A famous post-apocalyptic role-player game by Interplay.

Application Details:

Version: 1.x
License: Retail
Votes: 8
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.13

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What works

Everything - with some work (Read further about bug # 6033 solutions - Mouse hardly usable)

What does not



What was not tested

*Real* Full Screen mode (no virtual desktop) with MouseWarpOverride = Disabled, read further

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Needed: - Official Patch 1.1. - TeamX 1.2 patch. - SFALL tweak (, the Windows 95/98 version!! (Yes, even if Fallout is set to Win2000+ in Wine). /// Notes on installation of these patches /// Install them MANUALLY (ie. even though it says to just extract into Fallout folder, don't. Differences in name letter case cause "duplicate" files. Manually delete original original files that are supposed to be replaced, THEN copy patch files (not that much work). For SFALL, Generally insert SFALL.dll into folder and set an override in Wine libraries for it (to let Wine know that it can use it). Place DDRAW.INI in Fallout directory. GNOME Hex Editor is a good candidate to edit falloutw.exe (use "replace" function found in "Edit", entering text in the fields to the right, replace DDRAW with SFALL) /// end patch installation notes /// Change AUDIO driver setting in Wine to OSS (ALSA causes bugs/crashes and slows game down). 'Out-of-box' game is hard to play because of bug 6033. Mouse is extremely slow. Has been suggested: $ regedit [HKCU\Software\Wine\DirectInput] "MouseWarpOverride" to "disable" This might work for full screen, I haven't been able to test it - my monitor is too big, the game is severely displaced in full mode due to large size/non 4:3 ratio. For window mode (enable wine virtual desktop!) this is not a suitable solution - the game becomes even less playable (due to the mouse leaving the window instead of scrolling ingame), INSTEAD: Set SFALL mouse sensitivity higher. I have tried different % - 225% is optimal for me. That actually makes mouse speed "normal" and game works perfectly.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowLinux Mint 18.2 "Sonya" x86_64Jul 30 20172.13Yes Yes PlatinumFatih Isik 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 16 20151.7.44Yes No GarbageRobert Osowiecki 
ShowMac OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion"Feb 06 20141.7.11Yes No GarbageJoe 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 16 20151.6.2Yes Yes PlatinumRobert Osowiecki 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 7.x "Wheezy"Sep 25 20131.7.2Yes Yes PlatinumJasper Follas 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

Installation Instructions

Installation Instructions

  1. Use winecfg to set the Windows version to Windows 98 for the setup.exe program located on the Fallout CD.
  2. Run the setup.exe program with Wine.
  3. Fallout doesn't correctly detect disk sizes, this problem also occurs when you try to install Fallout while running Dosbox or Windows, select the small installation for now.
  4. If you have version 1.0, download the 1.1 patch, and extract it to your Fallout directory, for example:
    $ tar xf fallout_patch_1.1.tar.gz -C ~/.wine/drive_c/Fallout/
  5. Use winecfg to set the Windows version to Windows 98 for the Fallout executable, falloutw.exe.
  6. Optional:
    If you don't want to insert the Fallout CD every time you want to play the game, you can copy the game files to your hard disk:
    $ cp -r /mnt/cdrom/master.dat /mnt/cdrom/critter.dat /mnt/cdrom/data ~/.wine/drive_c/fallout/
    Be sure to overwrite master.dat and critter.dat, Fallout generates smaller versions of these files when running as a cache.
    Edit fallout.cfg, and change the paths specified by the music_path1, critter_dat, and master_dat options from your CD-ROM to your harddisk, for example:
    master_dat=D:\master.dat should be changed to master_dat=C:\fallout\master.dat.
Notes / Possible Issues

Notes / Possible Issues

The sound stutters, movies stutter, game is generally slow.
Setting the nice level for Fallout can seriously increase performance:
$ /usr/bin/nice -n 18 wine falloutw.exe
You may want to try fiddeling with the exact nice level.
The game crashes, even after the 1.1 patch!
Some patches have all the filenames uppercased, Fallout only seems to look for lowercased filenames, download the patch from above.
I can't save my game!
Again a problem with uppercase/lowercase filenames, try: mkdir data/savegame, you can remove the uppercased SAVEGAME if you want
The fade-in/fade-out takes ages!
Use winecfg, and set turn "graphics->emulate a virtual desktop" on.
The game won't run: segmention error.
ALSA is known to cause this, try Wine 1.0-rc1 or use OSS or Arts.
Mouse pointer is unusable
This known bug #6033, and appear on 24bpp desktop, for workaround use this command:
xinit `which wine` /home/path/to/fallout2.exe -- :1 -depth 16


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by Lauren Ouellette on Sunday July 12th 2020, 11:58
Using the instructions above with the 1.1 patch, I was still getting crashes when starting the game. I found that there was an `art_cache_size` line in my fallout.cfg, and that removing that line resolved the crash.
RE: art_cache_size
by Lauren Ouellette on Sunday July 12th 2020, 12:27
To be more specific, the original config had `art_cache_size=1024`. Removing that line and running the game successfully updated the value to `art_cache_size=8`.