Quick Tips to Speed Up Your Gaming in Wine

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Gaming using Wine can be a tad bit slow at times. In some cases, games become nearly impossible to play due to lag and poor FPS rates. This easy to follow tutorial will show you a few quick tricks that should (and in most cases, will) increase your gaming performance using Wine. Keep in mind, you have to be able to use the terminal and take your time with this tutorial. It is extremely simple and any person can basically do it, but just be cautious and follow the directions carefully and you will be fine. This tutorial is for demonstration purposes only and neither I nor Linux Gaming Today hold any responsibilities for any damages of any form.

If you do not know how to install Wine, we have a quick and easy tutorial for you Ubuntu users out there.

Let us start off by opening the Wine Configuration Tool by using the following command. This command will be used very often while dealing with Wine so get used to it and remember it.

winecfg

While in here, click on the ‘Sound’ tab and this will automatically configure your sound for you and may save you some time and free you from hassle.

Now many of you may have heard of registry editing in other popular Operating Systems. Wine has the capability too and this is where the real tweaking comes to play. Open up Wines Registry Editor by running:

regedit

On the left side should be a list of expandable folders. First expand ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER’, then ‘Software’, then ‘Wine’. You may see a key named ‘Direct3D’. If you do not, simple create one in that folder by right clicking and doing New > Key > name it Direct3D.

Now go to the Direct3D key you have just made and make string values by right clicking and doing New > String Value. Take your time doing this part. Create a string named, ‘VideoMemorySize’ and then double click on it and enter the amount of memory your video card contains with integers only, do not enter MB, Megabyte, ect. Ex. I would simply enter 256 for my 256MB video card.

This one will increase your performance by a lot but may sacrifice your stability and support. It is worth a shot and I would recommend at least trying it. Create another key just as you had done for VideoMemorySize. This time name it, ‘DirectDrawRenderer’ and set it to ‘opengl’.

For more registry editing tips, simple head over to the Useful Registry Keys page over at Wine Headquarters.

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How to Overclock Nvidia Video Cards in Linux

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Need to squeeze some extra juice out of your Nvidia video card? Want that extra FPS in your favourite shooter to secure your rank? The process is extremely simple and all you need to do is enable Coolbits which is popular in Windows. This tutorial can be done by any user who has some simple knowledge of the terminal and this should work with nearly any release of the nvidia’s unix drivers for the past year or so.

To start off be sure to have Nvidia’s drivers installed and working properly. Next go into terminal and make sure you are root (and for Ubuntu users simply follow the commands I do as I am using Ubuntu Gutsy). Open your favourite text editor, for me it is Nano due to its simplicity.

sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Look for a section of code named “Device.” It should resemble something similar to this.

Section “Device”
Identifier “Videocard0″
Driver “nvidia”
VendorName “Videocard vendorname”
BoardName “nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0000″
EndSection

Now all you need to do is add this piece of code towards the end of the section.

Option “Coolbits” “1”

Now your xorg.conf should look like this.

Section “Device”
Identifier “Videocard0″
Driver “nvidia”
VendorName “Videocard vendorname”
BoardName “nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0000″
Option “Coolbits” “1”
EndSection

Save the file and exit out of terminal. Now you are all done, all you must do is restart X by restarting your machine or entering the following code in the terminal.

init 3 && init 5

Coolbits will now be located within the Nvidia Display Settings application. Good luck and if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below with your email address included (it will not be displayed, it is just for me to reply to your question).

*Disclaimer: This tutorial is only for demonstrational purposes only. This tutorial is distributed in the hope that it will useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Use at your own risk.

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