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Fallout 3 Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jun 28, 2013.

  • by booman, Jun 28, 2013 at 1:48 PM
  • booman

    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    Fallout 3 is an immersive Post Apocalyptic Role Playing Game where humanity struggles to survive in a radioactive, mutated wasteland of the United States. Following suite with Bethseda's previous Elder Scrolls titles, they explore a Sci-Fi genre and upgrade the same engine used in Elder Scrolls: Oblivion while retaining our favorite Role Playing aspects to keep us playing for 100's of hours.

    Naturally I wanted to see if Fallout 3 would run in Linux. Follow my guide and lets see if it will run for you as well...


    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Fallout 3 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Retail version of Fallout 3. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 16 32-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.2
    Wine: 1.7.15

    Installing Wine

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"

    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.15
    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right

    Click Next

    Downloading Wine


    Downloading Gecko


    Also try newer Wine 1.7.28 for better results

    Wine 1.7.15 is installed and you can close this window

    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 your virtual drive: fallout3
    Click Next

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

    Click Next

    Select Wine 1.7.15 (or newer 1.7.28)
    Click Next

    Note: If you are running a 64-bit system, PlayOnLinux will prompt if you want to use a 64-bit or 32-bit virtual drive.
    Always select 32-bit virtual drive.

    Configure Wine

    Applications Tab
    Windows Verion: Windows 7
    Click Apply

    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
    Desktop Size: 1024x768
    Click OK

    Installing Packages

    Check the following packages:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_cc580
    • POL_Install_dxfullsetup
    • POL_Install_msvc80
    • POL_Install_quartz
    • POL_Install_vcrun2005

    Click Next

    Installing Fallout 3

    Click "Select another file"
    Click Next

    Click Browse

    Navigate to your Retail DVD
    Select "Setup.exe"
    Click Open

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Check "I accept the terms of the license agreement"
    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Install


    Uncheck both options
    Click Finish

    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "FalloutLauncher.exe"
    Click Next

    Name your shortcut: Fallout 3
    Click Next

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

    Configure PlayOnLinux

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure

    General Tab
    Wine Version: 1.7.15
    Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine

    Display Tab
    Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
    Video memory size: The amount of memory on your video card
    Offscreen rendering mode: fbo

    Installing Patch

    Go to: Fallout 3 1.7 English Patch

    Download 1.7 patch
    Save it on your Desktop
    Click Save

    Back to PlayOnLinux Configure

    Miscellaneous Tab
    Click "Run a .exe file in this virtual drive"

    Navigate to your desktop
    Select "Fallout3_1.7_English_US.exe
    Click Open

    Click OK


    Note: When the patch is done the Fallout 3 Launcher will automatically launch

    First Launch

    Hardware Detect


    Click Options

    Select Aspect Ratio

    Select Resolution
    Note: Select the same resolution as your Linux desktop for the game to appear full-screen
    Click OK

    Click Play and the game should crash.

    Windows Live dll

    Go to: http://www.dll-files.com/dllindex/dll-files.shtml?xlive
    Click "Download zip-file"

    Navigate to your desktop
    Click Save

    Double-click the zip file and open in Archive Manager

    Select xlive.dll
    Click Extract

    Navigate to: /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/fallout3/drive_c/windows/system32/
    Note: enter your "login" in place of "username"
    Click Extract

    If it asks to overwrite, click Yes

    Launch Fallout 3

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select Fallout 3
    Click Run

    Fallout 3 Launcher
    Click Play


    Click Settings

    Click Display

    Use the slider to gain performance in Fallout 3
    Slide right to increase view of objects
    Slide left to decrease view of objects

    Fallout 3 ran pretty smoothly on my GeForce 550 Ti. A few stutters here and there and "touchy" mouse behavior in the dialog boxes. But really good frame rates outside in the streaming world of Fallout. Experiment with newer versions of Wine 1.7.28

    If Fallout 3 crashes every once in a while, its because of the in-game music. Go to the Fallout 3 game folder and rename the music folder. This will disable in-game music, but will also protect your game from crashing.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016
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Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jun 28, 2013.

  1. Daniel~
    One of the guides I've been waiting for! Once my Box is back up I'll give her a go... several of your guides will get my attention once I'm CPU fit again!
  2. booman
    Please let me know if you have any problems with it.
    Fallout 3 uses a script, but there is still some tweaking that needs to be done after wards.
  3. Daniel~
    Lest I could do big guy! ":O}
  4. booman
    High Res Screenshots:










    fallout33.png fallout35.png

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    fallout37.png fallout38.png
  5. Daniel~
    In Mint 15/ PlayonLinux fallout three is no longer offered...sigh..

    Attached Files:

  6. booman
    That must be a bug!

    You can always manual install it!
    Just make sure to use the version of Wine in this guide and the Libraries too.
  7. Daniel~
    I'm tired...Will try that tomorrow! Thanks Boo!
  8. booman
    Look at this: Fallout 3 on WineHQ
    No more Fallout 3 listed on WineHQ!!??
    What is the deal? Was there a lawsuit or something?
  9. Daniel~
    Do you know which library's are needed?
  10. booman
    scroll up:
    • d3dx9
    • corefonts
    • directx9
    • cc580
    • vcrun2005
  11. Daniel~
    Tomorrow...I'm all installed out for today! LOL

    (Rebuilt my Debain install...)
  12. Daniel~
    I don't see that there is no more FO3...I'm missing something...?

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  13. Daniel~
    Fallout 3 is back!
    AND! I "Think " that I have 32 bit librarys working in Debain

    Attached Files:

  14. Daniel~
    Debain failed...again! ":O}
    But now I'm back in Mint 15 (Ububtu) and Fall out 3 is gone. So I guess games come and go with various versions of POL...who do they think they are...WINE? ":O}

    No doubt due to POL dependence on WINE...? OK some I have some doubt!

    Boo feel free to delete posts you feel clutter you Guides. I'll try a manual install and post here my results Using POL 4.2.1 and what ever wine seems to work today":O}

    Have you tried to install multi-versions of POL, can that be done?
  15. Daniel~
    I keep failing... I've tried to install manually from disk, But it says it's finished and closes the install without looking for a second disk. When I try from my ripped game folder it simply crashes.

    I'm going to try and re-rip in case I missed something, been a while since I ripped the files.
  16. booman
    I think you have to install the Debian version of PlayOnLinux...

    Running the .DEB file should install it just fine!

    I don't think PlayOnLinux would be happy with another version of PlayOnLinux at the same time.
  17. Daniel~
    Unfortunately I used the Debian Software manager to install POL. it and Steam install just fine... But.... Every move I make to install Components meets with a message that this is a bad file, it fails to install Direct X 9, and warns against using such subversive software!
    So I tried installing wine with synaptic package manager... (as you suggest here) Then reinstalled POL. This is how I got POL to stop giving me the missing 32 bit library message and it installed Stream for me. I also had to install Xterm(?) for POL.

    Steam behaves wonderfully looks great! but can't play a single game I install. wants little things like Direct X 9C, which POL fails when trying to install it.

    To bad multiple versions of POL might solve a few problems.
  18. booman
    Wow, that is not cool!
    You have to install Wine alone before installing PlayOnLinux. That is a requirement.... not that its documented anywhere.
    Ironically I always ended up doing that anyways.
    PlayOnLinux will use the initial Wine install for setting up the default virtual drive.
    From there on you can start installing new versions of Wine through PlayOnLInux.
  19. Daniel~
    Yeah, it gets rid of the 32 bit warnnin when using POL and Steam, but leaves everything else still unusable....Can't install POL components...DX 9, Core-fonts etc....

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