Full retail version of the Half-Life 2.
The installer works but only after you place the contents of the first disc in a folder on your hard drive and place all the .cab files of all other discs in the same folder. It seems that wine doesn't ask for the next discs and errors out when it can't find the next cab file to use. I played it once using a pre-built binaries of wine for Suse but the performance was extremely slow and the sound was really "choppy." I found that installing wine using my native compilers for gcc and g++ and then installing half-life 2 this way increased performance 10 fold. The graphics are not that great. For example, some of the characters have blue faces and objects that are far away can't be seen until you get closer. Don't know if it's something wrong with the objects or if there's suppose to be fog showing up. Another minor problem was with the audio. Setting my audio acceleration to basic under winecfg resolved the audio problem.
What does not
Apparently, installing from the discs doesn't work correctly. The first disc and all cab files from every other disc have to be placed in a folder on my hard drive. Also, to install, the installers have to be executed using "windows path" instead of a "unix path." For example, "c:\setup.exe" instead of "/media/HL2/setup.exe." Installing from "unix paths" gives an error stating that said cab files can not be located under the dos location for my disc drive, "j:\path\folder." I found this to be true for all games that contain multiple install discs.
What was not tested
Don't know what else to test.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Linux Mint 5 "Elyssa"||Dec 31 2019||4.0.3||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Tristan|
|Show||Ubuntu 19.04 "Disco" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Sep 30 2019||4.0.2||Yes||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Franco|
|Show||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|
|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