Command & Conquer

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Command & Conquer
Command & Conquer Box.jpg
Developers
Publishers
Release dates
DOS
August 31, 1995
Mac OS
1995
Windows
March 10, 1997
Command & Conquer at WineHQ
 Command & Conquer at Wikipedia
Command & Conquer
Command & Conquer 1995
The Covert Operations
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 1996
Counterstrike
The Aftermath
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun 1999
Firestorm
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 2000
Yuri's Revenge
Command & Conquer: Renegade 2002
Command & Conquer: Generals 2003
Zero Hour
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars 2007
Kane's Wrath
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 2008
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising 2009
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight 2010

Key points

Advantage Re-released for free in 2007.
Advantage Command & Conquer Gold: Project 1.06 fan patch and CnCNet are highly recommended to install.
Advantage If you want a modernized C&C experience, check out OpenRA.
Advantage Language support can be further extended with language add-ons.
Disadvantage CD/ISO installer is 16-bit and doesn't run under modern systems; it's better to download fanmade installers instead.

General information

More information C&C Communications Center forums
More information Command & Conquer Wiki
More information Patch discussion

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Amazon.com Disc checkCD/DVD key (no activation) Bundled with other games in the franchise up to Generals.
Origin Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg Bundled with other games in the franchise up to Tiberian Twilight.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Command and Conquer: The Covert Operations Comes bundled with the The First Decade and Ultimate Collection compilations. DOSWindows

Essential improvements[edit]

1024x768 resolution with the Command & Conquer Gold: Project 1.06 compared to earlier versions.

Command & Conquer Gold: Project 1.06[edit]

Information Not needed for fan-made packages, it is already present there.
Information This patch contains:
  • A large amount of fixes (changelog)
  • Support for newer Windows systems (including 64-bit)
  • LAN playability up to 6 players
  • Support for higher resolutions
  • No-CD option
  • Missions from PSX and N64 versions and The Covert Operations
Information The site also offers Music Upgrade Pack if you installed the game through CDs/ISOs.
Information In the compatibility tab all compatibility options should be turned off.[1]
Advantage Support for regular installation, The First Decade and The Ultimate Collection.

CnCNet[edit]

Information Command & Conquer Gold: Project 1.06 must be installed first.
Advantage Restores online functionality and comes with its own lobby for online and LAN play as well. It also introduces more fixes and features to the main game (e.g. extended sidebar) by supplying new "cnc95.exe".
Information The lobby supports:
  • Better chat capabilities (ignore, whisper, Mumble voice chat)
  • Private games
  • Map preview and kick/ban
Information To install, put cncnet.exe into the installation folder. It is recommended to run it once with administrator privileges.
Information Check peer-to-peer section if you have any problems with peer-to-peer mode.
Information To whisper, double-click the person you want to chat with.
Information Additional lobby sound add-ons

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows <path-to-game>\*.ini
Information conquer.ini contains normal game settings.
Information ddraw.ini contains CnC-DDraw settings (present after patch).
Information cncnet.ini contains CnCNet settings.

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame.***

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin Native

Video settings[edit]

External video settings
In-game video settings
Information These are video settings alongside the fan patch.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.svg The maximum map size is 1488x1488.[2]
Playing on higher resolutions might cause visual artifacts.
Multi-monitor Impossible False icon.svg
Ultra-widescreen Impossible WSGF Incomplete.svg
4K Ultra HD Impossible WSGF Incomplete.svg The maximum map size is 1488x1488.[2]
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable See Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Not applicable
Anti-aliasing (AA) Not applicable
Vertical sync (Vsync) Hackable See Vertical sync (Vsync).
High frame rate Native

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Fix Set in ddraw.iniLink

  1. Go to ddraw.ini:
  2. Set: windowed=true, width, height = equal to computer resolution, border=false

Notes

Information The resolution settings in ddraw only stretch the image; to set internal resolution, you need to run CCConfig.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Fix Set in ddraw.iniLink

  1. Go to ddraw.ini:
  2. Set: opengl=true, vsync=true

Fullscreen movies[edit]

Fix Set in ddraw.iniLink

  1. Go to ddraw.ini:
  2. Set: opengl=true, vhack=true

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Impossible See here (Google Docs) for keybindings.
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Controller
Controller support Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

External audio settings
In-game audio settings
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Music and sound
Surround sound Impossible
Subtitles Impossible
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Impossible
French Native Native Impossible Installed by patch 1.06, audio only from Fan mirror #2.
German Native Native Impossible Installed by patch 1.06, audio only from Fan mirror #2.
Japanese Impossible Native Impossible Installed by patch 1.06, audio only from Fan mirror #2.
Polish Native Impossible Impossible Unofficial; use Language add-on.
Brazilian Portuguese Native Native Impossible Partial audio; use Language add-on.
Spanish Native Native Impossible Unofficial; use Language add-on.
Advantage C&C patch adds support for multiple languages. Download them from PCGamingWiki repository.

Network[edit]

Information It's assumed you have CnCNet installed.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play Native 6
Online play Native 6
LAN co-op Native 2 Search for "Metal Onslaught"
Online co-op Native 2 Search for "Metal Onslaught"

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Impossible
Peer-to-peer Native
Dedicated Native See here.
Self-hosting Native
Direct IP Unknown

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP (outbound) 8054
Advantage This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration through CnCNet UPnP tool.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Information This list assumes you've installed the patches. If you experience a new issue, please make a support thread on the CnC-Comm forums.
  • The game has some minor problems with missions that are smaller than the game resolution. This is nothing to be worried about, you can "fix" it by pressing Escape.
  • When playing in any resolution higher than 640x400, you can't place buildings with a placement height of only one cell on the lowest row of cells on the map.

Issues fixed[edit]

Information If you have problems with The First Decade or The Ultimate Collection, be sure to check this FAQ on EA forums.

General fixes[edit]

Fix Check these if you haven'tLink

Information If you have not found a fix, be sure to also check:
  1. If you have installed the patches properly.
  2. If everything in the compatibility tab is unchecked.
  3. If you have enabled "Back buffer in Video memory" and disabled "Allow hardware filled blits".
  4. If you may be able to initiate the game/lobby with administrator privileges.
  5. If you may be able to run it using a different renderer or enabling/disabling "singlecpu" in ddraw.ini
  6. If you may be able to run it by disabling cnc-ddraw (may introduce some other issues like scrambled colors).

Crash after overheating[edit]

Fix Edit ddraw.ini and enable "singlecpu"[3]Link

Game is laggy after installing the patch[edit]

Fix Change the renderer in ddraw.ini[4]Link

Game speed/Map scroll rate issue[edit]

Fix Set the slider in-gameLink

  • While in-game, press Esc to open a menu, press game controls and move the game speed slider to adjust the game speed or scroll rate slider to adjust the scroll speed.

"Unable to set video mode" error[edit]

Fix Change the resolutionLink

Information There are 2 ways how to fix this error:
  • Change the resolution.
  • Enable windowed mode.
    • If you really want to play fullscreen, you might want to check how to enable Borderless fullscreen windowed mode.

No music in the portable version[edit]

Fix Go to CnCNet lobby and download the music in the settingsLink

Scrambled colors (without ddraw.dll)[edit]

Fix Registry fix[5]Link

Information Ddraw.dll within the fan-patch already fixes that issue. However, if the game needs to run with ddraw.dll turned off and this appears, then this is for you.
  • Open Notepad and paste whichever one of these corresponds to the version of Windows you're running:
  • 32-bit:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DirectDraw\Compatibility\Command & Conquer Gold]
"Flags"=hex:00,08,00,00
"Name"="cnc95.exe"
"ID"=hex:d5,83,dd,32"
  • 64-bit:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\DirectDraw\Compatibility\Command & Conquer Gold]
"Flags"=hex:00,08,00,00
"Name"="cnc95.exe"
"ID"=hex:d5,83,dd,32
  • File -> Save, choose "All Files" from the "Save As" type dropdown menu, and save it with the extension ".reg".
  • Double click on the .reg file you made, confirm that you want to add the key, and give the game a try. The intro video may still have the wrong colors (this seems random, sometimes it's fine, usually it's not), but the game and the rest of the videos will be fine.

Notes

Information If you have your wallpaper set to slide show, you'll still get messed up colors when your wallpaper changes. This will last until the end of any video that was playing, but will only cause a brief flicker in the actual game.

No videos after installing the patch[edit]

Fix Download the videosLink

  • If you happen to have the game on CD, that means No-CD option is turned on. Either turn off the option, copy movies.mix from the CDs into the installation folder or just download the videos.

OS X/Linux emulation[edit]

Information This is an emulation guide for the fan-made packs, not for the ISOs or CDs.
Information PlayonLinux/PlayonMac can also be set up to play with the same configuration (if you want a step-by-step guide, go to FunkyFr3sh.cncnet.org).
  1. Install Wine through repositories or through official website and run or extract the installer under Wine.
  2. Inside 'winecfg' create configuration options for cnc95.exe and under the Library tab, add overrides for 'thipx32.dll' and 'ddraw.dll'.
  3. Have fun!
Information The configuration program requires .NET Framework 2.0.
Information If the configuration program doesn't work, then you have to do configure the game manually in conquer.ini or the aforementioned ddraw.ini. The settings for the internal resolution, sound and multiplayer options (not CnCNet) and languages are in conquer.ini.

Other information[edit]

Maps[edit]

Advantage C&C has support for external maps, both multiplayer and singleplayer.
Information Map editors can be downloaded inside CnCNet's game options.
More information Cnc-Comm.com - Mapping discussion

Re-implementations[edit]

Advantage Thanks to dedicated C&C community, there are a couple of re-implementations and total conversion existing.

OpenRA[edit]

Information Recreation that tries to modernize the classic gameplay of older Command & Conquer games (and Dune 2000).
Advantage Cross-platform multiplayer for Windows, OS X and Linux.
Advantage Features a reimagined interface amongst other things.
Information Music and campaign (in the works) are missing from the game; download the music and put it into:
  • Windows: %USERPROFILE%\Documents\OpenRA\Content\cnc
  • OS X: ~/Library/Application Support/OpenRA/Content/cnc
  • Linux: ~/.openra/Content/cnc

Total conversions

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) MS-DOS 5.0 95
Processor (CPU) 486 DX2 66 MHz Pentium 60 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB 800 MB
Video card (GPU) MCGA video card DirectDraw compatible video card
1 MB of VRAM

References

  1. CnC-DDraw optimal configuration
  2. 2.0 2.1 C&C Gold Project 1.06 FAQ - Notes on the new resolutions
  3. C&C Comm Center - C&C overheats my laptop
  4. C&C Comm Center - CnC95 laggy and unresponsive after gold edition patch, help!
  5. C&C Comm Center - Fixing weird colors on Windows Vista/7