The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Version 1.2.x (GOTY, with Shivering Islands downloadable content or official 1.2 patch)
Everything works in the main game, am able to play it smoothly at 1920x1080 on high with HDR on a 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo with 4GB ram and an Nvidia GTS250.
What does not
Nothing that was tested. Did notice that if I changed the reflection settings in game whilst playing I would occasionally crash the game. But on restarting the settings were applied and everything was stable again.
What was not tested
Haven't yet tested the expansions or any mods.
Had to set Direct Sound Hardware Acceleration to Emulation in configure wine to get the sound working properly. Found the UESP wiki and the tweak guide (www.tweakguides.com/Oblivion_1.html) useful for improving performance once installed. In particular, increasing the number of areas buffered into RAM made a big difference - see the tweak guide page 9 on increasing uInterior Cell Buffer, uExterior Cell Buffer and iPreloadSizeLimit in My Games/Oblivion/Oblivion.ini.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Jan 02 2018||3.0-rc4||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||Heinrich Bormann|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64||Jun 06 2017||2.9||Yes||Yes||Gold||Centrino|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64||Mar 16 2017||2.3||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Arthur Nismo|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Jan 24 2017||2.0-rc6||Yes||Yes||Gold||Justin Kinnaird|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Apr 19 2016||1.9.8||Yes||Yes||Platinum||llde|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|16302||[oblivion] can not skip the intro movie by press ESC||NEW||View|
|19967||Oblivion - crashes in quartz if compiled without mpg123||RESOLVED||INVALID||View|
|37508||Some Bethesda games sometimes freeze during gameplay||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|40198||Oblivion: corrupted screenshot using the stamp key||UNCONFIRMED||View|
If you're using WINE version 1.3.x or above, you can launch the game without any native DirectX DLLs, but bug #20074 is still actual for now, therefore installing DirectX9 or just placing d3dx9_27.dll to your drive_c/windows/system32 directory would be preferable.
Since stable release 1.2.1 Oblivion Game of the year works stable on many popular distros.
Although, if you're running older WINE or have some regression issues, you can use some tips listed below.
Prior running the game,you will need to obtain d3dx9_27.dll. You can obtain it using winetricks
Or you can get this from the DirectX supplied with Oblivion like this (guide adapted from http://uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:Linux):
cp d3dx9_27.dll ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/
If the game fails to start, try renaming the Video folder in the Data directory. The videos should work since Wine 0.9.45.
Alternatively you can enter the Video directory and remove some specific files that could cause a crash. my Video folder currently contains these files: 'bethesda softworks HD720p.bik', ' Map loop.bik', 'OblivionOutro.bik' ,'CreditsMenu.bik' and 'Oblivion iv logo.bik'; and works fine with an unaltered main menu screen.
Currently it's needed to enter some additional registry entries into Wine manually prior running the game. VideoMemorysize to the memory size your video card has. Optional key is OffscreenRenderingMode, where value 'fbo' is recommended and value 'pbuffer' has best results. See the example .reg file below:
pbuffer is only recommended if you are using 0.9.38. Should you choose to use pbuffer instead of fbo, you may have to switch off refraction shader in game's Oblivion.ini file to workaround bug 8184.
Users of ATI cards may have to set the following in Oblivion.ini to prevent it from producing solid colors on the screen.
If you experience game freezes on combat start or combat end, these are related to music change. Try loading native quartz.dll instead of Wine one. Or workaround by setting the following in Oblivion.ini
If you are having problems, or would like more info on running The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion more smoothly, please see the Oblivion Linux Wiki.
When you paste the comment about game graphic lag or other issue, please write your system information within the comment text!
For example, under GNU/Linux you can use following commands:
$ uname -a
$ wine --version
$ lspci | grep -i vga
And paste the output with system hardware info to the comment text. Nobody can help you without this essential information!
If you have tested newer version of WINE, you can process some next lines to test bug #20074 presence:
$ mkdir /tmp/mywinejail
$ export WINEPREFIX="/tmp/mywinejail"
$ wine "C:\MyProgram.exe"
This lines creates EMPTY directory in /tmp and your program starts without any overrides, in a FULLY CLEAR WINE PREFIX.
For our OBLIVION you can process something like that:
[assume that Oblivion prefix is "~/.wine"]
$ cp -PR ~/.wine /tmp/mywinejail
$ rm -rf /tmp/mywinejail/drive_c/windows*
$ export WINEPREFIX="/tmp/mywinejail"
$ wine "C:\Program Files\Oblivion\OblivionLauncher.exe"