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A computer is a machine that manipulates data according to a set of instructions.


Both desktops and networks exist throughout the series, working in conjunction with video screens, commonly referred to as terminals and terminal commands.[1] Computers were utilized as early as the 1960s, and remnants of them, working or for parts, are commonly found after the war.[2][3][4] In addition, radios could interface with some machines, so long as they did not use high-frequency bands utilized only by robots.[5]

Some computers are advanced and mainframe computers and networks were utilized both before and after the war. For example, the Vault City central computer is capable of communication with voice commands and can reformat/update Pip-Boys via a slot designed for them. It also has the ability to produce cartoon animations with sound for its various computation events.[6] Touchscreens were also utilized as a part of a computer's interface.[7]








  1. The Courier: "You appear to be a computer, not a man."
    Robert House: "Don't let the video screens and computer terminals fool you. I'm flesh and blood, not silicon."
    (Robert House's dialogue)
  2. Cabot House terminal entries; terminal, 02/10/1968
  3. Cabot House terminal entries; terminal, 02/12/1968
  4. Vault 15 computer parts
  5. ROBCTRL.MSG: "{195}{}{This computer is not compatible with your radio. It uses a special high-frequency band for robotic use only.}"
  6. Vault City central computer's Vault City central computer information file
  7. Shi Emperor description: "{102}{}{You see a computer with a built-in touch screen for its interface. Engraved on the side is "Emperor v8.8 Computer Terminal".}"
  8. Megaton terminal entries; Moira's terminal
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Lone Wanderer: "All of the robots are run off of a V-31 Mainframe?"
    Stiggs: "Huh. It's nice to finally meet someone who knows what the heck I'm talking about. It's actually a modified version of the V-29, but response/recall protocol is improved and the data transfer is much more secure. If you got into the mainframe, you could control all of the robots in the facility!"
    (Stiggs' dialogue)
  11. Central computer: "{140}{}{Thank you for accessing EnclaveNet. Logging off... }"
  12. Hidden Valley bunker terminal entries
  13. Vault 22 terminal entries
  14. Crimson Caravan Company terminal entries
  15. Abandoned Brotherhood of Steel bunker terminal entries
  16. Sierra Madre Casino terminal entries
  17. Sierra Madre vault terminal entries
  18. Villa police station terminal entries
  19. Villa clinic terminal entries
  20. Zion General Store terminal entries
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 X-8 research center terminal entries
  22. Forbidden Zone dome terminal entries
  23. Wilson Atomatoys corporate HQ terminal entries
  24. Suffolk County Charter School terminal entries
  25. Nahant Sherrif's Department terminal entries
  26. Underworld terminal entries; Azrukhal's terminal
  27. The Vessel terminal entries; missile status terminal
  28. 28.0 28.1 Camp Golf terminal entries
  29. Spotlight override program
  30. Game designer brain: "I told them, "We have to optimize the graphics for Pip98"."
    (Game designer brain's dialogue)
  31. Spotlight override program
  32. Vault 106 terminal entries