I’ve done a bit with wine the last few days. I tried to get a few of my windows to run for myself, albeit not very successfully – mainly because I don’t really need them anyway.

Then, yesterday, I was given the task of getting WoW and the Orange box to work on a friends Kubuntu install ( 😦 my only convert). Annoyingly, the problem was not really wine, but a bug in the drivers of the intel graphics card..

I fixed this by editing some WoW graphics options, the opengl one (of course), but the biggest improvement seemed to be this tweak, despite the fact that it is designed for ATI cards. (Although, tbh I tried most of the things further up that page as well.)

As for the Orange Box, after much fustration, I found that I could get counterstrike and team fortress to work by using a “Launch Option” that reduced the version of Direct X that was used (to 7.0 for these games).

Thing is though, it seemed to take me ages to fix, much longer than I thought it would. Especially, as I didn’t manage to get all of the Orange Box to work (in particular Portal), I felt little sense of achievement. Perhaps this is just the nature of fixing things: if something is broke (especially after following application specific tutorials in the case of wine), then the problem is likely to be something you wouldn’t expect, and is by its nature hard to find.

Hmmmmmm, I wonder if anyone will understand the above, I hardly do myself :D. *Sigh* I guess thats what happens when you let your thoughts stew in your mind for a day. I guess the thing with writing stuff down is you need to do it whilst the thoughts are still fresh in your mind.