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If I am playing Fallout 3 GOTY when another application puts up a dialog box on the desktop (e.g. Java auto updater needs permission) then I am subsequently unable to return to Fallout 3. Sometimes the desktop is shown (at wrong resolution) but clicking the Fallout icon on the taskbar just displays a wide but minimum height empty window (just the usual window decorations). Sometimes I can just see the dialog box but have no mouse cursor. Usually I can use task manager to kill Fallout 3.

The OS is Vista 32-bit. The desktop screen resolution is 1680x1050 but the game runs at 1280x800 for performance reasons.

I've had similar problems with other full-screen games.

Is there any way to prevent this problem or to recover from it so that I can resume the game?

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I normally play in full-screen Window mode to avoid situations like this. –  Ramhound Jul 31 '12 at 18:29
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I would us alt+tab to cycle back to the game then if it still looks goofy alt enter to switch between window mode and full screen –  Phillip R. Jul 31 '12 at 18:47

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I have the same problem with Skyrim (can't switch to it using Taskbar), but using WIN + TAB or ALT + TAB to switch back to it works.

It just takes 10-20 seconds until the screen appears again.

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This could be a long shot but can you try setting your desktop resolution to 1280x800 prior to launching Fallout 3 and see if that enables you to switch in and out of it?

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