Mass Effect 2

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Application Details:

Version: 1.02
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.9.8

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What works

Game installs and runs. Sound, video, mouse everything works.

My system:
Asus G53SX-A1
CPU: i7-2630QM, 2Ghz
Memory: 12GB

What does not

Installation fails at physx install. Ignore and finish installation.

MassEffect2Config.exe complains about DirectX. Any errors can be ignored.


What was not tested

I have not tested any Downloadable Content.

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Additional Comments

Prior to installing the game I have: Freshly installed wine. In wine config: Graphics --> Allow the window manager to decorate windows & Allow the window manager to control the windows. Audio --> everything is: (System Default) In Ubuntu --> Sound preferences --> Hardware: Disabled HDA NVidia profile. In terminal run: winetricks gecko d3dx9 d3dx10 physx vcrun2005 Followed by: chmod -R 0555 ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/winsxs Install game running setup.exe The install will fail at physx installation. Finish installation. Game Config file is located at: /home/username/BioWare/Mass Effect 2/BIOGame/Config/GamerSettings.ini My settings: [SystemSettings] Resolution=_1920x1080 ResX=1920 ResY=1080 BorderlessWindow=False Fullscreen=True QualityBloom=True DynamicShadows=True LightEnvironmentShadows=True MaxCharacterCinematicLightingPasses=3 EnableLightEnvSHLights=True MotionBlur=True FilmGrain=True DepthOfField=False UseVsync=False bSmoothFrameRate=False MaxAnisotropy=16 TEXTUREGROUP_Character_2048=(MinLODSize=64,MaxLODSize=2048,LODBias=0) TEXTUREGROUP_Environment_2048=(MinLODSize=32,MaxLODSize=2048,LODBias=0) MinShadowResolution=128 MaxShadowResolution=1024

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowArch Linux x86_64Apr 23 20161.9.8Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
CurrentUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 07 20121.3.36Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 

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HowTo / Notes


DLC for Mass Effect 2 seems to work okay. You need an EA account & Bioware account. You have to link your bioware account to your EA master account.

When done, you can login to  and download the  content manually.

I have tested the Inferno Armor, Blood Dragon Armor, Zaeed - The Price of Revenge (Cerberus Network), Normandy Crash Site (Cerberus Network).

Launch the installer in the wineprefix you have Mass Effect 2 installed, the installer will fail (for me) at cleaning up the install. It is safe to kill the install process.

Once you have started Mass Effect 2, login to the Cerberus Network with your EA account and the DLC will be authorised (you may get a warning the first time)

To get the Keyboard/Mouse working and Increasing in-game performance

Please purge your previously wine installation before using that HowTo!

For patching and installing wine on Ubuntu:

apt-get build-dep wine
(This wine version is given as an example)
tar xjpf wine-1.5.9.tar.bz2
cd wine-1.5.9
patch -p1 < raw3.patch

For patching and installing wine on Gentoo:

mkdir -p /etc/portage/patches/app-emulation/wine-1.5.9
wget -O /etc/portage/patches/app-emulation/wine-1.5.9/raw_input.patch ''
emerge =app-emulation/wine-1.5.9

Thanks to t800 for the tip ;-)

Increasing in-game performance

If you have experienced performance degradation please deactivate dynamic shadows and antialiasing from game graphic menu. Also set proprietary driver image settings to Maximum Performance. This helps for weak graphic cards like NVIDIA Geforce 120 GT.


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