Re: 9600 GT, WoW, WINE- low fps black screen
Well you should def. see better performance - running a core2duo e8400 with a 9600gt here and i'm getting 30fps even in an absolute worst case scenario (shattrath at rush hour, 1680x1050, everything maxed in game and 4xAA).
The glxgear score also seems low - getting around 15000 here at default window size.
Running 32bit Ubuntu hardy though - not sure if that makes any difference, no experience with the 64bit flavour...
Maybe post your glxinfo output?