Fable is a role-playingvideo game for Xbox, Mac OS X, and Windows platforms. It was developed by Big Blue Box, a satellite developer of Lionhead Studios, and was published by Microsoft.
Fable takes place in the fictional world of Albion. Players
assume the role of an orphaned boy who realizes his dream of becoming a
hero. The choices players make in the game affect the perception and
reaction to their Hero by the characters of Albion, and change the
Hero's appearance to mirror what good or evil deeds the Hero has
performed. In addition to undertaking quests to learn what happened to
the Hero's family, players can engage in optional quests and pursuits
such as trading, romance, and theft.
Fable was expanded and rereleased as Fable: The Lost Chapters for Xbox and Windows PC platforms in September 2005. The game was later ported to Mac OS X by Feral Interactive.
The Lost Chapters features all the content found in the original Fable,
as well as additional new content such as new monsters, weapons,
alignment based spells, items, armor, towns, buildings, and
expressions, as well as the ability to give children objects. The story
receives further augmentation in the form of nine new areas and sixteen
additional quests. Characters such as Briar Rose and Scythe, who played
only minor roles in the original game, are now given more importance
and are included in certain main and side quests.
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-Installation ( -For installation, I had to move d3dx9_25.dll and msvcp71.dll into the Fable directory. After that, I got "Could not find C:\Windows\system32\Splash.exe" )
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by Seth on Sunday December 2nd 2012, 16:12
I've been trying to install this using wine and got as far as the product key screen. However, when I got there, it refused to let me enter the required five characters in the first box; I could only enter four. The other boxes worked quite well.
I'm not sure if this error is because of wine or not, but if anyone knows how to solve it I would be very grateful.
by Dan Kegel on Thursday October 28th 2010, 17:05
I couldn't copy the contents of the four cd's, so I installed
on Windows, copied over the installed game, and put disc 1 in
Short story: with wine-1.3.5, this game needs
winetricks vcrun6 wmp9 quartz devenum d3dx9_36
and is playable - just be sure to skip each intro video, or it hangs.
On launch, it hung in the splash screen, and the log showed
err:module:import_dll Library msvcrt.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\windows\\system32\\msvcr71.dll") not found
err:module:import_dll Library MSVCRT.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\windows\\system32\\MFC42.DLL") not found
err:module:import_dll Library MFC42.DLL (which is needed by L"C:\\users\\dank\\Temp\\DW210f4.tmp") not found
I worked around that with 'winetricks vcrun6'.
The game then started up and was somewhat playable.
On startup, the game complained
"Unable to play video."
You could click past it, but it was still annoying.
I worked around that with 'winetricks wmp9 quartz devenum'.
The title card background (while waiting briefly for game to load),
as well as any rendered scenes, are mostly black.
I worked around this with 'winetricks d3dx9_36'.
After that, the game seems nicely playable so long as you
don't let any of the intro videos finish (press ESC or left mouse
before they finish to skip them), else the game hangs;
you see the message
err:ntdll:RtlpWaitForCriticalSection section 0x48ada0 "?" wait timed out in thread 0023, blocked by 0021, retrying (60 sec)
btall seems to show several blocked threads involving wmv or quartz, all part of Fable.exe.
Also, the game seems to hang services.exe and winedevice.exe on exit...
there's a deadlock with some copy-protection exe in Temp?
White screen on Fable.exe launch
by Eric Runnebaum on Wednesday May 27th 2009, 0:02
I think I've followed all of the recommended items on this application including downloading winetricks, and installing directx9, wmp9, and the appropriate recommended Mfc42.dll.
I have an ATI 1650 PRO with DRI using the open source Radeon driver. When I launch the program, I sometimes get errors (some in the command line, some in windows or wine error windows, some of which seem to concern video. I get the Fable splash screen, followed by a momentary dark screen, followed up a blank white screen with the sound of footsteps and what might be the cutting of wood or other chopping sounds (the opening cut screen). Then the screen closes, and the game will crash with an unhelpfully generic error, which I then have to kill by closing X.
getting rid of the black halos
by Fernando Martins on Sunday March 15th 2009, 13:43
For those who run Fable (it works for me with wine 1.1.10) and have the black halo, this can be removed by setting some registry values, as indicated in the comments of bug bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=12143.
by Daenyth on Friday August 1st 2008, 10:09
I'm running wine 1.1.2 on Arch Linux i686. I get as far as the first disk, but after it asks me to insert disk 2 (and I do), I get a dialog box with
"Error: -1603 Fatal error during installation. Consult windows installer help (msi.chm) or MSDN for more information"
The last few lines of console output:
err:msi:ready_media Cabinet not found: L"I:\\Disk2C~1.cab"
err:msi:ACTION_InstallFiles Failed to ready media
err:msi:ITERATE_Actions Execution halted, action L"InstallFinalize" returned 1603
err:ole:ClientRpcChannelBuffer_SendReceive called from wrong apartment, should have been 0x1800000041
err:ole:xCall RpcChannelBuffer SendReceive failed, 8001010e
The installer seems to close but remains running and in my taskbar, I have to kill it.
The installer says that the system has not been modified, but to get the installer to run again I have to rm C:/Program Files/Microsoft Games/Fable/
Then run regedit and remove everything under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Components\
I also have to remove HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Microsoft Games\Fable