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I guess these will be awesome recordings, can't wait RG (xbox) 17:22, 26 July 2009 (UTC)

I have the feeling theres gonna be some 100 of these recordings, or that you're gonna be the recorder. Otherwise, a wasted achievement spot.--Master of cheeZ 17:42, 26 July 2009 (UTC)

Will these be kind of like finding steel ingots? I hated searching FOREVER for the last 3.GodPlageon 07:45, 27 July 2009 (UTC)

I hope the guy isn't dead, so you can find out who he is and where he's from -- Dr. John Eliquoinois 00:26, 3 August 2009 (UTC)


There are at least 25 of these, found one with #25 on it.

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13:54, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

Recording 12 Crash Edit

Anyone else crash when they try to access Recording 12? Also, the achievement doesn't trigger for me.

Yes, the game (1.7, PC) crashes for me too when I try to access this recording.
Yep, crashes here, too. PC, 1.7, no mods.
Same deal (1.7, PC, no mods). Tried reloading numerous times, no dice.
Same here, no mods, goty 1.7, Win7 Pro 64bit with HWThread ini fix, i5 3570k, GTX660, using 360 controller, loaded older saves, same issue, 100% of the time 14.200.250.14 04:52, January 3, 2014 (UTC)

Already tried to restart the game? I have often problems with crashed or frozen games but its not really a problem to restart it. --Odypus 09:12, November 30, 2009 (UTC)

Just FYI this is still an issue with a fully patched un-modded game. I notice nobody else has posted their sound card or what codecs they have installed. I have a Creative SB X-Fi. I've disabled all the "problem" codecs identified by other users. What I notice is that even in the GECK, the 7th (last) audio file associated with this log will not play, but all others will. However, if I extract that OGG file from the BSA it plays just fine on my PC. I've confirmed this is definitely the problem (at least in my case) by creating a patch which eliminates this last piece of dialogue. Sure enough, the crash no longer occurs (though you lose the last line of the recording). I know this isn't a fix but at least it identifies where the problem lies and maybe someone with more knowledge than myself can come up with a solution now. - DeJuanNOnley (talk) 13:02, March 25, 2015 (UTC)
I hate to pat myself on the back, but I fixed it! All the dozens of posts on the Internet regarding this bug and some bored guy with nothing better to do fixed it. I may upload my self-made patch to the Nexus, but here's how you can do it yourself. 1) Extract "sound\voice\zeta.esm\dlc05npcuniquesally\dlc05gener_dlc05captivehol_0000a981_7.ogg" from "Zeta - Main.bsa". 2) Open the file in some audio editor (I used Audacity from SourceForge, but others will probably work as well). 3) Export/save the audio as a new OGG file. 4) Copy/move this new file to "[Fallout 3 Dir]\Data\sound\voice\zeta.esm\dlc05npcuniquesally\dlc05gener_dlc05captivehol_0000a981_7.ogg". Problem solved. No more crashes! The OGG file apparently has some screwed up metadata or something. Re-encoding the file fixes the problem. Some people don't encounter this bug most likely because whatever codecs they have installed are able to ignore the issue just as WMP can. In any case, following these simple steps fixes this bug 100% as far as I can tell. - DeJuanNOnley (talk) 14:00, March 25, 2015 (UTC)

Sort Order Edit

Can we get these sorted by area rather than number? SpellChecker 21:17, 7 August 2009 (UTC)

Three captive recordings. Edit

There are three in the lab right after you get out of your holding cell. There are three control panels on the wall and activating them will give you the first three in the game.

Why thank you for repeating yourself and giving us these lovely red links. Nitty 15:50, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

Fixed. The Second Wolf Brother. 15:52, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

Three more are in the complete opposite direction.

I'd suggest you add the locations to the article, it's what it's there for ;) There are 25 in total. -- Porter21 (talk) 15:53, 3 August 2009 (UTC)


Okay. Go forward out of your cell. Either turn left or right. Go all the way left until you can't. There are two on the wall in front of you. the third is on the center of the doorway when you turn around. If you go right out of your cell and go tho the lab, turn right. On the wall will be another one. Turn left when you walk in and there will be two more. Specific enough for you?


It seems that you find most of them next to or near the captives themselves.,


I can't find #19, does anyone know?--Fallout3Expert 00:21, 4 August 2009 (UTC)

Yeah I'm missing that one too. The description in the list doesn't help at all. Where is "Waste Disposal"? Haven't seen that anywhere?
I definitely cannot find this one, I thought by the description it meant the place where you and the Cowboy make your stand, but I am searching and can't find anything there. What the HECK is the Waste Disposal area? --Scottendo
Ok, got it. It's in an area called Maintenance Level. It's accessible from the core but ONLY before the spacewalk. That would make this the only missable one.
Yeah, I just found it. Jesus, I have to find ALL OF THEM OVER AGAIN. This sucks. --Scottendo

Wouldn't it be easier to list the the recordings in the order they appear?--GoldGhost 00:29, 4 August 2009 (UTC)

You can change the order if you like, however please do not change the numbers. The numbers correspond to the ingame names. -- Porter21 (talk) 00:32, 4 August 2009 (UTC)
You could also add another column for the order in which they're found. Then people can sort it by whatever they like. -- Porter21 (talk) 00:53, 4 August 2009 (UTC)

One of them,(can't remember which) is just silence with an alien talking towards the end, I'm wondering if the aliens took a person who was deaf/dumb, and trying to question them.98.236.103.190 00:51, 4 August 2009 (UTC)


Found it. Its a teleporter near one of the sets of two doors in the core.

# 17 no audio Edit

Alright, so I find log number 17, the one with the "launch codes" but the human voice has got no audio! is this a problem restricted to me, or does everyone else have it as well?

Nope, it's happening to me too, I can see what he's saying on the subtitles and the aliens chattering in the background, but I cant hear the prisoner talking WouldYouKindly 03:49, 4 August 2009 (UTC)

I thought the guy was mute. I blame Porter for all these glitches, he asked which ones would be included in the final product. Nitty 03:51, 4 August 2009 (UTC)

Same problem here. Can hear the alien talking, and the subtitles display fine for the person, but there's no audio for the human voice. Which is annoying, because most of these have been pretty interesting, and the text of this one makes it sound like it would be no exception. That said... seeing that several of us do have an issue with the voice being missing, is there anyone who is not having this problem? Dan Dark 04:34, 8 August 2009 (UTC)

#17 Theories Edit

Could this mean the aliens started the great war? --71.206.228.221 04:10, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

The aliens have mined control they evilly started the great war--5:33pm 04:44, 5 August 2009 (UTC)


Although it is not known who launched the first nukes, China or the United States of America, I believe that the creators of Fallout 3 are possibly saying that it was a greater force, such as aliens, that could of started the Great War. At one point in the DLC, someone mentions clones of people are being made. My theory is that the Aliens got the launch codes, made a clone of whoever had access to the launch controls, and used the clone to start the nuclear war as some kind of grand experiment.

It is clear that the aliens have been watching the earth for thousands of year, as seen by the Japaneses Samurai, Cowboy Paulson, and the man in Audio recording #1. This shows that the aliens may not only watching, but meddling in the course of human history. At the end, of the DLC, the other alien ship, wants to destroy the planet, meaning, that the experiment was long over due, and it was time to end the experiment and by experiment I mean the planet earth and human existence as a whole. -- Morio-kun 07:25, 7 August 2009 (UTC)

The haven't necessarily been watching for thousands of years. To have the samurai and cowboy, they could have been around as few as 400 years (the mid-to-late 1800s), and that's still assuming they maintained a constant presence. They might just drop by every once in a while to do their thing. -- Anon 07:38, 7 August 2009 (UTC)

We know they've been watching for ~600 years, as there's a captive recording from 1697. A different anon, 19:22, 22 August 2009 (UTC)
Well, let's go over the facts:
  1. The aliens try to get at the codes but do not succeed in the recording.
  2. We don't know which time period the captive is from. His listing of defenses does not include any Power Armor units or "armored infantry" as it's called in military troop type terms, which would be in favor of him being from an earlier time period.
  3. Since two of the devs stated they're fans of conspiracy theories, they probably intended to cause exactly this speculation. Doesn't mean it's true though.
-- Porter21 (talk) 07:57, 7 August 2009 (UTC)
Has anyone here read the book series "Area 51" By Robert Doherty. The Alien observation and manipulation of humanity and the creation of covert cult action upon the worship of the Aliens plays a prime role in the book series. Although this is a staple science fiction plot fulcrum since the 50's but if you have read "Area 51" and the sequels you might see where some of the plot ideas may run parallel.71.94.63.105 20:06, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

Even if the aliens have the codes of the US ICBMs, and commenced the launch, they would have access to only 38 of them. In addition, the aliens would require a Chinese version as well, to cause both sides to launch simultaniously. While it is not impossible for the aliens to already have a Chinese captive with knowledge of Chinese missile codes, that person was not found by the Lone Wanderer onboard Zeta. However, it might have taken only 38 missiles to prompt the Chinese (using satelites to detect the first of those 38 missiles) to launch their arsenal as a responce. In that case Richardson's claim that the "Reds" launched first might have been made out of unawareness that the first ICBMs were launched from US installations/mobile launchers, thus claiming that the US responded to a Chinese launch, or that he merely makes this claim to place the US out of blame towards the Chosen One while being very much aware that the first missiles launched were indeed US missiles, having the Pentagon at the advent of the Great War to think something like: "We dont know how it got started and who is responsible, those are still our missiles, we might as well finish the job. The Chinese will most definately retaliate, we might as well take as many of them with us". In the latter case, the Pentagon would have ordered the launch of the remaining ICBMs, since 38 against possible hundreds would leave the US beaten and broken, with China having the much greater chance of surviving, and claiming victory, something unheard of in the Pentagon. Just a theory. --Radnus 81.205.186.16 18:44, March 11, 2010 (UTC)

Recording 14 Edit

I'm not convinced that one of those is female. —Preceding comment was unsigned. Please sign your posts with ~~~~!

The speaker NPC is female and the alternating lines have the script note "male voice" which wouldn't make much sense if they're both male. -- Porter21 (talk) 04:13, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

Recording 2 Edit

ha this recording is joke that guy seems piss lol hey go back to uranus! i keep listening to this :P --Elvoblue

recording 20 Edit

i think this one is the best hope it was number 20 i listened to so that i dont give u a crappy one--Greeny1911 11:35, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

recording 7 Edit

does anybody know what hes saying?

Yes, check out his talk pageJetholt (Jetty) 20:42, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

Recording 23 Edit

This is a really creepy tape. I love it! Jetholt (Jetty) 19:24, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

I always wondered if the <mechanical sounds> meant the guy was in some kind of garbage crusher thing. If that's the case, then the aliens aren't very brutish when ridding of people, instead of just turning them into Abominations. Alien Hunter Guy Thing 11:44 PM, 10 August 2009 (PST)

Forever Hold your Peace Edit

What alien recordings do you have to get before you move on the quests. For example I know that recording number 19 has to be retrieved before the space wal or something. I am currently right before the spacewalk an di have one engineering core left to destroy which ones cant be retrieved after this.

you have to get all of the ones in the cryo labs before progressing to the cryo storage, otherwise you will miss two of them. other than that, i think thats all. 24.68.199.170 00:01, 27 August 2009 (UTC)

the room that has recording 4 Edit

upon entering the cryo lab, and going down the stairs, the storage room mentioned that has recording 4 is blocked by the blue force field thing. why is it blocked, and why doesn't the article mention it? i resorted to using tcl to no clip into the room to get the recording. --207.161.99.82 06:02, September 6, 2009 (UTC)

Theres a control pannel to the left of the area's entrance opposite what I assume is some sort of cooling pipe, it has blue gas spewing out of it whatever it is lol.

It's easily missed and should definitly be put in the article.--92.0.211.245 21:59, September 7, 2009 (UTC)


alright thanks :)--207.161.99.82 17:05, September 8, 2009 (UTC)

Recording 24 Edit

Best one ever --174.3.9.125 22:31, October 19, 2009 (UTC)

Recording Ten Edit

i think ten might be a reference to mars attacks where the reporter and her boyfriend have their heads on different things (ones on a chihuahua) but im not sure can anyone check?

Pre war/post war Edit

I THINK IT WOULD BE INTERESTING IF THERE WERE RECORDINGS FROM DIRECTLY BEFORE OR AFTER THE BOMBS HIT. ALSO IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO HAVE A GHOUL RECORDING, BUT OTHER THAN THAT I THINK THAt these HOLODISKS ARE THE MOST INTERESTING ONES IN MY PIP BOY. AND IT WOULD ALSO BE COOL TO HAVE A SUPER MUTANT, BROTHERHOOD, ENCLAVE OR EVEN AN OASIS RECORDING. OR A COMMONWEALTH RECORDING, BECAUSE I AM VERY FASCINATED BY THE IMMENSE TECHS AND SCIENCES OF THE COMMONWEALTH. HERES HOPING THAT IT BECOMES A LOCATION IN THE NEXT GAME. ANYWAY I LOVED ZETA, A NICE BREAK FROM THE WASTES.

You dont have to say it in all fucking caps...(lol)

sorry, I was on my iPod whilst playing fallout and it wouldn't cone off caps :)

The Hanger...? Edit

The Hanger has no recordings... I didn't find any and double checked on here and I don't see any listed.

So for anyone else looking, no there aren't any in the hanger.

lol thanks

Captive Recording 12 - Speaker Edit

I don't think the person speaking is Sally or her sister. When you first find Sally and ask her about her family, she indicates that both her parents died before or during the bomb drop in 2077, she and her sister were abducted some time after that. Since the child in the recording asks for "Mommy and Daddy" it can't be either of them since they both know their Mommy and Daddy are in Heaven now. It could be just some unnamed child or it could be Arthur Wallace mentioned by her mother Madeline (Of the Cincinnati Wallaces?) in Recording 4. He's the only child abductee we know of that has a mommy, a daddy and a sister.

... Or maybe I think about these things too much.

TandyBomb 16:42, August 8, 2010 (UTC) TandyBomb

Revise the order of the recordings? Edit

Yeah, I'm trying to get the acheivement right now, but for some reason, I got a completely different set of Recordings than the ones listed in the Holding Cells. Are they generated randomly or is there something wrong with my DLC? -Sentry Bot 04:14, August 26, 2010 (UTC)

Order in PipBoy Edit

So this is my first run through of this DLC. From what I understand in looking at this listing, it's not possible to get all of the recordings into your PipBoy in numerical order because some areas become inaccessible.

Is it possible to get the recordings in numerical or no?

--Invader Q 17:34, October 15, 2010 (UTC)


Only if u use the console to spawn them in order. 65.31.196.248 22:50, November 19, 2010 (UTC)

Tape 25 Edit

Tape 25 may also be referencing a Kurt Vonnegut book that I cannot remember the name of. The main character is, or believes he is, abducted by aliens and forced to live in a zoo like situation complete with his own personal woman and a very comfortable living.

Nuclear Launch Codes (aka: Num17) & Thoughts Edit

Here's a thought. During the Cold War era, there was a concept referring to MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction), that, in the event of either side launching missiles, the other side would, without question, retaliate in kind. Supposing that China had sufficient warning, or at least capabilities for some to survive/remotely launch missiles, or maintained an AI/computer system (which I'll whimsically call 'Skynet') to launch it in the event of either A: the failure of a human to input a code/toggle a switch/yada yada (a deadman switch), or B: detecting radiation above a preset level (called background radiation, Earth does have a background radiation which was raised, globally, just by all the nuclear testing and Hiroshima & Nagasaki), is it not possible that the US launched first unknowingly via the aliens, as per the hints in recording #17. We know

  1. Someone high-ranking within the DoD (Department of Defense) was captured, and they are aware of the launch codes & military strengths.
  2. That a US Senator (potentially someone required to countersign the order, required by launch procedures to prevent a single person from launching a nuclear bomb) was captured.
  3. An officer of the Enclave was captured (we do not know when he was captured, he was potentially captured shortly after the war and only recent, uhm, thawed). Ergo, he may also have knowledge or the like of nuclear weapons codes.
  4. The assistant CEO (Chief Executive Officer, head of the company) of Vault-Tec was captured. We know, that, to a fair extent, Vault-Tec had friends in high places, and could've potentially influenced a nuclear-bomb-related decision, after all, they did convince the USG (United States Government) to hand over hundreds, if not thousands of civilians for testing under the "Vault Program", and had members in the Enclave.

This leaves another potential option, that if the above is valid, that (potentially, but unlikely), the US nuked itself. Which is silly, but not impossible.

Thoughts?

13621 (talk) 14:56, December 15, 2012 (UTC)