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Old 03-22-2009, 11:15 PM   #1
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Running Warcraft on Linux


I'm very much a noob when it comes to linux. It's somthing ive always wanted to learn and hopefuly move away from windows. Ive been running on dual boot on my desktop. Ubuntu 8.10 and windows xp... I was surprised at how easy it went in no issues runs great and was easy to get World of Warcraft up and running in just a few hours. Im including patches etc for wow. But i still find im going back to windows and id like to not do that so all get use to linux more..SO here i am signing up for a new isp and i get "Sir you know for signing up you get a free laptop". Well and a few weeks later my shiny new Sony VAIO laptop arives.

2 gig dual core cpu
2 gigs ram
160 gig hd
15 inch monitor
Comes with windows vista pre-installed

I believe the video is shared memmory but sony doesnt give you much in the way of an owners manual i guess system specs are a secret but im trying to track down that info.

So to my present troubles, i wanted to install linux on my new laptop before installing i tried the following live cds: Freespire - Xandros - PCLinux 2007 - SimplyMepis... The comps starts booting off disk i get menu giving me choice for live test and do that.. It starts to go then just sits there with cursor flashing or it goes to like a dos prompt saying somthing is missing but if i try the disk on my desk top it boots fine from the cd. Thats issue 1:

Next i tried Ubuntu 8.10 booted up so i decided to install being a little concerned i went dual boot.. i got it installed then ran the updater ok good so far.. then i stalled Crossover Games so i could run World of warcraft... installed fine and wow did its patching with no troubles... but when i went to run it somtimes the system freezes or when i exit the last thing i did just sits there with it showing on the screen. and it doesnt refresh. ive tried it in both full screen and windowed mode. with same results on exit ecept it freezes more on fullscreen exit than if i have the setting on windowed mode then exit game.. figureing i messed up somewhere i wiped out and used recovery disks... so laptop is presently back to vista... i read somewhere that dual booting with vista can be a problem...im not against getting rid of vista all together id just like some advise on how to proceed..

I also read that speed of burning your linux distro can have a negative affect is this true. as i did burn all the linux os's at 52x as there cds or 16x if it was a dvd size distro do i need to go back and do them slower. And if you have any advise on a more compatable gameing linux or somthing better than crossover to use im all ears.. any assistance is greatly appreciated thanks in advance....
 
Old 03-23-2009, 12:24 AM   #2
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Have you checked out the WINE (WINE Is Not an Emulator) WoW info? http://appdb.winehq.org/appview.php?iAppId=1922

I've tried it once before, but don't remember exactly what I did to get WoW running on Fedora 10.
 
Old 03-23-2009, 08:10 AM   #3
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http://www.wowwiki.com/Wine

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WorldofWarcraft

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wo...roubleshooting
 
Old 03-23-2009, 06:16 PM   #4
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It can take some time before new hardware (like your laptop) is fully supported by Linux distributions. Never forget that Linux is a community effort, and hardware manufacturer often do not make it easy to retrieve the necessary information for development. I hate to say it, but on new laptops you might be better off keeping the default Windows installation, at least until you know for sure that it is fully (or almost fully) supported. If gaming is your main target, and it's a game with no Linux-compiled version, then anyway.

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Old 03-24-2009, 03:48 PM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestions...i would realy like to get linux working fully on my laptop. If there is any settings i should use or a certain distro thats more compatable with games, im happy to try them. Im hoping here its just me and my lack of linux knowledge thats holding me back and not the unit itself.
 
Old 03-24-2009, 04:25 PM   #6
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the biggest impediment to gaming will be the video card.. Do you know what graphics chip is in the laptop ?

can you post the output of this command from Linux ?

lspci
 
  


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