Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)
Pretty much everything
SKSE (Skyrim Script Extender)
Mods (including graphics enhancement mods)
What does not
Changing the controls
Exiting the game causes it to freeze (the solution is to kill the process)
What was not tested
Anything past "Bleak Falls Barrows"
If you have problems running it then just create a new Wine Prefix and only install the required runtimes (if you have it on Steam then the installers should be in the game folder) and see if it works. Installing other runtimes may actually make the game unplayable. At first I tried it with Wine 1.7.36 (latest at the moment) and at first it crashed at startup, then when it worked the mouse was uncontrollable and the sound was very noisy. So yes, a clean prefix can work wonders.
So far the games runs really well and I can't notice much of a performance hit. Even that few "missing" frames I think they are caused by the mods rather than Wine because without them it seems to work a little better... and I have 230+ mods at the moment :D It handles them as well as on Windows, which is nice!
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.)
Admin note: these instructions are very old and may not apply to
current versions of Wine. Follow at your own risk, and if you run into
problems, please reinstall to a clean wineprefix before asking for help.
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.
Admin note: these instructions are very old and may not apply to current versions of Wine. Follow at your own risk, and if you run into problems, please reinstall to a clean wineprefix before asking for help.
Running game for 1.3.32:
winetricks d3dx9_42 vcrun2008 xact
Remove Intro video in "Skyrim/Data/Video"
If using pulseaudio set Win7 mode.
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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 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?
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
Mods won't stay checked
by Ben Gilbert on Friday April 11th 2014, 7:03
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.
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 =(
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!