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Fallout 2

Before playing, make sure you patch the game immediately.

To download official patches and cool fanmade mods and fanmade patches, check out: No Mutants Allowed

If you are going to install the fanmade 1.05 patch (recommended), you will need to do some messing around renaming directories. See the Howto below.

Application Details:

Version: All Versions
License: Retail
Votes: 7
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.16

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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What works

A installation from CD, patching, high resolution patch (unofficial), movies, gameplay, saving, loading, adjusting preferences

What does not

nothing that was tested


What was not tested

some fan-made patches, extended gameplay/completion of game

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

patch your game to current (official) before trying to play. - the high-res patch may need vcrun6 (winetricks vcrun6) - if your ingame cursor is sticking to an edge of the screen or is otherwise constrained try winecfg > add entry for FALLOUT2.EXE > under the Graphics tab un-tick 'Allow the window manager to control the windows'.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowManjaro Linux 21.1Sep 23 20216.16Yes Yes NoPlatinumBob Niemöller 
ShowArch Linux x86_64May 27 20131.5.31Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Oct 11 20121.5.14Yes Yes GoldSerge Hooge 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 07 20121.4-rc6Yes Yes PlatinumLuis Alvarado 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 20 20111.3.26Yes Yes Platinumdan 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
6033 Fallout 2 : In game mouse pointer is unusable CLOSED FIXED View
6933 Fallout 2 patch (1.02D) doesn't work CLOSED ABANDONED View
8939 The fade-in/fade-out takes ages! CLOSED FIXED View
8988 Sacred: choppy video and sound; sprites cannot be seen. CLOSED FIXED View
18226 Fallout 2: xcursor remains on the screen CLOSED INVALID View
27373 Fallout 2 hangs at intro video. CLOSED INVALID View
29736 Fallout 2 crashes at "Please Stand By" screen. NEW View

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HowTo / Notes


­Min. requirements

  • Wine 1.0.1 (Wine >= 1.1.13 recommended)
  • Fallout2 v. 1.02


You must use a version of Wine that is 1.0.1 or newer. Versions of Wine before 1.1.13 are known to exhibit mouse-lag bug. There are a few really old versions that may work, but there's no reason not to try the newest tested version.

WARNING: Following tips are useful mainly for older Wine versions. Applying them is not nescessary.   
  • You can run winecfg and change few parameters.
  • To avoid slow fading in/out use "emulation a virtual desktop", or renice wine process later.
  • ALSA soundsystem may randomly crash wine with fallout games. Try choise OSS (works fine) or ARts (not tested).


Just mount CD with game and type wine /mnt/cdrom/SETUP.EXE. There no bugs, really. Select disk, path and type of installation (small, normal, full). Recommended choice full installation, but others variants also works.


  • Run wine fallout2.exe and have fun with greatest postapocalyptic game.
  • To make the game go fullscreen open winecfg and uncheck the box for emulating a desktop.

Fanmade­ mods and patches

From prev. mainainer:

If you are going to install the 1.05 fanmade patch, which I recommend, you must first install the official 1.02 patch. Then, you're going to need to do some file renaming. Extract the 1.05 patch seperately, and then browse your Fallout 2 folder. Notice that the filenames in the Fallout 2 folder aren't exactly the same as those in the patch - the patch folder has different cases for some. Simply rename the ones in the fanmade patch to make them look like those in your Fallout 2 folder. Then overwrite them.

If you do it wrong, you will get "unable to save game" errors after starting the game. If you do it right, this won't happen.


  • An excellent Fallout 2 troubleshooting FAQ
  • If you get an error like "can't find/load text" check your .cfg file and make sure your cdrom is mounted
  • If the fade effects on the game menus etc. are slow, a possible fix is to run fallout2.exe at a lower priority than wineserver, e.g. wineserver -k; nice -n 5 wineserver -p; nice -n 20 wine fallout2.exe. For best results, try different nice values for wineserver.
  • If your are experiencing mouse lag, install some more recent Wine version. 
  • ­the high-res patch may need vcrun6 (winetricks vcrun6)
  • if your ingame cursor is sticking to an edge of the screen or is otherwise constrained try winecfg > add entry for FALLOUT2.EXE > under the Graphics tab un-tick 'Allow the window manager to control the windows'