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Icon 2003-08-17 11:47:30

I managed to install fallout 1 on w2k, following a nice tutorial

after creating a character and starting to play, my screen did suddenly become all black

the game isnt crashed it seems, when i move the mouse to scroll, it refreshes the screen and the world is back (but not the bottom "toolbar")

if i go to the "load" screen (to force a refresh of all the screen) then everything is back

until some seconds after, when everything becomes black again

the mouse cursor "paints" the black off, revealing the normal game screen

I can still do everything, access inventory, fight, etc, just that the screen turns black every few seconds and needs to be "refreshed"

when my character walks around, the screen around him is refreshed and visible too

system is:

P4 1.6ghz
GeForce2 ultra 32mo

win 2000 pro, SP4
nvidia 44.03 drivers
directX 9.0a

i tried the qfixapp.exe thing with win95 and win98 setting but it didnt solve anything

If anyone has a solution or even a hint i'd be very happy

thanks all

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Icon 2003-08-18 06:36:53

well thanks for the help, lol

i've found something which eases the problem, it comes back sometimes but very few, nearly never

solution was to set the windows taskbar's "auto-hide" and "always on top" off

hope it helps some other people out ^_^

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Icon 2003-08-18 07:58:04

i had this problem on occasion, you're right in thinking it hasnt crashed.
Just click on an area of the screen, for instance the weapon panel and that bit will be refreshed and visable again. This works for everything as far as i remember- so walking round a bit should get you your picture back. If it doesnt then try pressing using the menu short cuts and get the options screen up and refresh it all by returning back to the game.
If that isn't it..... your problem is different than mine :/

ooops and now the page has FINALLY loaded, and someone has already said all this.

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Icon 2004-05-21 11:03:08

I have not tested any of these solutions yet, but I don't want to forget to post a possible solution. They are ripped from the following thread:

Blackouts under XP
OK, let me clarify things once and for all for those who are having problems launching the game or having blackouts in the game under Windows XP.
Now, there is a workaround thats gonna cause a bit of inconvenience but it works for many old games including Fallout 1&2.

There is an option in XP in your hardware>device manager that allows you to disable your video card - do it! (dont worry, you will still be getting descent graphics), then restart your computer, close all your background programs on the taskbar(optional) and voila!

Note: This solution was tested only for ATI Radeon 6500 and 9000.

XP Problems:
Below is the official e-mail letter provided by Interplay support staff. This is for when fallout 1 & 2 screen goes black glitch, and the game freezes for no apparent reason. That doesn't necessarily mean that this solution will work, but it won't hurt to try it.
Dear Gamer,

Thanks for your interest in Interplay Entertainment Corp. You want to make sure you are running at 16bit high color and 800x600 desktop area. To check this:

1. Click on Start
2. Click on Settings
3. Click on Control Panel
4. Double click on Display icon
5. Click on the Settings tab

On the left is the color palette. Make sure it reads 16bit high color and on the right the desktop area reads 800x600.

Click Start -> Run, type in 'msconfig', and press OK. Click the 'Startup' tab click 'Disable All', click the 'Services' tab, click 'Hide All Microsoft Services' then click 'Disable All', press OK, and restart.

Before running the game, go to Start, right-click on the link you would use to start the game, click 'Properties', and click the 'Compatibility' tab. Set compatibility mode for Windows 95, 640x480, 256 colors, and press OK.

It is critical to update the drivers for your video card and your sound card. A driver is the software that controls the hardware. Updating the drivers will help your devices better communicate with the game and with the rest of your system, and can help solve many problems.

The DirectX Diagnostic Tool is very useful in identifying your video and sound cards, as well as the currently installed drivers. To access this tool:
*Click on the Windows Start menu
*Click on Run, delete whatever's in there
*Type: dxdiag
*Click OK.
This will launch the DirectX Diagnostic Tool. In this tool, the System tab tells you useful information about your general system (processor, RAM, version of DirectX).

*Go to the Display tab-this tells you information on your video card. Under Device in the upper left, it says Name-this is the name and manufacturer of your video card. Approximate Total Memory below gives the memory of the video card-make sure it meets the minimum requirement of the game. On the right, under Drivers, it gives a Version number-this is the version of the driver installed for the card.

*Go to the Sound tab-this tells you information on your sound card. Under Device in the upper left, it says Name-this is the name and manufacturer of your sound card. On the right, under Drivers, it gives a Version number-this is the version of the driver installed for the card.

The information found in the DirectX Diagnostic Tool helps you know the different devices you have installed. It is essential you update the drivers for these devices. The driver updates can be downloaded for free from the respective device card manufacturer's websites. You need to download the driver updates and install them, which usually involves double-clicking the file you downloaded or unzipping it to your hard drive and running the executable.


James Kompare
Interplay Entertainment Corp.

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