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PlayOnLinux provides a simple-to-use interface to install your PC games in Linux and run them with equal performance to Windows. Mass Effect 2 is one of many step-by-step guides on GamersOnLinux.com

Posted by booman on Aug 1st, 2013
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Mass Effect 2 combines role-playing and first person shooter elements within a fantasy sci-fi lore. The beginning seems simple enough, but as you continue with dialog and team members you will be immersed with decisions that will affect your character for the rest of the game. If your team-mates survive, they will appear in the next game with dialog linking to previous events.


If you have played any of the Mass Affect franshise, then I don't have to remind you of the beautiful graphical visuals and environments. Not to mention the models made perfectly without error.

Wondering if Mass Effect 2 runs in a Linux enviornment, then that is why you are here.

Follow this step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Mass Effect 2 in PlayOnLinux with Linux Mint.

Note: This tutorial applies to the retail version only. The Steam and downloaded versions may require additional steps.

Tips and Specs

It would also be a good idea to learn how to prepare PlayOnLinux so your installations are quick and painless. Follow my previous tutorials:

PlayOnLinux Explained

Mint 14 32-bit
PlayOnLinux: 4.1.9
Mint: 1.5.24

Note: This guide is over a year old, try newer versions of Wine like 1.6.2 or 1.7.28

Copy DVD Data Files

I had trouble installing Mass Effec 2 directly from the DVD's because PlayOnLinux would not find the 2nd disc.

Create a new folder on your desktop called: MassEffect2

Enter your Mass Effect 2 Disc1
You should see an icon appear on the desktop where its mounted
Double-click the icon to browse the directories.

Copy EVERYTHING off Disc1, paste into your new "MassEffect2" folder on the desktop

Enter your Mass Effect 2 Disc2
Note: it should appear as ME2_Disc2
Open the Data folder in Disc2 and in your "MassEffect2" folder on the desktop

Copy the .rar folders

  • app.rar
  • data01.rar
  • data02.rar
  • data03.rar
  • dialog.rar
  • english.rar
  • maps.rar
  • other.rar

Note: all the other files are already existing

Paste all the listed .rar files into your Data folder in "MassEffec2" folder on the desktop

Note: This will take some time because its copying around 7 Gigabytes of data

Installing Wine

Click Tools
Select "Manage Wine Versions"

Look for the Wine Version: 1.5.24
Select it
Click the arrow pointing to the right

Wine Download Wizard
Click Next

PlayOnLinux will automatically download it and save it in this directory:

Note: username is where you put your login name

Its a good idea to backup this directory to another computer because you won't have to keep downloading wine versions when you need them.


Note: PlayOnLinux may also download Gecko and install it.


Wine 1.5.24 is installed and you can close this window

Setting up Wine and PlayOnLinux

Open PlayOnLinux
Click Install

Search for Mass Effect 2
Select "Mass Effect 2"
Click Install

Installation Wizard
Click Next

Wine auto-configuration
Wine will automatically configure it-self when you install from a script, but we will take a look at it in a later step

Installation Method
Select "Use a setup file in my computer"

Note: Remember we copied all the data to one folder on the desktop.

Click Next

Installing Libraries
PlayOnLinux will automatically download and install windows libraries

Installing DirectX 9...
Installing PhysiX...
Installing msxml3...

Select Setup file
Click Browse

Navigate to your Desktop and open the "MassEffec2" folder we created
Select "Setup.exe"
Click Open

Setup selection confirmation
Click Next

Installing Mass Effect 2 (no screenshots necessary)

Select a language
Click OK

Mass Effect 2 Installer
Click Next

License Agreement
Select "I agree the terms..."
Click "I agree"

Registration Code
Enter the Registration Code from the insert inside the case
Click Next

Install Type
Select "Express Install (recommended)"
Click Install


Possible Errors
Sometimes I would get an error during the installation right at the end

Click Close and let PlayOnLinux continue
Start the installation over again if PlayOnLinux errors too.

After PlayOnLinux finishes don't launch Mass Effect yet because you will find that the DRM won't sync with the DVD.

Configuring PlayOnLinux and Wine

Click the Configure button

Select Mass Effect 2 virtual drive

General Tab
Wine version: 1.5.24

Wine Tab
Click "Configure Wine"

Wine Mono Installer will automatically pop up (if it wasn't installed already)
Click "Install"

Wine Gecko will automatically pop up (if it wasn't installed already)
Click "Install"

Wine Configuration

Applications Tab
Windows Version: Windows 7
Click Apply

Graphics Tab
Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
Check "Emulate a virutal desktop"

Enter an appropriate resolution for your virtual desktop.

  • 1400x900
  • 1360x765
  • 1024x768

Note: When you set the resolution in-game, the virtual desktop will automatically re-size.

Click Ok

Reboot Windows

Wine Tab
Click the "Windows reboot" button
Note: always reboot windows when making Wine or Display changes


Set your Linux Desktop to the same resolution as your Windows Virtual Desktop.
When you are done playing Mass Effect 2, you can set it back to native.
*Full-screen settings in-game never worked for me*

Launching Mass Effect 2

If you have problems with Linux automatically switching desktops while playing, I limited the desktops to only one. Roll your mouse over the "hot corner" and click the "X" on all the extra desktops.

Go back to PlayOnLinux
Select Mass Effect 2
Click Run

Mass Effect 2 should run in the virutal desktop with the same resolution as Linux Desktop and fit perfectly so it appears to be full screen.
Select Extras

Setting Graphics
Click Graphics

Depending on your video card, most of the settings should work fine in Wine 1.5.24

Here are my settings for GeForce 550 Ti

  • Windowed: fullscreen
  • Windowed Mode: normal
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9
  • Resolution: 1360x765
  • High Quality Bloom: On
  • Film Grain: Off
  • Motion Blur: On
  • Dynamic Shadows: On
  • Light Environemnt Shadows: On
  • Number of Cinamatic Lights: 3
  • Spherical Harmonic Lighting: On
  • Anisotropic Filtering: 4x

Mass Effect ran very well for me after some testing and tweaking. Setting the screen resolution in Linux to match the virtual desktop resolution was the main setting that allowed it to run. Then removing extra desktops kept the mouse inside the window so it didn't automatically switch to the next desktop. I tested with other versions of Wine but I would either get a DVD error related to DRM or there were screen artifacts.

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booman Oct 17 2013 says:

I just fixed a few errors in the guide.
Sorry about that. Now it should flow better.

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