I cannot play Fallout 3. Whenever I click either the Fallout3.exe or falloutlauncher.exe and this message appears:

No disc inserted. Please insert the original "Fallout 3" CD/DVD.
Please have a look at http://www.securom.com/message.asp?m=nodisc for further, more detailed information.

I've seen many people saying that you don't need the disk to play because you can just click the fallout3.exe but I still get this message.

Can anyone help me?

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    Does this happen even when you have your Fallout 3 game disc inserted, or are you trying to use a pirated version of the game?
    – Alain
    Jun 21, 2011 at 18:16
  • @Alain I have the official Version and it cannot seem to see it.
    – Xplane
    Jun 21, 2011 at 18:17
  • @Ginger Bill You cannot seem to see what? Is your game disc inserted when this message appears or not?
    – Alain
    Jun 21, 2011 at 18:19
  • @Alain Sorry I wasn't clear. What I mean is that I have the disc inserted and it does not matter which executable file I click, it still brings up the error message even though the disc is in the drive
    – Xplane
    Jun 21, 2011 at 18:22
  • Have you tried right clicking the disc drive and choosing "Autolaunch" to see what the game does?
    – Alain
    Jun 21, 2011 at 18:36

1 Answer 1


Only certain versions have been able to get away with playing without the disc. Bethisda released an official Fallout 3 patch (1.7) which is supposed to remove the need for the CD and get rid of that error.

Go to http://fallout.bethsoft.com/eng/downloads/updates.php. (You might need to specify your age first, and then reload the above URL) and download and install the patch, see if it solves the problem.


  • Oh, nice. I guess there is a reason to patch after all. Thanks for the info
    – Aeo
    Jun 21, 2011 at 18:52
  • Actually I have done this and still no luck.
    – Xplane
    Jun 21, 2011 at 18:56
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    Probably a corrupt install then. I'd remove the whole thing, re-install, and re-patch.
    – Alain
    Jun 22, 2011 at 12:56

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