I've always had trouble when buying caravan cards. It seems that if I try to buy too many, when I "accept" the transaction, the game will pause, and then crash. I've had some success at getting around this by just buying a few cards at a time, "banking" the transaction, and continuing shopping.

On my current playthrough, this crashing is happening at most vendors, and with items other than caravan cards. I've just crashed 6 times in a row at Gun Runners trying to get all the stuff I want, and sell off all the stuff I've collected. I kept trying smaller and smaller lots. Toward the end, I was just buying a couple things at a time, and it still wasn't helping. The last time it crashed, it seems to have corrupted my quick save file, and don't feel like starting over with a dozen trades again. (In fact, at this point, I just don't even feel like playing any more.)

Is there any way to fix this, or at least tip the odds back in favor of NOT crashing?

  • I've never encountered this on the PC... What platform are you on? If you're on a PC, what are your specs?
    – Ragnar
    Commented Jul 4, 2011 at 7:12
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    Wow. I never imagined that this would be rare. Yeah, I'm on a PC. I've got a dual-core 3 GHz, 8 GB RAM, striped 10K RPM Raptor hard drives, dual 8800 GT's, and I use the built-in sound card. I run at 1152x768 with low-ish AA and filtering. Commented Jul 4, 2011 at 10:27
  • I'm really sorry, google-ing revealed other people with the same problem, but no fix. Unrelated, you seem to have a good PC, why do you play with low(ish) quality? I'm on a HD4850 with 4 GB RAM and can play it with absolute full details at 1080p. I can understand the resolution if your monitor doesn't support it...
    – Ragnar
    Commented Jul 4, 2011 at 10:38

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I got a response over at /r/fnv that seems to have helped. As I said there: "I tried [verifying the game files], and there was one file that didn't verify and had to be re-downloaded. The jury's out on whether this fixed the problem, since it's proof by exhaustion, but I did run 3 other vendors besides Gun Runners: the guy at McCarran, Gun Runners at the interstate intersection, and the guy at the Crimson Caravan, and had no crashes."

  • Indeed, I've continued to play, and have had no further problems. Commented Jul 6, 2011 at 10:36

It would seem that the game is particularly full of bugs, so the first advice will be to always keep your game fully updated.

After that is said there are lots of bugs related to the Gun Runners area. And there are even more bugs in other parts of the game.

I also found a specific advice about the Vendortron, where the fix is to wait 3 days so his stock/caps reset to normal levels and then don't surpass 32,000 caps again.

Here be dragons best sums up this game :)

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