Command & Conquer

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Command & Conquer
Command and Conquer Coverart.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

Information Also titled as "Tiberian Dawn"
Advantage Re-released for free in 2007.
Advantage Command & Conquer Gold: Project 1.06 fan patch is 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 CnCNet
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

Unofficial downloads[edit]

Information OpenRA is a modernized open-source version of C&C. Also includes Red Alert and Dune 2000 modes. See OpenRA for more information.
Information CnCNet installer is a bare-bones version optimized for multiplayer (small size, portable). Missions, music and cutscenes are omitted. The music and map editor are downloadable inside the CnCNet settings.
Information Nyerguds' installer is a more fully-featured version which includes singleplayer missions (including Covert Operations and PSX/N64 missions) and soundtrack from the get-go. Cutscenes are available at ModDB.com.

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 the unofficial packages.
Information This patch contains:
  • A large amount of fixes (changelog)
  • Support for newer Windows systems (including 64-bit)
  • LAN and online playability up to 6 players (includes new CnCNet lobby)
  • 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.
Advantage Support for regular installation, The First Decade and The Ultimate Collection.

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 (post-patch).
Information cncnet.ini contains CnCNet settings (post-patch).

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin Native
GameSave Manager 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.[1]
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.[1]
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.ini

  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.ini

  1. Go to ddraw.ini:
  2. Set: opengl=true, vsync=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
Mouse Y-axis inversion Not applicable
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: CnCNet.org
Self-hosting Native
Direct IP Impossible

Issues unresolved[edit]

Information This list assumes you've installed the patches. If you experience a new issue, please create a thread at 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 at EA forums.

General fixes[edit]

Fix Check these if you haven't

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 Enable "singlecpu" in ddraw.ini.[2]

Game is laggy after installing the patch[edit]

Fix Change the renderer in ddraw.ini[3]

Game speed/Map scroll rate issue[edit]

Fix Set the slider in-game

  • 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 resolution

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 CnCNet version[edit]

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

Scrambled colors (without ddraw.dll)[edit]

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.

Fix Use palette fix

See Rainbow color problems in older games for solutions.

No videos after installing the patch[edit]

Fix Download the videos

  • 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 retail or Origin.
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 from repositories or from 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 at least .NET Framework 2.0.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 3
DOS video modes MCGA, VGA
64-bit executable Unknown

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer Westwood Online

Maps[edit]

Advantage C&C has support for external maps, both multiplayer and singleplayer.
Advantage CnCNet includes its own online map directory.
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 Multiplayer-only recreation that tries to modernize the classic gameplay of older Command & Conquer games (and Dune 2000).
Advantage Multi-platform
Advantage Re-imagined interface

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. 1.0 1.1 C&C Gold Project 1.06 FAQ - Notes on the new resolutions
  2. C&C Comm Center - C&C overheats my laptop
  3. C&C Comm Center - CnC95 laggy and unresponsive after gold edition patch, help!