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FM 2011 - Steam - Windows 7 - Doesn't load (fixed)

Postby Azzy on Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:53 pm

Hello all,

**I am posting this here for maximum effect**
I have a post on the steam forums but appreciate not everyone will read there, I have tried some suggestions in the below link.
http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/s ... ?t=1601919

I bought Football Manager 2011 on Steam the other day for PC. I downloaded it fine and then went to load it, it starts as you would expect, "preparing to launch Football Manager 2011" then my friends status changes to green as if I started playing a game, and then it goes back to blue and nothing happens. My other steam games work fine, CSS, TF2, BFBC2 and even my old Football Manager 2010.

I have:
Desktop PC
Windows 7 64bit Operating System,
6GB RAM
Plenty free hard disk space
Radeon HD4890 latest drivers
3GHz i7 CPU
1680 x 1050 resolution

I have tried deleting clientregistry.blob as I know this cures a lot of issues with Counterstrike Source, that didn't make a difference.
Tried playing it straight away and it didn't load.
I downloaded the update through steam and manually both result in the game not loading.
I have tried verifying the game files twice over after restarting the game and again the game doesn't load.
I have tried disabling my anti virus and firewall completely and again the game doesn't load.
I have tried running Football Manager 2011 as administrator and that doesn't make any difference.
I have downloaded the latest Direct X updates and again the game doesn't load.
Un-installed and installed .NET 4 which made no difference.
I removed FM2010 in case it was conflicting and reinstalled 2011 but that didn't do anything.
I have tried deleting the cache and settings folder for FM, again no joy.

I tried googling the issue, searching steam forums and FM forums but due to people using different wording or not having this issue, I am struggling to find any information on how to fix this, and I am kind of at wits end.
Any ideas would be great, I am close to the stage of giving up and asking Steam for a refund.

Thanks

Phil
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Re: FM 2011 - Steam - Windows 7 - Doesn't load

Postby Slippery Lizard on Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:47 pm

Did you try the demo?
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Re: FM 2011 - Steam - Windows 7 - Doesn't load

Postby Flare on Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:24 am

Try disabling the overlay in Steam for the friends list before launching the game to see if thats not the culprit.
Its an option in Steam settings under the friends tab I believe.
Sometimes keeping an eye on your stats is not a good thing :P

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Re: FM 2011 - Steam - Windows 7 - Doesn't load

Postby Azzy on Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:32 pm

I fixed it last night at 2am not thanks to steam/valve :/

I went back to basics and removed gfx drivers and installed old ones, was going to increment, but i got an error message, "failed to set up graphics system" When I googled it, for FM 09 and FM 10 people downloaded earlier version of DX SDK, I downloaded the latest one "DXSDK (June10)" and it works fine, installed latest gfx drivers and it works as well :)

Steam took 3 days to get back to me to try a standard option that I had already tried and also said go speak to Sega, I replied with a sarcy comment stating that is there anything they recomend trying as I am not hopful of the outcome and you have my money, they asked me to send them an msinfo32 report. But solved it with the paragraph above.

Well better late than never of being able to play the game :)
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Re: FM 2011 - Steam - Windows 7 - Doesn't load (fixed)

Postby Joss on Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:28 pm

Have fun :)


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