Mass Effect 3

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Application Details:

Version: Demo
License: Demo
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.4-rc5

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What works

Installation mostly works, see "What does not work." Everything else tested

What does not

When installing through Origin, the installation of the game will finish, but Origin will not reflect this and not allow you to play the game. To work around this, wait until the installation stops doing actual work, then kill process named EAProxyInstall. After killing that, Origin should let you play the game.


What was not tested

Multiplayer: I did not have an opportunity to play a game with other players in it. All functionality seemed to work, but no other humans were present in these games. Voice chat was also not tested.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

The game's installer will attempt to add Microsoft's VC++ to the winsxs directory in your wineprefix. Make sure you didn't set that directory or any sub-directories to read only, or else the VC++ installation will fail, which will cause the game's installation to fail. I don't remember why I removed write permissions from that directory, other than it might have been a proposed workaround for some problem with Mass Effect 2.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 29 20121.4-rc5Yes Yes PlatinumJoe 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Feb 28 20121.4-rc4Yes Yes GoldGalym Kerimbekov 
ShowMac OS X 10.7 "Lion"Feb 24 20121.4-rc4Yes No Garbagean anonymous user 
CurrentUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 21 20121.4-rc4Yes Yes PlatinumJoe 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Feb 20 20121.4-rc4Yes Yes PlatinumHugo Osvaldo Barrera 

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Origin Difficulties
Origin has its own entry in AppDB, located here: Please note any difficulties that are specific to Origin there.


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by Michael Psyllides on Tuesday February 28th 2012, 1:19
try to start origins in terminal instead of wine, I have connections issues with origins if I start it from wine directly. Multiplayer works fine for me, unfortunately tho I don't much like the multiplayer part but it could grow on me I guess.
by Brian on Saturday February 18th 2012, 0:02
Multiplayer doesn't work. It lets me search for a game but always says that my connection to the game was lost and kicks me back out to the multiplayer menu.
RE: multiplayer
by Sebastiano Tibolla on Monday February 20th 2012, 6:52
Have you started the demo from Origin or from the exe? And if you have started it via Origin, were you online or offline? Because the demo seems able to connect to the EA network only if you are online and connected in Origin. The time I stated it while offline it was unable to make the connection. Maybe this is the problem.
RE: multiplayer
by Brian on Monday February 20th 2012, 14:31
I launched origin in wine, then me3 from origin. I was able to connect to origin and EA's servers, but I couldn't connect to a game server.
Origin "You must be logged in as an administrator to continue" error
by Smotko on Thursday February 16th 2012, 16:26
I didn't a get a weird error before the download started but after the download finished clicking the Ready to install button froze. I forced close it and changed to windows 7 but now clicking on the Ready to install button gives me a "You must be logged in as an administrator to continue".
RE: Origin
by Smotko on Friday February 17th 2012, 3:35
I managed to fix this by updating my wine install to 1.4rc3, but now I have a new problem.

The game launches successfully but it gets stuck on the ESBR content rating screen. Am I missing some dependencies?

By the way, did anyone get this to work with the latest fglrx drivers?
RE: Origin
by Mateusz Stachowski on Sunday February 19th 2012, 8:49
Origin should manage all the dependencies for you just like Steam does it for every game. You will find all of them in /Origin Games/Mass Effect 3 Demo/__Installer folder. I'm using nVidia graphics card 9600 GT so I don't know how it's going for AMD.

I've also expierienced problem with installation of the ME3 Demo through Origin, but didn't changed the Wine Windows version to 7. I always run it with default Windows XP mode. In the test results of the newest Origin there is this command:

ps aux | grep EAProxyInstaller.exe

it's supposed to be run when the installation hangs (status doesn't change from "installing" to "ready to play") to check that this program runs. Then you kill the "Origin.exe" (this should take down all Wine processes). Next step is to start Origin and the game should have "ready to play" status.
RE: Origin
by Jack on Tuesday February 21st 2012, 2:31
I used 1.3.33 and Mass Effect 3 Demo would complain that Origin is not running which is where I just quit. Do I need 1.4 to run Mass Effect 3?
RE: Origin
by Mateusz Stachowski on Tuesday February 21st 2012, 6:58
I don't have that particular version of Wine to test, but I can tell that ME 3 will work on wine-1.3.37 and 1.4-rc4. I have tested those versions and also 1.3.17 which doesn't get along with the Demo, but Origin client works with it.

Generally you should be using the latest development version of Wine unless the program you are trying to run doesn't work with that. You can have multiple installations of Wine on your system:
RE: Origin
by Jack on Tuesday February 21st 2012, 18:13
I tend to backport wine versions and keep old custom deb packages if I need to revert back. I'm wondering if you came across the error on Mass Effect 3 complaining that Origin is not running and will have to exit. I have a feeling that updating to 1.3.37 or 1.4 may not help, but I could very well be wrong.

My additional install findings from the time I treed it:
The installation hanging I believe has more to do with the Physx install failing (or at least I think it is). If you kill the running install process, Origin will say the install is complete and be done with it. But doing that never got me anywhere. I installed the game from Virtualbox and copied over my install.
RE: Origin
by Michael Psyllides on Friday March 2nd 2012, 2:41
Try changing back to windows xp mode and running the game, I had issues with it stalling on ESRB for a bit, it would then continue after a few mins but without internet connection, it didn't do it all the time though but seems to perform better now in win Xp mode.