Fallout 3 Fix

I’ve been having problems getting Fallout 3, one of my favorite games, to work on Windows 7. After trying all the fixes I could find online without luck, I finally figured out a configuration that seems to work very well This of course is with no thanks to bethesda softworks… they pretty much told me to go frack myself because they don’t support windows 7.

The problem I was having was very frequent freezing and crashing of the game anywhere from one to a few minutes into gameplay. After much fiddling, this is what works for me:

Find your FALLOUT.INI file. Mine was located at “C:\Users\tim\My Documents\My Games\Fallout3\FALLOUT.INI” Once you find it, open it and change the line that says “bUseThreadedAI=0” to “bUseThreadedAI=1”. Right after that line, add one that says “iNumHWThreads=2”.

Next, find your fallout.exe file. Mine was located at “C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\fallout 3\Fallout3.exe” because I bought fallout 3 on steam. Your location may vary. Right click on “Fallout3.exe” and click on “Properties.” Go to the “Compatability” tab, and select “run this program in compatability mode for:” and choose “Windows XP (Service Pack 3).” Select “Disable Desktop Composition.”

That’s it, you’re good to go. Hope this works. If it doesn’t, don’t ask me any questions, I found this by chance. Good luck!


Well, if you’re reading this, you are now seeing my new squarespace site! I have decided to make the jump and use the awesomeness of squarespace! Wordpress was mangling too many things and I didn’t feel like figuring out how to make a new wordpress theme so my website would have the same theme on all pages. Look around and let me know if anything doesn’t work like it’s supposed to!

Geocaching, A Beginning

Have you heard of Geocaching? If you have a GPS device, you could even participate! According to geocaching.com, geocaching is,

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.

Sound like fun? I thought so. Last night I found my first Geocache at N 40° 21.338 W 94° 53.816. Do you know where that is? No? Huh… Well, if you’re in Maryville, you probably don’t know you do know where it is! :) After finding my first cache, I rode my bike a while and saw both the water tower on campus draining, and a SKUNK on campus! Pics are on flickr. (Wordpress is still mangling my pics…)