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Half-Life 2

Episode One is the first in a series of games that reveal the aftermath of Half-Life 2 and launch a journey beyond City 17.

Follow HL2 installation howto to install and configure HL2 Episode 1

Application Details:

Version: Episode One: Retail
License: Retail
URL: http://www.half-life2.com/
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.1.35

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Test Results

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What works

Installation, Gameplay (including sound, graphics, etc). Played with DX8 settings (selected from the command line) as under DX9 there were odd graphical glitches

What does not

Major slowdown in the reactor core, whilst a video is playing on the monitor. This ceases to be a problem if you wait for it to finish and get into the elevator, but I could not see another workaround

Workarounds

What was not tested

Nothing; complete playthrough of the game

Hardware tested

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Additional Comments

Silver rather than gold due to the reactor slowdown. Otherwise, everything was fine.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
ShowSlackware -currentJan 13 20101.1.35Yes Yes PlatinumBartosz Debski 
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 27 20091.1.32Yes Yes PlatinumJohn 
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 18 20091.1.31Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 25 20091.1.20Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Mar 27 20091.1.17Yes Yes BronzeNight Nord 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
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

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HowTo / Notes

Half-Life 2: Episode One - Reactor room slowdown bug workaround
In case the game experience a huge slowdown to around 0.5 FPS, most probably you had hit so-called "some other (close) place displayed on the screen" bug. First time you may hit it is in the reactor room just before raiding down on a lift to the core chamber. There would a big screen displaying various parts of the reactor core room. This screen is the bug-trigger.

It was reported that the bug occurs only in case the "Offscreen Render Mode" is set to "backbuffer". To workaround the bug simply set ORM to "fbo" (or "pbuffer", if your GPU supports it) and the FPS will raise back to a playable values.

Keep in mind that setting ORM to anything other than "backbuffer" will break the game shaders dealing with refraction (water and alike) when the AA is on. Another unfortunate effect of setting ORM to "fbo" is that the performance level when using dxlevel 90/95 in Non-HDR mode will be very low, especially in areas where there are a lot of refracting surfaces. For now it seems that the best choice would be to turn off AA, set ORM to "fbo" and switch the game to the dxlevel 81 before entering the bug-triggering area. After successfully passing it redone the changes back to gain more FPS or better quality graphics.

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