Fallout 3 Windows 7 Pro 64-bit on Macbook Pro 2010 issue

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  1. Jaysuss macrumors newbie

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    Hey so I'm trying to get Fallout 3 to run on the latest macbook pro 2.4 ghz i5 (no bto options). I've tried windows 7 professional 32 and 64 bit, but when I go to run the game it crashes before it can load. I boot camped a partition and installed the drivers off the install disc that came with my mac. Then I ran windows update and installed fallout 3 without the dlc packs.

    The installation runs fine. It's only when I click play in the launcher it crashes with the 'This program has become unresponsive' window. I've tried both a fresh install and a patched 1.7 install. Nothing seems to help.

    Could it be that the stock drivers that apple have provided are conflicting with the game somehow? I know it's not officially supported on Windows 7 but I had it running perfectly in the windows 7 build 7100 beta on my 2008 imac (8800GS).

    Has anyone else got the game to run on the new macbook pros?
     
  2. aldrin2 macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    With the GOTY version, I had absolutely no luck

    However, with the non-GOTY, patched to v1.7, it did work - however it crashed a lot

    In the end, the most stable enviornment that I have found is Parallels 5 with Win 7 64 bit pro, on my 17" macbook. It doesn't crash at all, and runs great at full resolution and medium settings. It just slows down a bit indoors. Quite impressed really.

    The only modification I had to do was a few .ini file modifications:

    bUseThreadedBlood=1
    bUseThreadedMorpher=1
    bUseThreadedTempEffects=1
    bUseThreadedParticleSystem=1
    bUseMultiThreadedTrees=1
    bUseMultiThreadedFaceGen=1
    iNumHavokThreads=5
    iThreads=9



    I haven't tried it, but maybe these modifications will make it stable under bootcamp?
     
  3. Rodus macrumors 6502a

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    Fallout 3 and Windows 7 do seem to have issues working together, you'll find some good ideas/fixes on the Steam community forums.
     
  4. dalstott macrumors member

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    I played Fallout 3 GOTY on an early 2008 MBP 2.6GHz with no issues at all.

    In April I bought a new i7 MBP 2.67GHz and have a BootCamp install of Windows 7 64bit for PC games. I wanted to replay Fallout on this machine and experienced random freezes during the first minutes making it non playable.

    Fortunately I kept the older MBP so I reinstalled Fallout 3 GOTY which is now playing well via Windows Vista again.

    Other than switching computers I have no solutions to offer.
     
  5. dalstott macrumors member

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  6. Jaysuss thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I've made some progress. It was the video drivers that apple supplies that was the problem. I loaded on the 258.49 nvidia drivers from laptopvideo2go and I was able to launch it.

    Now it just freezes in random places during the start of a new game. Might try one of my older saves and see if it still happens.
     
  7. dalstott macrumors member

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    [QUOTE
    Now it just freezes in random places during the start of a new game.[/QUOTE]

    That is exactly what the PC users experienced. Apparently it is in the game itself which needs a new patch to fix.
     
  8. Jaysuss thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It seems the i5 acts as a quad core processor so I just adjusted the ini file and now it runs perfectly. Gets a bit toasty though but thats expected.
     

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