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Steam_api.dll Error? - 4/1/2019 7:09:50 PM   


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I just installed the latest patch off the Matrix members site (v. (13 DEC 2018)) and when I try and run the game I now get the following error:

Opart 2.exe - system error
The program can't start because steam_api.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

Curious why I am getting a Steam error on a game that I didn't purchase through Steam, but I also do have Steam installed and verified it worked. Is their a suggested course of action beyond reinstall?

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RE: Steam_api.dll Error? - 4/1/2019 7:11:16 PM   


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OK disregard. I did search for steam on the forum and it didn't turn up anything useful. I just happened to glance further down and noticed the Steam thread. The search tool seems a bit dodgy...

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RE: Steam_api.dll Error? - 4/15/2019 3:16:03 AM   

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MB, I ran into the same error message.
What did you find as a solution?

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RE: Steam_api.dll Error? - 4/15/2019 3:26:32 AM   

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Hi Rob - maybe look at Post #2 here:

WARNING: There are several complaints that the file arrangements are screwed up, and I have now seen this myself so I suggest that maybe you don't do any downloading or updating of TOAW until you see that it is straightened out.

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RE: Steam_api.dll Error? - 4/15/2019 10:20:07 AM   


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The error message that is given by the game engine means that the steam_api.dll file is living in the wrong spot.
It's in "My Documents\My Games\TOAW IV and needs to be moved to the directory where the game engine lives:
c:/Program Files(x86)/Matrix/TOAW IV/


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RE: Steam_api.dll Error? - 4/16/2019 7:13:22 PM   


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It ended up being an uninstall and reinstall to version per the instructions at A bit aggravating as I had to reinstall a few mods, but otherwise straight forward and everything is now nominal.


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