How to make Fallout 2 run smoothly in Wine [New GOG-version, Mac]

Discussion in 'Fallout RPG Gameplay & Tech' started by roggles, Oct 22, 2017.

  1. roggles

    roggles First time out of the vault

    Nov 12, 2008
    I had an itch to play Fallout 2 again, and realized GOG/Steam no longer have a Mac-version, because of Bethesda publishing decisions. So I tried to run it in Wine, which works out of the gate, but unplayably slow.

    I have never used Wine before, so a few hairpulling hours later, the following works. Tested in El Capitan.

    1) In the preferences of XQUARTZ, choose 256 colors. (Needs to be done in xorg.conf if on Linux?).
    2) Make an override for library ddraw in winecfg, edit and choose load order Native. ddraw does not show up in the dropdown menu, you have to manually type it in.
    3) In ddraw.ini, set Mode to 4 (dx9 fullscreen) and GPUBlt=2. (Game is unplayably slow for me in Mode 0, but without GPUBlt=2, DX9 will not work on my configuration).
    4) Set libraries d3dx9_24 through d3dx9_42 to override Native in winecfg, as in step 2. These show up in the dropdown menu. (Not sure if this is needed).

    a) Do you think step 4 is needed?
    b) This is beyond the scope of this forum, but the above changes also work to make Restoration Project 2 playable. Do you think the mod will play fine under these settings?
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  2. ThatZenoGuy

    ThatZenoGuy Residential Zealous Evolved Nano Organism

    Nov 8, 2016
    Get a proper PC, Mac's are children toys.
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  3. NovaRain

    NovaRain Casual Modder Modder

    Mar 10, 2007
    You might try enabling DX9 in hi-res patch rather in sfall. From my personal experience, running DX9 with hi-res patch is smoother than with sfall even on Windows.
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  4. ThatZenoGuy

    ThatZenoGuy Residential Zealous Evolved Nano Organism

    Nov 8, 2016
    I'm honestly shocked about this.

    You can run Fallout 2 on a literal 10 year old 100 dollar shit-laptop.

    That a 5000 dollar laptop mac cannot run it, is hilarious.
  5. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake. Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Aug 16, 2010
    Not too shocking, really. Wine is quite hit & miss with games. You're trying to emulate a Windows environment after all.
    A better way to play Fallout on a Mac might be to use a virtual machine with an actual installation of Windows, I guess. Should be plenty fast enough and more stable than Wine. But I guess since it requires a copy of Windows it might not be a possible solution in this case, as @roggles probably already considered it.
    I think if the game runs, RP will also run, but that's something you just need to figure out yourself, sorry.

    Oh yeah, @ThatZenoGuy, if you have nothing of use to contribute, just keep your mouth shut.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2017
  6. burn

    burn Mildly Dipped

    Apr 22, 2012
    I just use native windows version under wine, works fine. With RP, too.
    set -xeu -o pipefail
    cd ~/games/fallout2
    LC_ALL="es_ES.CP1252" WINEDLLOVERRIDES="ddraw.dll=n" $wine fallout2.exe > ~/games/fallout2/wine.log 2>&1
  7. Bodidly

    Bodidly First time out of the vault

    Feb 9, 2019
    I understand this is an old post, but I have a 2008 Mac, and had to do a dual boot to be able to play Fallout 1 & 2 on mine. I tried wine, also virtual box, and neither worked. So I used boot camp to partition off 100gb, and then install Windows 7, and both versions of Fallout are running great!