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Rainbow colors
The game has weird colors at the beginning. I have windows 7 and i have absolutely no idea what im doing.
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UBIK Dec 15, 2012 @ 6:43am 
Give this a try, if not go into the Steam directory for fallout (Program Files>Steam>steamapps>common>fallout) and try changing the compatability of fallout.exe by right clicking>properties>compatibility. If I recall setting it to run in 256 colours can help, or try running it in older versions.

Could also try the high resolution patch, but I'm not 100% on that as I have the gog.com version, but give it a go: http://www.nma-fallout.com/forum/dload.php?action=file&file_id=1426 There should be a readme with the file.

Also if you're having trouble starting out, here's some character tips:
Perkwise: gifted is a good one, gives you a lot more points for SPECIAL, then choose another one of your choice.
SPECIAL: Agility and intelligence are good traits to stack up on, agility gives you more action points per turn and intelligence increases your skill points per level and your dialogue options with others (for a good laugh, try a playthrough with intelligence <4).
Skill wise: Tag at least 1 combat ability such as small guns, or melee and at least 1 skill for interacting. I recommend speech myself. Don't choose doctor, first aid or survivalism, they're pretty useless.

As for the start: travel East and very slightly south from Vault 13 to find Shady Sands, that's your starting area pretty much, and start talking to people there.

Good luck!
thanks but how do you install the patch?
armyofnone1234 Dec 15, 2012 @ 6:55am 
I'm having the same issue, installed the patch, problem not solved.
oh. that sucks. :(
armyofnone420 Dec 15, 2012 @ 7:07am 
found another thread. followed the steps in this link and now it's working fine. good luck.
I cant exactly open it since you have to pay for WINrar
Guy_From_Hell Dec 15, 2012 @ 8:56am 
Originally posted by flameguy21:
I cant exactly open it since you have to pay for WINrar
use 7zip program. It's free and can open *.rar
Working now! :D
grungecloud Dec 15, 2012 @ 12:38pm 
It worked!! the text and menus are REALLY small but at least i can see no rainbow effect and it's now full screen!! thank you!!
Gionder Dec 15, 2012 @ 1:35pm 
Worked like a charm. Thank you so much. I don't know of any way to make this thread more popular, but i did, i'd surely spread this
Crap. Now I need a solution for Fallout 2. :l
VIIShamWowIIV Dec 15, 2012 @ 6:27pm 
Didnt worrk! help please!!!!
Pedrossj Dec 15, 2012 @ 9:53pm 
This worked for me too. Thanks for posting a solution! =]
Shatnerology Dec 16, 2012 @ 3:47am 
I have Windows Vista Business, and just "upgraded" my physical disc version of The Fallout Collection to the Steam version. I had the rainbow colours problem on both versions, but the solution was slightly different.

With my disc version, just setting the compatibility mode of "Falloutw.exe" to Windows 95 solved it. But, weirdly, that didn't work with the Steam version and instead caused the program to crash, complaining that it needed Windows 95 and DirectX 3.0 (or similar message).

With the Steam version of Fallout 1, setting "Falloutw.exe" to run in Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode and in 640x480 screen resolution fixed the rainbow colours problem for me.

The Steam version of Fallout 2 ran fine straight away; no tweaking necessary.

Obviously this is just for people who want to run Fallout "vanilla" without the glitched rainbow colours - if you prefer to install the HD mods, and fix it that way, then the helpful posts above have that covered.
Gionder Dec 16, 2012 @ 5:57am 
I think i installed the HD pack and... i see no difference whatsoever. For me, its pretty vanilla as it is after the fix posted here. Cheers, it works fine (anxious to see what is what i FO2)
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