Half-Life 2

Demo version of Half Life 2, only contains 2 chapters. Otherwise the same as full game. See Half-Life 2 for more information.

Application Details:

Version: Demo
License: Demo
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 0.9.52.

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Test Results

Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results

What works

Installation (Steam download)

starting game


saving/loading saved games

changing resolution

What does not

Nothing that I've tested


What was not tested

dx levels other than 8.0
resolutions higher than 1024x768

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

The menu background takes about 20-30sec to render. Options used to start game (from terminal): WINEDEBUG=-all wine steam.exe -applaunch 219 -dxlevel 80 -width 1024 -height 768 alsa and winXP work fine Some areas have fps-drops "registry in use" error can be avoided by changing into the steam.exe directory

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 31 20070.9.52.Yes Yes Silversoxs 
ShowGentoo LinuxOct 29 20070.9.48.Yes Yes BronzeGary 
ShowUbuntu 7.04 "Feisty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 19 20070.9.47.Yes Yes GarbageAngus 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 4.x "Etch"Apr 08 20070.9.34.Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 6.10 "Edgy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 31 20070.9.33.Yes Yes SilverSheeEttin 

Known Bugs

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Poor performance
by F. Delente on Sunday March 9th 2008, 4:03
I installed Steam then the Half-life 2 demo on my linux laptop (easier than in windows XP :-).

However, even though I could play the linux clients for doom3 and Quake4 on this laptop with very good performance (about 50FPS in high mode, 1440x900 resolution), Half-life 2 demo is very jerky, and the outdoors give me about 3 FPS!

Is it normal, or else how can I improve performance?

RE: Poor performance
by vitamin on Sunday March 9th 2008, 11:45
What video card and drivers?
Wine still have performance issues with some features. Try to setting dxlevel to 81 (add "-dxlevel 81") to the game's command line.
RE: Poor performance
by F. Delente on Sunday March 9th 2008, 12:25
My CPU is a double-core Turion64 2GHz, and my card is an nvidia GeForce 7600 Go 256MB.

As of today the demo doesn't work any more (BadAlloc error in the X server) so I can't try with -dxlevel 81...
Missing Voices in Game
by Gary on Monday October 29th 2007, 23:05
I'm running under Gentoo and have tried various versions of wine over the last year but still have the one slightly annoying problem:

Some voices in the game are not heard:
- When you first arrive at the train station, there is a gentleman talking on a large screen. I know in windows he has a voice, but not yet in Wine.
- Radio Dialogue (I can see the caption but can't hear the voices)
- The Professor's voice when you first meet him via video

Has anyone else experienced this?

- I'm running under Alsa and all other voices and sounds appear to work.
- I haven't had success in trying OSS (since it's deprecated in the Kernel) or Alsa OSS emulation.