Category: Main Games 1st Person Shooter Half-Life (WON2)


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Unofficial Patch to Halflife for people that dont want to use steam

Application Details:

Version: (WON2)
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.6.2

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Test Results

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What works

The installation.
Install created desktop icon that worked for launching the game.
Sound worked perfectly.
OpenGL mode in 1280x960 resolution worked perfectly in full screen play.
Cheat codes and -console and -dev flags.
Heavy background CPU utilization only slowed HL's frame rate.

What does not

Multitasking such as leaving HL to do other tasks can cause HL to lock up. This only happens 10% of the time. This is very minor bug.

Opening screen renders in the upper left corner of the console and cannot be moved. Doesn't render in fullscreen.


What was not tested

Graphics mode resolutions below 1280x960.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

This is very close to platinum. Only reason I do not give it a platinum rating is I'm guessing the opening menu rendering strange would annoy some people.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowMac OS X 10.10 "Yosemite"Jan 24 20151.6.2Yes Yes SilverKonstantin 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 01 20111.2.2Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowLinux Mint 10 "Julia"Feb 04 20111.2.2Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowPCLinuxOS 2007Dec 31 20070.9.51.Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 7.04 "Feisty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 13 20070.9.40.Yes Yes SilverPete Stoneman 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
1305 HalfLife crashed when starting game CLOSED FIXED View
1977 When running Half-Life in software mode, the screen is not updated CLOSED FIXED View
3277 X11DRV_ChoosePixelFormat glXChooseFBConfig returns NULL (glError: 0) CLOSED ABANDONED View
5366 Screenshots vertically mirrored, when using ddraw-patched wine CLOSED FIXED View
5672 Half-Life: switching processes using alt-tab does not pause game or release the mouse CLOSED FIXED View
22533 Half-Life: Logo video rendering is wrong (msrle32 does not handle frames with 0 biClrUsed) CLOSED FIXED View
27528 Half Life Software Rendering completely wrong UNCONFIRMED View
36566 Half-Life's (CD Version) Menu refuses to work after a while UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

Misc. Problems

"Half-Life requires 16 bit color. Please change your desktop settings to HiColor."

This is the result of an invalid screen depth reported here: 08069948:Call gdi32.GetDeviceCaps(00000088,0000000c) ret=00412a24 ^^^^^^^^ 0x0c == 12 == BITSPIXEL 08069948:Ret gdi32.GetDeviceCaps() retval=00000018 ret=00412a24 ^^^^^^^^ 0x18 == 24 bpp

Most probably you're not running X11 at 16 bpp. Run "xdpyinfo" to check that. Or maybe you have set "ScreenDepth" in the wine config file ? (and of course to a setting that HL doesn't want, i.e. != 16 !) And if you set ScreenDepth to 16, then it might still yell a "wine: Depth 16 not supported on this screen." at you. This is probably because your 32 bpp screen is not capable of multi-depth. You *need* to use a 16 bpp screen mode in this case, I think. FIXME: maybe problem hints should go into the LHL HOWTO instead...