The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Steam

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NameThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
License Retail
Votes 24
Wine Version1.7.21
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Steam version.
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What works

Everything. From installing the game, updating (Using 1.4.21 right now). I have done at least 80 missions, discovered I am betting more than 100 places or so and killed many dragons. Graphics look superb and I am using a Geforce Gt440 1GB.

 The game does need  vcrun2008 which can be installed via winetricks but this is something that already comes with Windows 7 so it is not considered a workaround so much as something missing from the "Windows Version" option. I also selected Windows 7 as the option and installed Directx 10 which comes with the game.


Just 3 things:

1. Install DirectX10 which comes with the game.

2. Install vcrun2008 with winetricks

3. Select Windows 7 which should make the experience much better.

What does not
Have not found any problems for the moment. At least 100+ hours of game with no problems of graphics, sound or anything else that might affect my gameplay.

What was not tested
Have not gotten to the end yet but for the moment everything has been tested.

Additional Comments

CPU - Core 2 Duo E8500
Nvidia Geforce GT440 1GB
Test Results
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
ShowLinux Mint 17 "Qiana" x86_64Jul 09 20141.7.21 Yes Yes Platinum Brian McGuire 
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 
ShowFedora 20 x86_64Mar 19 20141.7.13 Yes Yes Bronze Frederik Hertzum 
ShowFedora 20 x86_64Mar 17 20141.7.13 Yes Yes Bronze Frederik Hertzum 
ShowLinux Mint 16 "Petra" x86_64Feb 22 20141.7.12 Yes Yes Platinum Gökhan Çalışkan 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Feb 11 20141.7.11 Yes Yes Platinum William Temple 
ShowFedora 20 x86_64Jan 19 20141.7.11 Yes Yes Gold Brian 
ShowGentoo Linux AMD64Jan 13 20141.7.10 Yes Yes Platinum eroen 
ShowUbuntu 13.10 "Saucy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 01 20141.7.9 Yes Yes Gold Le Gluon du Net 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Dec 26 20131.7.8 Yes Yes Gold Danny 
ShowUbuntu 13.04 "Raring" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 07 20131.7.8 Yes Yes Gold Jose 
ShowLinux Mint 16 "Petra"Mar 21 20141.6.1 Yes Yes Bronze jazz 
ShowLinux Mint 15 "Olivia"Nov 18 20131.7.4 Yes Yes Gold Rafael Fortunatti 
ShowopenSUSE 13.1 x86_64Feb 28 20141.6 Yes Yes Gold fio 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 29 20131.6 Yes Yes Gold Reinhard 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jul 02 20131.6-rc4 Yes Yes Gold an anonymous user 
ShowLinux Mint 15 "Olivia"Jun 24 20131.6-rc2 Yes Yes Silver Carlos Rodriguez 
ShowLinux Mint 13 "Maya" x86_64Feb 06 20131.5.23 Yes Yes Gold an anonymous user 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Feb 02 20131.5.22 Yes Yes Gold William J May 
ShowUbuntu 12.10 "Quantal" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 17 20121.5.19 Yes Yes Gold Torbjörn Olsson 
ShowLinux Mint 14 "Nadia"Dec 08 20121.5.18 Yes Yes Silver Carlos Rodriguez 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Nov 06 20121.5.16 Yes Yes Platinum Echo 
ShowLinux Mint 13 "Maya"Oct 29 20121.5.16 Yes Yes Silver Carlos Rodriguez 
ShowLinux Mint 13 "Maya"Oct 20 20121.5.15 Yes Yes Gold Carlos Rodriguez 
ShowFedora 17 x86_64Oct 01 20121.5.14 Yes Yes Platinum an anonymous user 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Sep 30 20121.5.14 Yes Yes Gold Michael Promutico 
ShowFedora 17 x86_64Sep 30 20121.5.13 Yes Yes Platinum an anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 11 20121.5.8 Yes Yes Bronze an anonymous user 
ShowLinux Mint 16 "Petra"Mar 21 20141.4.1 Yes No Garbage jazz 
ShowUbuntu 13.04 "Raring" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 07 20131.4.1 Yes Yes Gold an anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.10 "Quantal" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 11 20131.4.1 Yes Yes Gold an anonymous user 
ShowArch LinuxJun 22 20121.5.6 Yes Yes Silver Jeff Cook 
ShowopenSUSE 12.1Jun 15 20121.5.6 Yes No Garbage Denis 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 08 20121.5.5 Yes Yes Platinum Filippe 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 29 20121.5.3 Yes Yes Gold jakimfett 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 15 20121.5.2 Yes Yes Gold Carlos Rodriguez 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 25 20121.5.0 Yes Yes Gold Yore 
CurrentUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 12 20121.4-rc2 Yes Yes Platinum Luis Alvarado 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 7.x "Wheezy" x86_64Feb 06 20121.4-rc2 Yes Yes Gold Yuki 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 17 20121.3.37 Yes Yes Silver Carlos Rodriguez 
ShowMac OS X 10.7 "Lion"Jan 17 20121.3.37 Yes Yes Platinum an anonymous user 
ShowSlackware 13.37Jan 14 20121.3.37 Yes Yes Gold an anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 6.0 "Squeeze" x86_64Jan 14 20121.3.37 N/A Yes Gold Joseph Kogut 
ShowLinux Mint 10 "Julia"Jan 12 20121.3.35 Yes Yes Gold matt 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 28 20111.3.35 Yes Yes Silver Alex Monk 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 13 20111.3.34 Yes Yes Gold Catherine Allen 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 7.x "Wheezy" x86_64Dec 12 20111.3.34 Yes Yes Gold Yuki 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Dec 11 20111.3.34 Yes Yes Gold Björn Bidar 
ShowSlackware 13.37Nov 25 20111.3.33 Yes Yes Gold David J Kyle 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Nov 19 20111.3.33 Yes Yes Gold an anonymous user 
ShowGentoo Linux AMD64Dec 04 20111.3.32 Yes Yes Gold Ranlid 
ShowGentoo Linux AMD64Nov 18 20111.3.32 N/A Yes Bronze Julian Ospald 
ShowGentoo Linux AMD64Nov 16 20111.3.32 N/A Yes Gold Galym Kerimbekov 
ShowLinux Mint 12 "Lisa" x86_64Nov 15 20111.3.32 Yes Yes Gold Xpander 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 14 20111.3.32 Yes Yes Gold Carlos Rodriguez 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Nov 13 20111.3.32 Yes Yes Gold Jari Vetoniemi 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 13 20111.3.32 Yes Yes Gold Stepan Nassyr 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Nov 13 20111.3.32 N/A Yes Gold Dinth 
ShowLinux Mint 11 "Katya" x86_64Nov 12 20111.3.32 Yes Yes Gold Eric Sandall 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 12 20111.3.32 Yes Yes Bronze an anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 12 20111.3.32 Yes No Garbage an anonymous user 
ShowGentoo Linux AMD64Nov 12 20111.3.32 Yes Yes Silver an anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 12 20111.3.32 Yes Yes Silver Konstantin 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid"Nov 12 20111.3.32 Yes Yes Gold Seegras 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 11 20111.3.32 No Not installable Garbage Samuel 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Nov 11 20111.3.32 Yes Yes Gold an anonymous user 
ShowFreeBSD 8.1Nov 11 20111.3.32 Yes No Garbage Tim Cooper 
ShowGentoo Linux AMD64Nov 11 20111.3.32 N/A Yes Silver Cuchac 
ShowSlackware 13.37Nov 11 20111.3.32 Yes Yes Bronze an anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 10 20111.3.32 Yes Yes Silver JT 
ShowGentoo LinuxDec 13 20111.3.31 Yes Yes Silver Sebastiano Tibolla 
ShowGentoo LinuxNov 12 20111.3.30 Yes Yes Gold talchas 
ShowGentoo Linux AMD64Nov 11 20111.3.30 Yes Yes Bronze Samu Voutilainen 
ShowSlackware -currentNov 11 20111.3.29 Yes Yes Bronze Operator 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 28 20111.3.28 No, but has workaround Yes Gold an anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 13 20111.3.28 Yes Yes Gold an anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 12 20111.3.28 Yes Yes Gold TcShadow 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 11 20111.3.27 Yes Yes Bronze Hamza 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 22 20111.2.2 Yes Yes Garbage an anonymous user 

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.

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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by Andrew Grabauskas on Sunday July 21st 2013, 15:21
When trying to load Skyrim, I get a "Failed to initialize renderer. ShaderModel3 required but not supported by your video card" error, however, it works under my Win7 Virtual Machine on the same computer. Has anyone any ideas?

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