The Command and Conquer RTS games started in 1995. The First title was Command & Conquer. Shortly afterwards another version Red Alert was released. Both games are God View and require base building and resource mangement. Command & Conquer are based on Sci-Fi and Red Alert is a sort of alternative history.
Command & Conquer is the Global Defense Initiative vs. the Brotherhood of NOD.
Both versions got updates and expansions. Up to and include Command & Conquer 4 and Red Alert 3. Also in the Command & Conquer series is Generals. Generals is a more realistic near future game played much the same way as Command & Conquer and Red Alert.
Last release date for any of these titles was around 2010 with the exception of C&C Tiberian Alliances that was released for free in 2013.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing C&C: Red Alert Uprising in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of C&C Red Alert 3 - Uprising. Other versions may require additional steps.
Tips & Specs
Try SteamPlay before using this guide as Valve now uses a fork of Wine called Proton and should run most Windows games.
To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual:
Mint 14 32-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.7
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine Download Wizard
PlayOnLinux will automatically download it and save it in this directory:
Note: username is where you put your login name
Its a good idea to backup this directory to another computer because you won't have to keep downloading wine versions when you need them.
Wine 1.7 is installed and you can close this window
Go To: http://www.steampowered.com
Click Install Steam
Do not click "Install Steam Now"
It will automatically install Linux Steam. Since Red Alert 3: Uprising isn't made for Linux, we will download the Windows Steam instead.
click "Windows" under the green button
Navigate to your desktop
Click "install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name you virtual drive: redalert3
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.7
Note: If you are running a 64-bit system, PlayOnLinux will prompt if you want to use a 64-bit or 32-bit virtual drive.
Always select 32-bit virtual drive.
Windows Version: Windows XP
Check: Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows
Check: Emulate a virtual desktop
Desktop size: 1024x768
Check the following libraries:
All libraries will automatically download and install
Navigate to your desktop
Check: I accept the license...
More updating, extracting and installing
When Steam is done installing the login screen will pop up. You probably won't see any text because there is a font bug.
Click the "X" to close Steam login
Name your shortcut: Red Alert 3 Uprising
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
More PlayOnLinux Configuration
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select Steam virtual drive
Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
This fixes the missing font and store problem
Note: -no-dwrite only works if you launch Steam from PlayOnLinux. Steam is automatically set to launch when Windows starts, which means if you do a "Windows Reboot" from the Wine tab -no-dwrite won't execute. Just close Steam and try again.
Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
Video Memory Size: size of memory on your video card
Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
Click "Windows reboot"
Close Steam because it will automatically launch when Windows reboots and won't execute -no-dwrite.
Launch Red Alert 3 Uprising
Select Red Aleart 3 Uprising
Login to Steam
Select: Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising
Click "I agree"
Wait for download to finish
Wait for Microsoft VC Redist Package to install
Create a profile name
Optimizing Red Alert 3 Uprising
Select a resolution
If your computer can't handle the same resolution of your desktop, then you will have to change the Linux desktop resolution to match the game for full screen. Or go back to Wine configuration and uncheck "virtual desktop"
Select a preset for all the graphical settings. I suggest starting low and working your way up. If the game has really high frames per second, then move it up one. If you are satisfied with the frame rate and visual appearance, then its a good setting for game play.
Steam installed and work great as usual. Don't forget if you do a Wine Windows Reboot and Steam will launch without fonts. The argument -no-dwrite fixes this problem with almost any version of Wine. Red Alert 3 Uprising ran perfectly with high resolution and video settings on high.