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How to Fix GOG Fallout 1 and 2 on OSX after Yosemite Broke Them

So you want to play the classic Fallouts and have a good time? Maybe you got them from GOG.com earlier and attempted to fire them up only to be greeted with a nasty and disparaging error:

The application X11 could not be opened. An error occurred while starting the X11 server: “Failed to activate core devices.
gog-osx-fallout-fix-1Do not fret! I have the fix for you and it’s easier than you think. Just follow these simple steps and Fallout 1 and 2 should work fine.

1. Download Wineskin Winery

First you need to download and install Wineskin Winery. It’s easy and free. Just go here and click download and install it.

2. Use Winery to install WS9Wine1.8

Once installed open it, and click the + sign and install WS9Wine1.8. Also, while you are here, click the update button to make sure winery is the latest version. Currently 2.6.2.

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Go to your Fallout or/and Fallout 2 app, right click on it and select Show Package Contents.

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4. Update Wineskin from inside the package

Just double click to open Wineskin. Select advanced.

gog-osx-fallout-fix-4Click on tools.
gog-osx-fallout-fix-5Click update wrapper once that is done. Click on change engine used.
gog-osx-fallout-fix-6You should only have one engine available, and that should be WS9Wine1.8.
gog-osx-fallout-fix-9Once you click okay a bunch of weird stuff might happen. You will probably see terminal open, a little dialog box will tell you Wineskin is doing something to Fallout. Fallout might even show you the same error again. Don’t worry about any of that until it’s all over

5. Set Screen Options

Don’t ask me to explain, but there is some resolution glitch that is randomly fixed by changing the game from fullscreen to window mode. Except it still runs in fullscreen… So whatever. Open Wineskin from within the package again.

gog-osx-fallout-fix-7 Then choose rootless window and done.

gog-osx-fallout-fix-8That’s it. Cross your fingers and open Fallout! Should work. If it doesn’t work, you probably didn’t follow the instructions correctly so try again!

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