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Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)
Direct 3D 9 Mode
All general game elements work fine
25man Raiding (D3D mode)
What does not
Advanced water effects in D3D mode
Advanced Sunshafts Effects in D3D Mode
Multisampling could not be set past 1x
What was not tested
25man raiding (OpenGL mode)
I have to give this a gold rating due to lack of support for certain effects. However, I am very impressed with the performance in D3D mode as it outperforms OpenGL, but it could be better. Some added support for advanced effects would be nice.
It is very important to note that multi-core users should manually set their processAffinityMask in config.wtf. Manually setting mine helped a lot.
World of warcraft was run from an NTFS file system.
- AMD Phenom II x6 1100T hexa-core (6mb l3, 3mb l2 cache, 3.3Ghz)
- Nvidia GT 240 (1GB GDDR3 RAM, OpenGL 3.1/DX10)
- 8GB 1333Mhz DDR3 RAM
- MSI 789GM -e51 motherboard
- 500GB 7200rpm HDD
- Played at 1280x1024 resolution
- Unity 2D was the desktop environment this was tested in
NOTE: It is HIGHLY recommended for ATI users to use the latest Catalyst package found at ati.amd.com. As of release 9.8, this fixes TONS of bugs.
NOTE: It is HIGHLY recommended that you have the latest stable wine version installed (currently - wine 1.2.1).
[Beta versions of wine are
unstable. If you use a Beta version, check the test results above to see
if it is reported as working with your Linux distribution].
nVidia / ATI : Make sure you have the proprietary driver for your
video card installed, or WoW will not run. Once they are installed,
check to see if Direct Rendering is enabled by typing the following code
into Terminal :-
glxinfo | grep "direct rendering"
If it returns direct rendering:Yes, you're good to go!
[ You can install World of Warcraft in wine through a
variety of methods, such as using the CD or automatic downloader. It's your
choice ultimately. ]
To install using the downloader just run it with Wine and follow
the steps. There are no major problems using the downloader. If you are
using the downloader you can jump straight to the Configuring section.
Below are the instructions for installing from WoW Disks :-
To install from the CDs the files need to be copied over to your
computer as attempting to install directly from disk will result in
Create a folder in a convenient location such as on the desktop called wow_install
You will only need to install WoW using the Wrath of the
Lich King disks. (The Wrath disks will install the WoW core game and
the Burning Crusde as well)
Insert Disk 1 of the Wrath of the Lich King.
When you open the disk you will not be able to see all the files as
they are hidden. To get them to show run the following code in Terminal
Then open the disk again and you should see all the files.
Open the disk and copy all the files to your wow_install folder.
Now insert Disk 2 of the Wrath of the Litch King and follow the same step above to unhide the files.
Copy only the Installer Tome #.mpq files to the wow_install folder. (# will be a number. Basically from Disk 2 copy only the Installer Tomes that have a number in their name (NOT the one without a number, we got that one from Disk 1)).
Once complete eject the disk and run the Installer.exe in the wow_install folder with wine. (Simply right click it and select "Open with Wine Windows Program Loader").
WoW will now install.
Once the installation is complete a shortcut will be on the desktop
to run WoW. Of course you will have to go through the patching process.
Note: A few people have reported that the installer just sits at "Preparing to Install". A solution is to ensure that you have the correct ports opened on your firewall or to temporarily disable your firewall. Make sure you edit / disable your firewall in your router (and on your distro if you use one).
Note: Some users report that the WoW
launcher/updater may freeze during the patching process. If this happens
to you, simply close it down (terminate the process) and then just
start it again from the desktop shortcut or Launcher.exe. It will carry on from where it was before.
Note: WoW may experience problems if you are attempting to run it from a Windows partition. The WoW folder must NOT be in an NTFS filesystem. Ensure the folder you are running WoW from is in your Linux partition, under your Linux filesystem.
IMPORTANT - Make sure you go through the Configuring section below.
IMPORTANT - Linux distributions using pulseaudio (such as Ubuntu) will probably experience sound issues. See the"No sound with Pulse Audio" section in the Tweaks and Troubleshooting area below for a fix. Also note that sound quality may not operate at its best with WINE, despite which *nix you are running WINE under.
IMPORTANT - Launch WoW from the desktop shortcut or from the Launcher.exe rather than directly from WoW.exe.
This is because the launcher will check for updates and will auto
patch/update the game if necessary. If you launch WoW directly from the WoW.exe (such as in the "No sound with Pulse Audio" fix), then make sure you still launch the Launcher.exe from time to time just to check for updates, not to run the game.
The suggested way to run World of Warcraft in wine is using OpenGL. You
will often gain tons of FPS this way. Operation without the opengl flag
is often unreliable and will not start with some cards.
Simply add the -opengl flag to the end of your WoW Launcher (recommended) :-
Open the WoW desktop shortcut (Right Click > Properties) and add -opengl to the end of the command (leaving a space). (Recommended method). (Recommended for first run after CD or download).
NOTE: As of patch 4.0.1 hardware cursor functionality has been added for OpenGL mode.
Alternatively, you can either edit your WTF/Config.wtf in your World of
Warcraft directory to include :-
SET gxApi "opengl"
(Note that this file is only created after
you have logged in once).
The game will now run. If you have any problems or issues please check the sections below for fixes or post a comment for help.
You should be good to go! If you are experiencing any other issues, read on.
It should be noted that sound implementation of WINE is still mostly incomplete and you may be subject to buggy sound or bad quality.
If you cannot get any sound at all, try deleting your .wine directory (backup needed files!)
- On Ubuntu, you can find your .wine directory by going to your Home folder, and pressing CTRL + H
No sound with Pulse Audio
for those users with a distro using pulse audio (for ex. Ubuntu) if you
set wine to OSS the sound for WoW works great, and if you add padsp
before wine pulseaudio wraps the OSS sound (like alsa-oss but better)
and you can use vent, music etc at the same time :)" ~ Thanks to Patrick Arman
Launch Code :-
padsp wine /path/to/wow/WoW.exe -opengl
No sound with ALSA
No sound with OSS
No sound with JACK
Try ALSA or OSS
- If your sound stutters then there is not much you can do about it apart from adjusting your sound driver in WINE. There are various drivers and settings (e.g. ALSA, OSS, Emulation Mode) which you can try. Do note than Windows 7 mode seems to still be incompatable with many of the WINE sound drivers. Best is to use wither Windows 2000 or Windows XP mode.
- Also try the "padsp wine" command in the terminal.
Unfortunately, most sound stutter problems are a result of bugs in WINE, especially with PulseAudio distros. In time, these issues may be solved. But for now, try to fiddle around with the settings until you get the correct combination.
Bad sound quality or latency:
Its highly likely that this is due to WINE, but first try to fiddle around with your sound settings before drawing to that conclusion. If you are not satisfied with the quality of the sound you get, then feel free to include that in your test results.
Graphics corruption when doing certain quests which causes you to appear to be in a nether world:
First make sure your drivers are updated!
Make sure triple-buffering is turned off. ~ Thanks to DRH
Intel does not make its own drivers for their cards for Linux. Their
Windows drivers aren't even that good to start with.
World of Warcraft to work properly, you need to look for an Open Source
Intel Driver that gives you direct OpenGL rendering support. Most dristros will have already had a good driver implemented into the kernel, particularly Ubuntu. So you need not worry about it.
There are no known Issues with Intel Cards, however, it should be expected that the FPS will be lower as the Intel chips are integrated and hence share their video memory with the computer's main RAM as well as makes use of extra processing from the CPU.
Open Source Graphics Drivers:
you have low frames with your Open Source drivers, then try the
proprietary drivers for ATI and Nvidia. The Open Source Drivers have a
lot of performance issues at the moment.
- Ensure that you have disabled any special desktop effects
- Set farclip (the view distance slider) to 777 (about midway on the slider) ~ Thanks to Andrew
Bad FPS in general:
- Make sure that your latency bar is not red.
- Please set the MaxFPS setting to at least 20-30. This
will decrease the resource taking of the game on the computer and thus
result in lower temperatures. This will increase the game's performance
quite a lot. ~ Thanks to Xio - Ensure your CPU is not being overloaded with instructions. In other words, whether or not its usage is 100%
- Ensure that you are running the game in OpenGL mode.
You can do this by either adding SET GxApi "OpenGL" in the config.wtf or
passing the -opengl argument in the terminal.
- AMD users will want to ensure that AMD Cool 'n Quiet is disabled in the BIOS. Please see your motherboard manufacturer's site documentation for more details on how to do this.
- Make sure the CPU scaling governor is set to "Performance" rather than "OnDemand"~ thanks to Vidar Wahlberg.
NB: If you
have a multi-core processor, chances are that your FPS drops is caused
WoW not identifying your cores correctly. A user has submitted a
patch that might solve
this for you if you compile it alongside WINE
from source: http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=11674#c64 ~ Thanks to Vitality
No higher-level shadows or water effects available
This will not be available for the OpenGL mode until such a time Blizzard chooses to implement it, which is highly unlikely.
Bad graphical corruption in certain areas with Direct3D
Find the following registry entry:
Add a new key (type String) and name it 'OffscreenRenderingMode'
Double click the new key and add the value 'pbuffer'
If you are finding that WoW is installing correctly but at the final step of logging in you receive an error message "There was an error logging in..." try the fix below :-
The problem is related to DLL files needed for the process being unable to "communicate" with each other.
Add the following DLL override to your Libraries tab of Winecfg :-
This should solve the issue and login should not work.
WoW may fail if you are running it from a windows partition. The WoW folder cannot be in an NTFS filesystem. Copy your WoW folder over to your Linux filesystem.
Try to see if your kernel is up-to-date. New kernel releases should appear in your distrubution's update manager.
It is also a good idea to use the kernels that is released by your distro and not compile them yourself as they usually interface better with the entire system in general.
In some distros, particularly the non-Ubuntu ones, you may need to reinstall your proprietary video drivers in order to be able to make use of 3D acceleration once again. Please do so.
Other Known Issues:
Sunshafts cannot be enabled in d3d mode:
This is due to the lack of a certain type of texture support in WINE's direct3d API. It will be corrected in version 1.3.7. Please note that sunshafts is currently non-existent in the OpenGL mode. More info at: http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=24928
WoW not recognising shader model 3 in OpenGL:
World of Warcraft's OpenGL mode for the Windows client does not support anything higher than shader model 2. Thus, it will not be possible to make use of this.
You can upload your output onto pastebin and then in your comment post the link to your pastebin upload.
This will help to keep the comments section tidy.
Wine-specific Notifications/Known Issues
Currently, there may be a regression with this version which causes mouse-jumping and erratic camera movements.
Please do not upgrade to this version.
The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.
Cant bind/use the "tilde" key
by mojodoll on Sunday December 11th 2011, 21:02
This is a somewhat minor issue, but its really getting on my nerves:
I cant bind the Button below Escape, refered to as the tilde key.
I use the German Keyboard Layout, Codepage is deDE-UTF8 and ive tried several Versions of Wine, including the latest of course.
When trying to bind the key, it just doesnt respond to keypresses - so i tried editing the bindings-cache file and i got it bound to an Actionbutton, though when pressing it, nothing happens.
In the Chat Window i can type it without any issues (!).
Anyone has experienced this and knows of any workaround or fix?
Un-checking peer-to-peer worked!
by Willow Plays WoW on Wednesday November 30th 2011, 20:46
Making this a new post so it's not buried. I managed to get the launcher to show me the download preferences (which was difficult with it crashing so fast, but perseverence worked), and took away peer to peer downloading.
Next try worked fine, no crashes etc.
Which doesn't explain why the Launcher was crashing in the first place, but at least it worked for the download.
Still hangs when pushing the 'play' button but running WoW.exe directly works fine. Yay!
Still Trying to Download new patch
by Willow Plays WoW on Tuesday November 29th 2011, 18:22
Wine version 1.3.24
Attempting to download the latest WoW patch, released 2011-11-29
I believe I've attempted all the 'try this' things on this page and on the page for the new patch. Launching WoW.exe directly says to click the restart button so that the patch can be downloaded. This brings up the Launcher. No matter how I bring it up - via WoW.exe, the desktop icon that was left there a while back, or directly with 'open with wine' on the context menu, the Launcher gives me a message from Wine saying that it crashed, tho top shows it still running until/unless I kill it explicitly. BackgroundDownloader gives me a bug-report form. (Which I duly fill out and send off.) As far as I can tell, there are no files left in place, no evidence that anything is being downloaded at all. I thought I'd clicked all the 'run things in background' to be on, but the Launcher won't let me view the Download prefs, crashing before it displays that page.
RE: 4.3 Crash by Darren LaChausse on
Saturday November 19th 2011, 9:29
Launcher.exe fails to run/"Skin archive damaged"
by Dr Wahl on Wednesday October 26th 2011, 9:30
I was running into an issue after doing a fresh install that was causing the Launcher.exe app to fail to run, throwing an error saying roughly: "skin archive damaged. Please run Repair.exe". After running repair (which didn't find anything) the Launcher.exe would still no run.
Turns out that my distro (debian/sid) had updated some packages which broke some symlinks. ia32-libs was linking /usr/lib32/libjpeg.so to libjpeg.so.62.0.0, but I had headers provided by libjpeg8-dev. To fix this, I pointed the libjpeg.so symlink at libjpeg.so.8.0.2 (cd /usr/lib32 ; sudo unlink libjpeg.so ; sudo ln -s libjpeg.so.8.0.2 libjpeg.so). After fixing the link, I did a fresh compile and suddenly, Launcher.exe was working again.
WoW crashes as soon as the world loads
by Kevin Hyper on Sunday August 7th 2011, 15:23
World of Warcraft crashes as soon as the world begins to load. Opening WoW, connecting to the server, and making characters are not a problem, but as soon as I go to play as a character, the game crashes. I'm running Wine version 1.3.15 and Wow version 4.20
by Matthew Yaddoshi on Thursday August 4th 2011, 11:46
I'm using Ubuntu Natty 11.04 and the launcher and game runs perfectly. So this is kinda petty but - does anyone know why the launcher keeps adding a desktop icon every time I run it? I delete it after I close the game but the icon keeps coming back. Is there a way to prevent that?
by Cheos on Friday July 8th 2011, 17:37
anyone else facing frequents random disconnects since a day or two after the release of 4.2 patch ?
I know this issue seems to affect some windows users as well as it has been reported on official technical forum (see us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2743728343) , but what's really weird is that I tried to run wow from a windows installation on the same computer and I could play for several hours without being disconnected even once. So I'm starting to seriously doubt neither the hardware nor the game itself could be at fault :/
To summarize : linux + wow 4.2 = random disconnects, windows vista + same wow installation = no issue
fail on Launcher.exe but works on Wow.exe
by Evelyn on Tuesday July 5th 2011, 13:18
everything worked well until new patch recently. its fine "wine Launcher.exe" but when i pressed "Play", nothing happened. i tried it on terminal, it will show "fixme:process:GetLogicalProcessorInformation (0x8afe3b4,0x8afe9b4): stub"
but i can play d game by "wine Wow.exe"
so i dunno whats really going on. i already tried repair.exe, also tried reinstall game. but none helped.
my graphic card is nVidia geforce 9800 gt, n im pretty sure i installed correct driver.
by Armin Praher on Tuesday July 5th 2011, 5:34
I just bought myself a 2nd monitor and hooked it up to my machine. Now after trying to run WoW I realized that the resolution is glitched, solved that by running in a virtual desktop mode. The problem that is bothering me is, that WoW runs at approx 10 FPS, unplayable so to speak. Is there a way to boost performance with TiwnView?
Skin Archive Damaged
by Duane Robertson on Sunday July 3rd 2011, 11:31
I usually run the game client directly when I play, but I run the launcher every day or two to check for updates. When I ran the launcher today, I got a message about the skin archive being damaged. I ran the repair utility, but it didn't detect a problem. The game would launch, but I was a little concerned anyway.
Eventually, I renamed the ".wine" directory to "backup.wine" and ran winecfg to recreate ".wine". Then I moved just the "World of Warcraft" directory to the new ".wine/drive_c/Program Files", and ran the launcher again. This time it updated. Now everything seems fine.
wow will not launch
by Sky on Thursday June 30th 2011, 6:56
I have WoW in installed on ubuntu 11.04 and running with the current wine. The game was running and playing just fine until the Bliz did their update on June 28th. Now when I click the launcher it will open. But when I click the "play" button the get to the log in screen the launcher goes away and nothing else happens. Does anyone have a fix?
by Joshua on Thursday June 9th 2011, 13:17
The bug with the fullscreen mouse jumping around in wine versions 1.3.20+ is in xinput2. If compiling from source ( git repository ), add --without-xinput2 when you configure to get by until this gets fixed ( stems from a problem in xinput2 from what I could tell from the bug report )
RE: xinput2 by Andrew on
Wednesday June 15th 2011, 22:20
RE: xinput2 by Ron Overdrive on
Monday July 25th 2011, 11:55
Wow crashes my PC
by Sascha on Tuesday May 31st 2011, 6:54
Hi there :)
I've got some sort of a annoying Problem. Sometimes if I idle too long in the Character Selection Screen my Pc crashes completly. It's only WoW (no other Game) which crashes my PC (complete turn off), so i thing there is some kind of nasty bug, which is affecting me...Anyone has any Idea?
Launcher downloads files every time I start
by Tore Bjerkholt on Thursday May 19th 2011, 11:47
I have a problem with WoW. It seems to delete some files after every time I play. For some reason it needs to download about 1,1 GB every time I start the Launcher. Luckily I have a pretty decent connection, but it's still annoying. Anyone else experiencing this?
I have two harddrives, one SSD and one normal spinning HDD. I've tried having the installation on both harddrives, but the same thing happens on them.
Does anyone have any clues to what this is?
I'm using Ubuntu 11.04, Wine 1.2.2 (Can this be the reason?)
WoW Crashes shortly after play start
by Chad F. on Sunday May 15th 2011, 15:19
WoW is crashing for me shortly after I start playing. The FPS is decent, a little worse than my Windows Vista. I can start playing for a bit (usually less than 5 mins). I have disabled all audio, and turned everything down, graphics-wise, to pretty much the bare minimum. I do not have this issue in Windows. When it freezes, I cannot even shut it down. I have to go into the system monitor and manually drop it, or restart the computer.
Here are my specs:
Processer: AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-56
Video: Radeon X1200 Series
Is the Launcher still loading the news with Wine 1.3.19?
by Chris Rankin on Thursday May 12th 2011, 18:07
The Launcher with Wine 1.3.18 works fine (using r300g driver from Mesa git), but with 1.3.19 it no longer loads the news. Instead, it says that it cannot contact the news server, and that I should check my Internet connection instead. Downgrading back to 1.3.18 fixes the problem. Am I the only person seeing this?
Graphics Quality Level in WoW
by Kirill on Thursday May 12th 2011, 15:12
I have WoW Cataclysm working _almost_ perfectly on:
- Ubuntu Natty
- Current version of Wine from Canonical repos [12.05.2011]
- GeForce GTX 470 with the current version of drivers from Canonical repos [12.05.2011]
The only real shitty thing is that I can't set the WoW graphics level to Ultra... This is no problem on the second OS on my PC - Win 7 - but in Ubuntu it can be set to Medium only. (I'm using Russian interface of WoW so I can mistake in English graphics level names)
So, I tried to fix this bug by:
- Installing DX 9, 10, 11 proprietary libs using Winetricks and replacing standard Wine's ones
- Running WoW with "-opengl" param
Fix attempts failed, my WoW still runs at Medium level. :(
If you can help me with a fix or advice - please write here or to raegdan at gmail com.
Launcher not working with 4.1
by Tyrannis Hawk on Tuesday May 10th 2011, 13:25
I know the launcher is a pain in the butt for a lot of wine users, but on my PC it worked fine until version 4.1 was released. Now, the launcher crashes immediately after I launch it.
I can work around this by starting Wow.exe in shell, but every once in a while, you need the launcher for some patching, for instance when WoW forces itself to restart to patch the game upon login. If there is any way around that, I would love to know. If there is a way to get the Launcher working again with version 4.1; even better.
I've been playing Wow on Wine for some years without any troubles, but since 4.1, the game has started to hang at least once a day, often a dozen times a day.
When I run it from command line, the only line I get when it hangs is:
err:ntdll:RtlpWaitForCriticalSection section 0x4b008f4 "?" wait timed out in thread 0009, blocked by 0028, retrying (60 sec)
And I get a new line like that once every 60 seconds until I kill the process.
Because of this problem, I have updated my Ubuntu from 10.04 LTS to 11.04, updated my Wine to 1.2.2, but the problem is still there. I have also tried disabling all my Wow addons, but that didn't help either.
Nvidia X Server Information says my driver version is 270.41.06.
I'm running out of ideas on what to do... help please?