I'm pretty sure I'm using the sfall mod to make it windowed. There's a file called "ddraw.ini" and under the graphics options, I have it set to Mode 5, for dx9 windowed. Then I have the size set specially (GraphicsWidth=1152, GraphicsHeight=864 —my monitor is 1600x900) so the game plays in the upper left corner of the screen and doesn't get hidden or blocked by the start menu. And then one of the scalers enabled so it doesn't look horrid. That's all in the .ini file. There are a bunch of other options but none of the ones I've poked change anything worthwhile.
I've tried DXDWind and D3DWindower, and neither seem to do anything that sfall's .ini file doesn't. In fact, if I rename that .ini file, neither one will work. Haven't tried them with Fallout un-patched by sfall, though, so that could be one problem.
Ah, but I'm not using Aero. I prefer the Classic taskbar. And it's not really the desktop turning black... parts of Windows Explorer (if I have a folder open) will turn black, and so will icons and other things in the task bar.
My graphics stuff:
Card name: ATI Radeon HD 5570
Chip type: ATI display adapter (0x68D9)
I don't think I have the latest drivers for it, though. Last time I tried to update them, the installer crashed my computer. I don't even have the Catalyst Control Center app for it because of that. *shrug* It's never been a problem for games or anything, though.
I'm going to play around with Hardware Acceleration Mode, though! Thanks for reminding me about that. Used to have a problem where print-screening a video and pasting it into Photoshop or Paint would make a black box where the video was; like a hole in the program that could only see the video beneath it. Weird stuff, but most likely similar to what's going on now.
Edit: Bother, doesn't seem Windows 7 lets you fiddle with that anymore.
The thing about the blackness is it seems to be exactly like the blackness described IN the game; it goes away when you move your mouse cursor over it. But in the case of the taskbar, you have to move it around to get rid of all of it, or there are lines leftover between icons and buttons.
Post edited June 20, 2012 by Binweasel