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Chunkz Dec 1, 2013 @ 10:44am
Getting the graphics to work on Windows7-64bit
So I am having the problem of "rainbow" graphics but no matter how much I play around with the possible "fixes" I can't seem to get it to work... When I try to apply the hi-res patch I'm getting the message that the current version is not supported. So I tried to apply the "fix" patch to downgrade Fallout2 but that was not allowd with 64bit!

Has anyone found a way to get it working with Windows7-64bit???
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Useless Fetus Dec 1, 2013 @ 11:28am 
If you can locate where fallout 2 is installed on your computer, there is a configuration file labeled "ddraw".
The default steam installation folder is -
Program Files (x86)/Steam/steamapps/common/Fallout 2

open the ddraw file and look for:

[Graphics]
;Set to 0 for 8 bit fullscreen
;Set to 4 for dx9 fullscreen
;Set to 5 for dx9 windowed
;dx9 modes cause some corruption of movies
;A dx9 mode is required for any graphics related script extender functions to work (i.e. fullscreen shaders)
;Modes 1, 2 and 3 are no longer supported
Mode=0

Change: Mode=0 to Mode=4 and save. Then launch Fallout 2.

This method effectively removed the rainbow effect for me.

This is where I originally found this solution.
http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2374592
Mr. Bator Dec 1, 2013 @ 11:33am 
You are an exotic sexy man, Thank you so much :-D

Chunkz Dec 1, 2013 @ 11:57am 
That did the trick Useless fetus, thanks a bunch! Although had to reinstall to get rid of all the old fix attempts patches to get it working
No one is fat like Gaston Dec 1, 2013 @ 10:39pm 
Originally posted by Mr. Bator:
You are an exotic sexy man, Thank you so much :-D :Burn:

:thumbs:
Completely agree with this guy!
Thanks!
Boe_Bot Dec 2, 2013 @ 5:01am 
Thank you Ueseless fetus! I though i had just bought a game that I cannot play...
amicus Dec 25, 2013 @ 2:50am 
Thanks!
troybo Dec 27, 2013 @ 10:14am 
Yeah! Thanks Fetus, worked on 1 and 2 for me
(had to change the format of ddraw file in Fallout 1 to make it easier to find)
Last edited by troybo; Dec 27, 2013 @ 10:23am
Smrtimir Dec 27, 2013 @ 6:37pm 
Finally! I've almost gone beserk with this! Thanks a million! :D
FaustFox Jan 2 @ 12:49am 
Problem Terminated! :D thanks a bunch
✞Leon✞ Jan 2 @ 9:03am 
or just download and install the unofficial fallout 2 patch that also makes it work to play with high-res graphics at http://killap.net/ .. Get the windows installer and the patch will find the default directory for you etc, all you have to do is click "next - next - next"
thebatmann58 Jan 5 @ 3:17am 
okay just saw this and tryed it and it worked for me BUT not im getting a diffrent graphical problem of parts of images not going away after thery where supposed to. like the film grain in opening video dosent appear and vanish it just sticks around and builds up. any soulution for this?
Doc Jan 6 @ 12:36pm 
This solves the problem of colours but it made the videos to go all corrupted and glitchy (Overseer's face was all over the place as it moves.) Any suggestions?
wasa Jan 10 @ 12:02am 
You can use this fix to play the game without any patches or ini modifications. Cut scenes work and no discoloration.

This little script shuts down explorer.exe for the duration of game ( This is built in windows component so you might need admin permission)
After youre done playing just exit the game and press any key to restore explorer.exe

@echo OFF
color 0A
echo.
echo.
echo.
echo Fallout 2 Fix by waza
echo.
echo 1 Start Fallout 2
echo 2 Exit
echo.
Set/p M=type 1 or 2, and press enter
echo.
IF %M%==1 GOTO START
IF %M%==2 GOTO EXIT
:START
cls
echo.
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
cls
echo.
echo Starting Fallout2
TIMEOUT 3 /NOBREAK
cls
fallout2.exe
TIMEOUT 10 /NOBREAK
cls
echo.
echo Press any key when youre done playing
pause
start explorer.exe
:EXIT

-To use it, locate your install directory and create a new text document on fallout2 folder ( the one with the executable )
-Open the document and paste the code, save and exit
-Rename document to "whatevernameyouwant.bat"
Note that to change the filetype you must uncheck "hide extensions for known file types" in folder options. you can access there by pressing ALT and going into "tools" and selecting in the dropdown "folder options".
-After you have the script ready to go, create shortcut to desktop and you are ready to play.

- Optional - If you like you can change the icon of your shortcut by right clicking, choosing properties and from the bottom buttons "change icon" locate an icon you wish to use.

I can upload ready made file to a file sharing site if you wish.

EDIT: Im not sure if this works for vista, If it doesnt you can remove the timeout commands from the script and try again.
Last edited by wasa; Jan 10 @ 12:05am
M۞d3ϟty ツ Feb 5 @ 10:45pm 
Originally posted by wasa:
You can use this fix to play the game without any patches or ini modifications. Cut scenes work and no discoloration.

This little script shuts down explorer.exe for the duration of game ( This is built in windows component so you might need admin permission)
After youre done playing just exit the game and press any key to restore explorer.exe

@echo OFF
color 0A
echo.
echo.
echo.
echo Fallout 2 Fix by waza
echo.
echo 1 Start Fallout 2
echo 2 Exit
echo.
Set/p M=type 1 or 2, and press enter
echo.
IF %M%==1 GOTO START
IF %M%==2 GOTO EXIT
:START
cls
echo.
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
cls
echo.
echo Starting Fallout2
TIMEOUT 3 /NOBREAK
cls
fallout2.exe
TIMEOUT 10 /NOBREAK
cls
echo.
echo Press any key when youre done playing
pause
start explorer.exe
:EXIT

-To use it, locate your install directory and create a new text document on fallout2 folder ( the one with the executable )
-Open the document and paste the code, save and exit
-Rename document to "whatevernameyouwant.bat"
Note that to change the filetype you must uncheck "hide extensions for known file types" in folder options. you can access there by pressing ALT and going into "tools" and selecting in the dropdown "folder options".
-After you have the script ready to go, create shortcut to desktop and you are ready to play.

- Optional - If you like you can change the icon of your shortcut by right clicking, choosing properties and from the bottom buttons "change icon" locate an icon you wish to use.

I can upload ready made file to a file sharing site if you wish.

EDIT: Im not sure if this works for vista, If it doesnt you can remove the timeout commands from the script and try again.

Thanks a bunch! (bows to your superior knowledge)
GunSlinguz Feb 9 @ 5:44pm 
I will try my best to follow the instructions to fix the resolution issues, but like I said before, this should have already been done by staff prior to selling the game on Steam. Making the customer fix the issue is plain wrong.
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