-Playing the game, it actually runs much smoother on under Wine than on Windows.
What does not
Multiplayer (TCP/IP, IPX)
The setting "3D Sound Enabled", makes the ingame sound disappear and requires wiping the .wine folder to get it back.
What was not tested
Multiplayer (Modem, Serial)
Different levels / special features / longrun tests
Gameplay: After installing on a clean .wine-prefix, the game doesn't start, it gives the error message "Videomode 16x16x16 is not available". This is fixed by using virtual desktop and unticking the "Play Movie" option under the Video-tab in GTA2 Manager. Sound: I ticked the checkbox for "3D sound", but that was a mistake, there is no sound at all, even after unchecking it, even after reinstalling the game, had to clean the .wine dir. Sometimes the sound does not start in the gameplay, but restarting the game seems to work. Multiplayer: After installation the "Protocols Available" is empty (because wine has no native support for Direct Play, bug 4066). After running "winetricks directplay" it is possible host a game and see other games on the network (only tested TCP/IP), but it is not possible to join a game. I get this error: err:ntdll:RtlpWaitForCriticalSection section 0x130418 "?" wait timed out in thread 0028, blocked by 0022, retrying (60 sec) I also tried installing the 10.3 patch from http://www.rockstargames.com/gta2/download/patch.zip but that didn't work, it says: "Could not find GTA2 installation on machine." Graphic card: Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT 512Mb, using Nvidia driver 270.18. Admin note: rating changed to conform to the rating definitions.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Jun 21 2019||4.9||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||tjbp|
|Show||Fedora 20 x86_64||Feb 22 2014||1.7.10||Yes||Yes||Silver||an anonymous user|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Jan 03 2014||1.7.9||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Aliekezhi|
|Show||openSUSE 12.3 x86_64||Jun 20 2013||1.6-rc2||Yes||Yes||Gold||Manuel|
|Show||Fedora 17||Jan 16 2013||1.5.18||Yes||Yes||Silver||an anonymous user|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|1337||Application support broken: Les Secrets de l'intelligence, UbiSoft||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|1772||fixme:ddraw:Main_DirectDraw_SetCooperativeLevel (0x40586b80)->(00010021,00000011 )||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|4066||Online Play Doesn't Work (DirectPlay)||NEW||View|
|4089||ALSA driver causes games to hang with err:ntdll:RtlpWaitForCriticalSection||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|4157||Regression: GTA2 setup hangs while preparing the setup wizard||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|4204||GTA2 don't work||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|4263||CVS regression: installshield crashes when copying files (Error Number 0x80002005)||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|5075||GTA2 Doesn't work fullscreen, low performance||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|5517||ddraw rewrite breaks GTA2||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|6091||DirectDraw games generates black screen after wine 0.9.16||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|6220||GTA 2 crashes when going from game to menu||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|9282||GTA2 crash when click on wine window||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|9509||Weak performance in System Shock 2||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|10841||Restore display resolution when focus is lost or on exit||RESOLVED||NOTOURBUG||View|
|12386||when quitting GTA2, resolution is not back set to 1280x1024||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|12893||GTA2 runs too slow on Intel graphic||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|17036||GTA2 (Grand Theft Auto 2) runs too slow to be playable (ATi issue)||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|17306||GTA2 Menu Discoloured and Unresponsive||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|19149||GTA2 hangs up after some time||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|20260||GTA2 runs really slow with RenderTargetLockMode readtex with a GeForce FX 5500||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|23270||GTA2 Manager fails to start (executable name is not quoted through 'ShellExecute[Ex]')||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|24468||GTA2: "gta2 manager.exe" crashes at startup||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|30602||GTA2 crashes on exit||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|30603||GTA2 crashes on starup||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|33528||GTA2 hangs up during gameplay||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
From a clean wine install of the latest release, this how to will show you how to get GTA2 running with only a few graphical glitches, but still fully playable.
Please note this how to is for Ubuntu Linux, but the steps should be similar for other distros.
1. Unpack and run the GTA2 installer, installing GTA2 in the default directory
2. Check the box to run the GTA2 manager immediately when the install closes
3. In the video tab, set the resolution to 800x600, disable the opening movie, 4. and set the display mode to fullscreen
5. In the control tab hit the default keyboard button
6. Exit the manager, then start it up again to make sure all the option stuck
7. Open a text editor
8. Copy this script:
#uncomment if launching from console session
#sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
#KDE use this instead
#sudo /etc/init.d/kdm stop
# Launches a new X session on display 3. If you don't have an Nvidia card
# take out the "& nvidia-settings --load-config-only" part
X :3 -depth 16 -ac & nvidia-settings --load-config-only
# Goto game dir (modify as needed)
cd "$HOME/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Rockstar Games/GTA2/"
# Forces the system to have a break for 2 seconds, X doesn't launch instantly
# Launches game (modify as needed)
DISPLAY=:3 WINEDEBUG=-all wine "C:/Program Files/Rockstar Games/GTA2/gta2.exe"
8. Save the file in your home folder as gta2.sh
9. To make the script work, open a terminal, make the file executable and allow normal users to create new X servers with the following code
chmod +x gta2.sh
sudo gedit Xwrapper.config
With gedit change "allowed_users=console" to "allowed_users=anybody" and save.
Now you can run GTA2 by opening a terminal and typing "sh gta2.sh" or by creating a desktop icon by right clicking on the script in the file manager selecting "Make Link", then copying that link to your desktop.
When your finished playing just exit the game and then kill the X server with the Ctrl+Alt+Backspace keystroke and that will take you back to your normal desktop.
Once your up and running feel free to up the resolution and tweak settings in the Manager to get GTA 2 looking its finest
Running GTA2 in a virtual desktop can sometimes cause problems.
Posted by Vike the Hube:
GTA2 has a hidden option to use Glide for video. 1. Set up your controls etc using GTA2 manager. 2. Install a Glide wrapper- I use http://www.zeckensack.de/glide/archive/GlideWrapper084c.exe . 3. wine regedit -> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> DMA Design -> Screen: set "rendername" (a String/REG_SZ) to "3dfx.dll" set "videoname" (a String/REG_SZ) to "dmaglide.dll" 4. If you open GTA2 manager again, you need to setup the registry keys again- GTA2 manager does not support Glide mode. 5. If you're using GTA2 v11 or greater, you will find the registry key in HKEY_CURRENT_USER instead of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. 6. Launch GTA2 directly, i.e. create a shortcut to start in the GTA2 directory and run wine gta2.exe . Because of this I believe the problem is related to the DIB engine. But it's been so long since I heard that information I can't be certain.