Elder Scrolls: IV Oblivion was a state-of-the-art benchmark for gaming before Skyrim. Consisting of a massive open-world full of dungeons, castles, ruins, mountains, swamps, forests and countless enemies. Anyone could easily invest 200+ hours just exploring Tamriel, leveling up and completing quests. There is always somewhere new to explore, someone new to talk to and some new minion to slay.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Elder Scrolls: IV Oblivion in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Retail version of Elder Scrolls: IV Oblivion. Other versions may require additional steps.
Tips & Specs:
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Mint 17 64-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.46
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.7.46 is installed and you can close this window
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Click "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name the virtual drive: oblivion
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.7.46
Select "32 bits windows installation"
Windows Version: Windows 7
Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
Desktop Size: 1024x768
PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)
Check the following packages:
Click "Select another file"
Navigate to the Oblivion CD ROM
Click "I accept the terms..."
Uncheck "Add Oblivion shortcut to your desktop
Uncheck "Yes, I want to view the ReadMe file
Unfortunately the installer refuses to close on its own
It will just hang at this window
Open the Linux activity monitor
Click End Process
Name your shortcut: Oblivion
Click "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Wine version: 1.7.46
Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine. Always try downloading the newest version of Wine to test on Oblivion.
Video Memory size: Select the amount of Memory your video card/chip uses
Back to PlayOnLinux
Note: Click Debug to see errors and bugs
- Texture Size
- Tree Fade
- Actor Fade
- Item Fade
- Object Fade
- Grass Distance
- View Distance
- Distand Land
- Distant Buildings
- Distant Trees
- Interior Shadows
- Exterior Shadows
- Self Shadows
- Shadows on Grass
- Tree Canopy Shadows
- Shadow Filtering
- Specular Distance
- HDR Lighting
- Bloom Lighting
- Water Detail
- Water Reflections
- Water Ripples
Rule of Thumb:
High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion ran perfectly in PlayOnLinux on my GeForce 550 Ti with almost all the settings on high. Its quite a beautiful game even considering its age. The only problem I had was the installer locking up.