I'm having trouble accessing the DLC in Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition on PC. I completed the game and then installed the DLC from disc 2. I then re-inserted Disc 1 and loaded all of the files for the "Data Files" option in the launcher window.

How do I access my DLC? when I load my most recent save nothing pops up saying new quests or options are available. I've tried starting a new game and I've searched through the downloads option in the main menu but to no avail.

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The DLC is just scattered around the wasteland. In order to find the locations turn on your radio and you will see a bunch of new radio broadcasts. Listening to said broadcasts will make the DLC locations appear on your map (with the exception of Broken Steel). You can also go here and read the main article for each of the DLC's listed. The first quest in the main article has a "given by" section which will tell you how to access them:

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As a side note when you reloaded the first disk after installing the dlc you should have gotten notifications that a new signal has appeared on your radio. So hopefully this isn't actually a bug.

The physical locations of the DLC (on your pc) are:

%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Xlive\DLC (Windows XP)
%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\XLive\DLC (Windows Vista & Windows 7)

Just in case you want to check if they actually installed.


If you wander the Wasteland for a short while, you should start picking up some radio signals. If they don't appear, try looking at the radio in your Pipboy. If that still doesn't work, start a new game and head off to Megaton. If they STILL haven't appeared, then you will probably need a reinstall.

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