Supreme Commander

Retail release of the Forged Alliance standalone addon

Application Details:

Version: FA 1.x.3xxx
License: Retail
Votes: 16
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.20

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Link FAForever, Supreme Commander Community Link Steam Store Page

Test Results

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What works

Nothing, the game crashes on startup.

What does not

The game crashes on startup, with the following error:

warning: drive_c\program files\steam\steamapps\common\supreme commander forged alliance\gamedata\effects.scd\effects\mesh.fx: unable to create effect: drive_c\program files\steam\steamapps\common\supreme commander forged alliance\gamedata\effects.scd\effects\mesh.fx reason: unknown error


What was not tested

I think it would have run fine had it gotten past that error.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowDebian GNU/kFreeBSD Unstable "Sid"Nov 10 20183.20Yes Yes YesGoldSheppy 
ShowDebian 9 (Stretch)Nov 10 20183.20Yes Yes YesGoldSheppy 
CurrentUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Apr 21 20183.0Yes No NoGarbagetatsu 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Aug 19 20172.13Yes No NoGarbageL29Ah 
ShowFedora 25 x86_64Apr 15 20172.4Yes Yes Platinumsmellymoo 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
49970 Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance has no sound NEW View

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HowTo / Notes



The Forged Alliance Forever Community has some great ressources about running SC:FA and the multiplayer client under linux.


Forum Megathread:


    $ winetricks d3dx9

- replace the resolution with the resolution of your screen and execute
    $ wine explorer /desktop=FA,1920x1080 ForgedAlliance.exe

- you may need wine32 bit and winetricks:
    $ sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 && apt-get update && apt-get install wine32 winetricks

- you may also need vcrun2010, dotnet40, corefonts, d3dx9, d3dx9_36
    $ export WINE=wine32
    $ winetricks vcrun2010 dotnet40 corefonts d3dx9 d3dx9_36

- on older wine versions, X3DAudio1_2.dll in wine/system32 is missing/empty using the one from windows does work

- set your vram size in winetricks if you are on integrated graphics (use 512 if in doubt)
    $ winetricks videomemorysize=$YOURVRAM

Summary of Common Errors on Linux

-   AudioDLL blablabla is missing -> wine for WHATEVER reasonsometimes creates an empty version of that dll in .wine/dosdevices/ if you try to start the game without that dll, you have to replace it with the correct dll and start again

-   videomemorysize might default to 256, that will cause the game hang  during intro sequence or lead to blackscreen as soon as the game started see Linux-Extended Section on how to fix that

-   cant compile carthographic.fx/cant load it -> you forgot to install d3dx9_36

-   wine asking for some XML microsoft parser -> just follow wine instructions

-   wine saying that .wine is a 64 bit installation -> delete .wine, move it or select different director (I suppose there is an option for that)

- general displaying problems -> try to emulate a virtual desktop, this will fix it for many windowmangers:        $ winecfg

- i recommend you set the resolution ingame,

If you know what you are doing you can try this to imrpove CPU-wise performance:
        $ taskset -cp 0 (pgrep ForgedAlliance); sudo renice -2 -p (pgrep ForgedAlliance)

Dual Screens
Depends on driver/card. If SupCom doesn't show you a second adapter, short and long answer is no.

Can I play online with linux?

Yes, but it might be a little tricky to get the FAForever-Client to run on linux.
An easy solution could be to use the inofficial java client:
Check the main Linux Thread on FAF Forums for usefull information:


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

Linux Information in the Community Wiki
by Sheppy on Saturday November 10th 2018, 7:34
Linux Megathread on the Community Forums
by Sheppy on Saturday November 10th 2018, 7:34