Fallout 1 (and Fallout 2) Hi-Res Patch for Mac OS X
Fallout 1 was originally designed to run at 640x480 resolution. I wanted to run the Mac OS X version of Fallout on my MacBook 11", which has a 1366x768 display. There is a high resolution patch, but it only supports the Windows version of Fallout.
Turns out that the OS X version of Fallout runs through Wine, so we can get this patch working with just a few configuration changes:
Note for Fallout 2 users: The process for Fallout 2 is essentially the same, with a different patch, and some minor pathing differences. Other than that, the process is exactly the same!
- Install Homebrew, a package manager for OS X
- Open a terminal and install Wine with
brew install wine
Note: Installing Wine will take some time. You may move on to "Configure Fallout's Wine Launcher" while Wine is installing, but wait until the Wine installation is complete before attempting "Configure and Patch".
Configure Fallout's Wine
- Right click on
/Applications/Fallout/, and choose "Show Package Contents" to browse Fallout's files
- Run the
Wineskinutility, and click "Screen Options"
- Change the "Resolution" option to "Current Resolution" (Or the resolution you plan on running Fallout at. You may need to revisit this step when selecting the patch's resolution.)
- Click "Done" to go back to the main
- Click on "Advanced", and then the "Winetricks" button under "Utilities"
- Under the "dlls" list, put a check next to "d3dx9", and click the "Run" button, then "Run" again to confirm
Install the High Res Patch
- Download and extract the Fallout 1 High Resolution Patch
- Extract "Fallout1_High_Resolution_Patch_v4.1.8.exe"
- Copy all files except the "data" directory to
Applications/Fallout/Contents/Resources/drive_c/GOG Games/Fallout(Note:, this path is for the GOG version of Fallout. This path may differ slightly depending on the version of Fallout you have.)
- Merge the "data" directory into
Applications/Fallout/Contents/Resources/drive_c/GOG Games/Fallout/data/(Do not overwrite the data directoy. We need to keep the original files around.)
- (Optional) Create a backup copy of
Configure and Patch
Note: Make sure Wine is installed before performing these steps.
- Open a terminal and navigate to
- Make sure "Windowed" is unchecked
- Select the resolution matching Fallout's Wine configuration (see "Configure Fallout's Wine", step 3)
- Click the "Enable" button to enable the Hi-Res patch
- Click "Done"
That's it! You should now be able to run Fallout in a higher resolution. You may need to tweak the patch configuration and Fallout's Wine to get it working.
"Error initializing video mode"
If you get a Windows-style error message that says "Error initializing video mode", it means that Fallout's Wine and the patch are not configured to the same resolution. They must match to work.
If the game runs but the colors are inverted/distorted, it means the "d3dx9" DLL is not installed in Fallout's Wine. See "Configure Fallout's Wine", step 6.