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: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.0.4-staging

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Test Results

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What works

Nearly everything.

What does not

Specular shields on spartans/elites and specular highlighting on invisibility.  This is only a visual problem and detracts nothing from gameplay.

Lightmaps sometimes look strange (usually from headlights of warthog).


What was not tested

Halo will not run in fullscreen mode; It will only work inside a window.  

Hardware tested


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  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Halo works really well now in Wine! Before you rate this game as garbage, please follow the instructions and properly add mfc42.dll to system32 in your wine directory! Also make sure that you either have Halo run in window mode or inside the wine virtual desktop window, or else Halo WILL NOT RUN! This is one of the few major bugs I found in the game. I'll repeat: Halo will not run in fullscreen mode; It will only work inside a window. The chat text in the multiplayer can also be made to work. The chat not working has been listed as a bug and this is simply incorrect. To get the chat working, you must have the Microsoft XML Parser installed. It should come with the game, but for some reason it doesn't always install properly. The easiest way to install msxml is to download Winetricks and use it to install msxml3, msxml4, and msxml6. If you decide to install it manually, you must register the dlls by either using winecfg or use the following commands: wine regsvr32 msxmL4.dll wine regsvr32 msxmL3.dll wine regsvr32 msxmL2.dll wine regsvr32 msxmL.dll 3 You may also need to install ttf-symbol-replacement-wine in order to give Halo the proper fonts to use for the chat. The mouse/camera are jittery in 30fps mode, but this will go away if you set the game to No Vsync mode. The jitteriness almost entirely goes away and the gameplay is incredibly smooth. Using Vsync also seems to work fine too, but I prefer to use No Vsync because I like to turn off my compositor during gameplay. To start Halo, I have a shell script that I run that's inside of the same directory as halo.exe. Here's what it looks like: ------------------ #!/bin/bash xset m 1 1 __GL_SYNC_TO_VBLANK=1 wine ./halo.exe -vsync -vidmode 800,600,60 -use14 -window xset m default ------------------ In your Wine configuration, make sure that "Allow DirectX apps to stop the mouse from leaving their window" is turned on. I've noticed that Halo actually changed the speed of your mouse in your system. If this happens, you can just change it back in your distro's mouse settings.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowMacOs Catalina 10.15Apr 07 20215.0.4-stagingN/A Yes NoBronzeThomas Helton 
ShowUbuntu 20.10 "Groovy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 14 20205.0.3No, but has workaround Yes YesBronzeCharles Edward Rogers Jr. 
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 

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

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.
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HOWTO Run in windowed mode

Use argument -windowed to play correctly

Example: wine halo.exe -windowed


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