Supreme Commander

Retail release of Supreme Commander

Application Details:

Version: SC 1.x.3xxx
License: Retail
Votes: 61
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.8

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

Getting to the menu, Launching a game

What does not

Playing, because it crashes when you build something

Saving of settings/profiles, because fixme:file:ReplaceFileW is a stub


What was not tested

Anything else than starting a tutorial or campaign mission

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments here's a patch to stop SupCom from crashing ingame. Rating only applies to Vanilla Wine, so the rating is still garbage.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64May 21 20172.8Yes Yes GoldCentrino 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64Feb 25 20172.0N/A Yes GoldCentrino 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 21 20161.9.14Yes Yes GoldCentrino 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 18 20161.6.2Yes Yes GoldCentrino 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Feb 08 20141.6Yes Yes SilverIgor 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
20456 Multiple applications have text rendering issues with 'Courier New' font using distro provided Liberation fonts (cut off/partial text display)(FEAR, AoE 3, Supreme Commander, fasmw 1.x) STAGED View

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HowTo / Notes


Getting it to work:

  • Use Wine 1.0.1 or higher, the more recent the better
  • Install Supreme Commander
  • Patch SupCom to version 3220 or higher

The patcher won't display anything. It takes a quite a while, but it's definitely doing something!
This patch is essential, since it disables the (broken) DVD check

Starting with Patch 3251, the patcher might fail. To test it yourself, you will need Mono, gdiplus, dotnet20 and vcrun2005 (use winetricks). Good Luck.
If that doesn't work, try installing the patches in a virtual machine running Windoze or stick with 3220

  • In order to get sound:

Use a recent winetricks to install xact
You may also need to set your sample rate to 48000 in winecfg's Audio tab

  • You will need d3dx9_36.dll. If it's missing, get it from, extract and put it into windows/system32
  • Create the registry string HKCU/Software/Wine/Direct3D/OffscreenRenderingMode and set it to fbo
  • Make sure your Color Depth is set to 24 bits. Otherwise the game will not render fonts or 3D models correctly
  • cd into Supreme Commander/bin and launch the game with wine SupremeCommander.exe

If you're still running into problems, try starting the game with the /novalidate switch

Also, if SupCom complains about insufficient video memory or crashes very early into the game,
try creating the string HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\Direct3D\VideoMemorySize with a value >64, e.g. 128


  • Movie frames don't get skipped, so sound loses sync with the video. A faster CPU helps a little bit 
  • No network play (requires .net for GPGNET)
  • The game may crash when you try to change the resolution. Do it manually in windows/profiles/*user*/Local Settings/Application Data/Gas Powered Games/Supreme Commander/Game.prefs

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In-game rendering frozen
by exposight on Sunday February 11th 2018, 14:37
If in-game rendering (for example, when entering the mission) looks like frozen, try to decrease 'fidelity' graphics setting to 'medium' or 'low'. For me, it didn't work on 'high', decreasing solved the issue.
Cursor, audio, black screen
by Dave B on Monday September 4th 2017, 17:02
If you do all of this but still end up with a black screen but a working cursor and audio, disable bloom rendering. In $WINEPREFIX/drive_c/users//Local Settings/Application Data/Gas Powered Games/SupremeCommander/Game.prefs, add the following inside "options_overrides":

bloom_render = {
default = 0
RE: Cursor, audio, black screen
by paulo neto on Friday January 5th 2018, 10:35
Looks like it is my problem. But every time I change the Game.prefs it keeps reseting when I launch the game through steam.
Sound trouble
by Вова Гаврилов on Monday May 15th 2017, 11:25
I get initial crash of every SupComs because due to sound troubles. And I can`t change sample rate on audio tab. I use Arch linux with Pulseaudio (changing default sample rate by settings of Pulseaudio seems ineffective) and editing registry looks like ineffective too. So... disabling sound in game settings won`t work, but it really crashes because of sound troubles:
CD3DDeviceResources::DevResInitResources: Unable to load effect file /effects/cartographic.fx
warning: c:\supreme commander - forged alliance\gamedata\effects.scd\effects\cartographic.fx: unable to compiile effect: c:\supreme commander - forged alliance\gamedata\effects.scd\effects\cartographic.fx reason: unknown error