If anyone has any feedback, I'd love to hear it, I'm trying to transition from our appdb page to here where more people will be able to directly add knowledge. If it works out (it will) I plan on simply referring the appDB to here, and all will be well. Enjoy!

--Toxicity999 22:33, 28 February 2007 (EST)

This should probably be a sub-page of Linux. Meaning it should located at Linux/Wine. If you don't know how to move it, I'll be happy to help. :].--Sky 22:07, 28 February 2007 (EST)
PS, use ~~~~ to sign your talk edits. :)
You're completely right there, I had meant to do that, actually. It's getting quite late here for me to be doing something requiring thinking, heh. On it now. Toxicity999 22:27, 28 February 2007 (EST)
Nice work Toxicity... if I'm correct, you *might* be the person who had started a Wiki for WoW Winers elsewhere. If so, it was me who dropped by suggesting you move the information here, 'coz you had some good info just that we know having stuff spread out amongst lots of different sites hasn't been too useful in the past. Congratulations, and welcome nonetheless. I'm a little brainfried this afternoon, but the content looks good. We'll coperate and work on the layout and stuff later. My *only* thought is that we shouldn't necessarily have this as a sub-page of Linux, however as I don't have a Solaris, BSD etc. to test on, I'm not quite sure what we should do. Normal 23:00, 28 February 2007 (EST)
Yep, that was me, Thanks for the idea there, I had been thinking about it, but had no idea how well the community here would take to something like that around here, or how many winers used wowwiki. and to your second part, this information is pretty generic. For now though, until we get some OS specific information we could for example make a /BSD/Wine page redirecting here, and so on. There is however some Linux specific things here, such as the software audio mixing (I think?). I has it was the page Wine before, but was pointed here, which given my current content made sense, we'll redirect and split it up as need be.
--Toxicity999 15:06, 1 March 2007 (EST)
Is anyone following this yet? Could really use some refining.
--Toxicity999 09:21, 3 March 2007 (EST)
Hi, I just registered. I have been trying to keep the Ubuntu community WoW/Wine howto up to date for the past few monts. I feel that I can contribute to this guide too, by making it a little easier to read, as I think that an average new person to Wine and Linux might find the content and layout of this document to be a bit intimidating at the moment. It's got pretty much all the info in there, that most people need to get WoW running in Wine, I just think that it could use a little cleanup, as you say yourself. I intend to get to work on doing this as soon as I can. --sammi

You guys are doing a great job, at AppDB it was kind of techy and we had a lot of non geeky people confused and asking tons of questions. I'm confident that by the next major patch we'll have this refined well enough for there to be far fewer questions. After that major patch comes out, you should check out the comments on the (soon to be) 2.1 page for WoW at appDB, where users will post questions, and get answers, since I obviously can't cover all of that, you guys adding some of that wherever need would be great. I had planned to actually skim through ALL the old versions comments and add what applied but wow... way too much work, in all honestly =P, also, feel free to merge this with the Ubuntu one, or keep them identical, whatever, there's probably some nice information there that's slightly Ubuntu specific (My distro too!) which might fit better under somehting like Linux/Wine/Ubuntu or (more sense than Ubuntu and wine as there wouldn't be much general WoW info for ubuntu, just for wine under ubuntu, get what I mean?) then link to that here. It does get kind of messy having a 3rd level here, but whatever works. I might need to host that icon I have up elsewhere, for some reason they don't allow SVGs here (Lame!), and this is on my friends gprime server, he hopefully has a ton of bandwidth as he has such a popular site and such, but still I feel a little bad, at least I didn't directly embed the image heh. --Toxicity999 17:04, 6 March 2007 (EST)

I've just asked the admins, via irc:// about the SVG issue. Hopefully we may get a solution where we can host an image here Normal 16:13, 7 March 2007 (EST)

Doing great work here, sammi. Normal 16:27, 7 March 2007 (EST)

Well, we're really taking off, I've noticed tons of people on AppDB reference the work here =] Glad I could get things rolling, we had a lto of the information back on AppDB just poorly organized, but then you should of seen what was there before me kind of just add-to-the-end information since WoW was released =/ Toxicity999 22:04, 8 March 2007 (EST)

Following this guide got me up and running but I had to go a step farther and disable fast writes on my radeon 9800 to get it running as well as it did in windows. I wanted to bring it up here before adding to the article because it's not wine specific. I have the procedure outlined here: Vehement 14:48, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

FPS improvements

Although I agree with your removal of the nVidia section you did, I'm of the opinion that the UseFastTLS should stay, as it's not mentioned anywhere else in the article. I suspect that we should rename the FPS improvement section, and under that have an nVidia solution, as well as an ATI solution. This would then cover nVidia registry hack, and ATI xorg.conf setting. Normal 16:27, 7 March 2007 (EST)

The "UseFastTLS" fix is still there. I didn't remove it, I just moved to troubleshooting. I think it belongs there as not all users need this fix. --sammi 17:14, 7 March 2007 (EST)
But is this an ATI specific fix? Not all users need the nVidia fix, for they aren't using nVidia cards.Normal 17:18, 7 March 2007 (EST)
Oh, and my apologies. It appears Firefox won't search those text boxes, hence I thought it had been removed, not moved.Normal 17:19, 7 March 2007 (EST)
The Registry setting is actually for ATi graphical issues, but gives a general speed boost to both ATi and nVidia users, hence its neutrality. --Toxicity999 21:31, 8 March 2007 (EST)

Using wine 0.9.33 and nvidia drivers 9755, I have actually found this registry hack to decrease my performance (this is after a lot of testing). In areas where my fps is terrible anyway, the decrease is not noticeable but, in places where I'm normally pegged at 30fps with the hack, I'm more like 40-45 without it. It should be explained how to test to see if the registry hack is really an improvement. -- Vorasis 19:56, 27 March 2007 (EDT)

Sounds promising, unfortunately removing the registry hack resulted in near lockup for me, such was the decrease in performance. wine 0.932 with nVidia 9755 drivers.

Desktop Icon

The SVG icon information contains platform specific, or at least distro specific, information. I think this needs revising. Normal 16:24, 7 March 2007 (EST)

Yes it does, We need at minimum a KDE how to, to compensate for my fairly one sided writing of the original document using gnome. It might be safe to assume people using the other DEs of Linux would know how to do this as I only really know of KDE and Gnome being used in the mainstream, so presumably the user got the DE, possibly compiled it htemselves, if they can do that they can set an icon, plus there are so many DEs it's hard to cover. --Toxicity999 21:34, 8 March 2007 (EST)
I'll agree it's hard to cover them all and a fairly insane idea to try to write them all ourselves. Just start off a new section, 'Desktop Integration' or similar. Fill in the KDE. Maybe someone will do a Gnome, and if I ever get around to it I'll write an XFCE.Normal 00:59, 10 April 2007 (EDT)

Page Rename/Move/Split

We need to wort out a method to remove the Wine page from under the Linux header. I can foresee several ways to do this, however I suspect what'd be best is to have a top level /Wine page, and then have /Wine/Linux, /Wine/Solaris, /Wine/BSD for platform specific info, then /Wine/Ubuntu, /Wine/Debian, /Wine/Fedora, /Wine/Gentoo for the specific Linux distros. Thoughts? Normal 16:33, 7 March 2007 (EST)

It's laid out like this because Linux had all this information before. Are there guides for all those distros? --Amro 16:46, 7 March 2007 (EST)
Not as of yet. Some of the current content is platform neutral, others is OS specific, others is OS distro specific. I'd like to future-proof the wine page as soon as practically possible. Normal 16:53, 7 March 2007 (EST)
As far as I know there are only distro specific guides for Ubuntu and Gentoo, and I think we should leave them alone on their own wikis. We should link to them in stead of doubling the amount of wikis to maintain for each distro. Personally I think we should try to make this howto as distro agnostic as possibly. Keep to the command line and not make references to anything specific to one distro. This should be a broad howto that any person running any distro should be able to use. --sammi 17:10, 7 March 2007 (EST)
Keeping it distro agnostic is fine, to a large degree. I can also appreciate that when there's a well maintained, offsite resource for a specific distro, unless the author/s of that document wish to move the information here, we should just link to it. My main problem at the moment, is that the Wine info is OS specific. Using the 'current format', we'd have to create Solarisx86/Wine and BSD/Wine pages, then duplicate a wad of info from Linux/Wine over there. Normal 17:21, 7 March 2007 (EST)
As I explained earlier along, we can easily split as more OS Specific information surfaces, very easily. But for now WoW wiki's 'nix and the like's info si tucked away in the Linux corner, until we need to expand, leave it at that. Toxicity999 21:43, 8 March 2007 (EST)

Wine WoW hacks/patches

There's a number of various Wine hacks/patches floating around on the interwebs for various 'fixes' that aren't in the main tree. Some I've seen have improved the audio (removing the glitchiness at least under ALSA), removing the hardware cursor in D3D mode, enabling AntiAliasing to some degree. I'd like to think that, if Wine themselves can't host these hacks/patches, we may be able to do so here. Thoughts?Normal 17:25, 7 March 2007 (EST)

That was part of my vision, actually, at AppDB it was hard to keep track of all of that, if you have any patches that are relevant to .32 (at time of writing) please do post them. I would say make a super sub section of "Compiling Wine" Under "installing Wine" for now. Later, as it expands we can allude to somewhere else perhaps... Toxicity999 21:47, 8 March 2007 (EST)

SVG Icon

I've submitted a server request for SVG uploads. Normal 17:34, 7 March 2007 (EST)

Thanks! That's very helpful. I'm sure my friend can handle the BW that pumps through, but still better here than there. Toxicity999 21:36, 8 March 2007 (EST)
I don't know if you noticed that in the "Gnome menu icon" section, that I added, there is a link to this file on I haven't asked them how they feel about hosting this file, but for now using them works. sammi 18:34, 11 March 2007 (EDT)

Wine Versions

I'd like to see some information on what various problems you would expect with different versions of wine, as well as what the 'reccommended' version of wine to use for WoW would be.MajinBlayze 20:00, 8 March 2007 (EST)

Except for super rare cases the latest is normally best, I havent seen any *major* WoW Regression in a ages; If the problem ever arrises we're sure to get on it. And normally theres no reason for someone to be using an old snapshot, with software constantly changing it's crazy to stay in the old, unless there's regression. Toxicity999 21:41, 8 March 2007 (EST)
I beleive that the problems I was having is related to conflicts in my xorg setup. I will post details (this weekend maybe) when I get more time to play with it. --MajinBlayze 17:54, 22 March 2007 (EDT)

Gecko/ActiveX in the troubleshooting section

Why, under the ActiveX sub section, does it say to select no on prompt of installing the Gecko ActiveX controls? As Far as I know this works fine... Changing it to read yes for now, if I somehow missed something please comment and change it back. Toxicity999 21:51, 8 March 2007 (EST)

I copied that from the Ubuntu guide. I know Gecko works fine, but that little stub is old and it didn't say anything about Gecko, it only made references to ActiveX that I didn't know what to make of. I just added it, letting somone else worry about it validity. That special someone was you :)
Thanks for making that correction- sammi 18:34, 11 March 2007 (EDT)
it was probably from.. .27 I think it was when the Sourceforge download of the engine was broken.
--Toxicity999 23:41, 11 March 2007 (EDT)


It is actually possible to enable anti-aliasing (at least on nvidia). You can force anti-aliasing with nvidia-settings and, as long as Full Screen Glow effect is not enabled in game, you will indeed get anti-aliasing using OpenGL. -- Vorasis 19:56, 27 March 2007 (EDT)

that's pretty cool, I would assume no real fps decrease as it's handled native side either, hadn't thought to try it. Feel free to add this to the wiki under the tips and such section, wherever you see fit. --Toxicity999 20:07, 28 March 2007 (EDT)

Exit hang bug in WoW version 2.1

We might want to make note that some users are experiencing application hangs when trying to exit WoW as of 2.1. This is a pretty serious issue, and something that will affect lots of users (assuming it's not just me, but then it certainly started happening with the 2.1 patch). This hang prevents saving application state, so no user settings are preserved from run to run. -Deepone 12:59, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

I'm now tracking this issue on my Fedora/WoW page at -Deepone 13:07, 23 May 2007 (UTC)
--> FIX <-- Details posted here [1] --Spinalcracker 13:23, 26 May 2007 (UTC)
Woops... seems I've just written a lot of bogus info in the wiki. I've been reading about a few people form whom the problem just fixed itself and I wrote that in the howto. I didn't check this page first. I'll try to update the howto with this fix. -sammi 10:38, 31 May 2007 (UTC)


Where is a good place (forum, mailing list) to get help with issues not listed on this wiki? --Utahcarol 13:07, 2 August 2007 (UTC)

The most obvious would be your distributions official forum. is great for Ubuntu users etc. sammi 17:38, 7 August 2007 (UTC)

WoW on POSIX illegal?

I've heard of players being banned for running the World of Warcraft client on GNU/Linux using Wine. I've also heard that a reason for this is that Blizzard's anti-cheat "spyware" doesn't work on Linux since the game software doesn't have the appropriate permission to scan the system for illegal third party programs as the game client is just an unprivileged piece of software in a POSIX environment. And since this might be effectively used to suppress Blizzard's anti-cheat measures, Blizzard has prohibited the use of their service on a *NIX system. Anyone knows if this is really true? Privatekey 21:24, 8 August 2007 (UTC)

Links like this seem to say otherwise. Gmillerd 04:28, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

Problems with 2.2 PTR Audio

I've been hearing that other people are also unable to run 2.2 PTR patch with audio without the client crashing. If any of you have any information, or even better: a solution to the problem, it would be very helpful if you could share it. Menelgor 07:13, 11 August 2007 (UTC)

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