Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun

The expansion pack.

Application Details:

Version: Firestorm: 2.03
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.6

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Test Results

Old test results
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Selected Test Results

What works

Extensive campaign (4h) as GDI and NOD





What does not


What was not tested


Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

Installed version 1.0 from CD(s) without issues on clean wine prefix with winearch=win32, then some issues came up:

* The game crashed at launch. This was resolved by updating the game with the official patch 2.03 (

* The popup-menus on the game start-page got stuck and didn't work. Also, after starting a game, the game would crash. This was resolved by changing DirectDrawRenderer to gdi in regedit:

    wine regedit

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Wine -> Direct3D

    In this key, create a String value called "DirectDrawRenderer" with value "gdi" (

Now the game will start, run and work as expected.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentManjaro Linux 18.0.0May 01 20194.6Yes Yes NoPlatinumBob Niemöller 
ShowManjaro Linux 18.0.0May 01 20194.6Yes Yes NoPlatinumBob Niemöller 
ShowMac OS X 10.10 "Yosemite"Sep 30 20151.7.51Yes Yes NoPlatinuman anonymous user 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Apr 08 20141.6.1Yes Yes NoPlatinumManuel 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 25 20121.4-rc5N/A Yes NoPlatinuman anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

­Improving performance
  • Run 'wine regedit', browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine. If there is no key (the stuff with folder icons) called AppDefaults, then create it
  • Right-click on that key and create a new key game.exe
  • Create a new subkey Direct3D. In that key create two string variables:
    DirectDrawRenderer with value opengl
    RenderTargetLockMode with value readtex
General instructions, with or without opengl
  • Press cancel when the installer wants to update system files
  • To avoid copy protection issues (in my experience it did not work even on Windows 98SE, just 95), upgrade to the latest version
  • If you are not using the opengl mode as described above, after saving a game, the menu becomes invisible, but it appears for a second or so first, so it is easy to find the resume mission button. the menu appears again if you ALT+TAB out of the game and back
  • In order to play network games, IPX will have to be enabled in the kernel, and you need some userspace utilities, usually called ipx-utils; and IPX must be started (there should be an initscript). Also note that Tiberian Sun's network support is only available when it is run as root


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The Wine Registry Key "DirectDrawRenderer" was depreciated; use "renderer" instead.
by Luke Draper on Wednesday September 15th 2021, 1:37
Game works fine!
The Wine Registry Key "DirectDrawRenderer" was depreciated some time ago and has been replaced with the much more Generic "renderer" key. Rename the "DirectDrawRenderer" key to "renderer" (without quotes) and the Menus will render once more.
Performance Improves when VSync is turned off
by art ivanov on Saturday April 18th 2020, 23:46
For anyone trying to get this to run smooth on OSX: Setting "AllowVerticalSync" to N fixes all lag issues