Skyrim – The Elder Scrolls V

On January 1, 2012, in playable games, by Necron99

STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.3.32
Virtual Desktop: yes Full-screen: yes

I installed Steam + Skyrim in it’s own clean wineprefix using “winetricks steam” from the terminal 

Close Steam then run

winetricks xact
winetricks vcrun2008
winetricks d3dx9_42

These should be run in the new Steam wineprefix – to do this run winetricks – then select the Steam wineprefix – then run the terminal (debugging) then run the above commands.

I then launched Steam and installed the game as per normal.

On first launch the game installs 3 items – and froze up on the last .Net – so I just cancelled it and ran the game again. It again tried to install .Net though the game launcher still came up…

I had to set in Options Anti-aliasing to NONE or video didn’t work for me.

Skyrim runs – though at reduced framerates for me… it may just be my graphics card.

Windows Version: Windows XP (I have PulseAudio + ALSA so had to use XP to get sound)

WINE Library Overrides/ Winetricks Present: 
xact / vcrun2008 / d3dx9_42

Registry Tweaks to improve framerates (not everyone will need this = again probably my graphics card)

Skyrim.ini Tweaks I used (from Reddit):

Disable the smooth mouse:

  1. Go to Steam Directory > steamapps > common > skyrim > Skyrim
  2. Backup SkyrimPrefs.ini
  3. Change bMouseAcceleration=1 to bMouseAcceleration=0

Fix the vsync / laggy mouse problem

  1. Go to Steam Directory > steamapps > common > skyrim > Skyrim
  2. Backup SkyrimPrefs.ini
  3. Under [Display] add iPresentInterval=0
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23 Responses to “Skyrim – The Elder Scrolls V”

  1. Garrett says:

    Why Windows XP? Would the Windows 7 file set maybe contain more of the repositories the game requires?

    I’m very interested in running steam games under Linux, having just bought Skyrim I’d love to give this a go myself.

    • Necron99 says:

      You can try it under Windows 7 on your machine… I did, and sound disappeared for me. You will really have to tweak things to get acceptable frame-rates… search the net for optimisation mods and .ini settings to try. :)

  2. Chris says:

    I installed the same way and only get a small decrease in performance running it in Win XP mode.

    core i7-2630QM, nvidia gtx 560m, 8gb ram

  3. Hosking says:

    In-game, the mouse behaves strangely and gets “stuck” in one place (whenever I move away from that spot, it snaps back.)

    This issue is also present in Oblivion and Fallout 3.

    • Necron99 says:

      What version of Wine + are you playing full screen or on a virtual desktop? Check your winecfg and set “Capture Mouse” as needed – also try changing your mouserwarp override reg setting… you should install Skyrim into it’s own wineprefix to avoid conflicts with other game installs, overrides etc…

  4. Daniel says:

    I have been trying to install this on Arch64 and I get steam installed, then I get skyrim downloaded… But then when I go to start the Skyrim Launcher, Wine crashes and won’t open up where you actually install the game or play it

  5. Zero says:

    Followed instructions from here, apart from “winetricks steam”
    I had to install graphic driver again. (Even though it looked like it was working, fglxinfo, gears was working) It would give error when started and shutdown.

    Wine 1.3.36
    Didn’t install in only wineprefix.
    ATI/AMD HD 6850
    ALSA sound
    Ubuntu 11.10 64bit

    winetricks xact
    winetricks vcrun2008
    winetricks d3dx9_42


    DirectDrawRenderer = opengl
    OffscreenRenderingMode = fbo
    PixelShaderMode = enabled
    RenderTargetLockMode = textex
    UseGLSL = enabled
    VideoMemorySize = 1024

    DisabledExtensions = GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object

    set to Windows XP

    Windows settings:
    All 4 unchecked
    Vertex Shader Support: Hardware
    Allow Pixel Shader = checked

    glsl=disabled – didn’t work for me, ATI/AMD card

  6. bgalakazam says:

    I have xact, vcrun2008, d3dx9_42. I tried Windows 7 and XP for both SkyrimLauncher and and TESV. I did AA 0. PC-BSD 9.0-RELEASE, Wine 1.4-rc2.

    I get error:

    $ wine SkyrimLauncher.exe
    fixme:service:scmdatabase_autostart_services Auto-start service L”clr_optimization_v2.0.50727_32″ failed to start: 2
    fixme:advapi:SetSecurityInfo stub
    fixme:dpnhpast:DllRegisterServer :stub
    fixme:iphlpapi:NotifyAddrChange (Handle 0xd3f57c, overlapped 0xd3f560): stub
    fixme:win:EnumDisplayDevicesW ((null),0,0x33f860,0x00000000), stub!
    fixme:win:EnumDisplayDevicesW ((null),0,0x33f610,0x00000000), stub!
    err:service:service_send_command service protocol error – failed to read pipe r = 0 count = 0!
    err:dialog:EndDialog got invalid window handle (0x0); buggy app !?
    err:module:import_dll Library X3DAudio1_7.dll (which is needed by L”C:\\Program Files\\The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim\\TESV.exe”) not found
    [[email protected] ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim]$ err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for L”C:\\Program Files\\The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim\\TESV.exe” failed, status c0000135
    err:ntdll:RtlDeleteResource Deleting active MRSW lock (0x113284), expect failure

    • Necron99 says:

      What linux + desktop + video drivers are you running? BTW – this is a site for running STEAM versions of games = it looks like you are running the DVD / Store bought version… we can still try to help ;)

  7. tomtomp says:

    Hi, I have ATI 6950 core 2 duo 2.66GHz 2G RAM wine version wine-1.5.1-92-ge4ad164 drivers version 12.1-r1 and I am using gentoo. I think with this hardware I should be able to run it on good fps but with everything on lowest setting it runs max 10 fps :S any ideas? thanx

  8. freegz says:

    Running the game under Fedroa 17 64bit with wine version 1.5.3. Done the installation as described here. Game works great but I have an issue with mouse. When I move mouse right then the cursor goes all the way to the right when i move it left cursor behaves corectly. Any suggestions?

    Btw running in 64bit system requires to install 32bit gfx libs.(in my case xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs) When i had only 64bit version installed game didnt launch.

  9. Valmar says:

    The game works great on my Chakra 64-bit installation.
    I’m running it via PlayOnLinux with Wine 1.5.20 (32-bit).
    The ONLY bottleneck seems to be my laptop’s CPU, which is an AMD Athlon II P340 Dual-core. My graphics chip is an ATI Mobility Radeon 5470, which seems quite good for these kind of games.
    Wish the proprietary driver was better, though…not that the free-source driver is better, by any standards. :P

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