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I can't start a new game on Fallout 3 (windows 7)

I've installed fallout 3 onto my windows 7 laptop, and the launcher and main menu function perfectly, but when I try to start a new game it crashes. Any idea why?
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  1. Are you playing with integrated graphics?

    Fallout 3 does not recognize integrated graphic cores like the old Intel GMA 4500 graphics core, and the current Intel HD 2000 / HD 3000 graphics core in their Sandy Bridge Core i CPUs. There's a work around, but I'm kinda tired and need to go to sleep now.

    You need install a D3D9.dll file into your Fallout 3 directory. It was originally developed for the Oldblivion project. I see if I can find it later...

    List your system specs.
  2. it's an Inspiron N5010,
    intel core i3 cpu (m370 @ 2.40GHz, I dunno what that means)
    4 gb of RAM

    I'm kind of a console gamer, so I'm not well versed in this kind of stuff.
  3. Frustrated and flustered said:
    it's an Inspiron N5010,
    intel core i3 cpu (m370 @ 2.40GHz, I dunno what that means)
    4 gb of RAM

    I'm kind of a console gamer, so I'm not well versed in this kind of stuff.


    By looking at your laptop model, it seems you have an intel HD integrated graphics card. as jaguarskx mentioned, there is a way you can get it to work. You need to download a d3d9.dll to here the fallout 3 is installed (the fallout 3 directory) where your fallout 3.exe file is located.

    You can find the full steps here... hope that helps...
  4. No dice, man. the modded driver wouldn't install
  5. I also have no idea where to find the fallout 3.exe.
  6. Don't you know where you've installed the game?
  7. I've tried Documents, but no other place I looked had files that I could look through
  8. Frustrated and flustered said:
    I've installed fallout 3 onto my windows 7 laptop, and the launcher and main menu function perfectly, but when I try to start a new game it crashes. Any idea why?


    Did you try running the game using Vista compatibility mode?
  9. yep. Nothing. Just a "Fallout 3 has stopped working" and a crash
  10. Best answer
    Use the search bar to find where you installed Fallout 3.

    Warning!!! The Search feature is moronic at best in Win 7. Way to go Microsoft advance the OS a little bit overall, but take 3 steps back in some basic features....

    Type Fallout3.exe in the Search bar. Click the Windows logo in the lower left corner. Win 7 will give you "No items match your search". Click "See more results".

    A window will open up to allow you to "search again in....", click Computer. Fallout3.exe should now show up and it will also tell you the path to where the file is located. Go to the game directory, then drop in the D3D9.dll file in there. Be warned though, people have complained about performance with the GMA 4500.

    Microsoft... yer a dumbass...
  11. I can't find out where I need to drop the d3d9.dll file. I opened fallout3.exe and it won't let me put it there
  12. Put D3D9.dll in the same directory as Fallout3.exe.

    Follow the steps above to find out where you installed Fallout 3 to.
  13. Damn. The game starts now, but it crashes soon after it leaves the intro and goes to the game
  14. it gets partway through character creation, freezes, and then two error messages, "The specified module could not be found. LoadLibrary(pythondll) failed" and "C:/Program Files (x86)/Uniblue/DriverScanner/PYTHON26.DLL" pop up.
  15. stupid emoticons, well, you get that it's :, and / not that face, right
  16. I suggest you go to the link that dai_katana and register at OldBlivion t0 try and get help since that thread is specifically for getting Fallout 3 to run on a laptop with an Intel GMA 4500 graphics core.

    Here's the link again...

    http://www.oldblivion.com/sm/index.php?topic=5825.0;prev_next=next#new
  17. PS Where did you get the game from?
  18. I have the disc form. It's not downloaded
  19. By the way I really appreciate all the help. This is my first time tinkering with game files so I don't understand a lot of the concepts (why did I have to major in geology? why?)
  20. OK here is what you do. Download Windows Live Disabler and Disable Windows Live.

    http://www.fallout3nexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=1086

    Then right click on your Fallout 3 Icon and choose properties then compatibility Select XP Service Pack 3 mode.

    Also make sure Fallout 3 is patched.

    http://fallout.bethsoft.com/eng/downloads/updates.html
  21. Do I need to keep the d3d9.dll file in?
  22. alright, forget the last one. It plays now, but only for a few minutes at a time before crashing. Any way I can fix that?
  23. Fallout 3 is well known for its bugs which puts a dampener on what is a great game. I suspect it is running out of memory on your limited GPU. See if there is a way of assigning more system RAM to the GPU. If you cant you may well have to abandon all hope.
  24. Ok, so I found a thread that solved the problem, so... case closed. It works fine now. Thanks to all that helped and F*ck Microsoft!
  25. Best answer selected by Frustrated and flustered.
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