Category: Main Games Role Playing Games The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion GotY Deluxe ( version)

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Oblivion bought from GOG.

Application Details:

Version: GotY Deluxe ( version)
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 8.14

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Test Results

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What works


Playing Game for several hours so far.

Installed (manually) the Oblivion Unofficial Patch, the Shivering Isles unofficial patch, and the DLC unofficial patch manually.

What does not


What was not tested

Playing entire game. (Hardly possible without taking months given the size and scope.)

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

MP3 might not play if gstreamer-plugins-good for i686 (32-bit) is not installed. I'm rating this Platinum as this is not technically a bug in Wine itself, but may be common among distributions of Wine. 

Make sure that 32-bit gstreamer1-plugins-good package is installed if the MP3 music doesn't play and you encounter the ulimit crash. Report the packaging issue to your distribution's bug tracking system.

The unofficial DLC patches can cause the game to randomly lockup and crash. The solution is to run BOSS, a tool that changes the load order so that patch files cannot load after the content they are patching. This also exposed "dirty edits" that someone (probably Bethesda) left in the DLCs. I used TES4Edit with the -autoclean switch to automatically scrub these files, as they can cause random crashing, especially on exit. But this affects Windows too.

If you're willing to live without the relatively minor fixes to the DLC instead of fixing the load order and cleaning out the DLC dirty edits, you could also skip the community patches for that, and just load the community patches to fix the many thousands of large and small mistakes that Bethesda left in the main game and Shivering Isles. The community patches are highly recommended since some of the problems can crash the game on Windows or in Wine.

The game did not play music at first. It turned out that Wine's packaging in Fedora does not depend on gstreamer1-plugins-good.i686 (32-bit), thus the game engine had no way of playing MP3s, which triggered the ulimit crash and made it impossible to play the game for more than a few minutes at a time. Solution was installing this package manually and reporting the packaging bug to Fedora.

On the Intel iris 540 graphics on my laptop, overriding the Classic Mesa driver on the command line with the experimental Gallium3d "Iris" driver yielded considerable improvements to the game's performance. Prefix the command to start the game with MESA_LOADER_DRIVER_OVERRIDE=iris to improve performance.

Additionally, disabling Wine's output to the terminal improves performance, so also add WINEDEBUG=fixme-all,err-all,warn-all,trace-all to the command line.

The game runs somewhat better on the GNOME on Xorg session than under Wayland, but it's a relatively small difference.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowLinux Mint 21Sep 02 20238.14Yes Yes NoGarbageFudoAkira 
ShowFedora 31 x86_64Feb 22 20205.2-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumJoel H. 
CurrentFedora 31 x86_64Oct 20 20194.17Yes Yes NoPlatinumRyan Farmer 
ShowArch Linux x86_64May 01 20194.6-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumDim 
ShowUbuntu 17.04 "Zesty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 19 20172.19Yes Yes YesGoldBrandon Barker 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
16302 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion intro movies can't be skipped using ESC NEW View
40198 Oblivion: corrupted screenshot using the stamp key UNCONFIRMED View
50638 Builtin Dbghelp.dll doesn't succesfully load symbols from a FakePDB PDB file UNCONFIRMED View
55875 Oblivion Script Extender (OBSE) fails to start UNCONFIRMED View

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Watch out for different Mod folder casing!
by WillP on Saturday December 2nd 2023, 17:39
This was a huge headache for me that caused some really weird bugs. Windows typically treats folders as case-insensitive - it will automatically merge folders with different casing in the names when you copy directories. Linux is by default case-sensitive, and will copy folders with different casing alongside each other rather than merging. The result is you can end up with multiple texture and mesh folders etc in your Oblivion Data folder. This causes undefined behavior in Wine - sometimes things work fine, other times they do not.

My solution was to uninstall Oblivion, delete my Data folder, and reinstall, before doing the following: normalize casing to lower case with a bash script ( find . -depth -exec rename 's/(.*)\/([^\/]*)/$1\/\L$2/' {} \;
, this script will convert all files and folders to lowercase in the current directory, including all subdirectories below it). You will need to do this on your Data folder to start with, and on all mod folders BEFORE you copy them into the data directory. My suggestion is download and extract all the mods you want to use, and run the bash script on the entire downloads folder so you can lowercase them all in one go before copying into data.

The only side effect I've noticed from doing this, is some patch ESP files expect an exact filename in the ESP they are overriding, you will need to rename that base ESP file to the proper casing based on what you see in the original extracted mod folder. Unique Landscape ESPs is one I've had to do this with.
RE: Watch out for different Mod folder casing!
by Kat on Saturday December 2nd 2023, 17:56
ext4 file supports case folding for specified directories. This can be a simpler method than relying on file renames. Please see the following for more information: