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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Sep 26, 2013.

  • by booman, Sep 26, 2013 at 1:16 PM
  • booman

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    Skyrim is 5th series of the epic saga known as The Elder Scrolls. Famous for the first person shooter and open-world view, Skyrim continues the Role Playing genre retaining all the favorite aspects of Morrowind and Oblivion while introducing a bunch of new features.


    New classes, new guilds, new civilizations, new state-of-the-art graphics and...
    wait for it...

    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    Tips & Specs:

    Try SteamPlay before using this guide as Valve now uses a fork of Wine called Proton and should run most Windows games.

    To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual: PlayOnLinux Explained

    Mint 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.8
    Wine: 1.7.49-staging

    Wine Installation

    Note: Wine versions older than 2.0.2 and 2.12-staging no longer work with Steam.

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"

    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.49-staging

    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right

    Click Next

    Downloading Wine


    Downloading Gecko


    Wine 1.7.49-staging is installed and you can close this window

    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install

    Click "Install a non-listed program"

    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next

    Name your virtual drive: skyrim
    Click Next

    Check all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next

    Select Wine 1.7.49-staging
    Click Next

    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next

    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows Version: Windows 7
    Click Apply

    Graphics Tab
    Click "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
    Desktop size: 1024x768
    Click OK

    PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)

    Check the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx10
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2008
    • POL_Install_xact
    Click Next

    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Click Browse

    Navigate to your desktop
    Select "SteamSetup.exe"
    Click Open

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Check "I accept the license..."
    Click Next

    Select Language
    Click Next

    Click Install

    Click Finish


    dwrite isn't enabled yet, so there won't be any fonts
    Click The "X" and close Steam

    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "Steam.exe"

    Name your shortcut: Skyrim
    Click Next

    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next

    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select Skyrim
    Click Configure

    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.7.49-staging
    Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
    This fixes the missing font and store problem

    Note: -no-dwrite will allow the fonts in Steam

    Display Tab
    Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses

    Launching Skyrim

    Select Skyrim
    Click Run

    Note: Click Debug to see errors and bugs

    Login to Steam


    Select Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    Click Install

    Click Next

    Skyrim is about 6 Gigs
    When its finish downloading...
    Click Finish

    Click Play

    Detecting Video Hardware
    Click OK


    Click Options

    Graphics Adapter and Resolution
    • Graphics Adapter
    • Aspect Ratio
    • Resolution
    • Antialiasing
    • Anisotropic Filtering
    • Detail
    • Windowed
    Click Ok

    Advanced Detail
    • Texture Quality
    • Radial Blur Quality
    • Shadow Detail
    • Decal Quantity
    • FXAA
    • Water Reflections
    Click Close

    Advanced View Distance
    • Object Fade
    • Actor Fade
    • Grass Fade
    • Specularity Fade
    • Light Fade
    • Item Fade
    • Distand Object Detail
    • Object Detail Fade
    Click Close

    Click Play

    Rule of Thumb
    High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    Skyrim ran beautifully on my GeForce 550 Ti with everything set on High or Ultra. Wine 1.7.49-staging does a great job and I didn't have too many issue:
    Tree animation was not smooth and the shadows moved irregularly
    Can not see underwater (underwater view can be disabled in the .ini files)





    Last edited: Dec 12, 2019
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Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. timeh
    linux mint 16 had no problems earllier now this happens.. it shows no text and wont load tryed with no mods still having problems. not sure what to do. no errors with tes5edit, boss or any of em. not sure why its doing this. Screenshot-5.png
  2. booman
    Can you post a debug in our PlayOnLinux forum: PlayOnLinux
    Gan you play any other games?
  3. timeh
    sorry didnt notice earlier. thought this was something to post your problems in. and yeah some other games. not sure whats happening.
  4. Sky Blue
    Hi, I have a small problem and I'm not really sure if It's important enough to post it elsewhere. I am trying to install the game whole weekend, didn't know how to do a few things and that took most of my time. Anyway, I have SKYRIM_EN, but as a virtual drive(from iso,I did mount it), not on cd, and I can't get it to work. When I write cd /media/tea/SKYRIM_EN it says: bash: cd: /media/tea/SKYRIM_EN: no such file or directory. But when I write: /media/tea/SKYRIM_EN, without cd, it says: bash: /media/tea/SKYRIM_EN: Is a directory. I tried different ways but nothing works...
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  5. booman
    What distro are you using?
    Are you using the same version of Wine recommended in this guide?
    Do you have 32-bit libraries installed?
  6. booman
    If you are having problems installing Skyrim from DVD ROM, you might want to just download the entire game in Steam. It will take a lot longer, but should do the trick.
    cd /media/tea/SYRIM_EN
    is for navigating to the drive with Terminal. The path is /media/tea/SKYRIM_EN is what you want to use for mounting the DVD ROM in Wine configuration.
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  7. Sky Blue
    Hi again, sorry for bothering you again...
    I managed to do that with the shell, my laptop was on suspend for a while and when I went to see, I tried the command you told, and it worked without any problem...but now...when I typed
    ./Setup.exe -no-dwrite
    it said 'permission denied'
    And I again don't know what to do...
    (Really sorry for bothering you)
  8. booman
    try this:
    sudo ./Setup.exe -no-dwrite
    Then it should ask you for your password

    You aren't bothering me at all, in fact I enjoy helping people. So post as much as you want, I always end up learning something new
    Sky Blue likes this.
  9. Sky Blue
    Hi again, sorry for not replying for so long but I had school and tests so I didn't have time...
    So, I tried the code you wrote, but when I typed it, it say fatal and something like 'script tried to use sudo'...I will put the screenshots so you can see...again, sorry for the trouble Screenshot from 2015-01-29 20:16:47.png Screenshot from 2015-01-29 20:16:57.png
  10. booman
    Did it ask for your password? I guess this console doesn't support "sudo"
    Are you able to download the entire game through Steam instead of installing from the DVD?
  11. Aremis

    Do you happen to own skyrim through steam? I could explain how to install it through basic wine on a workable level and it is a rather generic set up. I use it on most if not all of my machines and I am well set no matter what.

    PM and I'll give ya a hand :p
  12. allenskd
    I just want to say... you don't use `sudo` to run games, it's not recommended and shouldn't be used to install/run games at all.

    @Sky Blue: Could you create a new thread in the forums? it'll be easier to follow. :(
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  13. booman
    I think I had to use sudo in order to install the game. I don't remember why, but I was installing via DVD ROM.
    The ideal solution is just download the entire game through Steam.
    I just found it quicker to install the game via DVD ROM, but it requires a few more steps.
    Cause its a pretty big download. Would probably take 8 hours on my internet connection.
  14. delsol
    Hi! I'm relatively new to Linux, my reason for switching to Ubuntu involves poor performance when using the Windows OS and its lack of security and such; so, I'm actually kinda testing it out and junk to compare the two systems. I've had Ubuntu for about two months and it's absolutely wonderful! I'm just not quite keen on coding so it's a bumpy process, to say the least. (I only say this to say that I'm a newbie so don't go hard on me guys ;o;)

    ANYWAY I've been trying to get Steam and Steam games to work on Ubuntu recently and I've decided to look for help here, and so far I've been pleased with what I've gotten. All I need to know on this topic, though, is if I need to have Wine Steam installed before following these steps, and also how I would go about installing Skyrim without a disc. I've gotten to the "Installing Steam from DVD" step and I bought Skyrim through Steam so all I see in the window is "Please select the install file to run", a "Browse" button, and the word "Desktop".

    If nobody's in the mood to help out, that's okay! I'll try other things, but all help is appreciated and thanks in advance!
  15. delsol
    UPDATE: I've just found out that I'm an idiot.

    I decided to not be stupid and install Steam through the PlayOnLinux installation window, so far it is working as it would on my windows OS, if not better. Now to install Skyrim by this means! I've read that the install speeds are slow on Wine and PlayOnLinux, however my Steam is installing Skyrim at around 3.5 MB/S which is relatively high compared to the speed which it installed at on Vista. So far I feel really good about this method.

    To booman - your manuals have been extremely useful and I would not have come about this solution without reading this thread first, I look forward to trying out all my CD games using this method! Thanks a bunch man!

    *the only problem that occurred was an error stating that Steam crashed, even though it didn't.
  16. delsol
    UPDATE 2: Everything works!

    Skyrim ran flawlessly and on high settings at the same FPS as it was on low settings on the Vista OS. Steam was proving to show bad performance, but switching the Windows version to 7 fixed this for me.

    Thanks again to booman and everyone on the thread!
  17. booman
    Welcome to the forum!
    I'm glad the guide was helpful and you were able to get Skyrim running.
    I'm also glad you were able to download the entire game. If the DVD install didn't work, then that is the next solution.

    Most of your CD/DVD ROM games should run with similar steps.
    Also, feel free to search for your game first and use the provided PlayOnLinux scripts to install your game. If it isn't available or the script doesn't work, then just do a manual installation as I do.
    delsol likes this.
  18. booman
    Skyrim Guide has been updated with the newest version of Wine 1.7.49-staging
    I also removed the DVD installation and just downloaded directly through Steam.
    Much easier and painless
    mrdeathjr28 likes this.

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