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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 honestly don't know. Since you have the proper drivers, 32-bit Mint and tried different Wine versions, it must be a limitation of the Video card.
    I would guess, follow the guide again step-by-step and see if the exact same problems exist.

    Do you have a budget to pickup a newer Video Card? Are you using a laptop?
  2. Cronyk
    I have a budget to buy a new computer, but it worked once in Linux on this computer and I don't really need a new one, so I try to find something that works... so its to less RAM?
  3. booman
    Agreed, you really don't need a new computer.
    I can't remember if you were able to play other games?

    If you want even better performance, a GeForce 750 Ti is fairly priced... around $100 or so and won't require any extra power
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  4. Cronyk
    The games which are running perfect under wine on my system are:

    Dawn of War II - The last Standalone
    NaaC (No Argument, I know :p)
    PAYDAY 2
    South Park - The Stick of Truth
    Diablo II - The Lord of Destruction
    Alien Swarm
  5. booman
    Sounds like everything is setup correctly since you have many games working just fine.
    If you install Fallout 3 again, please launch it with "debug" and then copy paste it in a new post here: PlayOnLinux
    It still might be related to Games For Windows Live and that xlive.dll
    Are you installing the Fallout 3 patch as well?
  6. Cronyk
    First I tried it totally by the guide.

    Then I left the patch away because I own the GOTY Edition so I don't need it.
    Then I left xlive.dll away because it worked otherwise...
    Maybe I should try again and follow the script step by step.
    On which point should I install the DLC Disk?
  7. booman
    Oh you have the GOTY edition? Is it through steam or retail?
  8. booman
    hmm, leave the DLC out of the installation for now.
    I just want to know if the game runs... even with the strange water.
    If you can play without serous crashing or lagg, then its a success.
    If you add the DLC and it starts causing problems, then we know its related to that
  9. Cronyk
    Well, ok I'll try. With Patch and without DLC. Just as close as possible to this guide. Without Uncut or NoCD Patch. And then Step by Step. You'll hear from me :)
    If I take my savegames back in the new installation, can the problems be related to the savegames?
  10. booman
    There might be problems with the save game if it expects the patch and DLC
    This is getting quite complicated, no wonder Wine is having problems:
    1. Vanilla Fallout 3
    2. Patch
    3. GFWL
    4. DLC
    5. NoCD crack
    I was not able to test Fallout 3 with all of those circumstances, specially the No CD crack. I was able to play with the DVD in the drive just fine, but let me know if you have problems with that as well.

    This is another reason Steam is so great! They just include everything on the list for you in one single download.
  11. Cronyk
    I've done so.... I can move around water, but the game still freezes when I actually touch it...
    Also I found the X Server Settings. How to configure the GTS 250? xD
  12. booman
    Ok, at least you can play it. I don't remember a lot of water quests anyways. I guess steer clear of water for now.
    I've never messed with X Server Settings, but you can try messing with Nvidia 3D settings for your card.
  13. Cronyk
    Well, I turned off all water effects now and it seem to work. Looks very Bad (water is just a flat coulor, around the bomb Megaton is nothing) but hey, better than crashing I think. I'll try the DLC and the Bloodpatch now and post again.
  14. booman
    Good, at least you can play without crashing.
    There are a few games I've had to tweak like this because Wine and driver compatibility have some buggs.
    You can always try to update your video driver, but I've stuck with the stable Nvidia 331 and haven't had a lot of problems.
    Sorry about the lack of solutions... if you keep researching, something might eventually come up.
    Also post this problem on WineHQ's and someone will eventually find a fix.
  15. Cronyk
    So, I have a new question. my Audio has stoppend working completely.
    In some other virtual drives, it works.
    I looked up the drivers. working is winepulse.drv and not working is winealsa.drv.
    I googled aleready how to set it from winealsa.drv to winepulse.drv. But with no answer... -.-
    Can you help?
  16. Aremis

    I get this in every bethesda game once in a while. Make sure you have xact and xinput installed/activated. Don't ask me how they have anything to do with sound, it's microsoft.

    Thats been the fix for me.
  17. mrdeathjr28
    This game have trouble with music* (mp3 files) however in lastest test stay testing lavfilters and works good with mp3 (no crash in tests until now)

    *Rename music folder helps, for example change music to music.a (thanksfully linux allow add extensions to folders)

  18. Cronyk
    It's not just this game.... it's a couple of virtual drives...

    None of the two possibilities worked....
  19. booman
    I have similar problems with Fallout 3 and Skyrim.
    I've been replaying skyrim in Mint 17.1 and the audio will sound perfect, but then after a few minutes I start hearing those pulseaudio "crackling" sounds with music and voices. If I restart Pulseaudio then everythings fine, but after a few minutes it happens again.

    Cronyk: Have you messed with the daemon.conf for pulseaudio yet?
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  20. Cronyk
    Ok... no.

    How to do so?

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