Take the 2-minute tour ×
Arqade is a question and answer site for passionate videogamers on all platforms. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have completed the "Fires in the Sky" mission, and am attempting to head back to the fountain after getting Dog / God to stay at the switching station. Once I finish the mission and am awarded the points, I try to open the door back The Villa and the game crashes.

It happens every time I try to open that specific door. I've had zero issues with the DLC thus far, and no issues with Fallout: New Vegas in general. Anyone have ideas as to how to get past this bug?

share|improve this question
    
We'll need to know about the system you're playing on. XBox, Playstation or PC? Fully patched FO:NV? If PC, do you have other mods running? –  John Rudy Jun 3 '11 at 11:04
    
PC. Updating the drivers for my primary ATI video card appears to have corrected the issue. I completed the rest of the expansion, as well as Honest Hearts with no further crashes to desktop. –  Chance Jun 4 '11 at 22:56
add comment

1 Answer 1

up vote 3 down vote accepted

It seems that Chance has found the solution for his crash. I figured that this may be a good opportunity to make a general Fallout: New Vegas crash/bug troubleshooting list for everyone here. It's Community Wiki (notably because most of the content comes from The Vault, so I can hardly be credited), so please feel free to edit and add more to this.

Some of these issues may be resolved in more recent patches; if so, please update this answer and remove them.

All Platforms

  • Always use the latest patch of Fallout: New Vegas
  • Always use multiple save slots -- a lot of issues in Gamebryo-based games come from corrupted save files
  • Do not rely on Autosave; save manually, save early, save often
  • Crashes often when you near completion of the game.
  • Crashes in VATS are somewhat common.
  • Crashing or freezing when entering or exiting areas is somewhat common.
  • Crashing or freezing upon entering The Strip is fairly common.
  • Crashes or very severe slowdowns are common when the player character reaches the top of a hill or ridge and the landscape and sky beyond become visible.
  • If one saves at the beginning of the game while editing your character the Level up system can crash.
  • As for any game, crashes may mean defective hardware.

PC

(Note: I have zero experience with the PS3 version; all of this comes from The Vault or my own experience troubleshooting other PC games and issues.)

  • Make sure your system meets (or preferably exceeds) the minimum requirements to run Fallout: New Vegas
  • Keep all your system drivers (audio and video in particular) up-to-date
  • Do not ALT+TAB out of Fallout: New Vegas.
  • If you have installed custom mods, try removing them and seeing if the issue disappears
  • Scrolling the list of saved games can cause the interface to freeze and crash.
  • If you're still experiencing crashes, head over to Bethesda's PC Issues page and see if others are experiencing them, and/or if a fix is known.

X-Box 360

  • Install the game if you have the hard drive space available for it. (This has helped me on every glitchy/slow-loading game I play.)
  • If, after installing, you get messages that the disk is unreadable, uninstall and then reinstall the game -- the install files are likely corrupt.
  • Don't equip cowboy hats via a mapped key (that is, the D-Pad shortcuts). Why you'd want to is beyond me, but I guess someone did it and found at that it can occasionally make the console freeze up. If you want to equip a cowboy hat, take the extra minute or so and do it through your PIP-Boy.
  • Slightly contrary to the advice under "All Platforms," having too many saved games can cause crashes. (I hope that means a truly excessive number, and not the dozen or so I have ... )
  • Entering Dead Sea's Barracks in Nelson may cause the game to freeze. This may have been caused by meeting Dead Sea in Nipton beforehand.
  • The game may freeze when repairing/wearing/unequipping the NCR Bandoleer Armor found in the tent next to Lieutenant Hayes' Tent and in the Supply Shack at Camp McCarran.
  • Equipping the sniper rifle may cause the game to slow down severely and most likely freeze.
  • If you are experiencing random crashes, clear your X-Box 360 System Cache.
  • If you are still experiencing crashes, head over to Bethesda's X-Box 360 Issues page.

Playstation 3

(Note: I have zero experience with the PS3 version; all of this comes from The Vault.)

  • The game may freeze when repairing/wearing/unequipping the NCR Bandoleer Armor found in the tent next to Lieutenant Hayes' Tent and in the Supply Shack at Camp McCarran.
  • Equipping the sniper rifle may cause the game to slow down severely and most likely freeze. On the PS3 equipping the sniper rifle can cause the weapon hotkeys to stop functioning, and the game to crash shortly thereafter on attempts to sleep, save, enter a new area, or just walk around the map for a minute or so.
  • Sometimes changing the color of the interface can cause the game to crash or lock up. Keeping the interface Amber may help in avoiding this. (On both the Pip-Boy and Hud)
  • If you're experiencing random crashes, check Bethesda's PS3 Issues page
share|improve this answer
    
Any sources for "having too many saved games can cause crashes on 360"? I've got over 70 saves and never got crashes but those listed in "All Platforms". –  Wilerson Jun 9 '11 at 19:50
    
@Wilerson: The Vault. And it sounds like 70 isn't "too many." (I believe the term used on the Vault was "an excessive amount.") –  John Rudy Jun 9 '11 at 23:37
    
Considering the maximum is 100, I'd think 70 could be considered "many". Oh, well. –  Wilerson Jun 10 '11 at 14:58
    
Maybe it's closer to the 100 ... (I never knew there was an upper bound there.) –  John Rudy Jun 10 '11 at 23:36
    
I would like to link this too gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/143245/…, there are 2 mods: NVAC and 'Zan AutoPurge Crash Protector' that keeps the game stable! :) –  Aquarius Power Apr 25 at 19:00
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.