Dec
27
2009
4

Ventrilo Linux Client in Fifth Year of Development

I play World of Warcraft on Linux all the time.  I boot into Windows XP for Arena and extended play, but all my causual gaming is on my work computer – that runs Linux.  So for this reason I’ve had an interest in the upcoming Ventrilo Linux client for a long time. A very long time.

Since 2005 when they first announced that the client version for Linux was on it’s way I’ve been excited!  Imagine the Linux Desktop getting support from the industry leader in VoIP group communications!  Unbuntu/Fedora Linux will benifit greatly by making it possible for more Linux gamers to communicate with fellow online gamers of any platform.  The only problem is that the Linux client was never released.  Or at least, not yet.

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Nov
10
2009
0

ATI 4870 + Fedora 10 + 9.10 Catalyst drivers = World of Warcraft on Linux!!!!

Just an update to my previous article, ripping ATI for their lame Linux support – I finally got World of Warcraft working on Fedora 10, ATI 4870 graphics card, Catalyst 9.10 drivers!  All it took was down grading from Fedora 11 to Fedora 10, turning off my open GL desktop and waiting 6 months for four driver releases from ATI.  That’s all it took to run a game that works great on Linux… if you bought an NVIDIA card!

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Jul
20
2009
3

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:

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[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…
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May
24
2009
2

Tweaking Linux and WINE for World of Warcraft

It’s great that the World of Warcraft runs well on recent editions of WINE(Unbuntu/Fedora), but even when using OpenGL the typical Linux user can expect a frame rate reduction from 15%-30% over Windows XP.  However, I must point out that there are many reports of frame rate drops in Windows Vista and Presumably Windows 7(because of virtualization of XP apps).

All this is okay for typical grinding, leveling, and five man instances.  That said,  my GeForce 7950 GTX is only cranking out 30 FPS in low populated zones…  So for the bigger raids, PVP, and highly populated zones like Dalaran it can be frustrating trying to pwn at 12-16 FPS.  In fact my mission is to get at least 40 fps with the graphics card I have.

I was able to improve my frame rate by disabling mods like ‘Questhelper’ in battle grounds.  I added additional RAM to my system.  Although the frame rate boost was negligible; loading times were cut in half. (more…)

May
14
2009
0

Over-Clocking an NVIDIA GPU on Linux

I’ve been playing the World of Warcraft on Fedora 10 for about two months now and I must say, I’m impressed.  The performance is close to Windows XP.  I dropped about 20%-30% of my frame rate in the process, but I don’t need to waste an entire(otherwise valuable) computer.  So it occurred to me that I might be able to squeeze a little more juice out of my Nvidia Geforce 7950 GT graphics card.

Goal of this Post:

– Enable overclocking for Nvidia graphics cards

It took me a bunch of tries to properly set this up.  Nvidia does not document this process; but with enough googling I pieced together the clues to make it happen.  First I want to mention that enabling ‘over clocking’ voids the warranty on all Nvidia cards,  So please be careful.  Locate your ‘xorg.conf’ file and open it with your favorite text editor.  In most cases this will be ‘/etc/X11/xorg.conf’.  Under the device section add:

Option         “coolbits” “1”

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May
07
2009
0

How to make USB and DVD ROM drives work on Fedora 10

Lately, I’ve been working on Asterisk PBX related articles, but today we’re going to tackle a common problem with Fedora 10: getting drives to mount to the Desktop.  If you are experiencing trouble, the likely cause is that your current user, does not have permissions to access that hardware.  The reason for this has a lot to do with the security model of Linux.

In the old days computers came on large mainframes.  It was not practical for engineers and scientist to have their very own main frame, so Unix was designed to be a multi-user operating system.  Everyone connected their own keyboard & monitor.  The permission structure was set so only certain individual accounts could do certain things.  Like say, reboot a system or delete a database.

By contrast Microsoft Windows(thru XP) is a single user operating system.  In Windows you can create extra accounts, but any of those accounts can execute arbitrary code from anywhere in the file system (c:\\ drive).  Which is a big reason for the many attacks on Windows systems.

Recently my friend got a virus that made XP unbootable and stole his World of Warcraft account login and password.  The hacker then used that information to login to his account, change his password, and his accounts valid email address.  The hacker then sold all his gear and used his character to scam other people in bad trades.  The account became banned for “economic extortion” before my friend could get his Windows XP machine back up and running.  Now he runs WoW on WINE/Fedora 10.

An appeal to Blizzard got his account back after several days and many emails. My friend requested that they check the IP address of the hacker and compare that to his previous logins.  What if the virus had collected his bank account credentials instead?  In a way he got lucky.

Goals of this Post:

– correct authorizations in Fedora 10 and allow access to USB and DVD – ROM devices

It seems odd that someone would be unable to access a USB thumb drive on any modern desktop computer, but Red Hat the maker of Fedora Linux is far more interested in their commercial offering, Red Hat Enterprise Linux(RHEL).  They model RHEL development on previous versions of Fedora.  So desktop integration is obviously not their top priority; stability and security is.  This neglect has allowed rival Unbuntu Linux to come in and snatch up the Linux desktop market.  Big mistake Red Hat…  however with a little work we can make Fedora 10 desktop work well without them.

So to correct the permissions issue(from Gnome) start by clicking, System –> Preferences –> System –> Authorizations.  Fedora may ask you for your ‘root’ password.

fedora10-authorizations-usb

fedora10-authorizations-usb

Set access to allow anyone to mount and unmount USB and other devices!  I hope this helps.  It’s frustrating dealing with these little things, but hey, “it’s free”!  If it doesn’t take, leave a comment below and I’ll try to help.

Mar
24
2009
2

World of Warcraft won’t start under WINE after Fedora 10 update SOLVED

I did a ‘yum update’ on my Fedora 10 Linux box.  Right afterword I started WoW, but it crased and generated a error log that I saved to the desktop as, ‘imsettings-applet-bugreport.txt’  The error log complains that I’m not a member of the pulse-rt group.  I corrected that and WoW started normally.

Goals of this post:

-Describe how to add a user to the pulse-rt group for purpose of getting World of Warcraft under WINE running after a ‘yum update’

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Mar
24
2009
1

World of Warcraft keyboard bug using Fedora 10 and WINE 1.1.15

I have found an odd intermittent problem with World of Warcraft.  Once in a while, (and sometimes more) the keyboard will react with odd behaviour.  For instance I might be pressing the ‘w’ key to move forward and when I lift my finger off the key my toon continues to run.I don’t see any obvious errors.  The key bindings look fine to me.

I found some material online:

http://www.nabble.com/WoW-3.0.2.9056-Issues-td20171737.html

Hi All,
First off I want to say a big thank you for your great effort in producing Wine, my hats off to the developers.
I have Ubuntu 8.0.4.1 64bit edition and I have Wine 1.1.7 installed. I have noticed that when I play WoW, it appears that the keyboard buffer becomes full and my character goes off on his own. Sometime I can control it using the left, right and back keys, other times off it goes. Quite worrying when you are in a dungeon with a group and you are trying to fend off the monsters and your char starts to wander. This was also happening under Wine 1.1.6 as well.
I am not sure if this is a recent WoW issue as with the upgrade to V3 or is it a Wine issue. This weekend is the first time I have run WoW since March this year. I have been using Guild Wars and come to think of it, the character control there is a bit dodgy as well.
Any ideas?
Cheers and keep up the excellent work
EmyrB

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Mar
10
2009
4

Woot!!! World of Warcraft works w/ WINE on Fedora 10, Wine 1.1.14

Excuse me WORLD, but I though everyone should know that the World of Warcraft is finally working on my Fedora 10 system.  Good frames, hardly any glich’s.  Wrath of the Lich King and the other zones load without error.

The goals of this post:

– show the world it is possible to play WoW on Linux

– new reason to stop wasting an entire computer on Windows XP

– reasons why Wine is like 3 years too late and no one should care

– LAB: install WINE and World of Warcraft

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