Full retail version of the Half-Life 2.
Everything: starting the game, playing the game, changing resolutions, advanced video options, even the steam community works perfectly.
What does not
Nothing so far.
What was not tested
The game was downloaded through steam, as part of the orangebox. Works on highest video settings, except high anti-aliasing and filtering (performance goes downhill quickly then). Water, unlike many reports, looks perfect, with very slight performance overhead when looking at it. Heavy smoke and heavy fire can slow down the game considerably, better look away from it (if possible), but it does not crash the game. Many had reported that steam communities would crash the game, but it didn't. Note: was using winetricks, installed d3dx9. Computer specs: Intel Pentium IV, 3.0 GHz (with HT) 1.5 GB of DDR2 memory nVidia Geforce 8500GT with 1 GB of memory
|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