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…)


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”