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Old 05-15-2012, 11:26 PM   #1
Street Dog
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Constant freeze-ups

I am having very frustrating times with Fallout 3 (yes, I'm behind on my games). These problems aren't unique to FO3, as I finished Oblivion awhile back, and had freeze-ups, but not like this. So a little history...

When I bought Oblivion from Steam, it ran pretty good. Once in a blue moon, I'd get a freeze-up, but nothing that wrecked the playing experience for me. However, when I quit the game, it ALWAYS froze rather than closing the window. Again, not a deal breaker, but it was annoying to have to start the task manager every single time I exited the game.

After Oblivion, I wanted to sort of go in 'game order,' so I bought Fallout 3. The first few times I played it, it worked fine, but soon it degraded to freezing within five minutes of playing. I can't play the game, and I don't know why.

Here are my specs (as reported by Can You Run It):

You Have: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz
You Have: 3.4 GHz Performance Rated at: 11.90 GHz
You Have: 8.2 GB (RAM)
You Have: GeForce GT 530 (VIDEO)

Features: Minimum attributes of your Video Card
Video RAM: Required: 256 MB You Have: 4.0 GB
3D Required: Yes You Have: Yes
Hardware T&L Required: Yes You Have: Yes
Pixel Shader version Required: 2.0 You Have: 5.0
Vertex Shader version Required: 2.0 You Have: 5.0

(sound checked out okay as well)


According to Can You Run It, I should be passing with flying colors. I've looked into updating my video and sound drivers, but am nervous about what site/program to trust (running canyourunit was a big step for me), and don't want to spend any money doing this.

Is there anything else I should be looking at? It seems like I've got a pretty sound system that should run Fallout3 like a song, but alas it doesn't. This also puts a damper on getting Skyrim or Diablo 3 as I don't know if I'm going to spend a bunch of money on games I can't play. Does downloading it from here rather than buying a physical copy matter?

Thanks for any help you can give.

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Old 05-15-2012, 11:42 PM   #2
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If you want the latest drivers for you graphics card either go to the manufacturers website (company that made your graphics card) or http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us for latest drivers for your graphics card. All ways make sure you uninstall your old graphics card drivers first, before installing new drivers for your graphics card!
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:20 AM   #3
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Hmm... according to the nvidia link you provided (thanks for that - bookmarked!), I am running the most current driver. I checked 'Programs and Features' under the Control Panel to make sure I didn't see any extra drivers installed - there weren't any.

I am stumped as to what to look at next...
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