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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. booman
    It may happen some day. I know there are thousands of Linux players online. If the game actually cost money, it would be more incentive, but then there wouldn't be so many players
  2. Valdiz777
    Hey guys I don't know if you know yet but out of game shop (runes etc) now works. you can also chat will people etc. So I can pretty much say league of legends on linux is now fully functional :D
  3. booman
    Nice, thanks for the update
  4. loremed
    When I open LoL from PlayonLinux It opens a blue window, I open launcher and wine find an error that I can't see because I press details and wine crashes
  5. booman
    Did you follow the guide above?
    What are your computer specs:
    • Distro
    • 64-bit or 32-bit
    • video card/chip
    • video drivers?
  6. TillaTalla
  7. booman
    Not sure, in my last test of League Of Legends, I didn't need IE8 any more to run it.
    So not sure how to restart?
  8. furry
    I am running arch linux 64bit, awesomeWM. if you take a look at this https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=190768 you can fix the "attempting to reconnect problem". When i was running openbox and installed league of legends everything was fine. Now I am running awesomeWM and when I have "Allow window manager to control" the main league of legends slides off screen slowly when I hover over the play button, store button, summoner button, and league of legends logo. When i unclick this option, of course the prbloem is fixed but so is the window and I can't use any other application until the game is closed. All this only happens when I am in the main screen such as the league store and searching for games. My question is is there a fix or is this because of awesomeWM?
  9. Aremis

    When I try to log in it doesn't seem to be able to get to the net. I checked and the servers are not down and last night I downloaded the game fine.

    I'm back on arch because ubuntu was giving me issues. I have the WPA stuff installed and I have no trouble going anywhere on the net.

    I checked wine and I found that it was running in windows xp and not 7, or 8. When I tried higher windows prefixes all the game did was crash. I think it's that wine is at windows xp. Not sure what to do from here.
  10. booman
    Its been a while since I've messed with League of Legends
    Can you post the PlayOnLinux debug in the forum here: PlayOnLinux
  11. Aremis

    Arch 64 bit
    video card: ati radeon HD 6320
    drivers: base arch ati drivers (xf86-video-ati)

    As reference, not a lot of people use this card and it wasn't put in a lot of laptops. Looking up specs for it can be decieving. If you look up the specs and say "The game isn't playable anyways" I get 50 or 60 frames max in windows. If I can't get this to work it isn't really a big deal, but it would be really cool and it would add to thew list of reasons to compltely migrate.
  12. booman
    I don't have a lot of experience with AMD video card or video chips. Specially in Laptops.
    If its a driver issue then I've got nothing...
    I would still like to see the debug output and see if anything raises-a-flag at me.
    Have you ever been able to play League Of Legends on this laptop before?
  13. furry
    Has anyone found a way to increase fps in league of legends? I have been getting around 150-180 frames in windows but when running in Linux I am only able to get 40-60fps. I use bumblebee to alternate between the Intel and Nvidia graphics card but this does not help in anyway. Has anyone been able to get a high and/or consistent frame rate in Linux?

    System: AwesomeWM 64bit
    Video card: geforce 710m.
  14. booman
    I have not seen any trends for improving frame rates with Wine.
    40-60 fps should be fine for gameplay in any game anyways.
    I'm happy to get 30 fps in most game.
  15. Cronyk
    I've also problems with the shop since the last patch. Every time I enter it a new window asks for Username and Password to access the connection.
    I tried installing IE8 but this didn't work. so I switched to a newer wine (1.9.2staging - LOL3) and now I can switch through the shop but the problem appears when I want to purchase anything. So mayby just wait for a fix?
  16. booman
    I didn't mess with the shop when I tested League of Legends last. You might want to try an older version of Wine as well. Normally what happens is... someone will patch Wine to fix the shop and then LoL developers will upate the game and break Wine again.
  17. Cronyk
    I see. I tested down to 1.6... "Continue testing" :)
  18. booman
    Make sure to test with patched versions Like:
    • 1.9.2-LeagueofLegends5
    • 1.7.52-staging-LOL3
    • 1.7.52-staging-LOL2
    • 1.7.52-LeagueofLegends5
    • 1.7.52-LeagueofLegends4
    and any others you can find.
  19. NoteEnzym
    I dunno whats wrong, I did exactly everything (except the Version of Wine I used the latest), but before the game starts to open the launcher I got a Bugsplat Icon wich repeated all the time.

    My Distr. is Ubuntu.

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