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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
URL: http://www.gearboxsoftware.com...
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.5

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Test Results

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What works

Everything

What does not

Nothing

Workarounds

What was not tested

Running the game without applying the most recent patch first. The most recent version, of course, no longer requiring the install CD to be in the disc drive.

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Since the lack of the MFC library really isn't a bug, I don't count it as a problem with Wine or Halo. Also, the mouse can sometimes be a little laggy, but I believe this is an inherent problem with the game itself. It seems that if you can maintain a framerate that is generally higher than 30 (i.e. in VSYNC or NO VSYNC modes), the mouse operates quite smoothly. Most computers with decent graphics chipsets or graphics cards _should_ be able to do this; the game is from 2001, after all! My system specs: OS: Ubuntu 11.04 x86_64 GFX: NVIDIA GTS 250 PCIe x16 256-bit GDDR3 512MB CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 @ 3.65ghz RAM: 4GB DDR3 1600 (CAS 9) Also, pulseaudio quite literally destroys any audio synchronization between the game events and sound itself. This however is a problem with PA and Ubuntu, and not Wine.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
ShowManjaro Linux 18.0.0Apr 05 20194.5Yes Yes YesGoldBob Niemöller 
ShowDebian 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 

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

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HowTo / Notes

Installation
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:
    ./Setup.Exe
  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
    ./halo.exe
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.


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

HOWTO Run in windowed mode

Use argument -windowed to play correctly

Example: wine halo.exe -windowed

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