Wine & Skyrim on Linux Mint

I spent some time trying out Wine today on my linux mint box. For the first time, I’ve managed to get Windows Steam to run, and downloaded & installed Skyrim.

Using Wine version 1.7.8 seems to be working. Earlier versions caused a crash in the main function of the Steam app after it updated.

Argh! My eyes! Skyrim boots & runs with sound; unfortunately there are 2 problems:

  1. Rendering using amd-catalyst-13.11-beta V9.4-linux-x86.x86_64 driver doesn’t update the view frame buffer half the time, leaving flickery blocks everywhere.
  2. The mouse is still constrained by the screen – impossible to turn the character around 360 degrees – can barely rotate 180 degrees!

This is me having fun.


Installed Wine x86 1.7.9 (probably unrelated), and by accident, swapped workspaces. Ctrl + Alt + right, followed by Ctrl + Alt + left caused the 3D pipeline to start rendering properly. I don’t know enough about X11 to understand why the window manager decides now is a good time to stop redrawing the background over the 3D canvas (at least, that’s what the visual mess looked like).

There are still some problems with key recognitions, and on a Sapphire HD7700 with 1GB, the frame rate is unacceptable unless things are turned way down.