[Wine] Deus Ex: Invisible Wars on Steam - Cannot launch

Javier Kohen jkohen at users.sourceforge.net
Sat Aug 21 00:40:33 CDT 2010

On Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 22:10, Javier Kohen <jkohen at users.sourceforge.net>wrote:

> Hi, as some of you may know, there were some issues reported recently about
> the Steam version of this game not starting. Presumably the solution was to
> compile wine 1.2+ with a recent version of GCC and binutils, so that the
> copy protection software could hook certain functions. I've done this, and
> I've posted some details in the bug tracker (
> http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=23553).
> The In-game Steam Community works for me now, which reportedly is a sign
> that the above steps went well. However, Deus Ex: Invisible Wars still won't
> launch. The pop-up error window reads "Application Error: Problem starting
> up Steam."

If anybody comes looking, here's what I've found out so far. In the last
days I was able to launch the game a couple times, somewhat accidentally.
Though most of the time it still failed to run. I found out that changing
the Windows version for Ion Launcher.exe (and possibly dx2.exe and
dx2main.exe) to Windows ME vastly increases the chances of the game

Moreover, after the latest Steam upgrade the in-game community overlay broke
completely for me, even though it was working with my locally-compiled
version of Wine 1.3. However, Deus Ex launches just fine both with stock
Wine 1.2 and Wine 1.3.1 compiled with a GCC and binutils that support
hooking functions, thus showing that you don't need the Steam in-game
community to play this game, as previously thought.

One more thing, the game is not perfectly stable. In particular it crashes
often (always?) for me on quick load. In this case it won't ever launch
successfully again until I restart the wineserver (and therefore all Windows

Hope it helps somebody,
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