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League of Legends Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jul 18, 2013.

  • by booman, Jul 18, 2013 at 5:20 AM
  • booman

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    Call on your Summoner to battle along-side minions in the free-to-play MOBA. Level up, buy upgrades from the store and play cooperative with some friends. League of Legends has a lot of competitive action and fighting as you slaughter minions, turrets and Summoners.

    League of Legends has received a lot of attention in the Linux world. WineHQ's and PlayOnLinux are constantly bombarded with questions on how to run it.


    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing League Of Legends in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Official Website version of League Of Legends. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 17.3 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.10
    Wine: 1.8

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"

    Look for the Wine Version: 1.8
    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right

    Click Next

    Downloading Wine


    Downloading Gecko


    Wine 1.8 is installed and you can close this window

    Create Account
    Go To: https://login.leagueoflegends.com/
    Click "Create an Account"

    Click preferred language

    Fill out registration form
    Click "Play For Free"

    Download League Of Legends Installer

    LeagueOfLegendsBaseEUW (Europe West)

    LeagueOfLegendsBaseEUNE (Europe Nordic East)

    LeagueOfLegendsBaseNA (North America)

    Navigate to Desktop
    Click Save

    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 the virtual drive: leagueoflegends
    Click Next

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

    Select Wine 1.8
    Click Next

    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next

    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows Version: Windows XP

    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
    Desktop size: Enter resolution of Linux Desktop
    Click OK

    PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, DLL's, Components)

    Check the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    Click Next

    Note: All packages should automatically download and install

    Installing League of Legends

    Click Browse

    Navigate to your Desktop
    Select "LeagueOfLegendsBaseNA.exe"
    Click Open

    Click Next again

    Click Next

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

    Select "Complete"
    Click Next

    Click Install

    Uncheck "Launch League of Legends"
    Click Finish

    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "lol.launcher.exe"
    Click Next

    Name the shortcut: League Of Legends
    Click Next

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

    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select "League of Legends"
    Click Configure

    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.8

    Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine.

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

    Close Configure

    Launching League of Legends

    Select League of Legends
    Click Run

    Note: Click Debug to see errors and bugs

    Click Accept

    Click Accept

    Updating & Patching

    Peer to Peer disable
    Click the gear at the top right
    Uncheck "Allow Peer to Peer Transfer"

    Click Launch

    Check "Remember username"

    Click Play


    Press Esc
    Click Options

    Click Video

    • Resolution
    • Windowed Mode
    • Graphics Presets
    • Character Quality
    • Effects Quality
    • Environment Quality
    • Shadows
    • Character Inking
    • Frame Rate Cap
    • Anti-Aliasing
    • Wait for Vertical Sync
    Click Okay


    League of Legends runs even better with Wine 1.8 I've read you may experience better performance with Wine 1.8-staging as well. I had no problems with my GeForce 550 Ti 192-bit 1GB RAM.

    Gameplay Video:








    Last edited: Mar 2, 2016


Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. Static
    I followed you process step by step, THANK YOU. very easy! But i have encountered an issue. When i launch the game, the League of Legends logo apears. but just freezes, do you know the issue?
  2. booman
    I need some more information on your computer...
    What Distro are you running?
    Is it 32-bit or 64-bit?
    What video card do you have?
    Did you install the drivers for the video card?

    Can you run other games on your computer?

    All of these are critical to a successful gaming experience.
  3. OctoWorm
    I've found that the shop only works for some updates, and tends to be broken more than it works, but you are still able to purchase skins and champions from the 'Champions' category of your profile.
  4. booman
    Welcome to the forum OctoWorm!
    I have yet to get the shop to work.
    What version of Wine are you using?
  5. inter001
    Hi booman,
    I find your guide very helpful, but I got common dbghelp/wininet error, which I cannot take care of...
    I've installed LoL on wine 1.7-LoL instead of 1.6.4rc, everythings working fine until login. Game crashes when it wants to authenticate my account. If I turn off dbghelp library game doesn't crash but it cannot connect to server.
    Any ideas? (installing wininet from 'configure--->install components' doesn't change a thing)
  6. booman
    I originally had this problem too, but when I unchecked "peer-to-peer" in the options, it let me login.
    Yeah, setting dbghelp to anything but default doesn't help.
    I know it has something to do with wininet, but have not found a solution yet.
    Also try Wine 1.5.24-LeagueOfLegendsShop too. I've had success with it in the past.
  7. inter001
    Unfortunately P2P solution doesn't work for me (Mint 15 32-bit).

    If you find a way how to bypass dbghelp bug, please let me know.
  8. booman
    Oh I will. I'll actually include it in my Guide.
    If you want to read up on PlayOnLinux... here is the post with 4 pages:
    League of Legends
  9. SonicMaster7773
    Okay so I finally got to a computer that will be able to run league. I got everything installed and working and league allowed me to update, but then while trying to log in, it just crashes. Boop. Nothin. No warning messages. No ideas as to why, either. And the P2P uncheck fix did nothing as well. *sigh*
  10. SonicMaster7773

    Bodhi Linux 32-bit
    3GB DDR1 Ram
    128 MB AMD ATI Radeon 9800 series graphics card

    I used /THIS/ guide to install. Then it would crash while trying to login.

    I found this

    tuxlol patched some files, and I was finally able to login.

    Then I had the issue of a black loading screen in which case it proceeded to crashed Enlightenment E17 in Bodhi Linux.

    Now, in order to fix the black screen,, I found this:

    So open up yer command prompt of choice, and run these in turn:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa

    sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get install libtxc-dxtn0

    Now, it DID take me a while to start loading, but after it started it loaded up to 100% rather quickly. It took like 3 minutes for my old machine to allow me to enter the game, however as soon as I turned the graphics settings down(netting me a whole <5 FPS), I was able to hit 'P' to open the shop and was able to purchase Berserker's Greaves and a doran's blade for sivir no problem.

    I was able to lock the camera to her by hitting 'Y', and then ran out to my lane.

    Now, given the fact that I had like 3 FPS, I couldnt do much, but I figure that somebody here would appreciate the fact that I got it working :) i will most likely just have to install my windows xp disc on a second partition if I wish to play on this computer, but I feel accomplished that I was able to get it to work.
  11. booman
    Wow, yes! Thank you for posting some solutions. I don't know how you found them :cool:
    Of course the question is... what do we do now?

    That is a lot of work-arounds and you have to apply them every time there is an update.
    I wonder why Wine can't handle mipmaps smaller than one block?
    Maybe this is something unique to games or online games?
    You may want to post this in the PlayOnLinux forum too... there are a lot of LoL players there posting about the login & store problems.
  12. SonicMaster7773
  13. booman
    I subscribed to that thread in case anyone replies
  14. mpgoodwin
    I'm unsure if I should start a new thread or just post my status/problem here.
  15. morgancat
    Thank you for your guide.
    i followed your guide and everything went fine up to when i actually try to run the game :(
    I can adjurn to the latest patch but as soon as insert my login credential the system just crash and it close the virtual desktop. i tried se the 1.7 version but didn't help much. what can i do?
    I'm using a 64 system but i have installed it on the 86 part of play on linux.
    I can run starcraft 2 so i should be able to run LoL.
    Once againthank you a lot
  16. morgancat
    this is the report that the console give me
    PlayOnLinux: ~/.PlayOnLinux/shortcuts > ./League\ of\ Legends
    [POL_Wine_SetVersionEnv] Message: Setting wine version path: 1.7-LeagueOfLegends, x86
    [POL_Wine_SetVersionEnv] Message: "/home/amos/.PlayOnLinux//wine/linux-x86/1.7-LeagueOfLegends" exists
    [POL_Wine] Message: Running wine-1.7-LeagueOfLegends lol.launcher.admin.exe
    wine: cannot find L"C:\\windows\\system32\\winemenubuilder.exe"
    [POL_Wine] Message: Wine return: 0
    PlayOnLinux: ~/.PlayOnLinux/shortcuts > wine: Unhandled page fault on write access to 0x630020c4 at address 0x77ea7316 (thread 0039), starting debugger...
    err:dbghelp:pe_load_dbg_file Couldn't find .DBG file "dll\\wininet.dbg" ("\xf2\xceE\xf7\x01\x80\xad\xfb \xc53")
  17. booman
    Welcome to the forum morgancat!
    Unfortunately this is very common with the current League of Legends patch.
    I've seen that "dbghelp" error all over the place. Everyone is getting it.
    I even got it, but found that disabling "peer to peer" may have fixed it for me, but it didn't work for anyone else.

    As soon as there is a permanent fix for it, I will definitely post it here
  18. Liewyec
  19. Wolfgang Dawson
    I'm in the installation process right now, and after I click on the launcher and go through the installshieldwizard, I'm just ending up with a black screen. It won't actually take me to the client to update. Thats through the manual installation because the other way was just crashing

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