Halo Combat Evolved is the first installment of the Halo series developed by Gearbox and Bungie. Defend earth as Master Chief against an alien race called Covenant. Utilize an arsenal of weapons including alien guns and vehicles. Experience intense battles in many different environments from Earth to Covenant spaceships.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Halo Combat Evolved in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Retail version of Halo Combat Evolved. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Mint 17 64-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.6.2
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.6.2 is installed and you can close this window
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name your virtual drive: halo
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.6.2
Select "32 bits windows installation"
Windows version: Windows 7
Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
Desktop size: 1024x768
PlayOnLinux Packages (Components, Libraries, DLL's)
Check the following:
Note: All packages will automatically download and install
Installing Halo Combat Evolved
Select "Select another file"
Navigate to your Halo CD ROM
You may get a "PlayOnLinux has encountered an error" pop-up
Just click "Cancel"
- Create Desktop Icon
- Insall for All Users
- Install GameSpy Arcade
When the installation is finished, click the "X"
Name your shortcut: Halo Combat Evolved
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Select "Halo Combat Evolved"
Wine version: 1.6.2
Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine.
Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
Launching Halo Combat Evolved
Select "Halo Combat Evolved"
Click "I Accept"
Create a name for your profile
Click Video Setup
- Refresh Rate
- Texture Quality
Rule of Thumb
High settings = More detail, lower frame rate
Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
No CD Patch
Search online for: halo 1.09 patch
I found it on GamersHell.com
Download the patch
Save it to a folder on the desktop
Back to PlayOnLinux
Click "Halo Combat Evolved"
Click "run a .exe file in this virtual drive"
Go to the folder on your desktop
Now you can remove the CD ROM from the drive and play Halo Combat Evolved without it.
Halo Combat Evolved runs perfectly in PlayOnLinux on my GeForce 550 Ti. I'm actually quite impressed with the quality and resolution. Everything works smoothly from saving and loading to controls and interaction.