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I had bought Fallout 3 GOTY last Sunday. First off, when i installed it and was ready to play it, I get and ordinal error. Turns out I needed to download Windows Live 3.0. After that, i got to play the game.
Here are my settings:
-Ultra High Detail
-Anti Aliasing=x2
-Anistrophic Filtering=x10
-HDR lighting

Game runs great and I could probably bump up more of the settings. The main problem I have is the game crashing. I can usually get a good 3 hours out of my first try. It will crash to desktop, and say if i want to report it. I don't have internet hooked up to my desktop so then I'll try playing it again. It seems after every try, the play lengths get shorter. If i'm lucky, I get BSoD for a quick second and the computer restarts and once the desktop comes up, it say how I recovered from a serious error. Gay. Fallout 3 is an awesome game and i'd like to get my time and moneys worth out of it.

Anybody know whats up?
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Nothing's up. That's par for the course. It's a horribly buggy game.
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What he said, I had the game for a short while I found it a huge disappointment, just stick with Oblivion for Bethesda. I finished it though but yeah laggy and crashes like every 20 minutes. Just quicksave alot and you'll be fine
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Did you update to service pack 3?

That's what fixed crashes in FA3 for me.

Edit: or just get Windows 7
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post #5 of 16
Fallout 3 is quite buggy. However, if you have patch 1.7 then it should be fairly stable.
1.0 - Buggy
1.1 - Fixed the bugs from 1.0 but caused a ton more
1.4 - did nothing
1.5 - Fixed a lot of bugs, but broke a ton of mods
1.6 - Stable!
1.7 - Also stable

Also if you have Nero or FFDshow, these are known to cause problems with Fallout 3.
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3 suggestions:

-if you're forcing off vsync through your graphic card's control panel, don't. (The game appears to give you the option of turning off vsync, but it doesn't appear to work - just gotta live with it.)
-turn off FRAPS
-don't force anti-aliasing, multi/supersampling or anisotropic filtering through your graphic card's control panel - leave these off or "application-controlled" and use the game's graphics options.

...and of course, as others have mentioned, it's just a buggy sort of game...although I think the second patch (1.5?) made things run a bit better for me. The three things mentioned above also got rid of some crashing/freezing for me. Good luck. It's a great game.
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Thanks guys. Yeah since im using XP Professional 64 bit Service pack 2 is the latest. And im guessing since the GOTY is the latest, i believe the patch is 1.7 which is supposed to be the most bugged.
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Patch 1.7 is the most stable in my experience. 1.5 had a ton of crashing and issues with .esp mods, 1.6 was supposed to but never did fix those, 1.7 finally fixed those.
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Out of all the builds 1.7 is the most unstable for me.If I have 1.7 installed, the game won't run for more than about 20 mins tops. 1.5 and 1.6 were most stable for me. Then again you need 1.7 for Mothership zeta *sigh*
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1.7 fixed goty crashing for me. Mothership Zeta still doesn't work though...
It always crashes upon my abduction
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