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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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What works

Pretty much the whole game! Had some minor difficulties getting it working initially (see below) but when the game is running, it runs almost flawlessly; certainly nothing cumbersome that interferes with gameplay. Console commands works great. Installation process was a *little* funky -- the dialog boxes looked weird, but it appears to have worked correctly. Installing DirectX 10 first might have remedied that. DX10 installation fixed most of the initial probs I had. WINE version is actually 1.3.28.

What does not

Ok, it took me about an hour to get the game to work with sound. For whatever reason, alternating between "Windows 7" and "Windows XP" seems to reset the sound system or something, re-allowing sound to work. It is fortunately obvious from the starting screen if sound is going to work. Occasionally, I have to reboot before the sound works in Wine. I suspect this is actually a Pulseaudio integration problem. Installing DirectX 10 from the disc *helped* in the process, as did removing the intro video as others have done. I have not been able to remap any keys -- it doesn't seem to be interpreting my keypresses correctly during the re-map config screen. So I just use default. VERY RARELY the sound will cut out during play and I'll have to reboot before it will work again. I've played it nearly constantly over the past two weeks and it's only happened twice, whereas the "switching windows modes" thing I've had to do 5 or 6 times.

Workarounds

What was not tested

I really wish I could test this on a windows installation as well (having a hard time setting up a dual boot with my current box) so that I could compare how well my video card / CPU perform on windows native -- I have an NVidia GTX 550Ti with 2 GB DDR5 ram in it (and 8 GB of system RAM) and I have to run it at 800x600 with some settings turned down and it STILL occasionally runs choppy. It *might* be the AMD Phenom II 6x cpu (sorta regretting not going Intel now :/), since I have read that the game is more CPU intensive than GPU intensive. (Oblivion does run more smoothly than this)

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Overall, I am very happy with how it works. It responds well enough that I can use the combat system effectively. I wish the graphics could be set a little higher, but as I mentioned earlier I suspect that might be a hardware deficiency, not wine. Also, I am using Wine 1.3.28, which is not listed.

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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 
ShowArch 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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