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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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What works

Nearly everything;

Running from a windows installed version;

What does not

Character 3D Model does not get loaded properly

Workarounds

What was not tested

Setup with other graphic cards;

Installing only with linux; 

Using  ENBseries for extremly enhanced graphics;

Hardware tested

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Additional Comments

There are a few steps to go to get it running. Note: If you want to run it under NVIDIA® Optimus with bumblebee (optirun, primusrun) , you would have to use the latest drivers for both nvidida (what is currently nvidia-313) and xorg-intel. As elementary Luna is based on Ubuntu Precise, we first have to add the WineHQ PPA: Add this repository to your sources: https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-wine/+archive/ppa (via add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa on the terminal) Then install 'wine' and 'winetricks' from AppCenter. After that, install a few windows libraries for Wine: Type this into your terminal, to install them: winetricks d3dx9_42 vcrun2008 xact Now, download ENBseries for extremly enhanced ingame graphics from http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/15425 . Read the readme, and copy the content of *one* of these directories directly into your skyrim main folder. Run winecfg from your "Applications" starter, click on libraries, and add a new overwrite with the following name: d3d9 After that apply your new settings in winecfg. Now start Skyrim normaly via SkyrimLauncher.exe or directly via TESV.exe It can take up to 8 minutes till your game is loaded. Tweaking your performance: All the following Instructions have to be applied to your ~/My Games/Skyrim/SkyrimPrefs.ini file. Be sure that each one is only present one time. To tweak your performance, you would be good to go to deactivate vsync, as it limits your FPS to 60: iPresentInterval=0 Also you would be good to go to deactivate mouse smoothing: bMouseAcceleration=1 Search for more tips on the web, like http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/11/11/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-tweaks-improve-graphics-disable-vsync-change-fov-and-more/

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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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