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    Howto: WOW with Wine (

    HOWTO: WoW with Wine

    This howto is for installing and playing World of Warcraft using Wine under Ubuntu.

    The howto found in this post is just a short'n'simple version, intended to demonstrate the minimum amount of steps required to make WoW run. The complete howto, which will likely be more of a help to you, is found in the Ubuntu community documentation wiki:

    Short'n'simple HOWTO
    (only 8 steps)

    1. Install Wine from here:

    2. Copy all of the files from all of the CD's to a directory on your hard drive. Just overwrite when prompted, and make sure to copy CD 1 last (you need a specific file from CD 1).

    3. Open a terminal
    (also called a konsole, CLI, and command prompt) and do these commands inside to start the installation:
    cd /<path-to-directory>/
    wine Installer.exe
    Replace <path-to-directory/> with the right path to the directory where you copied all the files.

    4. Wait and click next when possible.

    5. Do this command in a terminal, and just press ok to close the configuration utility that opens:
    6. Now run this command in a terminal:
    gedit ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/World\ of\ Warcraft/wtf/
    Add these lines to the text file:
    SET SoundOutputSystem "1"
    SET SoundBufferSize "150"
    SET gxApi "OpenGL"
    7. Save the file and exit.

    8. You should be able to play WoW using the shortcut on your desktop, or by running this command:
     wine "C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\WoW.exe"

    Reg tweak

    This is a simple registry edit for Wine that either will either act positively or negatively on your graphics performance. It may fix graphical glitches, increase framerate, stop the game from crashing, or it will create glitches, decrease the performance, and even make the game crash. You should give it a try to see what is does for you, as you may always easily remove it again, if it acts negatively for you.

    Open a terminal window, type regedit and press enter. This will start the Wine equivalent of the windows registry editor. If you are familiar with using the registry editor under windows then this is pretty much the same.

    Notice: the guide below is case sensitive!

    1. Find this key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\
    2. Highlight the wine folder in the left hand pane by clicking left on it. The icon should change to an open folder
    3. Right-click on the wine folder and select [NEW][KEY]
    4. Replace the text New Key #1 with OpenGL
    5. Right-click in the right hand pane and select [NEW] then [String Value]
    6. Replace New Value #1 with DisabledExtensions
    7. Then double click anywhere on the line, a dialog box will open.
    8. In the value field type GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object

    How To Get Help
    If this short guide doesn't work right away for you, then please look over the complete howto first:

    If, after following every step in the complete howto, you are still having troubles running the game, I would like to invite you to look over this comprehensive troubleshooting article, for common issues, that arise from following this guide:

    Also, in case the troubleshooting section doesn't solve your issue, you are welcome to post questions in this tread, but in order for other people to be able to effectively help you, you need to be very descriptive about your issue, and post some useful info about your system specs etc. Please write up some details about your
    • CPU
    • RAM
    • Graphics card make and model
    • Graphics card driver version number
    • Wine version number

    And please be polite to people. We are all just jolly amateurs, like yourself.

    Help Others
    As the complete howto is a community help file, YOU are free to edit and improve it in any way YOU feel - and please do so, so that others may benefit from what you figured out
    Last edited by Sammi; July 8th, 2011 at 09:15 PM. Reason: Linked out for the Wine installation

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