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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.

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

    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:

    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"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.49-staging

    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Click Next

    Downloading Wine
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    Extracting

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

    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Click "Install a non-listed program"
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    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name your virtual drive: skyrim
    Click Next
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    Check all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next
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    Select Wine 1.7.49-staging
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows Version: Windows 7
    Click Apply
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    Graphics Tab
    Click "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
    Desktop size: 1024x768
    Click OK
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    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
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    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Click Browse

    Navigate to your desktop
    Select "SteamSetup.exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next
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    Click Next
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    Check "I accept the license..."
    Click Next
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    Select Language
    Click Next
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    Click Install
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    Click Finish
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    Updating...
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    dwrite isn't enabled yet, so there won't be any fonts
    Click The "X" and close Steam
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "Steam.exe"
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    Name your shortcut: Skyrim
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select Skyrim
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.7.49-staging
    Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
    This fixes the missing font and store problem
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    Note: -no-dwrite will allow the fonts in Steam

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

    Select Skyrim
    Click Run
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    Note: Click Debug to see errors and bugs

    Login to Steam
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    Select Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    Click Install
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    Click Next
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    Skyrim is about 6 Gigs
    When its finish downloading...
    Click Finish
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    Click Play
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    Detecting Video Hardware
    Click OK
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    Optimization

    Click Options
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    Graphics Adapter and Resolution
    Adjust:
    • Graphics Adapter
    • Aspect Ratio
    • Resolution
    • Antialiasing
    • Anisotropic Filtering
    • Detail
    • Windowed
    Click Ok
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    Advanced Detail
    Adjust:
    • Texture Quality
    • Radial Blur Quality
    • Shadow Detail
    • Decal Quantity
    • FXAA
    • Water Reflections
    Click Close
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    Advanced View Distance
    Adjust:
    • Object Fade
    • Actor Fade
    • Grass Fade
    • Specularity Fade
    • Light Fade
    • Item Fade
    • Distand Object Detail
    • Object Detail Fade
    Click Close
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    Click Play
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    Rule of Thumb
    High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    Conclusion:
    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)

    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Aug 22, 2017
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Comments

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

  1. steve723
    I tried turning down the graphics settings and it is a little better but still poor FPS. I will play with it some more later.
  2. steve723
    I just noticed that wine 2.16, is now available via POL. I am downloading it now.
  3. steve723
    Well it improved to the point where the game is just barley playable. Not fun yet. Waiting on the slow graphics to execute means that the Player character is always late to kill the enemy! If a dragon attacked then your character would get roasted waiting for the FPS!
  4. booman
    Might be time for a gaming desktop?
  5. steve723
    Are you paying? :D My sister is building one for me, who knows when she will ship it. It will be a relief to be able to play Transport Fever and Civilization 6 again. At least I can play Civilization 5 on steam for Linux right now. Yes Civ 6 is on steam for Linux! Xcom 1 and 2 are also on steam for Linux.
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  6. steve723
    I don't have xact installed what does it do?
  7. booman
    Sure, I can build a budget gaming machine for around $500.00
  8. Gizmo
    Just a quick note to say that Wine 3.4 seems to work really well on Fedora 26. I've got some very minor glitching in my audio (a slight pop every second or so), and very occasionally my movement keys get stuck, but other than that, it's quite playable.
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  9. booman
    I haven't tested Skyrim in a long time, but Wine 3.5 has some vulkan features bundled with it. There is a chance you might get better performance with Wine converting Direct X to Vulkan instead of OpenGL
  10. Gizmo
    Installed the Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch (USLEEP) along with the Dawnguard, Dragonborn, and Hearthfire DLCs. This seems to have largely resolved the remaining issues.

    HOWEVER, I did manage to make WINE start misbehaving. I have NO idea how I got to this state, but for some reason, with my weapon drawn, I could only look about 30 degrees left/right and about 45 degrees up/down.

    I had to completely reboot before I could resolve the issue.
  11. booman
    This is actually a common problem with the virtual desktop and many games.
    There are some games that would lock the mouse rotation because I kept hitting PrtScr to make screenshots.

    Other games I was able to fix it by right-clicking the screen.
    It has something to do with the mouse leaving the game window and no longer giving you access to the game mouse controls. its strange, but has happened to me a Lot.

    That is why I always add the "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"

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