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Old 05-27-2012, 09:59 PM   #1
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Thumbs up (SOLVED) Fallout 3 Freezes/Crashes!!!

SOLUTION: Find and open (backup first!) the fallout.ini file in "My Documents\My Games\Fallout3"

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Okay. I've heard that MANY MANY MANY people have trouble with Fallout 3 GOTY. It crashes and freezes SO much that it gets NEARLY UNPLAYABLE.

I know that people have the exact same problem as I do, so it would be very beneficial for someone to take the time and RESPOND to this.

I've heard that editing a .ini file and adding a line of code to it fixes it, but who wants to take the risk of corrupting their entire game? Does that work?

Usually after a system restart I can play. Then, when I put my PC to "Sleep" and turn it back on later, it crashes when I fire a gun, go into a new area, talk to someone, anything really.

Here are my system specs if that will do any good.

Windows 7 64 Bit System
Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti (planning on an upgrade to the 560)
AMD FX-8150 eight-core processor 3.6GHz
8 GB RAM
1.3 TB Hard-drive


Any ideas/solutions would be hot.

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Old 05-28-2012, 01:24 AM   #2
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Yeah, i have the same problem here, I read somewhere in the forums that it has problems with windows 7 64 bit version, since i also have it and it freezes, although just in certain areas, so far i just found 2 areas where it froze and i had to quickly move between saves (i'm not sure about the windows 7 64 bit thing, but that's all i know)
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:24 AM   #3
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Altering the .ini won't corrupt your entire game. And at the very least, common sense dictates that you make a backup of and kind of file you edit in the event that you do cause a problem.

The fix you're referring to should help if you're experiencing a random crash without fail within 5-15 minutes of starting the game. It sounds like this is the problem you're having.

Find and open (backup first!) the fallout.ini file in "My Documents\My Games\Fallout3"

Find

bUseThreadedAI=0

change it to

bUseThreadedAI=1

Add this line after it

iNumHWThreads=2

For some reason the Fallout 3 engine just doesn't like systems with more than 2 processor cores. It probably hates your 8-core computer. Electronic jealousy or something. Hopefully that fix should make Fallout 3 actually run.
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Old 05-28-2012, 07:58 PM   #4
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The fix you're referring to should help if you're experiencing a random crash without fail within 5-15 minutes of starting the game. It sounds like this is the problem you're having.
Well, my problem is that it runs smooth sometimes. I turn off the game, open it later, and within a minute it crashes. I open the game again, and it crashes earlier. When I restart my computer, then it goes back to being smooth until I shut it down and launch it again. I'll try that fix
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:40 PM   #5
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Works like a charm. THANKS ALOT!!!!! Do what Dr Scuttles does and you will not crash at all!
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:38 AM   #6
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Nope, still CTD on startup of the game. And only with AII turned "on"....
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:56 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dr Scuttles View Post
Altering the .ini won't corrupt your entire game. And at the very least, common sense dictates that you make a backup of and kind of file you edit in the event that you do cause a problem.

The fix you're referring to should help if you're experiencing a random crash without fail within 5-15 minutes of starting the game. It sounds like this is the problem you're having.

Find and open (backup first!) the fallout.ini file in "My Documents\My Games\Fallout3"

Find

bUseThreadedAI=0

change it to

bUseThreadedAI=1

Add this line after it

iNumHWThreads=2

For some reason the Fallout 3 engine just doesn't like systems with more than 2 processor cores. It probably hates your 8-core computer. Electronic jealousy or something. Hopefully that fix should make Fallout 3 actually run.
Thanks, it works like a charm. Windows 7 64bit with Intel i3 CPU.
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:07 AM   #8
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For reference, here is the older thread that has the exact same solution, plus other possibles.

http://forums.steampowered.com/forum....php?t=1328904
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:43 AM   #9
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Doesn't help. Still crash to desktop all the damn time.

I've also tried the stutter remover (mod).

Game is unplayable .... sad. =(
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:58 AM   #10
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Thanks!
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Old 07-20-2013, 01:45 PM   #11
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Nope, still CTD on startup of the game. And only with AII turned "on"....
CTDs at startup are unrelated to this issue. This fix is for freezing during game-play.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:38 AM   #12
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Talking Woo Hoo

Thank you Thank you Thank you

Before using these instructions I was unable to even move around in the vault. I just left the vault and all DLC loaded with no problems. I already played this on my Xbox but I wanted to try it on my PC and had to grab it when it was on sale.

Thanks for the help and time everyone put in to make this work.
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:22 AM   #13
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Thank you! This thread should be stickied.
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:28 AM   #14
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Fix doesn't help

When I apply the changes to the .ini file it makes it worse. As soon as I load a save it freezes within seconds. Without the fix it takes about 5-15 min. Not sure what to do but I really want to play this game again. It's one of my favorites. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:46 AM   #15
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When I apply the changes to the .ini file it makes it worse. As soon as I load a save it freezes within seconds. Without the fix it takes about 5-15 min. Not sure what to do but I really want to play this game again. It's one of my favorites. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.
Hi, same issues as you. I have a 6 core processor, non of these fixes work, game will continually crash or stop responding. I also have a dual core pc, and it also crashes, with the same fixes. One pc is running Windows 7 32 bit, the other Windows 64bit.

This game is a buggy mess!
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