Setting Fallout 3 to work with Mods & ENB
After installing the mods and the ENB settings, some changes need to be made before
launching Fallout 3. If you launch the game before making these changes, the game
will most likely not start, and if it does, it definitely will not
be able to load a save-game without CTD.
With the exception of number 1, these changes are absolutely necessary for Fallout 3 to work after modding.
1: Drivers Settings
2: INI files
4: Tweaking System: Windows (Optional)
1 - Drivers Settings
In order for the ENB to work properly, the games own anti aliasing MUST be disabled
This only applies for nVidia drivers. If you have
an ATI or an Intel graphic card, you might want to Google how to set the same settings.
Open up the nVidia Control Panel, and go to "Manage 3D settings". Then click the "Program Settings" tab, and add the "FalloutLauncher.exe".
*If you have the Steam version of Fallout 3, you need to apply the same settings to the Fallout 3 Shortcut.
Set the following parameters:
Antialiasing - FXAA (Off or Application-controlled)
Antialiasing - Gamma correction (Off or Application-controlled)
Antialiasing - Mode (Off or Application-controlled)
Antialiasing - Setting (Application-controlled)
Antialiasing - Transparency (Off)
*ENB has it's own AA settings, so no worries, AA will be active anyway. If you enable the driver AA, ENB will be disabled completely
Ambient Occlusion (Quality)
Threaded Optimization (On)
*If you don't have a multi-core CPU, set this: "Off"
Vertical sync (On)
*If you prefer higher FPS instead of tear-free smooth game-play, set this: "Off"
*ENB also has an option for handling V-sync, but I prefer nVidia's V-sync. If you want to use the ENB V-sync instead, just go to the Fallout 3 game folder and open up "enblocal.ini" with a notepad and find:
Change this to:
2 - INI Files
Some mods require certain settings in "Fallout.ini" and "FalloutPrefs.ini".
Both files can be edited with notepad. Just click the files and open with
File path: C:\Users\(USERNAME)\Documents\My Games\Fallout3\Fallout.ini
Add/change the following lines:
File path: C:\Users\(USERNAME)\Documents\My Games\Fallout3\FalloutPrefs.ini
Add/change the following lines:
iSize W=1920 *Change this value to match the resolution of your monitor
iSize H=1080 *Change this value to match the resolution of your monitor
3 - Load-Order
Info: The load-order is a list that determines in which order Fallout 3 loads additional content. (Mods) The load-order has 255 slots which are loaded into the memory one by one in the exact order they are listed. If identical data appears (If two mods contain the same data), the last listed mod will overwrite whatever came first. Also, if a mod has references to another mod, this other mod HAS to be listed in the load-order before the mod with the dependency. If a mod is depending on something that is missing or listed later in the load-order, Fallout 3 will either not load those mods, load them with errors, or not even start up. This fact makes it VERY important to have a 100% correct load-order. Besides dependencies, some mods edit the same location space cells too, and often have different lighting settings, even if the mod has nothing to do with lighting. This doesn't cause the game to crash, but it might cause graphical, lighting or weather errors. Having a correct load-order is absolutely necessary for Fallout 3 to work.
If you didn't install all mods, but lets say, only installed the ones without a
colored square, then you won't find all these items in your own load-order.
Whenever an item is "missing", just skip it, but keep everything else in the
exact same order from top to bottom.
Note: DON'T use Loot. I know it's tempting to have a program sort the whole thing, but unfortunately Loot isn't able to sort the list correctly. You can of course start by sorting with Loot, but then you NEED to correct the load-order yourself afterwards.
Start NMM and click the "Plugins" tab. Then sort everything according to this list
Unofficial Fallout 3 Patch.esm
Nos' Cosmetic Resource.esm
Sharing and Caring Companions.esm
DC Delight.esm *Leave this file unchecked
Ashur's speech fix.esp
Invisible Walls FIX Capitol.esp
Purity Crash Fix.esp
Vault 106 Fixes.esp
Josef Greys Kozaburo Hair Style for Fallout 3.esp
ZzJay's Hairpacks for Fallout 3.esp
zzjayHairsFNV.esp *Leave this file unchecked
Megaton Hairs FO3.esp
Mannequin Rce.esp *Leave this file unchecked
Mannequin Rce FO3.esp
FemaleEnclaveSoldiers - Broken Steel.esp
mika.esp *Leave only ONE of these two files active
mika_essential.esp *Leave only ONE of these two files active (I recommend this one)
Pink Power Armor.esp
Helmetless Camouflage Stealth Suits.esp
COL Enclave Hell.esp
COL Enclave VER2.esp
Neo's DOA Christie.esp
majormodder's Junk Food to Barbeque Crisps.esp
Paradise Lost - Unique Texture and Icon.esp
Ghoul Mansion v3.1.esp
Another Interior Mod.esp
Dr Li's Dominatrix Science lab.esp
My Dr Li Hair and Face Edit.esp
My Spider Hair and Face Edit.esp
Mesmetron Works on Everyone.esp
Mighty Mouse Alternative 4.esp
TimeScale1To1.esp *Check only one of these timescale files
TimeScaleTo3.esp *Check only one of these timescale files (I recommend this one)
TimeScaleTo5.esp *Check only one of these timescale files
TimeScaleTo15.esp *Check only one of these timescale files
TimeScaleTo20.esp *Check only one of these timescale files
TimeScaleTo25.esp *Check only one of these timescale files
Congratulations. The game is finally ready!
4 - Windows (Optional)
Having a fast and stable system is absolutely necessary to run a heavily modded game. If you have a high-end system, you should have nothing to worry about, even with all mods installed. But if you have a semi-old or medium-spec system, it will be put to the test. Fallout 3 needs the best possible conditions to perform. If you already have a fast and stable system, just skip this.
Cleaning/optimizing Windows is of course a huge subject, so I will not go into details, but rather give suggestions about what to look out for. This is written for Windows 7 x64, but most things apply to XP/Vista/Win8/Win10 (32/64bit) as well.
1: Make sure your system is virus/mal-ware free. (It's
a given, but I'm writing it anyway)
2: Have as few unnecessary programs running in the background as possible. Preferably non.
3: Never have real-time anti-virus programs running. 99% of anti-virus software can and will significantly slow down any computer, all while doing an extraordinarily poor job at protecting against viruses. The best way to protect your computer against mal-ware and viruses, is by having a great firewall, preferably at router level, so nothing gets to the computer in the first place.
4: If you use a software firewall on your computer (Not all routers have great firewalls), then use one that doesn't require a lot of resources. Also turn off the useless built-in Windows firewall & services. (Except on Win10, as the firewall "service" is required to run in the background at all times, or the AppStore won't work. I can recommend Comodo Firewall. It's free and can be customized to use very little resources while doing a pretty decent job.
5: Get rid of junk-driver-programs. Keep the drivers of course, but uninstall or disable all the useless services that constantly run in the background. Like scanner, printer or audio "service" programs that comes with the drivers.
6: Get rid of junk-apps. Weather apps, search bars and joke apps etc., They use your connection to bring you useless commercials and junk, which takes up recourses.
7: Get rid of PunkBuster, if you have it. Go to services, and check if "PnkBstrA" and/or "PnkBstrB" are running. If they are, stop and disable them. (Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services) *If you use Comodo Firewall, you can block PunkBuster from ever being installed again, and prohibit execution of any PunkBuster services. You would be surprised how many games that silently install this junk program, so it's a good idea to check, even if you never installed PunkBuster yourself.
8: Clean the temp-files. I can recommend CClean. It's free, and comes in both 32bit and 64bit versions.
9: Check Windows start-up list and disable any and all useless junk programs. I can recommend CClean for this too. (Tools - Startup)
10: Clean Windows Task Scheduler. Get rid of all the useless checks that makes your system slow down at randomly when Windows hit a timer. (Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Task Scheduler)
11: Never ever use iTunes. Besides being the slowest, most incompatible, ugly, and absolute worst media player ever made, it will also decrease performance on any system, and runs the weirdest background "services" at random. Stay away from any Apple products. No offence to Apple-users, but Apple is not capable of writing quality software.
12: Stop and disable useless background services. (Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services)
12-1: Stop and disable all junk-services, like updaters and support services from drivers and programs. (Examples: Acronis Scheduler2 Service, Adobe Acrobat Update Service, Creative Audio Service, Skype Updater, Google Updater, SwitchBoard, etc..)
12-2: Disable the worst Microsoft services. Like: Application Experience, Background Intelligent Transfer Service, IP Helper, Internet Connection Sharing (Unless you actually use it), Media Center Extender Service, Office Source Engine, Offline Files, Program Compatibility Assistant Service, Remote Registry, Routing and Remote Access, Superfetch, Tablet PC Input Service, Windows Firewall (Most useless firewall ever made), Windows Media Center Receiver Service, Windows Media Center Scheduler Service, Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service, Windows Search (This has nothing to do with "Search", it's just another name for the horrible "indexing service").
13: If you have a multi-core CPU, like a Core-i5 or i7, make sure to disable Core parking. (Google how, there are lots of guides)
14: Always have the latest graphics card drivers installed. Don't use the ones from Windows update. Go to the manufactures website and download the latest drivers specifically for your card.
15: Update Direct-X, XNA Framework, Visual C++ Redistributables and .NET Framework. All these can be found at the Microsoft Download Center.
Windows 10 specific tips