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
Votes: 40
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 7.22

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Test Results

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What works

*Everything including Mods

What does not

*Going underwater (results in green screen, fix below)


What was not tested


Hardware tested


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  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Underwater green issue is not wine related and occurs in windows also, can be fixed with a mod that corrects it or just changing certain .ini settings I completed the entire game, beginning to end from wine (starting on version 1.5.9), other than typical bethseda glitches on occasion it was flawless, no actual problems with wine (all bethsoft games are notoriously buggy, freezing being the predominant problem with them, usually corrected with a patch later on in the life of the product, the other being save-game corruption which thankfully never occurred on my game) My specs: AMD Phenom II 1090T 3.2Ghz 8GB Memory Nvidia 550TI 2GB Videocard Fedora 17 AMD64, Kernel 3.5.4-2, Wine 1.5.14

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jan 16 20237.22Yes Yes NoBronzeMark 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Nov 22 20227.0.1Yes Yes NoBronzeMark 
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 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
11674 Dual-core unsupported in WoW and SC2 STAGED View
12182 Multiple games need X3DAudio1_1.dll (Supreme Commander) CLOSED FIXED View
14746 Natural Selection (Half-Life Game addon) crashes with "err:ntdll:RtlpWaitForCriticalSection section" CLOSED ABANDONED View
22053 Steam games crash on startup if in-game community is not disabled (gcc bug) CLOSED NOTOURBUG View
26292 Oblivion GOTY: OpenGL_Out_of_Memory (505) CLOSED INVALID View
26955 Prince of Persia SoT: control key bindings don't change properly CLOSED FIXED View
28282 Sound constantly crackling in lot of games STAGED View
29055 Skyrim freezes on loading screen CLOSED FIXED View
29067 Skyrim crashes during game intro CLOSED FIXED View
29082 No sound in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in WinXP mode, but work in Win7 mode CLOSED WORKSFORME View
29144 skyrim freeze starting new game with ati/catalyst CLOSED FIXED View
29281 Input problem in Skyrim CLOSED DUPLICATE View
29420 Skyrim needs msvcp90.dll.??0?$basic_ifstream@_WU?$char_traits@_W@std@@@std@@QAE@PB_WHH@Z CLOSED FIXED View
29991 Skyrim needs more video memory CLOSED FIXED View
30123 Mouse pointer is confined in a box lesser than the full screen REOPENED View
30979 Skyrim: Opaque green consumes whole scene when character is underwater CLOSED INVALID View
30981 Skyrim: Keys "stick" occasionally CLOSED INVALID 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
31156 Skyrim does not work with ENB CLOSED FIXED View
31406 Borderlands freezes in game when items details are displayed CLOSED NOTOURBUG View
32576 Skyrim doesn't display in-game content (Mesa built without floating-point texture support) CLOSED NOTOURBUG View
32668 "choppy" Negative mouse acceleration in TESV: Skyrim CLOSED ABANDONED View
32840 Mouse input regression caused by changes in GetTickCount64 CLOSED FIXED View
33479 Multiple games (Guild Wars 2, Risen 2, Tomb Raider 2013): Raw input is broken CLOSED FIXED View
33709 Skyrim: no sound after intro video in 64 bit wineprefix CLOSED FIXED View
34041 Skyrim (Steam) hangup on quit CLOSED FIXED View
35256 Skyrim - "Not enough memory to run application" error CLOSED FIXED View
36059 Multiple Steam games fail to install DirectX runtime prerequisite, resulting in repeated install attempt on startup ('xinput1_3.dll' locked by client) CLOSED FIXED View
36727 Skyrim: Mouse not being captured (player cannot fully turn in game) CLOSED DUPLICATE View
37508 Some Bethesda games sometimes freeze during gameplay UNCONFIRMED View
37957 No way to disable "surround sound" CLOSED FIXED View
37995 Mouse jittering when steam overlay is enabled CLOSED ABANDONED View
38211 Skyrim: freezes on opening screen CLOSED ABANDONED View
38246 Program won't run, cannot install some necessary files it seems, trying to run skyrim on OS X CLOSED INVALID View
38376 Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Steam) launcher.exe fails to start (crashes), installed thro PlayOnLinux CLOSED INVALID View
39132 Skyrim: flickering / glitchy shadows UNCONFIRMED View
39517 No music or voices in Skyrim after intro video CLOSED FIXED View
40983 VRamSizeDX9 reports incorrect video memory(Skyrim with ENB problem) UNCONFIRMED View
41262 It won't let me open Skyrim on my Steam CLOSED INVALID View
43105 Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and Skyrim crash when the Steam overlay is opened on macOS UNCONFIRMED View
44524 skyrim keypad 0~9,'*','/' is not working causing some shortcut not work. CLOSED FIXED View
44878 Skyrim with ENB fails to load game (d3dcompiler:assemble_shader Asm reading failed) UNCONFIRMED View
44956 Skyrim: (regression) NPC dialogue does not play any audio CLOSED DUPLICATE View
45575 Skyrim: No controller input when multiple controllers are connected UNCONFIRMED View
45577 Skyrim tries to install MS VC Redist Package each launch CLOSED FIXED View
46305 Skyrim, Fallout 3, and Fallout: New Vegas all crash upon clicking 'Play' CLOSED FIXED View
52391 Multiple games are missing sound effects since FAudio import (Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1, Skyrim Legendary Edition) CLOSED FIXED 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


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:

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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