Okay, so for starters, hi. :P I'm a -complete- Ubuntu noob, so please be gentle in your criticism, and if you find a glaringly obvious error, please point it out! :D But don't pull your hair out, okay? All right—here's my actual question:
To make a long story short, I recently converted my laptop from Windows to Ubuntu, because we did a system restore, the windows install got corrupted, and things were lost. After we picked ourselves back up, I still needed this computer, so I decided to try out Linux. Never had before, heard good things about it, decided to give it a shot.
After falling in love with Ubuntu's functionality (once I got used to the new interface and layout), I wanted to try some games. Discovering I needed WINE to run anything Windows-based, I downloaded it and fired it up. Nothing worked. So I poked around the web some more and discovered I'd need DirectX to do anything significant, which in turn needed .NET framework. Using this (http://www.dedoimedo.com/games/wine-directx.html) tutorial for DirectX and downloading Wine 3.5 off of WineTricks, I thought I had everything sorted. Unfortunately, I don't. What worked fine on Windows either doesn't work or runs like it was stuck in molasses. Now, I know there are a lot of programs that have compatibility issues with WINE, and I'm working my way through them, but what I don't understand is the slow-running programs part. Here are my system specs (insofar as I've been able to decipher them—still getting used to the new Linux way of reading stuff):
Toshiba Satellite L455D-S5976 CPU: AMD Sempron SI-42 Single-core 2.1 GHz RAM: 3GB (2.7 technically) HDD: 500GB GPU: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3100
Here's a partial list of the games I've been trying: Supreme Commander Command and Conquer: Generals (Zero-Hour) Assassin's Creed World in Conflict Star Ruler (Blind Mind Studios) Trackmania (Nadeo) Battlefield 2 X3:Terran Conflict (Egosoft) Rubber Ninjas Sim City 4
I would think that it was just my system being slow—because, admittedly, I don't have the system requirements to really run AC—but here's the weird part, at least with that game. In the opening intro, it'll run at around 10FPS for about 3 seconds, and then kick up to—oh I dunno—60 or so, faster than it ever had on my previous laptop which was actually better than this current one. And, for example, games like Rubber Ninjas, C&C, SupCom, and WiC all ran smoothly on my first laptop which was similarly specced to this one—in fact, I think it was another Toshiba Satellite, actually.
Oh! And another quick question—when I first installed WINE, unconfigured, I installed Derek Smart's Universal Combat (don't shoot me :P ), and it worked fine. Now after some other games and some reconfiguring, it won't work at all, even if I reset to default settings.
So, am I doing something wrong? Does WINE need to be configured differently? I'm completely lost, here, and any help would be -greatly- appreciated, thank you. I do sincerely apologize for the wall of text, here, but I didn't want to leave any detail out, as that tends to make things harder for all parties involved. So, thanks so much for any help you can provide, or even a direction to point me in; I'll eagerly await your answer.
P.S: I recently discovered ClockGen, found here (http://www.techspot.com/community/topics/overclocking-a-toshiba-satellite-laptop.32667/): and was wondering, is overclocking a viable solution? I don't remember what command I used to find my CPU speed—but it said my current speed was 2100MHz (aka 2.1 gigs), but the kicker was that my “max” speed was 4,000 MHz. Now, I would never DREAM of overclocking a laptop, or even a desktop, to that ridiculous speed, but even if I could get 2.4 or 5 out of it...and I would take full responsibility for the wrath I incur from the laptop gods. I would never run this thing unplugged—I don't anyway already so a battery's pretty much moot for me...and I have a high-speed fan running under any laptop at all times—scorched my pants with my first laptop and have been wary ever since.