The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim All Versions

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NameThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
VersionAll Versions
License Retail
Votes 37
Wine Version1.7.55
Maintainers of this version:

Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)

What works
Everything works. From installation, to adding expansions, to changing graphics (even to the max), to sound, changing keyboard configuration and more.

What does not
Only issue so far is a random key stuck issue. This is already reported on for tickets 30981 and 30984.

What was not tested
Everything was tested including 5.1 sound.

Additional Comments

CPU - Core I7 4770K
RAM - 32GB
VID - Nvidia GT 440
OS: Windows 7

NOTE: You obviously need .NET Framework or else the launcher will not work (The same as in official Windows 7). This can be grabbed from winetricks.
Test Results
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentUbuntu 15.10 "Wily" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 27 20151.7.55 Yes Yes Gold Luis Alvarado 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Oct 23 20151.7.53 Yes Yes Bronze LunaVorax 
ShowopenSUSE 13.2 x86_64Jul 23 20151.7.47 Yes Yes Bronze Arthur Dent 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Jun 27 20151.7.46 No, but has workaround Yes Gold Юрий Жаворонков 
ShowArch LinuxApr 19 20151.7.36 Yes Yes Silver an anonymous user 

Known bugs
Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
11674 Dual-core unsupported in WoW and SC2 STAGED 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
29067 Skyrim crashes during game intro UNCONFIRMED View
30123 Mouse pointer is confined in a box lesser than the full screen REOPENED View
30981 Skyrim: Keys "stick" occasionally NEW View
30984 Some keys do not work in different games (Trine, Skyrim, Dragon Age Origins, Dragon Age 2, Star Trek Online, Gothic 2) NEW View
34041 Skyrim (Steam) hangup on quit NEW View
36059 Multiple Steam games fail to install DirectX runtime prerequisite, resulting in repeated install attempt on startup ('xinput1_3.dll' locked by client) NEW View
37508 Some Bethesda games sometimes freeze during gameplay UNCONFIRMED View
37995 Mouse jittering when steam overlay is enabled UNCONFIRMED View
38211 Skyrim: freezes on opening screen UNCONFIRMED View

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

Miscellaneous Tips


To fix crackling and choppy sound with Pulseaudio:

Possible fix 0:
run in some terminal:
while true; do pasuspender sleep 0.02; sleep 60; done
This finally prevents buffer underruns and the sound is perfect then.

Possible fix 1:
Setting SndQueueMax to 15 (default is 10), see here:

Underwater view

If you cannot see underwater (water is solid green):
Edit SkyrimPrefs.ini in your 'My Games\Skyrim' directory and in the [Imagespace] section set bDoDepthOfField=0 and iRadialBlurLevel=0

This is a game bug, not a Wine issue!

Stuck at main screen

Some mods change the fonts in Skyrim and sometimes that ends in wine not showing up the menu of Skyrim. Simple fix is to remove fontconfig.txt in Data/Interface.

Crashes, texture bugs etc..

Remember, this is a Bethesda game, a few bugs happen for Windows users too, so blaming wine might not be justified. Please leave comments and bug reports, especially if things that used to work suddenly break.


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

No voices: any fix for this?
by Michael on Saturday October 31st 2015, 12:07
I'm using ALSA, no pulseaudio. Tried installing DX10 from the game directory, and installed xact. None of these solutions work for me. The game seems to run great other that this issue which makes it impossible to even start a new game.

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No sound after intro video
by Storm on Tuesday October 27th 2015, 19:34
Many people had this, but none of teh fixes that worked for dem does work for me. And funny thing, it worked for years until few weeks ago when I last played, then today I wanted to play, and no sound...

I have:
- verified game cache
- updated and rebooted my system
- reinstalled everything with winetricks that was installed before
- installed xact via winetricks
- reinstalled DirectX from game's directory
- removed intro video file
- toggled Wine from XP mode to Win 7 mode
- made sure Wine uses pulseaudio
- made sure speakers in Wine are set to stereo and not 5.1

None of these made a difference.

See more details at my bug ticket:

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Black flickering surfaces fix
by Stephen on Monday October 19th 2015, 19:55
I had problems using wine-staging 1.7.52. The game was playable but I was getting black or gray flickering on surfaces like roofs or the ground. To fix I disabled "nvapi" in the library tab of winecfg. Hope this helps people who want to keep the game beautiful while playing.

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Many Keyboard Input Bugs
by Anthony Ruth on Thursday September 17th 2015, 20:40
I believe the walking/shuffling/sticky keys bug is actually the same as this bug for keyboard input:

I set up a rule for the dinput library to native,builtin and was able to change the keys in my controls page to F1, but tab was still not being detected.

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crashes just inside game
by jazz on Saturday July 18th 2015, 0:40
game seems to load ok with wine staging but may be in fact hanging waiting for the menu to load.I have GLSL and Hardware shaders on and 2048 MB of VRAM manually set.Im using the optional CSMT option as well.
I cant get to the menu but the game seems to be loaded ok.Im on fedora 21.No sound issues.I dont want to drop a release version test data just yet if I can get this to work.

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Jerky/Stuttering movement when walking
by Jonathan Farrugia on Monday May 11th 2015, 16:11
I have noticed that when you switch the walk/run toggle with Caps lock the character stutters when walking / running.

A simple workaround to this is to rebind the Walk/Run toggle to another key. In my case I've set it to the letter X and the movement issues are gone for good.

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Playing Skyrim Locked up the entire computer!
by Steven Wilson on Friday May 8th 2015, 7:47
I was playing Skyrim for several hours. When I tried to go into a dungeon, the sound began playing over and over like it was stuck in a loop. Everything froze. [CTRL] + [ALT] + [ESC] didn’t work. [CTRL] + [ALT] + [DEL] wouldn't work. Pressing the power button briefly didn't work. I had to hold the power button until the power was killed and then restart the computer.

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by Jaime Pérez Aparicio on Sunday May 3rd 2015, 10:44
When I stop playing and press go to desktop game blocks and don't let me return to desktop. I can see ohter opened windows with Alt+Tab, but skyrim window doesn't dissappear. Evverything else works as expected

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  • RE: by Josep on Friday May 8th 2015, 5:33
    • RE: by Kai Krakow on Friday November 20th 2015, 11:34
Audio distortion
by Steven Wilson on Friday May 1st 2015, 12:55
I just reinstalled this using the PlayOnLinux install script. Everything seems to work except when the characters talk the sound is a bit distorted like its getting feedback.

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Alternate Underwater Visibility Method
by Nicholas O'Connor on Tuesday March 10th 2015, 3:04
Since this is a bug with the game itself, the mod community has its own set of fixes. You can install "Green Water Fix" to fix this bug without completely turning off DoF.

The mod was last seen at, however, the Nexus has been known to change their URLs regularly (to the point of changing domain names several times), so when this link finally goes defunct, just search "Green Water Fix" on the Skyrim Nexus.

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Latest BodySlide 2 and Outfit mod
by Reinhard on Saturday January 3rd 2015, 11:32
This concerns users of the latest BodySlide2 and Outfit mod:

It is not possible to install vcredist_x86 2013 when you use have a "Win7" prefix. I have tested this myself and even under native Ubuntu I cannot access the files ("Access Denied". This is an ACL issue (the files are in C:\users\Public\Application Data\Package Cache\

So Bodyslide2 mod cannot right now not be used with Wine.

The issue is known since years, there even exist a patch but up to now it was not applied unfortunately.
Also the patch requires that you have your Skyrim on an Ext4 partition or it won't work.

So apart from applying the patch (I don't know if it still working with the "current" wine) on wine sources, I see the following workarounds:
1) Use cabextract to extract the vcredist_x86 and copy the two DLL manually to windows/system32
2) Try to change to "WinXP" and test if it is working (I suspect that 2013 in this case cannot be installed).

The best thing would be if BodySlide2 mod would include these two DLL or provide a method to install them without requiring ACL (I don't know if it is possible, however another Game's Launcher from a Game that I bought, was able to install VS2012 in the System32 folder. The vcredist_x86 from 2012 apparently has the same problem as I have read in the thread where the patch was mentioned. The difference is on my side that this is a WinXP prefix compared to my Skyrim prefix).

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Graphical glitch
by Tim Van den Langenbergh on Sunday August 31st 2014, 14:08
Hm, I recently reinstalled everything on my system, and now when I try and run SKyrim (in a clean prefix, with steam doing the install) the game has a graphical glitch on the main menu and I can't run do anything.

It might be my system, as I get a number of error messages saying that radeon failed to locate buffers and GL OUT OF MEMORY errors.

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Ubuntu 14.04, WINE 1.7.19, Skyrim hangs on exit to desktop
by LinuxSupahFly on Monday August 11th 2014, 9:31
Plays fine, except that it hangs when I try to exit to desktop.

Here's what I'm running:

product: P5B
vendor: ASUSTeK Computer INC.
version: Rev 1.xx

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz
size: 2394MHz
capacity: 3800MHz
width: 64 bits
clock: 266MHz

6 GiB

product: GF108 [GeForce GT 430] [10DE:DE1]
vendor: NVIDIA Corporation [10DE]
bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
version: a1
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
vram: 1 GiB

product: GF108 High Definition Audio Controller [10DE:BEA]
vendor: NVIDIA Corporation [10DE]
bus info: pci@0000:01:00.1
version: a1
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz

product: 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller [8086:284B]
vendor: Intel Corporation [8086]
bus info: pci@0000:00:1b.0
version: 02
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz

Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, 3.15.7-031507-generic #201407281235 SMP Mon Jul 28 16:37:21 UTC 2014 x86_64 GNU/Linux
Skyrim (non-Steam with Dawnguard, Hearthfires, and Dragonborn DLC)

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Glitches and workarounds
by Lindsay Bradford on Sunday August 3rd 2014, 20:24
Similar experience, but I've now put about 100 hours into the game. Beyond what's already mentioned in the submission, here are two painful experiences I'm having with workarounds that I've found:

* lock-picking causes character to have jerky walk/run animation. Workaround: Toggle the caps-lock key, and try moving again. Repeat until it resets itself. Doesn't take many tries.

* The 'F' key isn't being recognised when trying to favourite spells/equipment. Workaround: The 'escape' key seems to do this toggling of favourites on/off instead.

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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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