Fallout New Vegas Errors, Crashes,Freezes and Fixes

By   /   Oct 19, 2010

Fallout New Vegas has just been released and already, they are many who are facing game breaking issues. Errors, crashes, freezes, low performance on the game, Fallout New Vegas save bug, and lot of other issues that are needed to be address by the developer, Obsidian.

While the developers are busy with the big game launch, and before they release a patch to resolve all these issues, you can refer to the Fallout New Vegas Guide below for workarounds to all these issues.

Fallout New Vegas Troubleshooting Guide

1# Fallout New Vegas How to Map Mouse Controls

2# Fallout New Vegas, Game Runs Very Choppy, Lags, Random Freezes
Some of the issues that have been reported in the reviews, which most probably will be fixed in the future patch releases. For time being, turn down view distance, and fade distance. Also disable water multi sync, it will help the cause.

3# Fallout New Vegas Stuttering and Poor Framerates
It may be due to the game hasn’t been optimized to run in DirectX 11, as most of the people that should be running the game max out with no problem are having performance issues. Update your video card drivers, the last update was released yesterday, 18th Oct, which will most probably fix these issues.

4# Fallout New Vegas Frame Skipping/Stuttering Fix
This fix will make game smoother, fps and stuttering will be reduced to a bearable level. If you are to try this tweak, make sure you have vsync on.

You need to edit your “FALLOUT.ini”, but before you proceed to edit it, make sure you back it up.

Windows Vista/ Windows 7

C:\Users\[your username]\Documents\My Games\Fallout New Vegas\FALLOUT.ini

and change iFPSClamp=0 to iFPSClamp=60

Windows XP

C:\Documents and settings\[your username]\My Documents\My Games\Fallout New Vegas\FALLOUT.ini”

and change iFPSClamp=0 to iFPSClamp=60

Share your results after applying this tweak.

5# Fallout New Vegas Quick/Auto Saves Fix
If you save your progress using autosave/quicksave, the game may revert you back to first quicksave when you restart the game, resulting in loss of all the game progress. Steam cloud may be the problem as there is no fix yet, and disabling steam cloud would disable the achievements.
Though, Steam has come out themselves to disable the Steam cloud for this game, and they are investigating these issues. Meanwhile, use the ESC/Save to save the game manually then using quick save hotkey to save instantly and save a lot. When you start the game again, you may notice that continue starts the game from the quick save so better load the game.

You can speed up the save process by using the console key to save the game. Here’s how:

  • Hit the ~ key.
  • Type save “save_mission or zone” and hit enter.
  • When you need to save the game, press ~ console key and press up arrow to get the previous save name, you can either overwrite this save or rename the save file for a different mission or zone.
  • Now when you need to load your saved game, hit the ~ key and type in load “save_mission or zone”.

    How to Recover Your Saved Progress/Saves in Fallout New Vegas
    via Steam Forums

    • Locate the save files folder, My Documents\My Games\FalloutNV\Saves.
    • Find files that have a *.bak extension. Rename the files with a .bak extension some other extension like .txt for simplicity. Now rename these files as old .bak extensions. Now try quick saving, hopefully it won’t revert back to previous saves.
    • If you don’t have any saves in there, try:
    • Navigate to your Fallout.ini in the FalloutNV folder and un-check Read-Only.
    • Open the file and search for “SLocalSavePath”.
    • In the SlocalSavePath= make sure the folder exists. If it isn’t, create the folder with the same name in the specified path.
    • Now, change “iSaveGameBackupCount=1” to “iSaveGameBackupCount=0”.

    Update. Quick Patch has been released for the game, make sure you have the game updated.

    6# Fallout New Vegas NPC/Audio Bug Fix
    NPC audio stuttering caused by FFDSHOW codec. Now, in order to fix this you will have to remove this codec entirely from your system and restart. It will fix NPC/Audio bug. Or
    You can configure directshow menu, how you can do that; Go to audio configure options, select the directshow menu, and add the New Vegas executable (in steamapps/common/fallout directory) to the exclusion list. Be sure to do it for both the 64 and 32 bit versions if you have both installed.

    7# How to Register Your Retail Game on Steam Exit
    Go to the Start button and select Run (XP) or type Run in the Search box and choose Run from the list (Vista).
    In the Run window type:

    C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe” -install E:

    Replace E: with the CD/DVD drive you are installing from if is not correct.
    Replace C:\Program Files\Steam if your Steam installation is not in the default location.
    Press OK. Your installation should continue from the disc.

    8# Fallout New Vegas Blackscreen Fix

    9# Fallout New Vegas Crashes Fix
    If your facing consistent game crashes after 20-30 minutes into the game, try disabling Steam Cloud Sync, it may resolve this issue.

    10# Artifacts, Screen Tearing, Black Boxes
    Update your video card drivers. (18th Oct. Release)
    Disable Steam Cloud Sync.

    11# Fallout New Vegas PC Bugs List
    Here is a list of Fallout New Bugs that are in-game software, I mean, something that only developers can fix. Check them out here.

    12# Steam Error
    Can’t download the game from Steam ? Dear friend, millions are downloading, crippling the Steam servers, be patient.

    13# Fallout New Vegas Launcher has Stopped Working ‘Crash to Desktop’
    Launch the game in compatibility mode, right click on game executable, hit properties and under Compatibility, set it to either Windows Vista SP2 or Windows XP SP3 compatibility. Re-validate the game files if you have installed the game through Steam.

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