mikesol Dec 15, 2013 @ 6:57am
Can I install HL2 for windows in a Linux machine?
I bought some time ago the Orange Box for PC (Windows) and I started to play the HL2 in Windows. I'm a full time Linux user with a crappy internet connection behind a campus firewall.

The question is : Could I make a Backup from the Windows installation, Restore it to Linux and continue playing normally?

Bonus question: I have also some titles from the Humble Bundle. How could I install them offline?

I'm a newbie with Steam.

Regards.
Last edited by mikesol; Dec 15, 2013 @ 6:59am
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Oerthling Dec 15, 2013 @ 11:22am 
Is that a PC or a Laptop?

If it is a laptop – go to Starbucks (or equivalent place with free wifi) and download the stuff. :-)

You can only use the windows games if you run them via Wine - which also works - but costs you fps. Assuming you have a NVidia card. If it is an ATI/AMD card prepare for pain.
j0hNNyyyb9sH Dec 15, 2013 @ 11:49am 
just copy the gamefiles from your Windows Library in your Linux Library and validate the game files
Oerthling Dec 15, 2013 @ 2:59pm 
Originally posted by jb~:
just copy the gamefiles from your Windows Library in your Linux Library and validate the game files

That only works for running the game via wine.
The native Linux games for Steam For Linux (like HL2) require Linux binaries of course.
The Drunk Otter Dec 15, 2013 @ 9:20pm 
Originally posted by Oerthling:
Originally posted by jb~:
just copy the gamefiles from your Windows Library in your Linux Library and validate the game files

That only works for running the game via wine.
The native Linux games for Steam For Linux (like HL2) require Linux binaries of course.
yeah, steam downloads the linux binaries when it's not found
mikesol Dec 18, 2013 @ 12:55pm 
Thanks guys for the answers.

Ok I got it. The Windows and Linux binaries aren't compatible. But what happen with all my progress? I mean, I'm in the middle of HL2 in the Windows partition and I don't want start all over again if I install it in Linux.
Is it possible just "transfer" the progress of the game from Windows to Linux?

Best.
Last edited by mikesol; Dec 18, 2013 @ 2:09pm
LOLCAT Dec 18, 2013 @ 5:44pm 
Originally posted by mikesol:
Thanks guys for the answers.

Ok I got it. The Windows and Linux binaries aren't compatible. But what happen with all my progress? I mean, I'm in the middle of HL2 in the Windows partition and I don't want start all over again if I install it in Linux.
Is it possible just "transfer" the progress of the game from Windows to Linux?

Best.
It will be transferred automatically by steam cloud. That's what it was invented for.
mikesol Dec 19, 2013 @ 5:02am 
Thanks LOLCAT. So, I just need to connect steam to internet in my windows partition and it's done, isn't it?
How do I know when all my progress is uploaded to the steam cloud?

Thanks again.
Best.
Zyro Dec 19, 2013 @ 5:47am 
Originally posted by mikesol:
Thanks LOLCAT. So, I just need to connect steam to internet in my windows partition and it's done, isn't it?
How do I know when all my progress is uploaded to the steam cloud?

Thanks again.
Best.

When you activate "Steam cloud", you shoud see an upload progress at the game in the detailed games list for a shot time.
mikesol Dec 20, 2013 @ 2:45am 
Hello again,

Look what I did. I went to Windows, ran steam with internet, I selected HL2 and played a couple of minutes just to be sure. I went to properties and in the Cloud part said "using 95Mb/99Mb" or something like that. So, I presume that my progress is already in the steam cloud.

Next step was go to Linux, download HL2 and (If I understood correctly), all my progress should to be ready to play.

Well I don't know if I did something wrong or there is a bug, but this popup came out when I tried to play

http://oi41.tinypic.com/213hqpf.jpg

I hit cancel, because I do not want to lose any of my progress.

Thanks for your help.

Best.
phillippi2 Jan 24, 2014 @ 11:57pm 
Try restarting your computer. It may work then

Also, Valve themselves have said that you can just copy the game folder over to linux. Everything (including saves) should come with it. The only thing steam would need to download is the files needed to get the game running.
Zyro Jan 25, 2014 @ 12:05am 
About the Humble Bundle: You should have been sent download links for the games to install them offline.
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