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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

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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...

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    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"
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    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
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    Click Next

    Downloading Wine
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    Extracting

    Downloading Gecko
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    Installed
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    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
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    Click "Install a non-listed program"
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    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name your virtual drive: fallout3
    Click Next
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    Check all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries

    Click Next
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    Select Wine 1.7.15 (or newer 1.7.28)
    Click Next
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    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
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    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
    Desktop Size: 1024x768
    Click OK
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    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
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    Installing Fallout 3

    Click "Select another file"
    Click Next
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    Click Browse
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    Navigate to your Retail DVD
    Select "Setup.exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next


    Click Next


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


    Click Next


    Click Install


    Installing


    Uncheck both options
    Click Finish
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "FalloutLauncher.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Fallout 3
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    Configure PlayOnLinux

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
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    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
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    Display Tab
    Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
    Video memory size: The amount of memory on your video card
    Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
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    Installing Patch

    Go to: Fallout 3 1.7 English Patch
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    Download 1.7 patch
    Save it on your Desktop
    Click Save
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    Back to PlayOnLinux Configure

    Miscellaneous Tab
    Click "Run a .exe file in this virtual drive"
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Select "Fallout3_1.7_English_US.exe
    Click Open
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    Click OK
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    Installing
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    Note: When the patch is done the Fallout 3 Launcher will automatically launch

    First Launch

    Hardware Detect
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    Click Options
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    Select Aspect Ratio
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    Select Resolution
    Note: Select the same resolution as your Linux desktop for the game to appear full-screen
    Click OK
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    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"
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Click Save
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    Double-click the zip file and open in Archive Manager

    Select xlive.dll
    Click Extract
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    Navigate to: /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/fallout3/drive_c/windows/system32/
    Note: enter your "login" in place of "username"
    Click Extract
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    If it asks to overwrite, click Yes

    Launch Fallout 3

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select Fallout 3
    Click Run

    Fallout 3 Launcher
    Click Play
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    Optimization

    Click Settings
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    Click Display
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    Use the slider to gain performance in Fallout 3
    Slide right to increase view of objects
    Slide left to decrease view of objects
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    Conclusion:
    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

    IMPORTANT!
    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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Comments

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

  1. yashj3
    when i click on "new game" it crashes every time. I can't get past that.
    Please help
  2. booman
    what is your system setup:
    • distro
    • 32-bit or 64-bit
    • video card/chip
    • version of playonlinux
    mrdeathjr28 likes this.
  3. yashj3
    ubuntu 14.04
    64bit
    amd radeon 6400
    playonlinux version 4.2.8
  4. booman
    do you have the 32-bit libraries in Ubuntu so you can run games?

    Ubuntu 14 32-bit libraries:
    Code:
    sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install libc6:i386 libncurses5:i386 libstdc++6:i386
  5. Cronyk
    Hello guys,
    I finally signed in after struggeling around for two weeks:

    My system:
    Linux Mint 17 "Quiana" Cinnamon 32bit (Ubuntu 14.04)
    AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 240 Processor
    NVIDEA GeForce GTS 250 (Driver version 331.133-0ubuntu0.0.4 Is this even right (the one with "recommented) )
    4 GB DDR3 RAM

    Firstable: THANK YOU very much for this guide!
    But I have one Problem: Everytime when there is water around the game becomes a Photo show. Nothing works any more, just shivering and struggeling.
    How can I fix this?

    And, when I'm asking... there is also a problem with New Vegas. I installed it perfectly with the play on linux libary, but in VATS the whole environment is marked and every targeting zone has zero percent. Can you fix this too?
    I mean, isn't it kind of the same game?

    Greetings,
    Cronyk
  6. booman
    I had the same problem with the water in Fallout 3. I definitely recommend trying a newer version of Wine like 1.7.44 or even a Wine staging version.
    Let me know if it fixes the water bug.
    I haven't tested Fallout 3 in a long time... so I'm not sure if it will help or not
  7. Cronyk
    Ok, I'll try.

    Is it possible to install in 1.7.28 and then jjust change the wine Version in the configuration or have I to install it every time. Where can I see which wine version could work?
    Staging version?
  8. booman
    In PlayOnLinux, click Tools
    Then click Wine Manager
    You can see all the versions of wine available
    Select the one you want to try and click the left arrow
  9. Cronyk
    So, I've tested a few things...

    Wine
    1.7.28 staging
    1.7.29 - 1.7.45
    1.7.45 staging
    Nothing works. It don't starts, crashes or just don't improves anything.
    But the thing which makes me think is that 1.7.15 and 1.7.15 staging don't even work, too. Shouldn't them?

    I just went to the configuration part and toggled the wine version.
    This don't seem to work. have I to reinstall the wohle virtual drive with each wine version?
  10. booman
    So now its crashing? I thought you only had problems with water in the screen?

    I just found a tip on the water...
    Go to the Fallout 3 game folder and look for a Fallout.ini
    Open it with TextEditor
    Look for anything related to water and enter 0
    Save it and try launching again.

    Make sure to launch Fallout 3 with "debug" instead of "run"
    This way you can see the errors when it crashes
  11. Cronyk
    Yeah well,

    with 1.7.28 I had this water bug. But with some other versions it crashed. so there is no better version than 1.7.28 in 1.7.15 till today (1.7.44 I think).

    I've set

    [Water]
    bUseWaterShader=1
    bUseWaterReflections=1
    bUseWaterRefractions=1
    bUseWaterDepth=1
    bUseWaterHiRes=0
    bUseWaterDisplacements=1
    bUseWaterLOD=1
    bReflectExplosions=0
    bAutoWaterSilhouetteReflections=1
    bForceHighDetailReflections=0
    bForceLowDetailReflections=0
    fTileTextureDivisor=4.7500
    fSurfaceTileSize=2048.0000
    fNearWaterOutdoorTolerance=1024.0000
    fNearWaterIndoorTolerance=512.0000
    fNearWaterUnderwaterVolume=0.9000
    fNearWaterUnderwaterFreq=0.3000
    uNearWaterPoints=8
    uNearWaterRadius=1000
    uSurfaceFPS=12

    in the ini to

    [Water]
    bUseWaterShader=0
    bUseWaterReflections=0
    bUseWaterRefractions=0
    bUseWaterDepth=0
    bUseWaterHiRes=0
    bUseWaterDisplacements=0
    bUseWaterLOD=0
    bReflectExplosions=0
    bAutoWaterSilhouetteReflections=0
    bForceHighDetailReflections=0
    bForceLowDetailReflections=0
    fTileTextureDivisor=4.7500
    fSurfaceTileSize=2048.0000
    fNearWaterOutdoorTolerance=1024.0000
    fNearWaterIndoorTolerance=512.0000
    fNearWaterUnderwaterVolume=0.9000
    fNearWaterUnderwaterFreq=0.3000
    uNearWaterPoints=8
    uNearWaterRadius=1000
    uSurfaceFPS=12

    now... no improvement... just a couple of picturs around rivet city....
  12. booman
    Did you also do the music folder trick? Your game crashing might be related to that and not the water rendering.

    Did you try messing with the video settings? Try everything on low as a test.

    Also, try disabling GLSL in PlayOnLinux configure.
    I'm stumped at this point... I remember this bug but will have to test with newer Wine versions to see if I have it as well.
    There is a chance it might be a limitation with your video card, but its really hard to tell.
  13. mrdeathjr28
    Hi in my case works since some versions ago, however sometimes appears crashes before caused in my case because game shows problems with mp3 sound if you disable (rename mp3 carpet folder) solve this

    Other things could cause crashes have relation with textures mod, especially NMC textures but in some places but when you come in this sites example in megaton wasteland works but when you go to store you must be save before entry and exit game, after this load save game previously saved and works

    However in this moments finish some test with wine 1.7.45 + nvidia 352.21 and works very good with mp3 sounds too but because stay testing wine without gstreamer and use lav filters*

    Back to theme in lastest test works very good until nmc textures works more stable however in neil textures pack + other mods used for nmc and neil textures like as fellout (very good mod give more vivid colors like as fallout 4 ambient) and greenworld v2 (this give plants and other green vegetation) and works very good

    This is some examples for fallout with mods and with mods (NMC textures and Neil Textures + Fellout and Greenworld v2 for both test)







    :)
  14. Cronyk
    I found this in the AbbDB to Fallout: New Vegas.

    It seems to happen in both games, so also in FO3.
    Can anyone try this out? I downloaded the DLL but I don't understand how to make this override.
  15. booman
    Normally DLL's have to be placed in c:\Windows\System32
    Or it might need to be placed in the game folder.
    Really depends on where Windows needs to access it.
    Like the xlive.dll
    It needs to be placed in the System32 folder, but that doesn't mean it will work.
    When you add PlayOnLinux packages, they are basically installing the necessary libraries for the Windows System32 folder.
    Check PlayOnLinux packages, there should be a direct sound available.
    You could try it as well.
  16. Cronyk
    Ok, I tried to install the package. No "direct sound" but "direct music".
    No other sound rilated direct packages available.

    No improvements...
    Any idears?
  17. booman
    You can also try direct play or dsound too.
    Its worth a try
  18. Cronyk
    No improvement in Fallout 3

    New Vegas works after 15min Test till now- or is better.
  19. booman
    It never hurts to re-install the whole game again in a new virtual drive. Sometimes after installing and configuring can break something.
  20. Cronyk
    So, which configuration do you recomment me? You know, I'm new on this stuff...

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