Fallout 4 crashes, bugs and fixes

Fallout 4 crashes

Fallout 4 is dead good, to paraphrase our Matt in his rather more extensive and nuanced review. But some of its earliest players have found bugs besides radroaches - and others have seen more than Boston’s infrastructure crash.

Here’s where we’re collecting all of the major issues as they’re reported, as well as their potential fixes and workarounds. 

Update 16th Nov, 2015: A game-breaking bug has been discovered that is causing crashes on every platform. 

If you're planning a trip to the area around Monsignor Plaza – and you probably will at some point, since it's an area relevant to several quests – then you might be in for a bit of bother. Players are reporting CTDs absent error messages when entering the area. Apparently the Event Viewer doesn't show the error, either. It's a bit tricky to pin point the issue, and it doesn't seem to be related to quests sending you to the area, either. 

A bug of this scale will hopefully be a priority for Bethesda. 

Original Story 10th Nov, 2015: Crashes to desktop are frequent offenders so far, but with a bit of luck we won’t have to explain them away as wasteland anomalies this time. The most common culprit seems to be a GPU driver conflict - solved by making a clean install of the latest drivers. Nvidia users in particular are advised to download the latest GeForce driver, 358.91 WHQL (there’s another version for Windows 10 users).

Beyond that, some have reported that Nvidia’s ‘Streamer Service’ for the SHIELD, which comes as part of their GeForce Experience software, has been behind a certain amount of poor performance and crashing. You can turn it off by following the instructions over on the Bethesda forums. If you’re still suffering general stuttering issues, it might be worth disabling V-sync and running in full screen, rather than windowed mode.

A portion of Fallout 4’s playerbase hasn’t made it past the main menu, thanks to a lack of mouse input. In those cases, it seems the game is detecting a controller by default. Some have fixed the problem simply by removing any gamepads they might have plugged in; others have navigated to Options using a controller and switched back mouse control manually.

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That doesn’t help those without gamepads, of course. Steam forumites have reported success in editing fallout4prefs.ini - found under Documents/My Games/Fallout 4 - so that it reads bGamepadEnable=0 rather than bGamepadEnable=1. If you use Ds3Service’s emulation drivers to get a PlayStation pad working, however, that might be your problem - in which case you’ll need to dive into Task Manager and stop the Ds3 process.

Sat staring at an unwelcome message that reads ‘Fallout 4 has stopped working’? You’ll want to try launching the game in compatibility mode. Gamunation suggest selecting either the Vista SP2 or XP SP3 compatibility option under the Fallout 4 executable’s properties.

If you’re facing a disk write error, meanwhile, Gamunation recommend the following workaround:

  • Click Start > (My) Computer
  • Locate the hard drive Steam is installed on. By default, this is C:
  • Right-click this drive and select Properties.
  • Click the Tools tab.
  • In the Error-checking category, click Check now...
  • In the dialog that appears, check “Automatically fix file system errors” and “Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.”
  • Click Start.
  • After completing the scan, restart your PC and run the game.

Finally, and possibly most importantly, Fallout 4 does not support 32-bit operating systems. It’s a cruel and unbending truth that you ought to be aware of. 

Had any problems yourself? Tell us all about them, and any potential solutions, in the comments below.

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WizardlyWolf Avatar
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1 Year ago

when i click play on the launcher the game crashes (y)

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lunaticpaw Avatar
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1 Year ago

A friend of mine is having the same problem... did you manage to fix it? If it's so, how? Thank you and good luck! Hope you can play it!

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WizardlyWolf Avatar
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1 Year ago

turnt my second monitor off and bam works

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Aever Avatar
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1 Year ago

Fortunately, the game worked fine for me during the few hours I got yo play yesterday. Maybe, for once, AMD GPUs have less issues than nVidia :P

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kroarty Avatar
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kroarty(17 days 15 hours played)
1 Year ago

HAHAHA yeah right

https://www.reddit.com/r/fo4/comments/3s5ga4/fallout_4_crashes_on_start_up_pc/

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[EQ] Korozer Avatar
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1 Year ago

My game works just fine on ultra high! But it won't work on full screen. I have windows 8.1. There's a "fix" for it (includes just making it your native screen size in borderless windowed) but for my computer it leaves the taskbar over the top of my game and it's annoying, not sure how to fix

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ShortyOfRandomness420Antifa(1 day 14 hours played)
1 Year ago

This is me precisely. I have been playing the game windowed ever since.... Did you ever find a fix? Even the new update isnt working it kinda sucks

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Dec_bot(4 days 5 hours played)
1 Year ago

If you still aren't able to fix it, a solution is to go to C:/Users/[YourUsername]/My Documents/My Games/Fallout4, open Fallout4prefs.ini, then find:

bTopMostWindow

bMaximizeWindow

and set them both to 1.

Hopefully this helps!

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Dec_bot(4 days 5 hours played)
1 Year ago

Oh yeah, and make sure you right click Fallout4prefs.ini, go properties and set it to Read Only. You might not be able to change your graphics settings afterwards though sadly.

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Calvin Heitman Avatar
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1 Year ago

Also If I move her from that spot by pushing her she just moves back to it and stands there

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macflugal(2 days played)
1 Year ago

Game runs fine on medium settings, as long as I don't try to enter Diamond City or head too far east of roughly where CIT Ruins are. if I do either of those it crashes to desktop, quite frustrating. I have set everything on low and this isn't changing a thing; can play with quite high frame rates so long as I stay west of that line. Any ideas?!

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huldu Avatar
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1 Year ago

I encountered two ctds during my playthrough of the game. Unlike many others I think the optimization was quite well done and why do you ask? I was playing the game on this computer without much problems: e8400, 5gb ram and a 7870. Yeah, a dual core. That's why I'm shocked to read about other people with far better computers having issues. I'm not saying was a walk through a rose garden, fps could dip below 20, like in the last battle. Beside that it was 30-60 fps in most areas/parts of the game.

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Iron Bloke [24pz] Avatar
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1 Year ago

been playing for 30 hours, had no significant issues so far. no crashes, had a little issue with chameleon armour that the pipboy doesn't come up when crouched, but fixed by just putting it away and bringing it out. also sometimes in T-60 armour the wep i am holding dissapears and looses it sound but still is vats and shootable.

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zero180 Avatar
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1 Year ago

Fallout 4 runs the video at the start but if you press the controller only a green box appears with no writing. Then if you try to start game it just crashes. Set up is: P5q Pro Turbo, Core 2 Quad, 16gb mem, GTX 970. Can anyone help please?

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itzSHIMO Avatar
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1 Year ago

When ever I try to fast travel anywhere around Boston Common from anywhere in the world the game crashes on the loading screen.

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itzSHIMO Avatar
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1 Year ago

Actually it's any time I even get close to the Boston common

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SuzannahR Avatar
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1 Year ago

Hey guys! I've been trying to live with a few bugs, but am completely stuck now! Hoping you can help!

1. The "In Sheeps Clothing" mission is stuck. McDonough is standing there with the gun, but when you try to confront him his responses are like "i have somewhere to be, sorry" etc. I.e. Off mission.

2. I can't travel to any locations around the Gwinnett Brewery without the game crashing out to the home screen. Walk, fast travel, whatever. It crashes every time. I have 4 missions pending for that area that I can't finish. :(

I've done the uninstall and reinstall, with and without mods. No luck.

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Calvin Heitman Avatar
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1 Year ago

I need to do a quest for Ingram in the brotherhood of steel we need to go to a lab and get something but when I talk to her she repeats the same two lines and is stuck next to the weapon workbench in the power armor room in the Brotherhoods HQ

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