Halo: Combat Evolved

Versions 1.0 to 1.09, where 1.08 and above don't need to have CD to run (therefore rendering Wine copy-protection issues... non-issue).

Application Details:

Version: 1.0 - 1.09
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.25

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

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Additional Comments

Played with a PS4 controller (can be configured in the game's menu) as well as keyboard and mouse on 2560x1440 (-vidmode) everything on high for about one hour. I had to change the fps to 30, otherwise the models don't move completely smooth. This is most likely related to the game I guess and should not have anything to do with Wine. Additionally I set multisampling to 32x and texture filtering to 16x via NVidia's environment variables as those options are missing in the game.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentDebian GNU/kFreeBSD Unstable "Sid"Aug 30 20141.7.25Yes Yes PlatinumJohannes 
ShowFedora 20 x86_64May 15 20141.7.18Yes Yes SilverZachary J 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jul 04 20131.6-rc4Yes Yes PlatinumSerge Hooge 
ShowLinux Mint 14 "Nadia"Dec 14 20121.5.18Yes Yes GoldCarlos Rodriguez 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 14 20121.5.17N/A Yes Silveran anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
657 Many games and applications need 'mfc42.dll' ('winetricks -q mfc42' is a workaround) NEW View
23048 Unreal Tournament 3 fails and locks up UNCONFIRMED View
37863 Halo only works using Nvidia graphics UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

Running full game:
  1. Install mfc42 - for example, with winetricks:
    winetricks mfc42
  2. Insert the CD, or mount the ISO:
    mount -oloop Halo.iso /cdrom
  3. Launch the setup:
  4. Run the updater to patch Halo, which now includes no-cd:
    ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Microsoft\ Games/Halo/haloupdate.exe
  5. Run the game. The working directory must be the Halo directory.
    cd .wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Microsoft\ Games/Halo
Running trial:

Installing 'halotrialsetup.exe' into a clean wineprefix should work fine with wine-1.3.37.

To run the game, the working directory must be the Halo Trial directory, e.g.

cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Microsoft\ Games/Halo\ Trial/
wine halo.exe
Active camouflage fix

2015-10-06 Admin note: the following issue has been patched in version 1.0.10 of Halo Custom Edition and Halo Combat Evolved.

2014-11-08 Admin note:  the following was extracted from a user comment made on 2013-10-30 and may or may not be relevant to current Wine.


Wine is, like Windows, affected by a bug where Halo doesn't render shaders as well on Nvidia hardware. The most visible symptom is that the active camouflage is only using transparency instead of the proper way where it is using a pretty neat shader.
The Windows fix is based on making Halo believe it is running on an ATI card, which is not so complicated within Wine. Loosely based on the Windows fix, enter these into the registry:
As DWORD: "HKCU\Software\Wine\Direct3D\VideoPciDeviceID" = "724b"
As DWORD: "HKCU\Software\Wine\Direct3D\VideoPciVendorID" = "1002"
If your Halo is in a more vast prefix, it is recommended to specify it exclusively for the halo.exe as this fix may have the potential to burn your house down.
This picture will display the basic improvement:

HOWTO Run in windowed mode

Use argument -windowed to play correctly

Example: wine halo.exe -windowed


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

Sound fix for Halo (all versions)
by Danil on Tuesday July 26th 2016, 8:07
so 2016 year...and sound broken(at me)(all wine versions from 1.6 till 1.9 current last)-noice with "bugs" in sound...unplayable

problem in "dsound.dll"

if you install "winetricks dsound" it wont fix anythink

worked fix for "Halo sound bug fix" (for google)
you need a 32 bits dsound.dll file from a Windows 7 install
link (on you own dll from internet you know)

and make "dsound.dll" "native" in winecfg
Returns strange error, and won't display graphics
by David Henderson on Friday September 19th 2014, 21:57
On Ubuntu 14.04 with Intel Iris Pro graphics, Halo will launch but will just display a black screen. The music and menu sounds work correctly when I push the arrow keys.

When I try in safe mode, It's all black except for some flashing lines in the lower right quadrant of the screen. I also get spammed with the same error in the terminal:

fixme:d3d:process_vertices_strided Didn't expect the destination to have a normal
RE: Returns strange error, and won't display graphics
by Robert J. Armstrong on Friday December 12th 2014, 17:27
Having similar issue, though I didn't see the error in the terminal output.
RE: Returns strange error, and won't display graphics
by David Henderson on Friday December 12th 2014, 23:22
Are you using Intel graphics as well, Robert? I suspect it may be the GPU because Halo works fine on my system with an NVIDIA card.
RE: Returns strange error, and won't display graphics
by Robert J. Armstrong on Sunday December 14th 2014, 23:21
So I am! If that's so, and we'd only need an AMD user to confirm this, then I wonder why that is!
RE: Returns strange error, and won't display graphics
by Zachary J on Wednesday January 7th 2015, 2:20
AMD video card has the same issue (both radeon and catalyst drivers). Only nvidia works.
RE: Returns strange error, and won't display graphics
by David Henderson on Wednesday January 7th 2015, 18:37
I filed a bug report. Hopefully I did it correctly since it's my first one:
RE: Returns strange error, and won't display graphics
by Elias Vanderstuyft on Thursday January 22nd 2015, 4:30
It's not always black, see my comment on the bugreport.
Does this also happen to you?
One way to fix
by Zachary J on Thursday May 15th 2014, 19:58
I found this solution after I got so frustrated when this error occurred constantly after upgrading to Fedora 20. Disabling prelink solved this problem. The procedure is as follows. You need to follow the first two steps as root, and know how to use a console editor and run a console command.

1. Disable prelink by editing the file /etc/sysconfig/prelink:
2. Undo the prelink by executing the command /etc/cron.daily/prelink
3. Reboot
4. Try the game. If the error still occurs, go to step 3
RE: One way to fix Cannot allocate memory
by Zachary J on Thursday May 15th 2014, 20:00
It looks like comment title removes any double-quoted entry. The title should read: One way to fix "Cannot allocate memory"
RE: One way to fix
by Anthony on Sunday May 10th 2015, 8:24
I assume you're talking about the following error message thrown at Halo start up:
Cannot allocate required memory. Some other application has loaded where Halo needs to be located.

I also hit this when trying to run it inside a Wineskin on OSX Yosemite. After doing a binary search of Wine versions I eventually found that this started happening in WS8Wine1.1.25, the last successful version being WS8Wine1.1.24.

Hope this helps someone else out.