Portal is a new single player game from Valve. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal has been called one of the most innovative new games on the horizon and will offer gamers hours of unique gameplay.

The game is designed to change the way players approach, manipulate, and surmise the possibilities in a given environment; similar to how Half-Life 2's Gravity Gun innovated new ways to leverage an object in any given situation.

Players must solve physical puzzles and challenges by opening portals to maneuvering objects, and themselves, through space.

Application Details:

Version: 1.0
License: Retail
URL: http://www.whatistheorangebox....
Votes: 13
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.0.3

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Test Results

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What works

The game runs, with minor issues. It is still playable, the sound works great, lagging only when CPU load is high. Gameoverlayrenderer will not crash the game, but it works very badly in-game when using. Installing went without a hitch, and the game has never crashed or lagged so terribly I had to xkill it. If the game lags very badly for you, I have included a possible solution in the "Extra Comments"

What does not

There is lag, especially when the game is fullscreen, and the subtitles are a little garbled. When CPU load is high, the game borders on unplayable, but this does not last longer than one or two seconds.


What was not tested

I tested only the game.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

The game used to lag so terribly that it was unplayable, but I accidentally found a solution: run the game in windowed mode. to do this, add the -windowed launch option to portal. (See If you want the game fullscreen anyway, add the -noborder launch option add the resolution of your screen with the -w and -h options (my screen is 1366x768, so for me it's "-windowed -noborder -w 1366 -768". Finally, and this is the most important part, in winecfg, uncheck "Allow window manager to decorate windows". Works like a charm. Also note that the performance difference while using the default dxlevel and -dxlevel 81 was insignificant. I have intel HD graphics 3000

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Sep 28 20183.0.3Yes Yes NoSilverUser 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Aug 12 20141.7.19Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Feb 16 20131.5.22Yes Yes GoldWilliam J May 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Feb 11 20131.5.22Yes Yes GoldWilliam J May 
CurrentUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 01 20121.5.9Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
6297 Half life 2 based games occasionally do not start due to registry in use CLOSED INVALID View
7698 Counter-Strike:Source crashes after a while CLOSED FIXED View
9878 Most Steam games crash when starting/loading a game CLOSED FIXED View
10033 Inverted / wrong color textures in Portal and Half-Life 2 Episode two CLOSED FIXED View
10110 Looking at a portal in Portal crashes the game. CLOSED DUPLICATE View
10333 Page fault when attempting to run HL2 / Portal CLOSED ABANDONED View
10415 Portal crashes when entering any portal CLOSED ABANDONED View
10435 Portal 1.0: Portals don't always appear correctly (clipping plane / frustum not being respected?) CLOSED FIXED View
10628 Portal must be launched twice to run properly CLOSED FIXED View
10709 Portal with Intel video card crashes on loading screen. CLOSED INVALID View
10841 Restore display resolution when focus is lost or on exit RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
11903 Flickering green rectangle in Portal game CLOSED FIXED View
11905 Portal game crashes on exit CLOSED ABANDONED View
11975 Portal 1.0 no audio CLOSED ABANDONED View
12080 Portal 1.0: Graphics go haywire when first portal opens CLOSED FIXED View
12453 Bad performance in Source based games CLOSED FIXED View
12929 Games crash/wined3d doesn't work with ATI's fglrx driver CLOSED FIXED View
12993 Portal slows down when looking at an open portal CLOSED DUPLICATE View
14256 Half-Life 2 Episode 2 & Portal: hl2.exe continues to running after exit of game CLOSED FIXED View
15459 Background is sometimes purple in Portal and the ending is not shown CLOSED INVALID View
15827 Portal: mirrored rendering in bottom left corner CLOSED FIXED View
18227 HL2 Ep2 / Portal: Massive slowdown in some areas CLOSED ABANDONED View
19388 Portal/Half life ep2 screen is black CLOSED FIXED View
19462 d3d9: visual test crashes with glsl disabled with nvidia 190 drivers CLOSED FIXED View
19522 Team Fortress 2 (TF2) missing menu fonts CLOSED FIXED View
19748 Multiple games complain about checking occlusion query results from the wrong thread (Metro 2033, Unreal Tournament 3, Counter Strike: Source, Metro 2033, Call of Duty 4, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Final Fantasy XIV, Half-Life 2) CLOSED FIXED View
22912 Half Life 2 and Portal subtitles unreadable NEW View
22934 Portal from Steam - recommended texture detail low CLOSED FIXED View
23118 Portal lags for a second when creating first portal CLOSED ABANDONED View
24064 Many steam games crash because of GameOverlayRenderer.dll CLOSED FIXED View
24523 Portal: Rendering glitches on menu screen CLOSED FIXED View
24667 On ATI Radeon HD 5xxx (and probably 6xxx) all source-based games flicker and can't render some objects and NPCs CLOSED INVALID 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
25117 Antialising does not work in portal. CLOSED FIXED View
26863 Portal 1/2 crashes when linked portal is in view with enabled GLSL [fglrx only]. CLOSED NOTOURBUG View
27156 Bioshock demo: mouse jumps around menu CLOSED FIXED View
27231 Portal fails to start CLOSED WORKSFORME View
27779 Desktop mouse pointer always visible in Steam games CLOSED FIXED View
28347 Severe FPS regression in Source-based games with orm=backbuffer CLOSED FIXED View
29776 Portal: game showing purple textures CLOSED ABANDONED View

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HowTo / Notes


Installing Portal

  • Install wine-1.0.0 or later. Older versions have a number of bugs that cause game to crash in some places.
  • Install and configure Steam
  • Installing Portal from Steam should work as-is without any problems.

Playing Portal

  • Disable / remove beryl / compiz. Wine does not work with them
  • Disable / Steam Community In-Game. All games will crash with it enabled.
  • Add "-dxlevel 80" command line option to the Portal game, or start with following command (adjust options as required)
    wine steam -silent -applaunch 400 -window -novid -dxlevel 80 -width 1024 -height 768

Note, the above options can also be added from within Steam by right-clicking the game, choosing 'Properties' and choosing 'Set launch options...'. Obviously, there is no need for the '-applaunch 400' option when changing options in this way.

Some people reported setting hl2.exe to win98 in winecfg fixes any other crashes. Most of these crashes are fixed in wine-0.9.49 or newer


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