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JiuJitsu500
January 22nd, 2010, 04:51 PM
Hey! Here's one I'm sure has been discussed...

Roommate is a huge WoW fan and plays ALL the time and finally got ubuntu 9.10 installed on his external in a 60GB partition he made for it... after he gave me the disc back he's been trying to get WoW to work... which it does to a point, but Graphics are no bueno, and he can't even enable desktop 3D effects, and needless to say, no compiz either.

It's an old Dell Inspiron E1405, with a GMA 945 or 950 graphics card...

So I told him to re-install the driver (sudo apt-get install --reinstall xserver-xorg-driver-intel or something like that, read on another thread) after we tried a normal install and saying it has the latest driver... and the re-install failed at enabling 3D stuff and WoW obviously still looked like a Nintendo trying to run Halo 3... No proprietary drivers either except for wireless...

Anyone got any tips on perhaps a different driver? Even a roll-back maybe?

cascade9
January 22nd, 2010, 05:19 PM
Inspiron E1405- intel 945 chipset, GMA 950 video.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dell_Inspiron_E1405

As far as I know, the GMA950 doesnt support hardware t&l (transform and lighting). You really want that for WoW-


The following Intel® integrated graphics controllers support hardware Transform and Lighting (T&L):


The integrated graphics controller of the Intel® G35, G41, G43, G45, G965, GL40, GL960, GM45, GM965, and GS45 Express Chipsets
Intel® HD Graphics

All other Intel® graphics products do not have hardware support for T&L. In most games, transform and lighting calculations can be performed on the processor with acceptable performance. A small number of games that specifically check for hardware T&L support may fail to run.


http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/sb/CS-011910.htm


Video:
Minimum: 3D graphics processor with Hardware Transform and Lighting with 32 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon 7200 or NVIDIA GeForce 2 class card or better
Recommended: 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 128 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon X1600 or NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT class card or better

http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/faq/technology.html

JiuJitsu500
January 22nd, 2010, 05:28 PM
Well if that doesn't throw a few wrenches in the gears I don't know what would.... damn...

Thanks for the reply :) On the same computer though, using Windows Vista, the game works wonderfully..... That's what confused me (still got learning to do in linux/ubuntu ad plent of it), he's doing all kinds of crazy stuff right now and I'm googling and typing over here to try and give a simpler answer. He's downloading a "linux driver for intel 9xx series cards" or something right now...

EDIT* Oh, and his quote is funny - "This is the dealbreaker, I will not put this on my computer if the game doesn't work in Ubun-whatever" :) Says he wants to suprise his wife when he gets home (in Iraq) with this.

cascade9
January 23rd, 2010, 01:42 PM
Its probable that the intel drivers for windows are better than the linux drivers. Or because he is using an external hdd enclosure, its using more CPU (USB uses a lot more CPU power for HDD access than the normal IDE/SATA internal connections). Its also accessing the files slower (USB 2.0 will run at about 1/2 the speed of what I expect a SATA laptop hdd).

That could be enough to make the game stutter.

Hopefully, the intel 9xx drivers for linux worked though ;)