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Half-Life 2

Full retail version of the Half-Life 2.


Application Details:

Version: Retail (32-bit)
License: Retail
URL: http://www.half-life2.com/
Votes: 46
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.0.2

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Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

everything

What does not

to prevent grey-out bug while installing, don't install STEAM

Workarounds

to play, run following command:


hl2.exe -steam -console

or


hl2.exe -steam


(game will work even without steam installed)


What was not tested

extensive gameplaying

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

tested:


half life 2 collector edition (2153)

copy available at archive.org

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
CurrentUbuntu 19.04 "Disco" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 30 20194.0.2Yes Yes YesBronzeFranco 
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jul 31 20194.0.1No Not installable NoGarbagedadu042 
ShowLinux Mint Debian x86_64Jul 01 20141.7.21Yes Yes PlatinumPhilipglo Joshua Opulencia 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jul 24 20131.6Yes Yes PlatinumArtur h0m3 
ShowFedora 16 x86_64Apr 01 20121.5.1Yes Yes PlatinumJohn P Sims 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
5159 Microphone xmit in Half Life and HL:S games very harsh and goes in and out of "focus" REOPENED View
22912 Half Life 2 and Portal subtitles unreadable NEW View
24684 Multiple Source engine based games (Steam): out-of-order rendering, bloom effect and lights are visible through walls when multicore rendering is enabled NEW View
27453 Lag when loading new sound in source games NEW View
34080 Half-life 2 : Ammo doesn't display when loading game UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO

Installing

First of all install Steam and make sure it's working properly. It is a simple and fast install. You don't want to go through all CDs installing HL2 to find-out that Steam is foo-bared.

Half-Life 2 can be installed from a) multiple CDs; b) DVD or c) downloaded from Steam. b) and c) should work as-is without any major problems.

For multi-CD install:
- Run winecfg and make sure that your cd-rom drive is mapped to a drive (d: for example).
- Start install from outside mount point ex: open CD-ROM in winefile then double click on hl2.exe

cd ~ && wine explorer d:\\
- When asked to change CD, in the separate terminal run
wine eject d:
- Insert next CD and mount it (browse to it with Window Manager's "file browser"). If CD isn't mounted Wine won't see it

Playing

General

In Steam -> File -> Settings -> In-game disable "Steam Community In-Game". Of left enabled Half-Life 2 will not crash on the startup.

Sound

Half-Life 2 doesn't work well/at all without sound. Use ALSA (recommended) or OSS (problematic on most hardware).

Video

On modern GPUs Half-Life 2 should be able to run in all dx-levels (70, 80, 81, 90). However there are might be some visual problems on higher dx-levels. Some drivers known to have problems:
- nVidia: recommended driver: 1.0-9631. Older 87xx drivers have number of bugs.
- ATI: Appears to have numerous problems with advanced features. Ok for dxlevel 70 & 80. Anything above won't work or will be exactly the same as 80.

For better graphics quality you might want to use "-dxlevel 90" command option (might be much slower then with -dxlevel 81)

To fix number of problems with "water in the sky" and lighting add this to the registry:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\Direct3D]
"OffscreenRenderingMode"="fbo"

Starting

You can start Half-Life 2 by double clicking on it in Steam. Also you can start it with:

cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Progam\ Files/Steam
WINEDEBUG=-all wine steam.exe -applaunch 220 -novid -dxlevel 90 -width 1024 -height 768

Known problems

  • Some objects are over-bright or too dark
  • Shadows are broken
  • Several areas with noticeable FPS slowdowns.

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