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December 2007 first game patch

The patch included additional content such as new Plasmids, and additional graphics settings to address some of the field-of-view issues identified by players.

Application Details:

Version: 1.1
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.19

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Test Results

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The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results

What works

Pretty much everything*

What does not


What was not tested

Finishing the game.

Additional Comments

It requires native override for d3dx9_36.dll, otherwise the game will not run.

You still need to add the registry key to get 360º movement, or else the cursor will be constrained, making you unable to turn around:

I also noticed that the cursor's movement is extremely choppy, it was already not perfect on windows, but here, even though the game runs smoothly at high FPS, it feels like the cursor is moving at a very low refresh rate, this can be really annoying and it was able to give me headache.

Some fog/bubble effects are displayed wrongly, like the bubbles when you first get into the bathysphere, however this may be a problem with my graphics drivers as I have noticed that this issue isn't present for other people.

Physics look like they are running at a lower framerate from the rest of the game, again, this issue was present for me on windows, but on wine it is a lot more noticeable.

Loading times can be extremely long, maybe some other overrides will fix this, but I haven't got around to testing that.

My GPU is an AMD Radeon HD 6770, currently using the opensource drivers.
selected in Test Results table below
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Jun 13 20141.7.19Yes Yes BronzeFakeName 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Mar 11 20141.7.14Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Oct 24 20131.7.4Yes Yes GoldMario Oelze 
ShowUbuntu 13.04 "Raring" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 04 20131.6-rc4Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Jan 03 20121.3.36Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

Test Submissions ... how avoid a rejection notice!!

These notes were last updated: 13 November 2015

Follow these guidelines to avoid embarrassment when your Test Submission is immediately rejected!!

  • Put your PC specs in the Extra Comments section e.g. like your CPU and system memory.1
  • When adding test results please specify video card and driver version you are using.2
  • It's also useful to mention what desktop environment you are using (e.g. KDE, Gnome, Xfce, Unity...)
  • Specify what version of the Windows emulation you use in your Wineprefix (e.g. Windows XP, Windows 7).
  • Add a comment about what is not working for you.
  • Specify if you made any other changes to Bioshock e.g. installing a game "Mod", an .exe patch or details of any other modifications you made to the stock configuration files for the game.
  • Please indicate if your using Wine Staging and/or any additional patches applied - to the version of Wine you are using.
  • Please, don't submit test results like "Everything is working" or "Everything isn't working".

These guidelines ensure your submitted test results are actually relevant to other users of Wine and WineHQ.

1 The console version of the lshw utility is your friend. This command will dump your System hardware specification in a clean format. Post command and output in the Extra Comments section:

lshw -short

2 glxinfo can be used to display your OpenGL and graphics driver versions. Post the command and output in the Extra Comments section:

glxinfo | grep version

Known Issues

Mouse axes confined to 360° zones

There is still a bug present with Wine that causes you mouse to lock in a fixed 360° arc whilst playing Bioshock. This issue always manifests when you play Bioshock in a Wine Virtual Desktop arrangement. It will manifest occasionally when playing Bioshock in standard Wine arrangement (i.e. non-Virtual Desktop). The symptom is that you are unable to spin you character round on the spot (it will become locked at a fixed angle) or be unable to view your characters feet.

The only work around for  this issue is to enable the mouse warping override:

wine reg.exe ADD "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\DirectInput" "/v" "MouseWarpOverride" "/t" "REG_SZ" "/d" "force"

DirectX 10.x Support

As of Wine version 1.7.53(+) there are tests enabled to see if your graphics hardware supports DirectX 10.x... Unfortunately a significant amount of the DirectX 10.x support has still to be implemented in Wine. The symptom for this issue is that Wine will crash immediately after you launch Bioshock.

The workaround is to disable support for the DirectX Graphics Infrastructure (DXGI) in Wine:

wine reg.exe ADD "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\AppDefaults\BioShock.exe\DllOverrides" "/v" "dxgi" "/t" "REG_SZ" "/d" ""

Changing Game Resolution

In game changing screen resolution can be a bit erratic. The symptom of this is that you change the screen resolution in the game menus and you end up with a "windowed version" of the game running (i.e. smaller than your full monitor real estate). This problem especially manifests when using Linux proprietary graphics drivers.

Option 1 : set game resolution manually before launching

To set the default Bioshock game resolution manually, from a terminal... First change directory to Bioshock release build (Steam):

cd "${WINEPREFIX}/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/SteamApps/common/Bioshock/Builds/Release"

or (Retail):

cd "${WINEPREFIX}/drive_c/Program Files/Bioshock/Builds/Release"

(Note: substitute "Bioshock Demo" for "Bioshock" directory if using the demo version of Bioshock)

Then to set resolution use these commands (set Xres & Yres variables as desired):

export Xres=1920
export Yres=1080
sed -i -e "s/^FullscreenViewportX=.*$/FullscreenViewportX=${Xres}/" \
-e "s/^FullscreenViewportY=.*$/FullscreenViewportY=${Yres}/" \
-e "s/^WindowedViewportX=.*$/WindowedViewportX=${Xres}/" \
-e "s/^WindowedViewportY=.*$/WindowedViewportY=${Yres}/" \
-e "s/^MenuViewportX=.*$/MenuViewportX=${Xres}/" \
-e "s/^MenuViewportY=.*$/MenuViewportY=${Yres}/" Default.ini

Option 2 : set game resolution in-game

A rather hacky in-game workaround for this issue is to switch Bioshock to windowed mode and then back to full screen mode:

  • mouse Select Windowed Mode ON and your desired Resolution...

Graphics Options
 Resolution:   1920x1080
 Windowed Mode ON OFF

  • mouse Then set Windowed Mode OFF...
Graphics Options
 Resolution:  1920x1080
 Windowed Mode ON OFF

Audio Garbled or No Audio when using PulseAudio

If you find that your in game audio is garbled or non-existent it may be advisable to try Wine with the Wine with pulseaudio support. Wine versions 1.7.55(+) (or Wine patched with the Wine Staging pulseaudio patch prior to this release) will provide the necessary audio driver support.


Bioshock red fog during game play. 

Note: this only seems to be a problem with older nVidia Geforce 7000 series cards.

Fixing this issue will involve changing 2 files in the Bioshock binaries folder with modified versions. Download the following 2 files:

Extract the files and copy the 2 files you extracted from the downloads into the directory:

"${WINEPREFIX}/drive_c/Program Files/2K Games/BioShock/Builds/Release"

... overwriting the files that are already there. Then retest.

Sound isn't working.

This issue could be related to the OpenAL library, you can fix this problem by setting the library openal32 to native (using winecfg).

General Troubleshooting.

  • Verify if your native video driver is installed properly (the 64-bit version of Wine will require the 32-bit libraries of your video driver to be installed - alongside the 64-bit version).
  • Install BioShock, to a separate/clean Wineprefix.
  • Set your Bioshock Wineprefix Windows version to Windows XP (using winecfg).
  • Close BioShock, and reboot Wine by typing wineserver -k.