Installer (but must use native mfc42.dll, and unable to click menu items)
Various graphical options (specular, high res modes, etc)
What does not
Installer crashes with "cannot find pidgen.dll" error unless native mfc42.dll is installed. Even then, I was unable to click the menu items in the installer - nothing would happen. I was able to press Alt-I to start the Install, and after entering my serial, Alt-N for Next. On the later menus I was able to push Enter in place of clicking OK.
What was not tested
Did not complete all campaigns or play online too extensively.
Other than the odd problems during installation, the game seems to run just fine. Little to no graphics corruption with default direct3d settings, seems fast. Because I had to use a native DLL to make it install, I'm dropping the Rating down a notch to Gold instead of Platinum.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 20.10 "Groovy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Dec 14 2020||5.0.3||No, but has workaround||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Charles Edward Rogers Jr.|
|Show||Manjaro Linux 18.0.0||Apr 05 2019||4.5||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Bob Niemöller|
|Show||Debian GNU/kFreeBSD Unstable "Sid"||Aug 30 2014||1.7.25||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Johannes|
|Show||Fedora 20 x86_64||May 15 2014||1.7.18||Yes||Yes||Silver||Zachary J|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Jul 04 2013||1.6-rc4||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Serge Hooge|
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