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
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Votes: 13
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.0.3

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Test Results

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What works

  • Installs from backup disc in Steam

  • Play through entire game

  • Changing video settings in windowed mode: resolution, features

  • Default dxlevel

  • Card capabilities correctly detected

  • Steam Overlay

What does not

  • Radeon driver performance sub-par, had to set all video features to "low" for a comfortable framerate

  • Fullscreen does not properly proportion menus:
    change Wine to windowed mode to manipulate video settings to run Portal in a window, then change winecfg back.

  • During high resource usage, mouse cursor can escape window


What was not tested

  • Mods

  • Other fullscreen functionality

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Rating Gold for a relatively glitch-free revisit to this game. Wine32 compiled from source on a 64-bit OS. PulseAudio via WineALSA driver Custom kernel 3.8 (tailored to machine) Gecko and Mono installed automatically. Steam and Skyrim previously installed with: DirectX, .NET, Visual C runtime No winetricks, no PlayOnLinux KDE+Openbox Video: AMD HD6770 , xf86-video-ati 'radeon' driver 7.1.0. AMD Athlon64 x2 2.8Ghz, 4GB DDR2 RAM Monitor: 1920x1080 resolution (widescreen) Tested while Winecfg set to Win7 mode

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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 NoGoldan anonymous user 
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Feb 16 20131.5.22Yes Yes NoGoldWilliam J May 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Feb 11 20131.5.22Yes Yes NoGoldWilliam J May 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 01 20121.5.9Yes Yes NoSilveran anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
10841 Restore display resolution when focus is lost or on exit RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
22912 Half Life 2 and Portal subtitles unreadable NEW 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

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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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