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A quick and easy guide to hours of crash/freeze free gameplay

Posted by catman_94 on Aug 13th, 2010
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Most of the crashing and freezing in fallout 3 is sound or processor related. Here are the instructions on how to fix it

Here is a quick and easy youtube vid demonstrating how to do fix the fallout 3 crashes
and subsaquently install mods

watch this in HD 720p full screen for a clearer understanding

Open up the fallout.ini file in: My Documents\My Games\Fallout3 (Fallout Prefs it is sometimes called)
Find the line:


change it to:


Add another line after it and insert:


This will limit the game to 2 cores and prevent the engine bug from causing the game to freeze.

If you still experince problems try this

nstead of iNumHWThreads=2, change it to iNumHWThreads=1

Another thing which may be causing problmes is the autosave function
I have heard a lot of people say they crash as soon as they leave or enter a building/area
This should help a bit

Please remember that extensive hours of gameplay will crash the game but that happens anyway

hope this solves some problems

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roadking Aug 14 2010, 5:11am says:

hope it works!

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catman_94 Aug 14 2010, 5:29am replied:

it should, it helped me ;)

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aerozol Aug 14 2010, 8:16am says:

I tried every fix, but on a big save, it still crashes often. ******* buggy game. But updating all my drivers (esp. for the sound card apparently) and limiting to two cores did seem to help, so it's definitely worth doing.

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catman_94 Author
catman_94 Aug 14 2010, 9:15am says:

yes it is a real buggy game :( hope they fix the bugs in new vegas
yeah the game dosent like multicore cpu's for some reason :P

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General_Atrox Nov 11 2010, 6:22pm says:

Can you force 4 Cores or more?

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