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World of Warcraft Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jan 29, 2016.

  • by booman, Jan 29, 2016 at 12:33 PM
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    World of Warcraft needs no introduction!
    Choose from multiple races and multiple classes and begin your endless journey in the biggest most popular MMORPG in the world.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing World of Warcraft in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Battle.net version of World of Warcraft

    Tips & Specs:

    To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual: PlayOnLinux Explained

    Mint 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.10
    Wine: 1.8

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.8
    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Click Next

    Downloading Wine
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    Extracting

    Downloading Gecko
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    Installed
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    Wine 1.8 is installed and you can close this window

    Download Battle.net

    Go to: battle.net
    click "Get the desktop app for Battle.net"
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    Click Download
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    Click Windows
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    Navigate to your Linux Desktop
    Click Save
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    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Click "Install a non-listed program"
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    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name your virtual drive: worldofwarcraft
    Click Next
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    Check all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next
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    Select Wine 1.8
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows Version: Windows XP
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    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
    Desktop size: 1027x768
    Click OK
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    PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, DLL's, Components)

    Check the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    Click Next
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    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Battle.net Installation

    Click Browse

    Navigate to your Linux Desktop
    Select "Battle.net-Setup.exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next again

    Select Language
    Click Continue
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    Uncheck "Add desktop shortcut for Battle.net"
    Click Continue
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    Select Region
    Login or Create Free Account
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    Note: Selecting region sometimes won't work with the mouse. Try using Tab and the keyboard arrow keys.

    Close Battle.net

    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "Battle.net Launcher.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: World Of Warcraft
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select "World of Warcraft"
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.8
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    Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine.

    Display Tab
    Video Memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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    Installing Visual C 2015

    Miscellaneous Tab
    Click "Open a Shell"
    Copy/Paste:
    Code:
    wget  https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Winetricks/winetricks/master/src/winetricks
    Press Enter

    Copy/Paste
    Code:
    chmod +x winetricks
    Press Enter

    Copy/Paste
    Code:
    WINEPREFIX=/home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/worldofwarcraft ./winetricks -q vcrun2015
    Press Enter

    Note: Replace "username" with your login

    Close Shell

    Close Configure

    Downloading & Launching World of Warcraft

    Select "World of Warcraft"
    Click Run
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    Note: Click Debug to see errors and bugs

    Select World of Warcraft
    Click Install
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    Click "Start Install"
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    Note: World of Warcraft is about 26 Gigabytes in size. It required about 6 hours for me to download the entire game.

    Click Play
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    Optimization

    Click System
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    Select Graphics

    Adjust:
    • Display Mode
    • Resolution
    • Refresh Rate
    • Monitor
    • Anti-Aliasing
    • Vertical Sync
    • Texture Resolution
    • Texture Filtering
    • Projected Textures
    • View Distance
    • Environment Detail
    • Ground Clutter
    • Shadow Quality
    • Liquid Detail
    • Sunshafts
    • Prticle Density
    • SSAO
    • Depth Effects
    • Lighting Quality
    • Outline Mode
    Click Okay
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    Click Advanced

    Adjust:
    • Triple Buffering
    • Reduce Input Lag
    • Hardware Cursor
    • MSAA
    • Multisample Aplha-Test
    • Post-Process AA
    • Resample Quality
    • Graphics API
    • Max Foreground FPS
    • Max Background FPS
    • Render Scale
    Click Okay
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    Conclusion:
    World of Warcraft ran perfectly on my GeForce 550 Ti. I never had any performance issues or graphical issues. Battle.net worked pretty well as long as you set Wine configuration to Windows XP. There were some bugs in the menu's and interface, but selecting a game and downloading worked perfectly.

    A new update of Visual C 2015 has broken the Battle.net client. I have added the steps for installing vcrun2015

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Oct 6, 2016
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Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. Marlhin
    Good guide! WIll test this as well when I have the time ;)
    booman likes this.
  2. Machinesbleedtoo
  3. booman
    Thanks for the "heads up"
    Was there a specific thing that fixed your virtual desktop?
    Like DLL overrides:
    • *msvcr90=native,builtin
    • d3dcompiler_46=disabled
    • dbghelp=native,builtin
    • msvcp100=native,builtin
    or installing:
    • lib32-libldap
    or using 32-bit Wine and 32-bit virtual drive?
  4. booman
    Updated steps for installing vcrun2015 for Battle.net

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