Installing, starting the game, rendering of the main map geometry, changing options of all sorts, navigating the menus (sort of), and even playing...sort of...
What does not
The game main menu is no more than a black screen, and you get a no clip view of the inners of the Halo as the camera inaccurately passes through it. Any menus you do mange to navigate with, however, are only text and the mouse does not work.
Any sky or tag element to the map (like...players, warthogs, anything not physically part of the map) fails to show.
What was not tested
Playing the game.
As you may have read in my comments, I feel it is related to the accelerated graphics drivers for legacy nvidia graphics cards. Halo could run on a fixed function card such as my GeForce4 4000MX on Windows.
|macOS 10.15 "Catalina"
|Apr 07 2021
|Ubuntu 20.10 "Groovy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)
|Dec 14 2020
|No, but has workaround
|Charles Edward Rogers Jr.
|Manjaro Linux 18.0.0
|Apr 05 2019
|Debian GNU/kFreeBSD Unstable "Sid"
|Aug 30 2014
|Fedora 20 x86_64
|May 15 2014
mount -oloop Halo.iso /cdrom
~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Microsoft\ Games/Halo/haloupdate.exe
cd .wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Microsoft\ Games/Halo ./halo.exe
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
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.
THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO CURRENT VERSION OF HALO CE/PC
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: i.imgur.com/Rq93SgZ.jpg
Use argument -windowed to play correctly
Example: wine halo.exe -windowed