Fallout New Vegas
Posted 19 October 2010 - 02:59 PM
sorry if it is ruled otherwise.
I figured this place would be the best place to ask people.
Now probably I should have known the answer to this question before I bought the machine but how do you check your system specs in Windows 7?
I'm a Fallout Freak so I got New Vegas today took it out of the box and went through its insanely long install process and fired it up.
It crashes immediately upon launch. This happened all the time Fallout Three as well but it at least let me start the game.
So might the problem be something with Direct X? Or is my graphics card out of its range?
Any help anyone could offer with this would be appreciated.
Posted 19 October 2010 - 10:15 PM
Stream does scan for the latest drivers automatically but the problem is probably some conflict between the old and new drivers. I know there is a way to completely uninstall the one and leave the new ones in place. I don't know how to do that for Windows 7. Any ideas?
Checking the forums I am far from the only one having these issues. Its just...they said my card was supported I Wouldn't have bought the game otherwise.
So yeah, the trailer looks great I would love to play the game but if I can't no big thing. In a couple of months someone will have posted all the cutscens on Youtube.
Posted 19 October 2010 - 11:15 PM
Posted 19 October 2010 - 11:55 PM
edit: And when it works, the game is fantastic fun. Its what FO3 should have been.
Edited by Merentha, 19 October 2010 - 11:56 PM.
Posted 20 October 2010 - 12:49 AM
I found the website
And downloaded the zip file
(Yes, a Zip file in 2010 no less)
And it "installed" but only 2 out of 3 files.
I wonder what the problem is.
I'm going to give this a rest for a day or so and devote the time I spent on this crap to filling out job applications. Good way to put things in perspective.
The one good sidenote to all of this is I found a shortcut to all of those old XP games that I thought were unplayable in Windows 7. The autorun doesn't work but manual setup does.
Good for me I can play F.E.A.R again.
Posted 20 October 2010 - 03:47 AM
I mean, unless you like repeating things. A lot.
Posted 20 October 2010 - 06:30 AM
Do you get any error messages (other than the windows: app failed to start)? Any splash screens at all before crash?
Here are the step I take when a game doesn't work (before returning it) - obvious stuff but what the hell:
*update drivers, make sure you have the correct updater for your exact graphics card
*try starting game from a different launchers if possible ("launcher", the actual app, from within steam, or from within "windows games")
*uninstall completely, then reinstall
*Don't go tweaking any system settings unless you really know what you're doing!
*restart comp and try starting game again (if this doesn't work first try do not bother repeating process, its not your comp's fault)
Edit: also look into getting a registry cleaning app if you don't already have one. They are nearly essential, imo. Registry Mechanic is great.
New Vegas uses the same game engine as Fallout 3, so if that worked for you then your comp specs are fine.
New Vegas is known to have a lot of bugs which will be (better be!) ironed out with patches, some of the bugs are in game crashes. Of course you're trying to just get to the game itself, but its possible there's a bug mismatch with your particular system. I personally think Steam is the culprit here... lots of issues with that crap client.
Edited by arrowfan, 20 October 2010 - 09:46 AM.
Posted 21 October 2010 - 12:25 AM
How do you access the patches on Stream?
Posted 21 October 2010 - 12:32 AM
Fun fact. Due to the way steam works, even if you return it to amazon, you'll still own the game.
Posted 21 October 2010 - 12:35 AM
I learned my lesson no more buying games new.
Note to those of you with Windows 7 64 bit this might be an issue for you as well so take heed before you buy this weekend.
Posted 21 October 2010 - 01:08 AM
Argh, I can't take it anymore: it's Steam! Because it was created by Valve. Geddit?
Also Steam>>Games for Windows.
And a game made by Obidian using a Behesda engine being bugged on realease? Say it isn't so! Seriously, I'm definitely waiting a few months (maybe even until it drops in price) before getting this.
Out of curiosity, what makes you think that buying the game used (which wouldn't be an option for FO:NV anyway as far as I can tell) makes it less likely to suffer from bugs? The only difference is that the company that made it doesn't make any money from used game sales (which is why a lot of companies have started working on incentivising buying games new, or even making resales completely impossible).
Wait, are you saying you can return a game to Amazon after having registered it on Steam and they'll refund your money while you can keep playing the game? That does not seem like a very sound business practice.
Edited by Jon AS, 21 October 2010 - 01:10 AM.