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: 2.8

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What works

Everything seems to work.

What does not

I had a bad crash while playing a skirmish. The screen failed to render much of anything. If it did render something then it was low quality. It was very, very difficult to not have to kill my x-server or shut down Fedora.

What was not tested

I have not tried it while in a virtual desktop. I have not tried anything on-line.

Additional Comments

To install using the on-line (freely available) .iso files from Westwood Studios, one must link the .iso to the mount point and the drive.

ln -s /path_to/mount_point ~/.wine/dosdevices/drive_letter\:
ln -s /path/to/iso_file.iso ~/.wine/dosdevices/drive_letter\:\:

To do this, I used the following commands.
sudo mkdir /media/CD1_ALLIED_DISC
sudo mkdir /media/CD2_SOVIET_DISC
sudo mount -r -t iso9660 -o loop ~/Downloads/RedAlert1_AlliedDisc/RedAlert1_AlliedDisc/CD1_ALLIED_DISC.ISO
sudo mount -r -t iso9660 -o loop ~/Downloads/RedAlert1_SovietDisc/RedAlert1_SovietDisc/CD2_SOVIET_DISC.ISO
ln -s /media/CD1_ALLIED_DISC ~/.wine/dosdevices/f\:
ln -s ~/Downloads/RedAlert1_AlliedDisc/RedAlert1_AlliedDisc/CD1_ALLIED_DISC.ISO ~/.wine/dosdevices/f\:\:
ln -s /media/CD1_SOVIET_DISC ~/.wine/dosdevices/g\:
ln -s ~/Downloads/RedAlert1_SovietDisc/RedAlert1_SovietDisc/CD2_SOVIET_DISC.ISO ~/.wine/dosdevices/g\:\:

Now one can simple change into the mounted C.D.'s directory and should be able to install from there without linkage problems.
cd /media/CD1_ALLIED_DISC

After installation the mounts can be unmounted and the directories can be removed.
sudo unmount /media/CD1_ALLIED_DISC
sudo unmount /media/CD2_SOVIET_DISC
sudo rmdir /media/CD1_ALLIED_DISC
sudo rmdir /media/CD2_SOVIET_DISC

For more information about installation refer to
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DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
ShowFedora 25 x86_64May 28 20172.8Yes Yes PlatinumMateusz Kozyra 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Apr 08 20141.7.16Yes Yes PlatinumManuel 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Nov 12 20131.7.6N/A Yes PlatinumP. Neidhardt 
ShowFreeBSD 9.1 x86_64Jun 15 20131.5.28Yes Yes PlatinumAlexey 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Oct 18 20121.5.15Yes No GarbageManuel 

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