the gameoverlayrenderer library to disabled on winecfg.
  • Set winecfg to emulate Windows 7.

My suggestion is, if you tried everything and still have this problem, submit a new bug, or, ask to reopen the bug #26835.

Portal 2 has some ugly textures, or everything is yellow/green, the light is showing trought the wall.

Set the Multicore Rendering to Disabled/Off on graphics options into the game.

View more details about this bug here (Bug #24684).

When launch Portal 2 i got the "In order to run Steam properly on this version of Windows, the Steam service component must be installed." error.

The solution for this bug is to set the version of windows to XP, to do that, open your winecfg and set Windows Version to Windows XP.

The game is ramdomly crash after some minutes playing.

Try to check the integrity of the game, to do that, on your steam, right click on your Portal 2 Proprieties > Local Files (Tab) > Verify integrity of game cache.

Also, try to install these fonts on your wine prefix (drive_c/windows/Fonts)lucida.ttf, tahoma.ttf, arial.ttf and times.ttf.

The game wont start or crash at start.

Try to install vcrun2005 and vcrun2008, follow the How-To install tutorial.

The game is laggy on some maps, the FPS is very low.

Try to lower the AntiAliasing (AA), or even turn off AA.

General Troubleshoot.
  • Verify if your video driver is installed properly.
  • Install steam and Portal 2 to a separated prefix.
  • Set prefix version to Windows XP.
  • Close Portal 2 and steam, and reboot wine by typing wineserver -k.
  • Check integrity of the game trought steam, you can do that by right click on the game and going on Proprieties.
  • You can reinstall Portal 2 and Steam again in a fresh prefix, just copy the folder (your-prefix)/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/steamapps that contain all the Portal 2 files.
Old Problems.

Note: These problems don't affect the newest versions of wine, it's only here for precaution, if you have any of these bug's maybe you should upgrade your wine version.

Mouse randomly jumps around menu or in game.
This is caused by the new implementation of mouse input in wine, to solve-it, you need to run the game in Windowed mode or into a Virtual Desktop.

On wine older than 1.3.28 Portal Exists at Menu Screen.

If you're using a version older than 1.3.28 you're soffer Portal Exists at Menu Screen Problem (More info at bug #26835).

To solve the Portal Exists at Menu Screen, Download and apply this patch to your wine compilation. 

On wine older than 1.3.28 Portal ramdomly crash after 5 or more minutes of gameplay.

If you're using a version older than 1.3.28 you're soffer of the 5-Minutes crash (More info at bug #27877) and you have to apply one patch to solve.

To solve the 5-Minutes Crash, download and apply this patch to your wine compilation.


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