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Fallout 3 hangs

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June 12, 2009 10:42:39 PM

Hopefully someone here can assist me with this problem.

Fallout 3 hangs during dialogue, VATS, or when I'm searching boxes or random things like that. Outside of that the game runs just fine for the most part small little hangs here and there when it needs to load things in the distance. I've been messing with settings in DXDIAG in terms of sound hardware acceleration, I've turned down the settings on graphics and it just hangs. For example, let's start with the dialogue. I enter the conversation and the NPC is talking and all is well, I click the mouse and the NPC keeps talking but it just hangs in the first box, then it catches up like my CPU is too hot or something, but the temp runs around 32-37 degrees Celsius. My video card runs around 40 degrees, Neither of which are stock coolers.

Specs are as such:

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System Information
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Time of this report: 6/12/2009, 02:34:11
Machine name: TEXHNOLYZE
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.090206-1234)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: System Product Name
BIOS: BIOS Date: 04/20/09 15:44:53 Ver: 08.00.15
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 FX-62 Dual Core Processor, MMX, 3DNow (2 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
Memory: 2048MB RAM
Page File: 656MB used, 3282MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode

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DxDiag Notes
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DirectX Files Tab: No problems found.
Display Tab 1: No problems found. DirectDraw test results: All tests were successful. Direct3D 7 test results: All tests were successful. Direct3D 8 test results: All tests were successful. Direct3D 9 test results: All tests were successful.
Display Tab 2: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Music Tab: DirectMusic test results: All tests were successful.
Input Tab: No problems found.
Network Tab: No problems found.

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Display Devices
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Card name: ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Chip type: ATI Radeon Graphics Processor (0x9440)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9440&SUBSYS_01FC1043&REV_00
Display Memory: 1024.0 MB
Current Mode: 1440 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
Driver Name: ati2dvag.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0010.6947 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 4/28/2009 20:17:04, 335872 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
Card name: ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Chip type: ATI Radeon Graphics Processor (0x9440)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9440&SUBSYS_01FC1043&REV_00
Display Memory: 1024.0 MB
Current Mode: 1440 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
Driver Name: ati2dvag.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0010.6947 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 4/28/2009 20:17:04, 335872 bytes

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Sound Devices
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Description: SB X-Fi Audio [0001]
Default Sound Playback: Yes
Default Voice Playback: Yes
Hardware ID: PCI\VEN_1102&DEV_000B&SUBSYS_00431102&REV_03
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 100
Type: WDM
Driver Name: ctaud2k.sys
Driver Version: 6.00.0001.1346 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail

If you need more than what was listed there, just ask and I'll get it to you. I'm bent on solving this because it's just annoying... I'm wondering if it was the patch...? And has anyone ever had this issue?

Thanks so much for your help!

- Zehir

More about : fallout hangs

June 13, 2009 3:04:29 PM

I think the problem is with the Catalyst Driver. Try reinstalling the drivers.
Anonymous
June 14, 2009 12:03:28 AM

Make sure your swap file is on the C drive. I had my swap file on another physical raptor and the game was hanging every few minutes, put it back on C with system managed size and hey presto, no more hangs
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