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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. Cabian
    Idk if the computer is the problem, i had windows and used to play a lot before... the model is PCG-61A11U... Apreciate you answering me, thank you very much
  2. plazma
    • Ubuntu 14.04
    • 64-bit
    • Asus gtx 670 2gb
    • tried gpu drivers : x.org, 304.117, 331.38, 331.49, 331.67, 331.79, 331.89, and 340.24
    • PlayOnLinux Version 4.2.2
    • tried wine vers. : 1.2.3,1.3.20, 1.5.12 lol, 1.7-lol, 1.7.18, 1.7.19, 1.7.19-lol, 1.7.19-lol2, 1.7.20, 1.7.21
    i installed with no error and applied mono patch but always getting @ the start black screen.
  3. booman
    Wow, I am stumped!
    Nvidia drivers have always been great to me and GeForce cards work very nicely in Linux.
    You have even tested different versions of Wine with no luck.
    Did I already ask you if the 32-bit libraries are installed?
  4. plazma
    yes, step by step with your guide. Before ubuntu 14.04 64 bit tried ubuntu 12.04. 64bit same results :( i can pass black screen problem.
  5. booman
    I mean the Linux 32-bit libraries.
    use your Software manager and look for multi-arch or ia32-libs.
    Those have to be installed for most games to work.
  6. plazma
    Yes installed them.
  7. booman
    Still black screen?
    The only thing I can think of is starting over one more time.
    It LoL still stops at a black screen then I am at a loss.
    How long did you wait at the black screen?
    I remember loading a game could take a while, but can you even get to the hero select screen?
  8. SimpleSign
    i followed your guide and i encountered a problem.

    the launcher encounters a serious problem and i have to close it,
    i mananged to figure it out that it is because i change the windows version from Windows XP to Windows 7,

    any ideas on how i can fix this ?

  9. booman
    You should be able to use Win7 from now on. Previously I recommended Win XP because Internet Explorer 8 was needed, but not anymore.
    Was the game working before you set it to Win 7?
  10. SimpleSign
    Yes the game is working when i have it on Win XP, but whenever i change it to Win 7 the launcher encounters an error
  11. booman
    If it work on Win XP with the new patch, then just keep playing in Win XP.
    Otherwise, please post your debug output and we'll see what is going on behind-the-scenes.
  12. Valdiz777
    Yes with the new patch I can confirm xp works better. At least so far it got me to the launcher screen (which I wasn't able to do with win 7 mode)
  13. booman
    Ok, then keep using WinXP for now. If you want League of Legends to run in Win7 then you will probably have to start over and follow this guide.
  14. Valdiz777
    Ok so I was finally able to get it to work. I can enter any game (rank, norms, aram etc) with really good fps even with graphics all the way. I followed the guide however I'm using league of legends2. I also installed the ati black screen fix (i'll get back to this in a minute). I went ahead and Installed ie8, winhttp,wintrust,gecko, d3d9, d3d10, d3d11, directx9---all are these are installed along with what was recommended in the guide. I also followed this guide. FURTHERMORE: I made my wine think that my gpu is nvidia and not ati (so u can ignore ati black screen fix but I still have it on).
    How to make your wine think gpu is nvidia:
    go to wine>configure>regis editor> current user>software>wine>direct3d
    while here:
    1. create a new DWORD value, name it VideoPCIDeviceID
    a. after creating it, right click>modify> value =402
    2. create a new DWORD value, name it VideoPCIVendorID
    a. after creating it, right click>modify> value =10de
    3. create a new String value, name it VideoDriver
    a. after creating it, right click>modify> value =ati2dvag.dll
    Other things:
    direct drawrenderere=opengl
    memorysize=1024 (my real memory size is 256 but I set 1024 regardless, I recommend this--It is a bypass, I can go into further explanation if you need)

    after doing all of this the only remaining bug:
    out of game shop: still black screened, however it wont crash the game unless you are on debug mode.

    I was very tired and sleepy whole writing this (because of the long day trying to get this to work haha) so if you have any questions please ask. I ran into all sorts of errors purposely just so I can fix them. So I can contribute a lot to any future questions especially with this new patch.

    Hope this helps anyone, if not, I'll be here
    plazma and booman like this.
  15. booman
    Great information! Thanks for posting. I had no idea you can trick wine to think you have an Nvidia card!!! :D

    It may be a good idea to post your solutions on the PlayOnLinux website because there are a LOT of posts there about League of Legends.

    Strange that you had to install IE8 and Wininet. The last time I tried League of Legends, it worked fine with Win7 and a newer version of Wine. No IE necessary;

    When you wrote "League of Legends2" what did you mean?
  16. Valdiz777
    the wine virtual drive I used was titled 1.7.19-LeagueofLegends2. Yeah about the IE8, Im pretty sure I didn't need it, I just installed it as a fail-safe. Same thing with the wininet. Initially I thought haven't it uninstalled was a problem but it really wasnt. what helped improved my performance along with the videocard issues and something I totally forgot to include can be found here here: http://www.playonlinux.com/en/topic-11344.html
    mainly the libraries: dbghelp (diabled)
    dnsapi (built-in, native) .
  17. Valdiz777
    I'm going to work hard and see if I can figure out the out of game shop bug today
  18. Valdiz777
    Sorry, not trying to spam, I am new here and I don't really know how to edit my posts. I ran a couple of tests with wininet and compatibility. So with the XP verison you do have to have wininet (builtin), else the game wouldn't launch. I also tested this with win 7 and 8 and got the same results..weird.
  19. plazma
    wait about 1-2 hours but nothing happens, can click links or buttons i cant see but click them :) gonna try not ubuntu distrios, fedoara or opensuse
  20. plazma
    he has an ati gpu card and tricks wine to nvidia ?

    "League of Legends2" wine version 1.7.19-LeagueofLegends2 etc.

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