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Game Info

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Game version 1.6 (December 15, 2004)
Installer Works, no known problems
Game Works, with issues described below
Patch Steam - working
Download patch N/A
Demo works N/A
Download demo N/A
Requires no-cd patch No
Multiplayer works Yes
Works with Cedega version(s) 4.4.1 (best), 4.3, 4.2.1, 4.2ForSteam
Tested with Cedega version(s) 5.2.5, 5.2.4, 5.1.3, 4.4.1, 4.3, 4.2.1, 4.2ForSteam
Supported by TransGaming Yes


  • Microphone support is now working since Cedega 4.4.1 [tested on Fedora Core 3, Ensoniq, OSS & ALSA].
  • Counter Strike: Source will not run without Steam.
  • May crash randomly when using ATI XFree86 4.3 8.825 drivers. Backleveling to previous 3.14.6 drivers appear to correct the issue [tested w/MDK10.1, x.Org 6.7, ATI Radeon 9600XT].
  • Flashbang effect not supported on Intel 855GME graphics card. Crashes to desktop.


Counter-Strike: Source is a team-based multiplayer-only FPS featuring terrorist/anti-terrorist missions.

This is a mod for the original Half Life, redone with the Source engine from Half Life 2.

Step-by-step guide to help you solve problems that you might find

If you recently started in cedega, didn't totally configured, nor do you have time for that, and want to start playing your Source games, here's a little tutorial, that will cover most of the problems you might find:

I decided to write this tutorial, because I had sereval problems with the Source games, and I wasn't the only one, and I managed to solve them, so, I write this, so that any other noob like me comes doing questions, that, like another member did do them, they weren't answered very much - only by the ones who had the problem (me and him) In this tutorial I'll teach you how to get your games with the source engine working, beginning in the installation proccess, and covering the problems you might have. Note: This is not 100% accurate, and will be updated.


When you run Autorun.exe on cedega, and select install, it might appear an error saying that is missing the file msiexec.exe, that's the microsoft installer. What you have to do to go through this problem is simply installing it. I don't know why, but it doesn't seems possible to install using the Windows XP version, because of some errors, so, what we'll do is use Windows 98. First of all, get the installer for the Microsoft Installer, wich normally comes in the cd. Set your windows version to Windows 98 (in command line versions, or the new command line interface for the new cedega 5, you can give the argument: "--winver win98" or, in P2P or the new versions of cedega, you can change it in the GUI, there's also the alternative of changing the config file) and execute: instmsi.exe from the cd, and then execute autorun.exe (just don't forget to specify win98 and, if you're using the profile system, both have to be in the same profile). After that just install it normally.


After installing, you'll want to update and/or register your game with Steam, for that just create a new account or login to your existing one and do it.

You can do a little "trick" here, so you don't need to install the Microsoft Installer, since Steam doesn't need it, just install Steam, and let it download the whole game - the only problem is that it will take hours and hours and will take you a lot of traffic, so it isn't recommended.

There was a little problem with Steam freezing all the time, but it seems it got resolved like with a miracle, I simply changed the needed registry values, and it worked. More details on this problem here

Playing the Game

Now, you just have to play the games, you can simply launch them through Steam, and cedega < 5, (I'm not sure if it's all of them) create a desktop shortcut. If you have all your settings right, you chould see the loading screen, and then the main menu, and if it doesn't freeze while creating a server or connecting, resuming: if you can play them, you're lucky, you won't have to do any tweaking around. If by contrary, you see nothing and hear no sound, or hear sound, and see nothing, or you get to the main menu but don't manage to play, I'll put the possible causes and solutions to the problems down:

Problems and Solutions

If you don't see or hear nothing: for the sound, if you are using kde or gnome, they use sound servers, and the game needs that all of the sound is available to it, simply kill the sound servers, wich are artsd (kde) and esd (gnome), with the following commands:

(kde) killall artsd (gnome) killall esd

Now you should have sound, as for the image, check if you are at 24bpps (that is the Depth, wich is an option that is under the section "Screen" in your X configuration file, in my case it was at 16bpps), if it isn't, change it, if it is, post your problem here, and the results of -debug, disabling and enabling pixel shadders or vertex shadders, or even upgrading or downgrading you graphics card driver (only try this if nothing else works, because this will just give an impact with performance, but it might happen not only impact in performance).

If you hear sounds when you move your mouse over the options, but see nothing: Try the solutions for seeing above.

If you manage to get to the main menu, but aren't able to play: check if the windows version is set to Windows 98.

If you still have problems, after trying all of the above, post it, making all of the tests I describe above, and see if someone manages to answer you.

I hope this tutorial is useful, and any correction or something to add will be welcome.

Note: If you change the Depth of colors, you will probably also note a visual improvement on other games.


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