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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an open world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth installment in The Elder Scrolls series, following The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

Application Details:

Version: Steam
License: Retail
URL: http://www.elderscrolls.com/
Votes: 40
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.12-staging

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

  • Installing and playing the game through Steam

What does not

  • Missing audio on some configs
  • Occasionally choppy mouse movement
  • Corrupted/stretchy shadows on some configs
  • Lots of issues getting mods working (ENB, Mod Organizer, FNIS)

Workarounds

  • To fix missing audio:
    • winetricks xact
  • To fix occasionally choppy mouse movement:
    • winetricks dinput xinput dinput8
    • Set all dinput, dinput8, and xinput dlls to "builtin,native" in winecfg
  • To fix corrupted or stretchy shadows:
    • disable nvapi in winecfg
  • To get ENB working:
    • winetricks d3dcompiler_43 d3dcompiler_47 d3dx9_24 d3dx9_25 d3dx9_26 d3dx9_27 d3dx9_28 d3dx9_29 d3dx9_30 d3dx9_31 d3dx9_32 d3dx9_33 d3dx9_34 d3dx9_35 d3dx9_36 d3dx9_37 d3dx9_38 d3dx9_39 d3dx9_40 d3dx9_41 d3dx9_42 d3dx9_43
    • set d3d9 to "native,builtin" in winecfg
  • To get Mod Organizer working:
    • Use movfs4l.py to symlink after managing mods within MO (separately)
  • To get FNIS working:
    • winetricks physx dotnet45 vcrun2010 msxml6
  • To get SKSE working:
    • skse_loader.exe may need to be renamed to SkyrimLauncher.exe in order to launch from Steam

What was not tested

  • Controller support

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

  • Notes on ENB:
    • Some ENB configurations will be missing effects
      • Rampage ENB is only missing SSAO and subsurface scattering
        • Unlike most ENBs, reflections will work
        • DOF and lens effects must be disabled to remove vignette-like artifacting
    • Use the latest ENB from the enbdev site
      • v0.366 seems to work much better than older versions
    • Shadows will be pixellated no matter what
      • Increasing shadow quality in SkyrimPrefs.ini doesn't seem to help
    • I can't get the ingame ENB editor/menu to work
    • Temporarily rename d3d9.dll before attempting to open the Skyrim launcher or it will crash

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
ShowLinux Mint 19.3 "Tricia"Jul 10 20205.12-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumLinuxSupahFly 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jan 01 20204.21Yes Yes YesGoldDoug T 
ShowManjaro Linux 18.1.0Sep 13 20194.15Yes Yes YesGoldKy Nguyen 
ShowmacOS 10.13 "High Sierra"May 30 20194.9-stagingYes Yes YesGoldAvenue 
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Dec 28 20184.0-rc3-stagingYes Yes YesGoldDoug T 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
11674 Dual-core unsupported in WoW and SC2 STAGED View
28282 Sound constantly crackling in lot of games STAGED View
30123 Mouse pointer is confined in a box lesser than the full screen REOPENED View
30984 Some keys do not work in different games (Trine, Skyrim, Dragon Age Origins, Dragon Age 2, Star Trek Online, Gothic 2) STAGED View
37508 Some Bethesda games sometimes freeze during gameplay UNCONFIRMED View
37995 Mouse jittering when steam overlay is enabled UNCONFIRMED View
39132 Skyrim: flickering / glitchy shadows UNCONFIRMED View
40983 VRamSizeDX9 reports incorrect video memory(Skyrim with ENB problem) UNCONFIRMED View
41262 It won't let me open Skyrim on my Steam UNCONFIRMED View
43105 Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and Skyrim crash when the Steam overlay is opened on macOS UNCONFIRMED View
44878 Skyrim with ENB fails to load game (d3dcompiler:assemble_shader Asm reading failed) UNCONFIRMED View
45575 Skyrim: No controller input when multiple controllers are connected UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

Change screen resolution and mode
  • Go to your home folder and open "Documents"->"My Games"->"Skyrim"
  • Open the "SkyrimPrefs.ini" file.

  • Find the lines where you see "bFull Screen", "iSize H" and "iSize W"
    and change their values to your desired resolution.
Getting ENB Working

This method is experimental presently(see associated bugs), so try at your own behest.

  1. Install enb same way as in windows to game directory
  2. Open `winecfg` and under libraries add "d3d9" and set it to "Native then builtin".
  3. To set basic enb environment, run `winetricks --showbroken d3dcompiler_43`
  4. Additional dll requirements change depending on the preset used, `winetricks d3dx9_43 d3dx9_36` should work fine for most presets.
  5. Experiment with more dlls to get your preset working but avoid installing directx9, d3dx9_42 and d3d9 as they would do more harm then good.
Skyrim + ENB: Common Workarounds

Game getting stuck at load screen (Vivid Weathers ENB)

  • This is caused by enbeffect.fx and enbeffect.fx.ini files, I replaced these with the one from Tetrachromatic ENB Ghost Preset to make it work.

Game getting stuck after/during load screen, ingame music keeps running(Multiple ENB Presets)

  • Set `FixParallaxTerrain=false` in enblocal.ini

There is a black overlay over characters and objects(Tetrachromatic ENB Ghost Preset)

  • This is a issue in subsurface scattering, set`EnableSubSurfaceScattering=false` in enbseries.ini to solve this. 
  • Surprisingly, enabling ambient occlusion also corrects this, only set `EnableAmbientOcclusion=true` in enbseries.ini to have both ambient occlusion ans subsurface scattering working without issues.

Everything is black with only hud visible

  • Set `FixTintGamma=false` in enblocal.ini
Miscellaneous Tips



Audio

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:
Make sure your realtime kit (rt-kit) is installed and functional so it can assign pulseaudio realtime priority. The kernel config CONFIG_RT_GROUP_SCHED needs to be off for this (see here).

Possible fix 2:
Setting SndQueueMax to 15 (default is 10), see here:
wiki.winehq.org/UsefulRegistryKeys

Possible fix 3:
Launch wine with an environment variable set:
PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=50 wine steam.exe

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.

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