The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Steam

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NameThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
License Retail
Votes 24
Wine Version1.7.21
Maintainers of this version:
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Steam version.
Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)

What works

Most everything.












What does not

Closing the game seems to hang it up.  Had to run htop and kill the process from there each of the handful of times I ran the game.

Recharging my bow with a Soul Gem made it disappear from my inventory.  Reloading the save brought the bow back.  Same result upon repeat.  Did not test with other weapons.

Dragon Soul was not absorbed upon killing a Dragon.  Did not repeat test.

Audio does crackle.  Not bad, and not all sounds.  Mostly voices.  Did not try fixes.

What was not tested

Levelling up player level.  Seems to be adding experience, though.  Perks do level up.

Perk points.

Magika/Health/Stamina points.

Swimming(apparently there's a bug?)

Intro video.  Removed file.

Additional Comments

It's entirely playable out of the box.  

All my mods worked fine.
Test Results
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentLinux Mint 17 "Qiana" x86_64Jul 27 20141.7.22 N/A Yes Silver Jarred H. 
ShowLinux Mint 17 "Qiana" x86_64Jul 09 20141.7.21 Yes Yes Platinum Brian McGuire 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Jul 23 20141.7.18 Yes Yes Silver Gabriel 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 05 20141.7.18 Yes Yes Gold James Adamson 
ShowGentoo Linux AMD64Apr 18 20141.7.16 Yes Yes Gold Thorus 

Known bugs
Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
11674 Dual-core unsupported in WoW and SC2 NEW View
12182 Supreme Commander and other games need XAudio DLLs for sound NEW View
22053 Steam games crash on startup if in-game community is not disabled (gcc bug) NEW View
26955 Prince of Persia SoT: control key bindings don't change properly REOPENED View
28282 Sound constantly crackling in lot of games UNCONFIRMED View
29055 Skyrim freezes on loading screen UNCONFIRMED View
29067 Skyrim crashes during game intro UNCONFIRMED View
29082 No sound in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in WinXP mode, but work in Win7 mode UNCONFIRMED View
30123 Mouse pointer is confined in a box lesser than the full screen UNCONFIRMED View
30981 Skyrim: Keys "stick" occasionally UNCONFIRMED View
32576 Skyrim runs but does not display game UNCONFIRMED View
33709 Skyrim: no sound after intro video in 64 bit wineprefix NEW View
34041 Skyrim (Steam) hangup on quit NEW View



If sound doesn’t work, installing DirectX10 (from directory of game) helps atleast here.

No other dll overrides present, *though* I do have maybe tons of those dlls at system32 or wherever they are installed to.

Pulseaudio is reported to need to run the in windows xp mode, changeable with winecfg or winetricks.

Some people are saying installing xact is required to get audio working. I haven’t confirmed this one myself.

Crashes, texture bugs etc..

These happens for Windows users too, so quite likely bugs in actual game. Some may not, but it’s mostly crashes about out of memory or such specific Wine issues, maybe. Or maybe the game just leaks. Anyway, until few patches (now the version is 1.1.22 or similar) are out, correctly deducing Wine bugs is a bit hard.

Running game for 1.3.32:
winetricks d3dx9_42 vcrun2008 xact
Remove Intro video in "Skyrim/Data/Video"
If using pulseaudio set Win7 mode.

Another way:
winetricks vcrun2008
installing DirectX10/DXSETUP.exe


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

Sound Issue
by Sam Welch on Wednesday July 23rd 2014, 20:16
I'm having the mentioned sound issue and have tried everything I could find and nothing works. I've uninstalled pulseaudio and am now using ALSA. The sound still does not work. Removed the intro video. Still doesn't work. Installing DirectX 10 in the game directory was mentioned, and I think I did but am not quite sure. I navigated into my skyrim folder under wineprefixes and used the command "winetrick d3d10"?? Is that what I needed to do?

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player walks without pressing any key
by Luis Donin on Thursday July 3rd 2014, 12:20
I just installed skyrim, the only bug i`m having is that my char just start walking and the keyboard stop working, i`ve searched everywhere but didn`t found any answer, i currently using ubuntu 14.04

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Anti-aliasing filters
by Malcom York on Wednesday May 7th 2014, 13:25
Has anyone tried to play with anti-aliasing filters on? if so, what is your experience?

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just a little tip to fix a bug that some people have
by Robert on Tuesday April 22nd 2014, 21:00
recently i got asked how i get skyrim too work with wine because sometimes there is this bug that skyrim is stuck at the main screen without showing the menu, i heard a lot about this bug and the solution is really simple

some mods change the font's in skyrim and sometimes that end's in wine not showing up the menu of skyrim simple fix is remove the fontconfig.txt in Data/Interface

sorry if my english is bad

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Ubuntu 14.04 wine 1.7.16
by raphael leroux on Monday April 21st 2014, 10:09
My specs:

intel i5 3570k
8 gb ram
nvidia 650 gtx with 331.38 nvidia binary

wine 1.7.16
ubuntu 14.04 amd64
kernel 3.13.0-24-generic

Skyrim runs good without any tweak on high settings.
Got sound working with xact, vcrun2010, the dx10 installed from game folder and winecfg xp-mode.

I also edited ~/.config/monitors.xml to set my right monitor as primary so wine uses it for fullscreen.

screen :

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Mods won't stay checked
by Ben Gilbert on Friday April 11th 2014, 7:03
Hi Everyone,
I have installed Skyrim via Steam and downloaded some mods from the Steam Workshop. Unfortunately once I check the mod file it won't stay checked and consequently won't load. I have seen some postings mentioning setting the file permission of a plugins.txt file. I don't have that file on my system and adding it doesn't help.

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Runs on Ubuntu 13.10, WINE 1.7.15
by LinuxSupahFly on Friday April 4th 2014, 19:21
Having played Oblivion under WINE (with no problems), I thought I'd give Skyrim a go. The installer runs fine, and I'm able to load the game and play, but I have no sound. Tried setting WINE to Win 2000 mode, XP mode and 7 mode, but no luck. Video in cut-scenes and in-game movies is beautiful, and game play is very smooth (sans Audio). Running Ubuntu 13.10 with Cinnamon 2.0.14 (instead of Unity), nvidia GeForce GT430 (with 1 GB of VRAM) @ 1920x1080 (using nVidia binary, not Nouveau), Intel P4 Hyperthreaded, 3.0 GHz, 4 GB of system RAM, Generic Kernel 3.13.06-031306. Still working on the sound. Otherwise, magnificent!

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dotNET4 tools need running as administrator
by Tim Van den Langenbergh on Friday February 21st 2014, 9:49

you say that dotNET4-based tools (like FNIS) work, but when I try running FNIS, I get error 5 (which means I need to run it as an administrator). Did you manage to get it running somehow?


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Very Slow
by Hohe on Saturday February 15th 2014, 20:36
Skyrim was running very smoothly and fine until this morning, then suddenly became very slow.
The mouse stutters and the game runs with very low fps all of a sudden and I swear I didn't change anything.

Now I change every option in video settings and it doesn't seem to solve the problem.

I'm running it on a winewrapper on version 1.7.12 on a Macbook Pro, OSX Mavericks. Processor i5, graphics Intel HD4000.

Another interesting fact is that now I cant CMD+Q to quit anymore (until this morning I could), I need to do CMD+Tab and close from the dock. Also, the keyboard layout changed without any intervention from my side.

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Works with Wine 1.7.6
by Carlos Rodriguez on Wednesday December 18th 2013, 11:38
Tested on:

Wine 1.7.6 (compilado)
Nvidia Drivers 331.20 (.run package)
Linux Mint 15 KDE 32Bit - Kernel PAE
CPU: INTEL Pentium G3220 (Nucleo Haswell a 22nm) 3.0Ghz (Dual-Core) Stock Clock
MEM: 8GB DDR3 1333 (2x4) Patriot value (128 bit dual channel: 21.3 gb/s)
GPU: Zotac Nvidia Geforce GT630 (GK208 28nm: 384 Shaders / 8 ROPS) Zone Edition Passive Cooling 2GB DDR3 1800Mhz a 64Bit (14.4Gb/s)

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Game fails to grab the mouse
by Tim on Monday December 2nd 2013, 13:48
I just recently upgraded from Mint 15 to Mint 16. On 15, I was able to play this without any issue. Now I'm getting the issue related in bug 30123. I've tried this on WINE version 1.4.1, 1.6.1, and 1.7.7 (creating a new prefix each time) and got the same issue on all three. Tried enabling the mouse capture option in winecfg, enabled the window manager control option, used wine tricks to set grabfullscreen to y, and tried a few registry modifications suggested on the bug page. I've tried two other games on the 1.6.1 and 1.7.7 prefixes (CS:GO, Serious Sam HD: SE), and Skyrim was the only game affected by this issue in both cases.

Is anything more known about this problem or what might be causing it?

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X3DAudio1_7.dll not found
by Tim Van den Langenbergh on Saturday November 23rd 2013, 13:53

I've tried winetricks --force xact vcrun2008 d3dx9_42, yet no matter what I try, when I launch Skyrim I get the launcher, and when I click Play, nothing happens.

The last message the console shows is:
Steam_SetMinidumpSteamID: Caching Steam ID: 76561198031182134 [API loaded no]
err:module:import_dll Library X3DAudio1_7.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\SteamApps\\common\\Skyrim\\TESV.exe") not found
err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for L"C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\SteamApps\\common\\Skyrim\\TESV.exe" failed, status c0000135

Looking around, I only people suggesting installing xact, which I tried multiple times, but doesn't seems to change anything.

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if I use ENB of RealLike, the game freezes and crashes much more often..
by Harry on Sunday October 20th 2013, 19:04
if I use ENB of RealLike, the game freezes and crashes much more often..

any tips?

geforce 250gs 500mb with hi-res packs
it usually freezes on whiterun and rarely elsewhere; but with RealLike it freezes all the time :(

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by Drake on Friday October 18th 2013, 2:48
For some reason when I play the game runs incredibly, painfully slow.

My frame per second is less than 1. My CPU use stays oddly low. I can't even make it through the intro scene on the cart because it takes so long. I got to the part where you're getting off the cart once, and then nothing happened. Everyone just stood their scratching their asses.

I know my computer can handle the game (it did find with it via bootcamp), but I'm looking to get rid of my bootcamp partition and this game is one of the few holding me up.

Any ideas what could cause it to run this slowly?

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  • RE: Lag by Harry on Sunday October 20th 2013, 19:09
    • RE: Lag by Drake on Friday November 1st 2013, 1:05
      • RE: Lag by Harry on Friday November 1st 2013, 16:37
ENB Shift+Enter wont work
by Harry on Wednesday October 16th 2013, 15:29
any tips? no matter of ENB version I try :(...

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No Normal CTD
by Reinhard on Saturday August 31st 2013, 3:53

Since I play Skyrim I'm unable to get normal crashes from it (so-called CTD). Instead the game hangs up and freezes my system.

The CTD is a normal behaviour for mod conflict or bugs in the game.

I have no trace in the log when this happens so basically I'm clueless how I can force wine to normal crash the game without freezing the system.

One thing I saw is that disc and network still work (a started download finished when I waited some minutes). The X session itself though is dead as I was unable to kill the Skyrim process with a delayed kill command from a X terminal.

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by Merrill on Thursday August 22nd 2013, 12:29
I'm using Wine 1.6 i

After installing Directx 10 from the disk, defining my video memory in regedit, and using a few of the suggested winetricks, I have the game running. Everything works, However, the game runs at 4-8 fps, even at the lowest resolution, with all the settings turned down.

This is my system:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955
Memory: 8GB DDR3
Video: Radeon 6790 1gb (Using Latest Proprietary driver)
Linux Mint 15 (Olivia) Cinnamon x64

Has anyone found any tricks/settings to get the game running smoothly?

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problems with mods & DLC
by Tom Rand on Thursday August 15th 2013, 7:59
I recently had an issue with running skyrim in wine where it could not load my mods & dlc & resulted in the warning that the save contains content that is not available.

this is due to the game not being run from the folder where it is installed, I had to:

cd /path/to/prefix/drive_c/Program\ Files/Bethesda\ Softworks/The\ Elder\ Scrolls\ V/

then i ran it how I always do:

env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX="/home//.local/share/wineprefixes/skyrim" wine "C:\Program Files\Bethesda Softworks\The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim\TESV.exe"

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After every so often the graphics glitch up
by MarioMaster100 on Tuesday August 6th 2013, 13:27
Specs: Wine 1.6-rc4, debian testing 64bit, 6gb ram, i5 processor, intel sandybridge graphics card. The game runs mostly smoothly on low settings but there is some occasional lag. Every so often the game shows rainbow polygons blinking and such on the screen and I can barely read the menu with that to save and quit. After I reload the game it's back to normal but it will still do it later.

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some keys not working
by abe o'farrell on Monday August 5th 2013, 3:33
Hi. I am using wine and winebotter on my iMac, which is running Mountain Lion.

I installed Steam using winebotter, then from Steam installed Skyrim. It works perfectly except for 2 errors I have identified.

1. I cannot drop or give items. The default is "D" key, and cannot be changed. When I press D nothing happens.
1. I cannot set favourite items. The default is "F" key and it does not work. I changed the key to another key and still I cannot set favourites.

Is there a setting somewhere in Wine where I can adjust the keys or something? Has anyone else had the same problem?

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Ingame console
by Joni Larsen-Haikarainen on Sunday August 4th 2013, 23:46
Has anyone been able to open the ingame console?
The key that is supposed to do it dose nothing for me.
Nether pressing the key that for me has the ~ sign.

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Underwater fix
by Joni Larsen-Haikarainen on Thursday August 1st 2013, 1:04
This mod fixes the underwater visibility problem:

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