ATI HD 4870 (catalyst 9.6) fails to load World of Warcraft

I just upgraded to a ATI HD 4870(w/ 1 Gig DDR 5!).  I read some rave reviews about the 4800 series cards and heard via the grapevine that ATI had much improved Linux support.  However, I was disappointed to find out that the catalyst 9.6 driver will not build with Fedora 11’s stock 2.6.29 kernel.  Bummer, I really like Fedora 11.

So I downgraded to Fedora 10 and the ATI driver built without problem.  My next mission was to install WoW, which went fine.  I was able to download and install without error.  But when I start the game I get one of two typical errors:

[matt@localhost World of Warcraft]$ wine Wow.exe
err:alsa:ALSA_CheckSetVolume Could not find ‘PCM Playback Volume’ element
fixme:mixer:ALSA_MixerInit No master control found on HDA ATI HDMI, disabling mixer
fixme:mixer:ALSA_MixerInit No master control found on Brooktree Bt878, disabling mixer
fixme:advapi:SetSecurityInfo stub
archive Data\enUS\patch-enUS.MPQ opened
archive Data\patch.MPQ opened
archive Data\enUS\patch-enUS-2.MPQ opened
archive Data\patch-2.MPQ opened
archive Data\expansion.MPQ opened
archive Data\lichking.MPQ opened
archive Data\common.MPQ opened
archive Data\common-2.MPQ opened
archive Data\enUS\locale-enUS.MPQ opened
archive Data\enUS\speech-enUS.MPQ opened
archive Data\enUS\expansion-locale-enUS.MPQ opened
archive Data\enUS\lichking-locale-enUS.MPQ opened
archive Data\enUS\expansion-speech-enUS.MPQ opened
archive Data\enUS\lichking-speech-enUS.MPQ opened
fixme:win:EnumDisplayDevicesW ((null),0,0x39edac,0x00000000), stub!
^Cwine: Unhandled page fault on read access to 0x00000018 at address 0x624dbf3e (thread 0009), starting debugger…



How to use the ODBC driver to Connect to MySQL database in Fedora 10

A few weeks back I covered connecting ODBC to MS-SQL, but today we are going to do the same thing with MySQL.  The process is very similar.  One might ask, why use ODBC driver in the first place?  The reason is simple, there are many flavors of SQL and the ODBC driver allows one standard to connect them.  For that reason many software developers use ODBC for connecting their applications to SQL.

For my purposes, the Asterisk PBX platform can use ODBC to call ‘dial plan’ functions from the database, but that is another article!  This post assumes you have a working MySQL server and at least one table with data to pull from.

Goal of this Post:

– Install ODBC driver for MySQL
– configure odbc.ini
– configure odbcinst.ini
– verify connectivity with isql



BASH: A simple script to check if a process is running

Scripting is very, very useful.  Don’t make the same mistake I did and wait 5 years into you career to start learning!  In the example below, I’m using the ‘ps -aux’ command piped into grep to determine if a process is still running.  for my example I’m using Firefox, but intend to use this with a Asterisk phone system.  Every minute cron will launch my script to see if Asterisk is still running.  If it is, it will do nothing.  If it isn’t, then it will attempt to restart asterisk and notify the Administrator.  I hope this example helps someone!



#set -x

# Variables Section
# list process to monitor in the variable below.


# varible checks to see if $PROGRAM1
# is running.

APPCHK=$(ps aux | grep -c $PROGRAM1)

# $Company & $SITE variables are for populating the alert email
COMPANY=”VoiceIP Solutions”

# $SUPPORTSTAFF is the recipient of our alert email



# The ‘if’ statement below checks to see if the process is running
# with the ‘ps’ command.  If the value is returned as a ‘0’ then
# an email will be sent and the process will be safely restarted.

if [ $APPCHK = ‘0’ ];


echo mail -s “Asterisk PBX at $COMPANY $SITE may be down” $SUPPORTSTAFF < /dev/null


echo “$PROGRAM1 is running $APPCHK processes” >> asterisk-check.log


echo $APPCHK


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