Just to start this post I am completely new to Linux/Ubuntu I have decided that I would test this OS out, as after many years of being a heavy windows user with the release of the abomination that is Windows 8, I now feel forced to look for a replacement.
While I work in the software industry we provide Vehicle Tracking Software via SaaS I feel a little bit of warmth toward the open software movement and so Linux has to be my first port of call.
Now I am playing around with what is best described as a standard £300 laptop, there is nothing special about it, however I really wanted to play around with the OS for a few days get a feel for it and try to see if I can get all of my applications running as smooth as possible.
Now while there are no issues in getting all the software that I use for work to run on Ubuntu, before I install on my desktop which I use less for work and more for games I really wanted to make sure that I can get everything running on this laptop before making the conversion on my main machine.
Now to my question - this machine has Intel's Mobile 4 Series Express Chipset Family built into the motherboard and I know that on a clean windows install with all the latest updates/drivers install I can play games like world of warcraft with some tweaking to the system here or there, at around 25-30 FPS (note: I don’t really play on this machine but I wanted to get a benchmark before I try to get it to work on Ubuntu).
So I do a clean install of Ubuntu I then use the following command:
And I get a message in terminal on how to (what I assume is to install the drivers) as once I complete the process when I run the,Code:glxinfo | grep rendering
command again it then shows 'direct rendering: Yes'.Code:glxinfo | grep rendering
I then install and set-up Wine -> Change the .config file to run the game using openGL rather than Direct3D -> And perform the tweaks to regedit, for the WoW application
Once the whole process is complete, despite the fact that it is a far longer process than when running in windows, my FPS is still far lower that when running natively in windows 7
So I just want to ask is there a driver supplied via intel for the chipset? or have I even installed the driver?
If so is there a command that I can use in terminal to download/install the driver as to me while I expect to see a slight FPS drop using Ubuntu/Wine as MS is so secretive of there API and Wine is a let's see if we can make applications run using an API we create, I feel that there is an issue or something I am not setting up correctly.
I have read that you need to check the amount of VRAM that wine has allocated to the GPU however I cannot find clear instructions on how to check / remedy this issue.
I am confident that the Wine install / game install are correct - I just feel like there is an issue with the driver for the onboard GPU chipset.
Anyway any help regarding this matter will be greatly appreciated.