Full retail version of the Half-Life 2.
Installer's first 4 windows.
What does not
The first window installer appear -> Install Half-Life 2 -> window 'Valve's wizard' appear -> Next -> window 'Internet required' -> Next -> window 'STEAM TM SUBSCRIBER AGREEMENT' -> Impossible to click the 'Next button' (greyed out) even after displaying/scrolling the whole text to the bottom.
Only the following buttons are not greyed and does work: Reset, Previous, Cancel.
Seem related to the Wine bug: Bug 2899 - Half Life 2 Installer - cannot accept EULA.
The log :
0031:fixme:ntdll:NtLockFile I/O completion on lock not implemented yet
0031:err:richedit:ReadStyleSheet missing style number
0031:err:msi:ITERATE_Actions Execution halted, action L"Welcome_Dialog" returned 1602
002a:fixme:shell:SHChangeNotify ignoring unsupported flags: 2001
winetricks riched20 -> Next button greyed
winetricks riched30 -> Next button greyed
winetricks wininet -> Next button greyed
winetricks winhttp -> Next button greyed
winetricks xmllite -> Next button greyed
What was not tested
OS : Xubuntu 18.04 x64.
The commands I typed:
Retail DVD used (from the file '/valve.inf'):
Title=Half-Life 2 Standard French
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 19.04 "Disco" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Sep 30 2019||4.0.2||Yes||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Franco|
|Current||Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)||Jul 31 2019||4.0.1||No||Not installable||No||Garbage||dadu042|
|Show||Linux Mint Debian x86_64||Jul 01 2014||1.7.21||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Philipglo Joshua Opulencia|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Jul 24 2013||1.6||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Artur h0m3|
|Show||Fedora 16 x86_64||Apr 01 2012||1.5.1||Yes||Yes||Platinum||John P Sims|
|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|
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
In Steam -> File -> Settings -> In-game disable "Steam Community In-Game". Of left enabled Half-Life 2 will not crash on the startup.
Half-Life 2 doesn't work well/at all without sound. Use ALSA (recommended) or OSS (problematic on most hardware).
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:
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