Combat Flight Simulator 3 is the latest installment of the flying combat series. Play a full campaign as USA, RAF or Luftwaffe or select your own quick battle with full customization. Dogfight over huge maps from North England all the way to East Berlin.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Combat Flight Simulator 3 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Retail version of Combat Flight Simulator 3. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Mint 18.1 64-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 2.0
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Note: Always try the newest stable version of Wine as well
Wine 2.0 is installed and you can close this window
Copying Disk Files
Open the Combat Flight Simulator 3 disk and copy everything into a new folder on your Desktop.
Enter the 2nd disk and copy everything too.
Click Skip for all duplicate files
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name the virtual drive: combatsim3
Check all three options:
- Use another versions of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 2.0
Select "32 bits windows installation"
Windows version: Windows XP
Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
Desktop size: 1024x768
PlayOnLinux Packages (DLLs, Libraries, Components)
Check the following:
Note: All packages will automatically download and install
Installing Combat Flight Simulator 3
Select "Select another file"
Navigate to the folder on your Desktop
Click Next again...
Click "Custom Install"
Click "Full Install, uses this option to maximize performance. 1598.5MB"
Uncheck "Create Desktop Icon"
Click the X to close the installer
Click the X again to close the installer
Name the shortcut: Combat Flight Simulator 3
Name this shortcut: Combat Sim Config
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select "Combat Flight Simulator 3"
Wine version: 2.0
Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine.
Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
Click Control panel
Open "Game Controllers"
Disable any option the had the "(event)" suffix, leaving just "(js)" enabled
Select "Combat sim Config"
Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs
Select Custom Settings
Check "Select resolution"
Set the resolution to match your Linux Desktop
If you see a (null) error
Just click OK and try it again
Click "Change Display Options"
- Over all Graphic Detail
- Aircraft Detail
- Terrain Detail
- Scenery Detail
- Effects Quality
- Cloud Quality
Launching Combat Flight Simulator 3
Select "Combat Flight Simulator 3"
I received the (null) error a few times at first launch
The configuration override file is corrupt or missing
Go back to the "Combat sim Config" again and adust your settings again
In Game Options
Click "Display Options"
Make your adjustments just like in the config
After successfully setting the config properly, the game ran perfectly! I was even able to set modern widescreen resolutions. This is an older game, so it should run on just about any laptop desktop. You can probably skip the pre config and just launch the game in 1024x768 and adjust the resolution in-game. Either way I was able to select all of the planes, pilots and missing without any problems. I even used an old Logitech USB flight stick controller.