Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)
What does not
Skyrim has huge graphical issues so that a lot of textures are wrongly coloured. Also the game is way slower than the windows version. You can play the game, if your CPU ist strong enough. Otherwise your have to deal with 10-20 FPS. Lowering the graphics settings will help.
The game freezes when you try to quit from the main menu.
What was not tested
Just tested some minutes of the gameplay
I used an extra prefix to install DirectX10 and xact via winetricks. Then I startet Skyrim with this prefix:
WINEPREFIX=~/.wine-skyrim WINEARCH=win32 winetricks d3dx10
WINEPREFIX=~/.wine-skyrim WINEARCH=win32 winetricks xact
WINEPREFIX=~/.wine-skyrim WINEARCH=win32 path/to/Steam.exe
If the Steam Client doesn't show any fonts your need to deactivate "dwrite.dll" via winecfg or start like:
WINEPREFIX=~/.wine-skyrim WINEARCH=win32 path/to/Steam.exe -no-dwrite
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:
The following was taken from a user comment dated 2012-09-24:
If you cannot see underwater (water is solid green), apply this fix:
- Edit SkyrimPrefs.ini in your 'My Games\Skyrim' directory and in
the [Imagespace] section set bDoDepthOfField=0 and iRadialBlurLevel=0
(Note this is a game bug, not a Wine issue.)
2015-05-23 Admin note: the following was extracted from user comments over a year old and may not be relevant to current Wine.
If sound doesn’t work, installing DirectX10 (from directory of game) helps at least 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.
Stuck at main screen
Some mods change the fonts in Kkyrim 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..
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.
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Many Keyboard Input Bugs
by Anthony Ruth on Thursday September 17th 2015, 20:40
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.
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.
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
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 www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/14007/?, 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.
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.
bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=33576 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).
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.
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?