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I've been playing Fallout 3 GOTY edition (via Steam). So far the game has been relatively well-behaved - good performance, and only an occasional crash (like once every 3 hours, which is something I can live with).

However, in the recent hour or so it has became worse; in particular, every time I open a container the game freezes for around a second, and crashing becomes much more frequent, around once every 15 or 30 minutes.

I am a level 30 character working on the Broken Steel "Who Dares Wins" quest, which is the quest where

you assault the Adams Air Force base, fighting outdoors in the unique area opened by the quest, and inside the huge crawler.

And I think it might have been related. I also have a bunch of stuff in my inventory, but not more than what I've been carrying throughout the rest of game (though I do carry more weapons and less armor than what I used to).

Is this a known issue? Any idea how to solve this problem?

System is Windows 7 64-bit, 4 GB RAM, Core 2 Duo.

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In general, the best idea in a Bethesda game when you start experiencing all kinds of nastiness is to wait somewhere for ~2 weeks - this resets all cells (rooms) that you are not currently in. – agent86 Apr 19 '12 at 1:07
@agent86 that sounds like a brilliant tip, but unfortunately that is not possible during that quest, as far as I've tried. – Oak Apr 20 '12 at 5:59
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As I've suspected, after the completion of the quest the performance became normal again. I could not find a solution other than saving really frequently :(

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