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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

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

- Installer

- Menus

- Single Player missions

- Intro and videos between missions

- Skirmish

- Saving / Loading game

What does not

I wasn't able to switch screen resolution from inside the game. It would try to switch but it would not resize properly and after waiting for 10 seconds or so, revert back to previous settings.

Workarounds

Manually edit the file: 

~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/EA Games/Command & Conquer The First Decade/Command & Conquer Red Alert(tm) II/RA2/ra2.ini

(Note: This path may be different, depending on your Linux distribution, or if you created a custom wine prefix)



In the [Video] section, look for these lines:

ScreenWidth=XXX

ScreenHeight=XXX

I set mine to Width = 1024, Height = 768.

What was not tested

Online multiplayer

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

Except for the workaround for the screen resolution, this game, including its installer, works perfectly out of the box, with clean wine install from Debian Buster official repo.

Note: I am installing from DVD, using the "The First Decade" release.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
ShowmacOS Mojave 10.14Jun 15 20205.0.1Yes Yes YesGoldRichard Orilla 
CurrentDebian 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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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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