The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 1.1 (Localized Full Game Box, doesn't need a steam)

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NameThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Version1.1 (Localized Full Game Box, doesn't need a steam)
Votes 4
Wine Version1.7.10
Maintainers of this version:
Local versions of Skyrim in retail box set. These versions doesn't need a steam account or even going online.
Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)

What works

What does not

What was not tested
Didn't finish the game

Additional Comments

Installed in a clean wine prefix
 no winetricks required

Playing it in medium settings
  CPU: Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83 Ghz
  RAM: 4GB
  GPU: GeForce 9600 GT
Test Results
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentLinux Mint 15 "Olivia" x86_64Feb 02 20141.7.10 Yes Yes Platinum Philipglo Joshua Opulencia 
ShowGentoo Linux AMD64Oct 12 20131.7.4 Yes Yes Platinum Galym Kerimbekov 
ShowFedora 19 x86_64Oct 06 20131.7.2 Yes Yes Platinum Gustavo 
ShowUbuntu 12.10 "Quantal" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 09 20131.5.21 Yes Yes Gold Alden Davidson 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 01 20121.5.7 N/A Yes Gold John 

Known bugs
Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected

Change screen resolution and mode
Go to your home folder, then "My Games"->"Skyrim" and open the "SkyrimPrefs.ini" file. Find the lines where you see "bFull Screen", "iSize H" and "iSize W" and change it to the values that you want. In my case, I wish to have full screen and a 1440x900 resolution so I let the lines with the following values: bFull Screen=1 iSize H=900 iSize W=1440

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



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.

The game hangs in loading screens
On Wine 1.4 the game works, but it hangs in loading screens too often. Sometimes, it even don't load the title screen, because there are some race conditions on wine that makes it stop loading some resources.


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After hitting play, nothing happens
by Pieter on Tuesday April 8th 2014, 12:10

With the instructions above and some youtube videos I managed to install the game. Steam updated it and loaded my saves, I can hit play in steam and the "pre-game" menus comes up, the one where you can choose data files and graphic options. But when I hit play there, nothing happens. Wine goes from 2 to 1 screen and even in system manager it disappears. I think I located the place wine installed the game and it was empty. Does anyone know what is causing this problem, I've been trying to get it to work for 3 days now and I'm loosing faith in wine/linux =(

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Disappearing mouse, logo, and menu backgrounds
by shre on Sunday January 27th 2013, 15:15
Sorry for the double comment, just posting a separate issue. Game runs fine, except that the mouse, Bethesda logo (in opening menu) and backgrounds for menus do not appear. Occasionally, both the cursor and the logo appear at start up and quickly disappear, which leads me to believe it is not a graphics issue.

If the game is entered by keyboard input, the mouse is responsive and allows the camera to turn, however, as a race cannot be selected without a cursor, the game is effectively unplayable.

Once again, I am running ubuntu 12.04 and have Intel HD 3000 graphics. My graphics drivers are up to the latest stable release from the ppa ubuntu-x-swat.

Any help is much appreciated! Thanks in advance.

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1.5.22 freezes on load up
by shre on Sunday January 27th 2013, 10:00
I'm running ubuntu 12.04 with Intel HD 3000 (I know, I didn't think I'd be gaming on this laptop, but my desktop died).

I got wine installed through the ppa, and skyrim installed successfully. However, once I select "Play" the mouse disappears, and there is no dragon statue in the background. Once I select new game, the tips come, and smoke moves for a little while before the game freezes and accepts no input.

I'm guessing I have something set wrong with 3d rendering for the issue with the dragon statue but I have no idea how to fix that. As for the freezing I'm at a complete loss, I've tried reinstalling, tweaking in game settings all to no avail. I've got d3dx9_42, vcrun2008, and xact, and I've removed the intro video. Any ideas?

I'm completely new at running wine, so I'm sorry if this is fairly stupid. Thanks in advance guys.

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1.5.20 update
by Alden Davidson on Saturday December 29th 2012, 17:29
As of right now, 1.5.20 seems to have broken the game - whenever I open the start menu, and click play, I get an error:
And following this error, wine closes.

This was working previously in 1.5.19, and I know that regressions are expected in the beta builds, but I just thought I should post it here.

Running Xubuntu 12.10.

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I can't get this to work
by Gustavo on Friday October 12th 2012, 10:12
So, I installed Skyrim, placed the 1.7 patch and lots of things happened...

> First of all, the launcher will not work at all so I cannot change the resolution or make it leave the windowed mode;
> There is no sound; even killing pulseaudio like it's said does nothing and I don't know how to change it to alsa or something;
> I am pretty sure I installed most of the stuff mentioned via winetricks and it still won't work;
> The game gets stuck at the carriage with Ralof trying to say something.

Err.. I am kind of a noob when it comes to wine.. Can anyone help me here?

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Game loads great, but stuck at beginning
by krack on Monday September 17th 2012, 21:48
So i got the game running, all is well, but I cant get past the beggining:
I start new game, the dragon pic, then "Skyrim", i'm on the cart, with the 3 dudes, and nothing happens for the whole ride to the town. So i youtube'd the opening gameplay and saw that the other prisoner dudes are supposed to talk to you, except they didnt talk to me.
Blondy just keeps staring at me and shaking his head (is a "no" fashion)

I dont get the whole "Ah! You're awake..." speech.

My theory: errors somewhere prevent game to trigger talk event.

I get many alsa and d3d errors:

ALSA lib pcm.c:7339:(snd_pcm_recover) underrun occurred
fixme:d3d:resource_check_usage Unhandled usage flags 0x8.
ALSA lib pcm.c:7339:(snd_pcm_recover) underrun occurred
fixme:d3d:resource_check_usage Unhandled usage flags 0x8.
fixme:d3d:resource_check_usage Unhandled usage flags 0x8.
fixme:d3d:resource_check_usage Unhandled usage flags 0x8.
fixme:avrt:AvRevertMmThreadCharacteristics (0x12345678): stub
fixme:alsa:AudioSessionControl_UnregisterAudioSessionNotification (0x14faa0)->(0xaab9b7c) - stub

P.S. i cut out many "fixme:d3d:resource_check_usage..." lines that are between all those others, the main point is there.

And sound works btw (in winecfg i got Output Device: HDA Intel - Analog

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Surround Sound?
by Forest on Monday August 20th 2012, 22:40
Now that wine 1.5.11 supposedly handles multi-channel audio, does anyone have it working? I used winecfg to try different Output devices, but none of them made voices come from my rear speakers when I turned my back on someone talking in Skyrim.

For reference, I'm using an Audigy2 card with analog 5.1 speakers, and I am not running Pulse Audio.

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Mods not working
by phYnc on Sunday August 12th 2012, 14:47
Does anyone have any idea why my installed mods don't show up? When I click data files it's just empty

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Map crashes screen output workaround
by Damon on Thursday August 2nd 2012, 13:29
Since switching to my new Radeon 6670 I encountered a problem where opening the map would crash the screen output of the game and I would be left with audio only.

I found two workarounds:
Switching from my screens native 1680 x 1050 to 1680x945 (Letterbox) fixed the problem. But now I have black bars at the top and bottom of the screen... A small price to pay.
Also the game works fine in windowed mode. So it's just an issue with the map triggering some resolution problem or something.

I'm currently running Ubuntu 12.04 64bit with lightdm & gnome3. amd-driver 12.6 from the .run package off the AMD website (not from ubuntu's driver selector).

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keyboard problems...?
by Mariano on Friday July 20th 2012, 17:15
Hi, running the box version of Skyrim, with wine 1.4, the game installed with no problems and runs very nicely (already finished the tutorial run and I'm just cruising around the map). The problem I have is this: almost all the time, when I'm moving around (wasd, obviously), the char keeps moving even if I don't press the keys (it's like it locks on that direction, whichever direction I was heading). To stop the movement I have to fast press again in the direction it's moving and it's like it "unlocks". This is the only game that has this problem (FONV and Oblivion have the same engine, and I can play flawlessly). Since it's impossible to install .net 3.5 ATM (at least for me, you can read my post on the subject here, that means no possibility to run Nexus Mod Manager (I tried already, and it soocks, since the game as is isn't so fun... rather use one of the nice overhauls online...).

Anyway, if anyone can come up with an idea to play the game without the pesky keyboard problem, or if anyone had it and solved it, I'd appreciate the ideas. :)

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Works okay
by Alex George on Friday July 6th 2012, 0:06
I was able to get it working without too much difficulty here on Arch Linux. I installed the specified libraries, along with dx10 through winetracks.
I'm using pulseaudio as well, and it works fine. Didn't have to do any tweaking regarding audio, really. Windows XP is chosen in winecfg, along with the other mentioned settings.
I couldn't start the launcher, as it would immediately crash, but I was able to work around it simply by starting TESV.exe directly, and changing any necessary settings by editing SkyrimPrefs.ini

I too faced performance issues when using Ultra high settings. I'm 90% positive that it's NOT my hardware, as it ran very smooth and stable in various locations in-game. The "performance issues" are completely random huge drops in FPS, sometimes a complete stand-still. It seems very much to be completely random, as it didn't matter the location, or where I was looking, where I was going, etc. It would simply drop at random times. At the time of writing, I have yet to test on lower settings, but I'll report back here with results on that matter.

Other than that annoying inconvenience, the game runs very well.
I don't know if it's Skyrim itself or the Wine emulation, but I noticed that the menu controls are glitchy and unresponsive sometimes.

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great stability, not crashing for several hours
by Harry on Saturday June 23rd 2012, 0:16
I was having major eventual issues; it was not just a game crash, it froze my machine all the times (instead of crash it froze, yep) I had to reboot several times;
it seems to be some kind of conflict with Unity? on ubuntu, I did this to solve:
~$ sudo X :1
in another terminal, with my normal user I typed this:
~$ xterm -display :1
on that terminal (I press ctrl+alt+f9 to access it)
I typed my usual script to run skyrim, and it is working without any crashes for several hours (it used to crash about each 30min)

my only problem now it how to setup the keyboard equal to my layout on my normal display :0, so I can access console again :/

good luck!

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fix for the audio problem
by Harry on Thursday June 21st 2012, 19:51
after installing dx10 dlls with winetricks
you will need to install xact with winetricks also,
that will fix audio problem

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fix for keyboard binding key problems
by Harry on Thursday June 21st 2012, 19:35

there is a mod that helps you bind keys, helps you change alll bound keys (I mean ALL, mmm.. lest "M" I think)

Interface Hard Coded Key Tweaks

this mod has an application also (a windows executable that works with vmware), where you can use to create a text file with your bound keys to several situations of the game (game mode, menu mode, etc...), then just copy it properly to your Data folder.

PS.: btw, nexus mod manager still only works on vmware also, because it needs dotnet 3.5...

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unable to get past loading screen
by Tom Rand on Sunday June 10th 2012, 6:33
I am running Wine 1.5.5 on Arch x86_64 using wine in 32bit mode
have all the files in the correct location & all of the overides etc stated above.
when i run the game:
env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.local/share/wineprefixes/skyrim/ wine C:\\Program\ Files\\Bethesda\ Softworks\\The\ Elder\ Scrolls\ V\ Skyrim\\TESV.exe

i get the load screen where i can chose to load an old save file or create new etc i select new but all i see is the fog & logo & hear the drums!
there are no errors on the console & i get this result even when i set wine to win xp, vista or 7

any idea's as i would love to run this in linux so i can finallyl be rid of windows for good

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by Alen Siljak on Friday April 27th 2012, 8:01
The game starts much faster under xfce and there is no flicker.

I've created new .ini files and the animation at the beginning is a bit faster.
However, I'm still not getting any menu options. I can only see the skyrim logo with the smoke behind it and that's all.

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  • RE: xfce by Alen Siljak on Wednesday May 23rd 2012, 12:01
Jumpy mouse
by Hedgehog on Tuesday February 14th 2012, 0:31
In case if anybody have problems with crazy jumpy uncontrollable mouse:
I solved it by upgrading wine to 1.3.37 and running the game within clean wineprefix (of course you still need dll overrides described in HOWTO above).

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Overriding Skyrim's AA and AI filtering?
by Aaron Hill on Wednesday January 18th 2012, 10:34
I read a comment on a thread on TomsHardware about skyrim graphics settings for strangely low FPS's on otherwise good hardware.

Apparently, Skyrim's default software for handling anti-aliasing and antisotropic filtering are...buggy? A user on TH suggested using your video card tuning software (ie. flgrx settings, or NVidia-xserver-settings) to set the video card's settings regarding antialiasing and whatnot, UNCHECKING the "use application settings" option. That's supposed to make it run better.

I have yet to try this, has anyone else had any luck with it?

I have a Phenom II x6 3GHz (8GB DDR3) and an NVidia GTX 550Ti with 2 GB DDR5 -- I should be able to run it at better than 800x600 with minimal smoothing (or at least run it at that without it being chopppy outdoors!)

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Stuck on Dragon/Fog/Music screen
by Jeff Cook on Saturday December 31st 2011, 5:49
I can open up Skyrim and get prompted to create a new game. If I create the game, though, the options disappear and I am just left looking at the dragon background with the pulsating fog and listening to chanty/drum-heavy music. I don't think this is a WINE problem, I think it's from copying the installation from my Windows PC instead of using the installer to reinstall, but if anyone knows a workaround let me know.

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dotnet30 dotnet35
by Johnathan Langley on Monday December 26th 2011, 4:49
I have been going through this left and right, trying several versions of wine along the way. Right now I am currently trying to install Skyrim on 1.3.35. No where do I see where dotnet20 or 25 is necessary for install and running. Is this right? Is no one installing dotnet before install of the game?

My main laptop is
Asus G73JW-3DE
Intel i7-740QM
nvidia GTX 460M 1535MB RAM
Running Gentoo ~amd64

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Can start the game
by Henrik Gyllensvärd on Sunday December 11th 2011, 6:00
From your instructions I've managed to get the game running on my laptop running:
Ubuntu 11.10 - 32 bit
dual core 2.0 Ghz P7350 (intel)
Nvidia GT130M
It runs but it is a bit laggy, will try some more. Laptop is ~2.5 years old now.

But I have some problems with the sound.
I have pulsoaudio and first ran in win 7 mode and no sound at all.
I tried to install the DX10 driver but did not work for me.
Changed to XP mode in wine and the sound works but it sparks all the time so really annoying.
Then I tried to install xact and run in win 7 mode and sound works for a while. I am experiencing the same problem as Nino below me. The sound just stops working after a while in game.
Uninstalling Pulsoaudio seems to solve the problem for me.

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by Nino on Sunday December 4th 2011, 15:14
During the gameplay sometimes the audio stops working any advice how to fix that ?
anything else works fine :)
love it

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  • RE: Audio by Vit Hrachovy on Monday December 5th 2011, 1:07
    • RE: Audio by MassteR on Monday December 5th 2011, 4:29
      • RE: Audio by airtonix on Saturday December 10th 2011, 6:59
        • RE: Audio by Henrik Gyllensvärd on Sunday December 11th 2011, 6:06
          • RE: Audio by airtonix on Sunday December 11th 2011, 9:25
            • RE: Audio by airtonix on Sunday December 11th 2011, 9:27
              • RE: Audio by Henrik Gyllensvärd on Saturday December 17th 2011, 10:45
by MassteR on Thursday November 17th 2011, 7:02
Hi there!
Successfully tested Skyrim rendered on remote server!

Link: standard 100M
Server: aptosid x86_64, kernel 3.0.0, GF GTX580 card
Client: aptosid x86_64, kernel 2.6.39, GF 9500 card, VirtualGL Client 64-bit v2.2.90 (Build 20110815)
Framerate: 31-55
Link load: average

Everything just fine!

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  • RE: VirtualGL by Daniel Mejia on Wednesday January 11th 2012, 8:54
  • RE: VirtualGL by Daniel Mejia on Wednesday January 11th 2012, 13:05
  • RE: VirtualGL by Daniel Mejia on Wednesday January 11th 2012, 13:21
    • RE: VirtualGL by Taus on Wednesday January 25th 2012, 3:45
      • RE: VirtualGL by Daniel Mejia on Thursday February 2nd 2012, 0:10
        • RE: VirtualGL by Siegmund van Dorssen on Sunday September 29th 2013, 17:54
  • RE: VirtualGL by Damon on Wednesday August 22nd 2012, 7:41

by Alex on Tuesday November 15th 2011, 12:14
Same for me. But if start game under Windows and make savefile it works like a charm.
I just copied folder 'My Documents/My Games/Skyrim' into '.wine/drive_c/username/My Documents' and load game.

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