Command & Conquer: Red Alert

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Application Details:

Version: 1.0-3.03
License: Free to use
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.0-rc1-staging

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Test Results

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What works

  • Disk burning
  • Installation, following instructions in the download (set to Win95 in winecfg)
  • Patching, following instructions in the download
  • Game play, in a window, from within the folder:
cd `winepath c:/westwood`
wine explorer /desktop=ra,1024x768 ra95

What does not

  • Running from mounted iso without additional d:: device link
  • Fullscreen won't work well, or at all without Modes in xorg.conf
  • Video corruption with DirectDrawRender opengl in regedit
  • Do not install Directx! Don't do it. It's not needed anyway.
  • Basically anything other than "default", "normal", "new"or "fresh" wine


What was not tested

Fullscreen mode should be possible if you add the modes to /etc/X11/xorg.conf

What modes?  Oh I dunno, in my case I have Twinview and dual monitors so mine would probably look like this after editing. Yours would of course be totally different:

Section "Screen"
# Removed Option "metamodes" "CRT: nvidia-auto-select +1280+0, DFP: nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
    Identifier "Screen0"
    Device     "Videocard0"
    DefaultDepth     24
    Option        "TwinView" "1"
    Option        "TwinViewXineramaInfoOrder" "DFP-0"
    Option        "metamodes" "CRT: 1024x768_60 +1280+0, DFP: 1280x1024_60 +0+0; CRT: NULL, DFP: 1280x1024; CRT: NULL, DFP: 1024x768_60; CRT: NULL, DFP: 800x600_60; CRT: NULL, DFP: 640x480_60"
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth     24
        Modes    "2304x1024" "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480" "352x288" "320x288" "320x240"
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth     16
        Modes    "2304x1024" "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480" "352x288" "320x288" "320x240"
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth     8
        Modes    "2304x1024" "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480" "352x288" "320x288" "320x240"

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Default, normal, new, fresh wine. (rm -rf ~/.wine) Follow the instructions for XP. The instructions come bundled with the download. The instructions are in .rft format. You can open .rtf documents with openoffice. nVidia classic AGP 6800 video card, with proprietary drivers

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 20.10 "Groovy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 05 20216.0-rc1-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumAlexander Schweickerdt 
ShowManjaro Linux 18.1.2Nov 16 20194.19Yes Yes NoSilverBob Niemöller 
ShowFedora 25 x86_64May 28 20172.8Yes Yes Platinummatkoz 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Apr 08 20141.7.16Yes Yes PlatinumManuel 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Nov 12 20131.7.6N/A Yes PlatinumP. Neidhardt 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
4487 SMP: C&C and Red Alert stop redrawing at random times NEW View

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HowTo / Notes


We highly recomment the latest community supported version, which is packaged as PortableRA by Iran and available from It features a lot of bug fixes and support for modern hardware (multi-cores, widescreen, etc.) as well. The installation is straightforward and everything works out-of-the-box.

Should you get an error message "Error - Unable to allocate primary video buffer - aborting", you need to override the ddraw.dll library. Wine will warn you it is not a good idea; you'd be better off to restrict the override to ra95 only by adding a new application in winecfg, then selecting the 'ra95.exe' executable. Now you can safely add the override in the Libaries tab. If the DLL is not listed, enter the name manually.


If the vanilla setup complains about a wrong Windows version, start winecfg and set the global version to Windows 98, then change it back after the install.

Both vanilla setup and game do not run correctly on SMP PCs (more than one CPU core or HyperThreading enabled). HyperThreading can be disabled in the BIOS setup.

Another way to workaround this is to use a tool named schedtool to set the affinity of the wine process to one CPU only.

schedtool -a 0x1 -e wine RA95.exe

Set the Windows version for 'ra95.exe' (can be done with winecfg) to win98 or update to the latest version.

Replace 'WSOCK32.DLL' in the game directory by running CnCNet's launcher one time to get fully working LAN and internet. Add wsock32 to dll overrides for it to take effect.

To get around most of the bugs listed, check out:

Also remember to add ddraw to dll overrides to get it loading, virtual desktop also recommended.

Recommended version of Red Alert is latest 3.03p to play network games. It has many bug fixes (including online crashes) and new features.

If the installer can't find your installation files check that you have the CD-ROM drive set up correctly under winecfg and add this symlink:

ln -s /dev/ ~/.wine/dosdevices/\:\:

Or if you use the .ISO download from EA:

ln -s /path/to/redalert_cd1.iso ~/.wine/dosdevices/\:\:

where is the letter of the CD drive as it appears in winecfg


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