Fallout

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Fallout
FO1box.jpg
Developers
Publishers
Engines
Release dates
DOS
September 30, 1997
Windows
September 30, 1997
Mac OS
1997
OS X
2002
Linux
January 3, 2012
Fallout at WineHQ
Fallout at Steam Charts
Fallout at SteamDB
 Fallout at Wikipedia
Fallout
Fallout 1997
Fallout 2 1998
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel 2001
Fallout 3 2008
Operation: Anchorage
The Pitt
Broken Steel
Point Lookout
Mothership Zeta
Fallout: New Vegas 2010
Dead Money
Honest Hearts
Old World Blues
Lonesome Road
Courier's Stash
Gun Runners' Arsenal

Key points

Information The GOG.com version of Fallout runs the best on modern operating systems, but is no longer available for purchase.
Advantage It is highly recommended to install the Fallout FIXT patch.

General information

More information GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
More information GOG.com Support Page
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series
More information No Mutants Allowed Forum - General Fallout Discussion

Availability[edit]

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Retail DRM-free US uncensored, EU censored.
Steam Steamicon.png Windows only.

Essential improvements[edit]

Information Recommended to install outside the default Program Files folder, as it may cause save games to go missing.
Advantage Fallout FIXT patch compilation is highly recommended.

Patch compilation[edit]

1024x768 resolution using the Fallout1 High Resolution Patch v3.0.6.

Fallout FIXT[edit]

Information Patch compilation which contains several essential patches, each of which are described below:
Advantage Simplest way to install the modern patches.
Advantage Optional fan content.

Patches[edit]

Semi-Official 1.2 Patch[edit]

Information Prerequisite for the Unofficial 1.3.5 Patch.
Advantage Recommended over every version of Fallout, as it updates the 'official' Fallout 1.2.
Advantage Includes children patch.

Unofficial 1.3.5 Patch[edit]

Information Semi-Official 1.2 Patch must be installed first.
Advantage Fixes virtually all remaining bugs.

Fallout High Resolution Patch[edit]

Information Allows one to choose widescreen resolutions.

Fix Fallout1 High Resolution Patch InstructionsLink

  1. Extract files into the Fallout folder, overwriting a number of files.
  2. Run the f1_res_patcher.exe.
  3. In the main in-game menu, a new settings menu will appear to adjust resolution, as well as a number of other options.

Sfall[edit]

Information There is some confusion about Sfall for Fallout. No version of Sfall works or has been developed for Fallout, only for Fallout 2.
Information A version called 'Timeslip Fallout Engine Tweaks v1.4' or sfall1.7z is buggy and does not work properly on Fallout.
The developer Timeslip has stated: "There has never been a fallout 1 version of sfall. The mod that was available that shared the same name was not sfall in the fallout 2 sense, but mostly just a glorified fix for the black screen issues. This can now be accomplished more easily, and with less restrictions on which version of the fallout exe you need to use, with the resolution patch."[1]

Remove censoring[edit]

Disadvantage Most versions of Fallout are censored where models of children have been replaced by adults. This can be fixed by various unofficial patches.[2]

Fix F1ChildPatchLink

Information Patches children art back into the game.
Information This patch is not required if Semi-Official 1.2 Patch is installed.
Apply the F1ChildPatch.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
DOS
Windows
Mac OS
OS X
Linux

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
DOS
Windows <path-to-game>\data\SAVEGAME
Mac OS
OS X
Linux
Information Save games can be transferred between Windows, Mac OS and DOS installations of the game.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Hackable WSGF WS Bronze.svg Use the Fallout High Resolution Patch.
Multi-monitor Impossible False icon.svg
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Hackable See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Unknown
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Not applicable
Anti-aliasing (AA) Not applicable
Vertical sync (Vsync) Unknown
High frame rate Unknown

Windowed[edit]

Fix D3DWindower forces windowed modeLink

D3DWindower can force windowed mode.[3]

Tutorial with a download for the English version of D3DWindower.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Unknown
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Unknown
Controller
Controller support Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Impossible
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Unknown
Mute on focus lost Unknown

Issues fixed[edit]

Rainbow color problems in older games[edit]

Fix Screen ResolutionLink

  1. Right click on your desktop, click Screen resolution.
  2. Open Advanced Settings.
  3. Leave this open, and run the game.

Fix ddraw.ini modeLink

Information Only works in a limited number of cases.
  1. Open the ddraw.ini file with Notepad.
  2. Find the [Graphics] header.
  3. Change mode=0 to:

mode=4 for fullscreen dx9 mode or

mode=5 for windowed dx9 mode.
Information If you're lazy you can easily fix this by ending explorer.exe in task manager, this however is your taskbar. You can easily restore said task-bar by pressing new task and then type explorer.exe.

Error Initializing Video Mode 640x480[edit]

Fix Custom ResolutionLink

  1. Create a custom resolution of 640x480 with 60Hz refresh rate and 8 bits per pixel.[4]

Retail install error[edit]

Information The CD version of the game reports an error upon start-up if run on modern versions of Windows.

Fix Installer Compatibility ModeLink

Run the installer in compatibility mode for Windows 95.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
95
Processor (CPU)
Pentium 90 MHz or faster
System memory (RAM)
16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 MB (CD version only, minimal install) 565 MB
Video card (GPU)
DirectX 3.0a, 5.0 compatible
OS X
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
10.6.8
Processor (CPU)
Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM)
2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 MB (CD version only, minimal install) 565 MB
Video card (GPU)
256 MB of VRAM

References

  1. http://sfall.sourceforge.net/FAQ.html
  2. http://www.gog.com/forum/fallout_series/fallout_mods/post129
  3. http://www.gog.com/forum/fallout_series/windowed_mode/post14
  4. http://www.gog.com/support/fallout/error_initializing_video_mode_640x480