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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: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.0.3

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What works

Game runs great. No problems so far.  Maxed out graphics, This was on an Nvidia 8500GT, Sorry ATI I don't know results for you guys.

What does not

Installation from disk. You need to download it from steam!!. Download the steam server from there also will save alot of updating time

Workarounds

What was not tested

Counter-Strike Source.

Hardware tested

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Additional Comments

Make sure you run HL2 Deathmatch in windows 98 mode otherwise it will crash. (Steam must be in ME or higher as it doesn't support 98) Even though you need to download this rather then install from disk, It still deserves Platinum as it installs and works from offical download.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
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RatingSubmitter
ShowLinux Mint 5 "Elyssa"Dec 31 20194.0.3Yes Yes NoSilverTristan 
ShowUbuntu 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 

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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