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So last night I was playing Fallout 3, and everything was fine. Today I updated it, and now it won't launch. It gets to the windows that has "play, options, tech support", etc., but when I hit "play game" it crashes and says "Fallout 3 has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution." No solution is found, and I start the whole process again. Anyone know what's going on? This is on Steam, so I verified integrity of the game cache, defragged game files, and still nothing. Need it up and running kinda quick, so REP+ will be given. Suggestions?

Thanks as always,
Sean

EDIT: I just downloaded a patch from Bethseda, and when I try to install it, it says"old file not found. A file with a similar name was found. Update aborted." and then it quits out.

EDIT EDIT: Downloaded the old patch Got the new one and it works fine
Edited by JTR679 - 1/15/09 at 7:54pm
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post #2 of 7
You updated it with a patch?
I've got the game on DVD, so it's probably different for steam, but I haven't download the new patch as everything seems fine.
post #3 of 7
I am having the same problem. Steam started downloading the update when I started Fallout 3 today and when it was finished it went to the launch window but once I press Play it disappears and nothing happens. Very frustrating.
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Try older drivers instead of the newestones. That worked for me.
    
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What do you have turned off in your start up menu? When i first loaded FO 3 it wouldn't start at all. I just enabled everything in my start menu and it runs great now. I'll get back to figuring out the start menu soon. Give it a try and report back.
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same here... i love this game very much but .. well heres what happened
i had 2 discs
installed the main 1 and played f3 for about 2-3 hours.. every 15 min the screen would freeze but i somewhat remember f3 crashing to hell in win vista so me and f5 became close buddies.. after a while i got sick of the freezing so i installed the 2nd disc which i have never done before.. its called fallout 3 DLC and now it wont even run.. just like the guy above.. i would click play and 2 seconds blackouts later i have a "fallout 3 has stopped working" even when i try to install the 1.7 patch.. for some reason it sees a need to run fallout 3 in the middle of the installation so.. ive tried most of the fixes that were mentioned in all the forums... so im close to giving up on my favourite game
post #7 of 7
run falloutlauncher.exe go to options
go to "screen effects"
click none

and now i can play Fallout 3
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