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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2

All releases (1.000-1.006).

Application Details:

Version: 1.00x
License: Retail
URL: http://www.westwood.com
Votes: 8
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.0.1

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Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

I managed to test the following

* Installer from CD (I have a USB CD-R reader here) and use it to install the game (No Origin, No cracks or customized setups)

* Completed 1st mission allied campaign

* Completed a skirmish mission

* Tested the load and saved games


The setup crashes AFTER the installer exists. But to be honest it doesn't matter because the setup still works!


What does not

Performance issues, this isn't obvious until you start a campaign 
mission or skirmish. It starts to have cursor flicker issues then FPS 
drops significantly enough to be unplayable.
However if you go to winecfg, configure the libraries to make sure 
ddraw.dll loads native before built in, then download the ddraw wrapper 
here http://bitpatch.com/ddwrapper....
then configure it have ForceDirectDrawEmulation and NoVideoMemory set 
to 1, performance and cursor flickering issues disappear. Now it works 
just like what it used to be back in 2000s :)
I know this is somewhat a workaround but these issues exists on Windows as well (Later versions, like playing on modern Windows machine). The only difference it seems from Windows when it comes to this step is that NoVideoMemory is necessary otherwise you still get FPS and flickering issues. 

My unit is a macbook air 2015 model by the way.

Workarounds

As above

What was not tested

N/A

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
CurrentmacOS Mojave 10.14Jun 15 20205.0.1Yes Yes YesGoldRichard Orilla 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster" x86_64Jul 04 20204.0.4Yes Yes YesGoldChristian 
ShowLinux Mint 19.1 TessaJan 15 20194.0-rc6No Not installable NoGarbagesb9x 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jul 03 20161.9.13Yes Yes BronzeGert van den Berg 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 17 20161.9.12-stagingNo Not installable GarbageKen Sharp 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
30155 SafeDisc v2.05.030 fails due to driver dispatch routine status and irp.IoStatus.u.Status differing (Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2) STAGED View
31279 Age of Empires II SafeDisc v1.x driver crashes in IDT check (INT1/3 hooks) RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
33211 C&C: Red Alert 2 still runs very slowly and mouse cursor flickers UNCONFIRMED View
37991 C&C Red Alert 2 - Scrolling the map area with arrow keys is sluggish UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

Performance issues
The game is much slower than it should be, but it may still run at a good speed depending on your computer.
Note

HOWTO

-- UPDATE --

Speed Fix

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\AppDefaults\game.exe\Direct3D]
"DirectDrawRenderer"="opengl"
"RenderTargetLockMode"="readtex"
  1. Create a new file, ra2fix.reg, somewhere in your Wine C: directory.
  2. Open the file, paste the content above into it, and save.
  3. run wine regedit and choose Registry->Import Registry File
  4. Import ra2fix.reg
  5. close regedit

If the game does not run correctly after these changes, remove them.

 

Add the following lines to ra2.ini:

[Video]
VideoBackBuffer=no

If the game does not run correctly after these changes,remove them.

Network Play

IPX is tricky, and is fortunately no longer needed. Someone has written a patch to use TCP/IP instead.
  1. Download the LAN patch from understorm.net
  2. Save it in your Red Alert 2 folder and extract it.
  3. Open winecfg or Wine->Configure Wine from the application menu.
  4. Add an overwrite rule for wsock32.

Comments

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Black screen fix
by Eugene on Sunday October 11th 2020, 5:41
Running Manjaro 20.2,Wine-staging 5.17
Installed CD-ROM (pre-origin era) version of Red Alert 2 + Yuri's Revenge

As mentioned in the comments and how-to above, changed ddraw load order, downloaded and used ddwrapper, changed ra2.ini config, ran the program on exclusive 32-bit wine with Windows XP version. Still encountered the black screen bug or disappearing menus.

Finally downloaded launcher from cncnet.org/.
Ran it in the same 32-bit wine prefix that I installed the game into.
Pointed the directory of the game.
Launcher downloaded some files/fixes and installed into the directory.
[Note - requires winetricks (for noobs like me) to install microsoft XNA 4.0 framework, DirectX 9-11, dotNETFramework 4.5.]

Launched the newly available CnCNetYRLauncher.exe in the game directory from wine.
Everything worked as it should.
Tried campaign, single player skirmish with 4 other opponents. No slow-downs.

Hope this is helpful to someone
game freeze on load - possible solution
by hirschi on Sunday May 3rd 2015, 6:58
In case the game freezes about 1sec after loading/starting a mission (skirmish/campaign),
you may want to look at Bug33211 (see above),
in particular Post 11 (by meindertjan 2014-09-16).

Worked for me.
Wine doesn't shut down properly when exiting the game but whatever.

(dll-override--> "winecfg")

(Wine 1.6.2, Ubuntu 14.04LTS, ATI Radeon HD7730)
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