welcome to my faq, this is version 1.
List of Contents
section one - technical discussion
section two - game play related issues
Q. Is this the DOS version of the game?
A. Only For the Mac release, the Windows versions are the original Windows version.
Q. Getting "The instruction at 00e72023 referenced memory at 00000000
The memory could not be read?"
A. Change the name of ddraw.ini or rename falloutw.exe
Q. Will Fallout Work on Windows 98?
A. No, see this link
Q.Screen Sizing issues? Portion of the image drawn off screen?
A.Check out if your t.v. has something like copensate overscan. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overscan for more info.
Q.Where are the save files located?
A.In Vista, when an old application without admin priviledges tries to write to a folder that it doesn't have permission for (like Program Files) then UAC, in order to allow the program to work, redirects the file to a special folder in your personal directory.
Check C:UsersusernameAppDataLocalVirtualStoreProgram Files
Link for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_Account_Control#Features
Q.Can't get Falche to load your saves?
A.Point Falche to the folder above your save game folder.
I.E. C:/windows/fallout instead of C:/windows/fallout/save
Q.Fallout is slow, Jittery, or otherwise graphically impairing..
A.Try renaming ddraw.dll, as this fixes most graphical issues.
Q.Game unexpectedly Quits with a Language Patch
A.1. copy the original "text" and "art" folders somewhere.
2. move the folders from the spanish translation into the fallout folder.
3. copy the original back into Fallout and say yes to overwriting existing files.
Q.Enemy is outside of main play area (offscreen)
A.One other solution, *maybe*, could be to grab the high res. patch and set the .ini to ignore map limits, that way you should be able to go "outside the screen" and then maybe you can see and shoot him. (if the NPC crashes the game when attacking you might want to tell them to leave before trying this though) You need to change "IGNORE_MAP_EDGES = 0" to a 1.
Q.Can't find Screenshots?
A.The screenshot is saved in BMP format in your Fallout1/2 folder. Look for scr00000.bmp
A.Try installing the latest fan made patch.
Q.Game won't start?
A.Try closing ATi Tray Tools.
Q. Funky Colors?
A. If your system is similar to this, HDMI Monitor, but running through a videocard that is currently sending DVI Video through your HDMI Monitor. Also this relates to a OS that is Vista 64 Ultimate with 4 gigs of Ram.
You'll want to right click your shortcut, go to properties, then compatibility tab and check disable display scaling on high DPI settings (thanks zolop)
If you get the error "Cannot start 640x480 video mode" (or similer) after installing a high res patch, ensure the custom resolution you set in the config file is in 4:3.
A. Try editing the F1_ini file to use a set resolution
Q. Cannot run in 640x480?
A. There are multiple answers for this, you can edit your F1_ini, delete ddraw.dll, run as administrator, rename falloutw.exe, make sure your resolution is set to 4:3, and set it to run in 640x480 mode via the shortcut.
************************************SECTION TWO (spoilers)********************************
Q.Assassin won't attack Killian?
A.Kill the assassin anyway, nothing bad will happen, if it does, you'll spend a night in jail, that's all.
Q.You don't get the experience at the bottom of Vault 15 for finding the hole has been closed up.
A.Your perception stat isn't high enough.
Q.Can't Use Targeted Shots?
A.You took Fast Shot as a Perk
A: You took too many REMs, my friend. If you have bought or found a Geiger Counter, equip it and click "USE" after you've been wandering the Glow for a while. This will tell you how much radiation you've sucked up. If the number is up over 1,000, you're doomed. One foot in the grave. Walking Dead.
The effects of radiation exposure are delayed, so the full damage doesn't kick in for hours or days. What happens is that all of your Stats take a hit. If any of them drop to zero, you will die. At the 1,000 REMs+ level, you lose -6 ST, -5 PE, -5 EN, -5 CH, -3 IN, -6 AG. If all your stats were high enough to stay positive after taking that hit, you'd be okay. Depending on your stats, you might be able to use buffing drugs to prevent immediate death.
You can use Rad Away, but that will only take away 150 over the course of 4 hours. You're unlikely to have enough of them to deal with the level or radiation you receive in just a short time in the Glow. What you need to do is take 2 doses of Rad-X to put your Radiation Resistance over 100%. Note that your companions (Dogmeat, Ian, etc.) are never affected by things like Radiation or Poison.
A. Continue looking at that FAQ, there may be more you need to do. I.E. Rescuing Tandi; it's an optional quest, but helpful if you do not return her to shady sands (you get more information after visiting the raiders camp and returning to shady sands).
Q. I spoke to the guy outside the brother hood of steel and he sent me on a quest to get this item, but I just picked the lock on the place instead and I got in. Is there anything bad that can come of this?
A. not really, it's designed to let you lock pick the doors of the BoS. Although it is more beneficial imo to get their item, it's still entirely possible to have it work the way you described and imo is how the developers intended it.
A: Version 1.2 released worldwide. It incorporates some minor dialog fixes, as well as removes children avatars from the game, similar to the U.K. official release.
User Recommended Setup
The procedure goes as following:
1) Install Fallout 1 from GOG.com
2) Find and install "Fallout_1_TeamX_Patch_ENG_1.2w" (either via nma or just google)
3) Install "f1child_patch" (again, nma)
4) Install "fallup13" - this is the TeamX patch 1.3.4 (nma)
5) Install "f1npcmod" from TeamX (again, nma)
6) Install "sfall1" (from http://timeslip.chorrol.com/sfall.html)
7) Install "Fallout1_High_Resolution_Patch_v1.3" (nma)
8) Open f1_res and set AUTO_SCRN_SIZE = 0, then your desired resolution (I use 800*600, anything above is just too darn small for my taste), then if you want, change the way ingame movies work, either fullscreen or not....up to you.Same with movie subtitles.
Run the game and enjoy it in all of its patched glory, WITH KILLABLE KIDS (not that I ever kill them, but the option is here), with better NPC interaction (armors, levelling..), with tweaks like mousewheel in the inventory etc, in higher resolution...
The Ultimate Fallout Experience awaits.