March 2, 2008

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World Of Warcraft Under Linux

One of the first things I did after getting Ubuntu running was to see if I could get and install World Of Warcraft using Cedega. Yes, I could have used Wine (Which I do have installed) but it only has a bronze rating and frankly I wanted to see if it would run WELL under Linux. Regardless, I resubscribed to Cedega and got it setup. Positively detected everything (including 3d accell, ALSA and OSS) which is always pleasant.

The problem came when I tried to install World Of Warcraft. I count mount the install exe (on the CD, and copied to the local drive), it would launch the installer, play the music, etc… But every time I moused over the “Install World Of Warcraft” button — it crashed. I enabled the debugging and found the line “wine: pcm.c:973: snd_pcm_delay: Assertion `pcm’ failed.". With a little googling I found the answer to be simple — change Cedega over from ALSA to OSS. I did that and away I went. The install went off without any further problems.

Now doing the patching process (which was fast enough for me, since I copied the patches from my old machine) is a bit interesting. I had some troubles here and there, alot of dialog boxes about missing html files and the like — even a crash in game. All that being said — it worked. It wasn’t pretty — but it did work. After a few hours of patching and other misc odds and ends — I got into the game.

Works like a charm. Runs really good too, better than it did in Windows (I’d guess). So in the end, I’m happy, and I can play. I played for several hours straight last night and got from 35 to 37. I had no crashes, no “glitches” and no slow downs (with the exception of Iron Forge, of course). So far, so good.

(After the break I included my Cedega hardware information in case it is of use for anyone)

cpu: Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2500 @ 2.00GHz

cpu_ghz: 2.0

memory: 3041

videocard_manufacturer: NVIDIA Corporation

videocard_type: Quadro NVS 110M/PCI/SSE2

videocard_ram: 256

agp_aperture_size: 308

videocard_driver_version: 2.1.1 NVIDIA 100.14.19

soundcard: HDA Intel at 0xefffc000 irq 2

soundcard_driver: ALSA Version 1.0.14

machine_bitness: 32

kernel: 2.6.22-14-generic

x_version: Xorg Version 1.3.0

distro: Ubuntu 7.10

GUI version: 6.0.2