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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...


    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. booman
    I would have to see what you are doing step-by-step so I would know what is missing.
    Maybe there is a chance the correct 32-bit libraries are not installed? Who knows...
    I'm glad you are testing it because it sounds like a pain! Mint 32-bit gets the job done for me 95% of the time.
  2. dem

    I bought the "game of the year edition" (with all DLC), and I'd like to install it on my recently upgraded linux computer (I already played the game on my brother's xbox 360...But he took it back before I can finish the game).

    But apparently, fallout 3 is not in POL list anymore, or to be more specific, it appears only if I check "no-cd required" option in the game list. I don't really understand what it means. Do I need extra software ?

    The weird thing is that fallout 3 DLC appears in the list.

    I'm using ubuntu 12.04 64bit.

    thank you for your help.
  3. booman
    Ok, then as with my other Guides, try doing a manual installation instead.
    Instead of searching for Fallout 3, just click "install a non-listed program"
    Then follow the steps for manual installation....

    Here is a basic run-through

    Manual Installation:
    1. Launch PlayOnLinux
    2. Click Install
    3. Click “Install a non-listed program”
    4. Click Next
    5. Select “Install in a new virtual drive”
    6. Name your virtual drive (no spaces)
    7. Select all three options:
      - Use another version of Wine
      - Configure Wine
      - Install some libraries
    8. Select Wine version
    9. Set Windows version
    10. Graphics Tab:
      - check “automatically capture mouse...”
      - check “emulate a virtual drive”
      - Desktop size: 1024x768
    11. Click Ok
    12. Select libraries to install
      Standard Libraries:
      - core fonts
      - d3dx9
      - msxml3
      - Tahoma
      - vcrun2005
    13. Install game from CD-ROM, DVD, or Browse for downloaded exe
    14. Select exe for shortcut
    15. Name the shortcut
    16. PlayOnLinux Configure
      - Set Display Options
      - Reboot Windows
  4. dem
    I'll try this tonight or tommorow, and come back here for results. Thank you !
  5. booman
    Don't rush yourself. Please post any questions or bugs you might have.
    Manual installation can be harder in troubleshooting a game.
  6. Daniel~
    OK I got it up and running fine...Had a few sticking points along the way. need to add the Patch. Then It got stuck in the Birth scean, but after a reboot got past it. Basically I had to Re-boot windows several times and reboot Mint 15 once and all my problems disappeared...OH! I had install .Net all versions (who knows which is being used.)I used Manuale install and your instructions...Thanks Boo! ":O}

    Odd thing, never asked for a game code or the second disk. I'm using the Game of the Year Edition...any Ideas as to what Disk two is for?
  7. booman
    Yeah, I had a lot of crashing at the very begining when there was the speech bug.
    Also does your water look screwed up? Maybe just white?

    Are you using Windows XP as your Windows Version?
    At this point Mono is just as good as dotnet but you can't install them both. There could be conflicts.

    I think the second disk is special features and junk.
    I don't remember ever entering a key either...
  8. Daniel~
    I've only gotten to the first save point after the Birthday party and receiving the holy BB gun...":O}

    But haven't noticed any funny waters.

    Yes it defaulted to XP. I'll look at the second disk tomorrow, maybe some extra maps...?

    Had a sound glitch as well reboot seems to have made it right.
  9. dem
    Isn't 2nd disc a DLC (extra content) disc, with the special extra campaigns ("operation anchorage", etc...)?
  10. booman
    Oh yeah, I forgot. I wasn't impress with Operation Anchorage, but The Pitt is pretty cool.

    Keep playing and let us know if you have further glitches.
    Its a really addictive game.
  11. Daniel~
    So what do I do with Disk two that won't make people laugh at me? ":O}
  12. booman
    1. Enter Disk 2 into the DVD drive
    2. Launch PlayOnLinux
    3. Click Configure
    4. Click the Miscellaneous Tab
    5. Click "Install an exe in this virtual drive"
    6. Navigate to your Disk2 DVD
    7. Find the Setup.exe
    8. Click Open
    9. Follow Installation Directions
  13. Daniel~
    Thanks! I'm beginning to think you actually know your way around Linux gaming. ":O}
  14. booman
    Nah, its just an illusion... I don't even use Linux ;)
  15. Daniel~
    Made it to the great wide outdoors! Water seems milky/grayish. I lost sound and had to restart... Can't play more than a half hour, bad wrist....But I got to kill the Big guy before leaving! ":O}
  16. booman
    Cool, yeah that is how the water looked for me... not a "game changer" but the real water looks much cooler.
    I'm glad you are trying to play at least.
    Sooner or later the controller support will get better with demanding gamers.
  17. dem
    I just installed it with wine 1.6 (apparently on wine appdb, the game is working this way, and no graphics bugs are noticed), and....POL crashed. LOL. :D
  18. booman
    I would have to install Fallout 3 again to test in a newer version of Wine.
  19. dem
    Yes, apparently it's working. But I'm not sure to understand everything in the wine appdb description (it's speaking about 64bit, dll, etc...).

    Following your guide + newer version of wine, it's not working. But perhaps it worths the try, to avoid the water problems and all (nothing about it in wine appdb).

    the link is :

  20. booman
    Dang, not sure why that happens, but someone has to take the time to test these games on newer versions of Wine.
    Post the Debug and we can take a look. Maybe there is a specific error that can point us in the right direction.

    Geesh, after reading on WineHQs, it reminds me why we use PlayOnLinux. So many stinking instructions with Wine alone.
    I was also reminded that Fallout 3 requires Windows Live, but you don't have to use it, just install it.

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