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Old August 25, 2010, 03:57 PM
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Ok, my friend just did a format of his machine, no change in hardware, xp reinstalled. Everything should have been the same, just fresher. Before the format Borderlands had no trouble running on his machine, but now when ever he goes to try to launch it he gets error 51. We cant even find out what this error means apart from the fact that it seems to be more of a steam error (game was purchased through steam).

He has no antivirus, and he has looked at every single driver we could think of, uninstalled steam (something happened and that broke but should be fixed now I think) and we are at a loss. Anyone have experience with this area 51 of codes? We would like to get this fixed pretty quickly
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Old August 25, 2010, 03:58 PM
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Ok, my friend just did a format of his machine, no change in hardware, xp reinstalled. Everything should have been the same, just fresher. Before the format Borderlands had no trouble running on his machine, but now when ever he goes to try to launch it he gets error 51. We cant even find out what this error means apart from the fact that it seems to be more of a steam error (game was purchased through steam).

He has no antivirus, and he has looked at every single driver we could think of, uninstalled steam (something happened and that broke but should be fixed now I think) and we are at a loss. Anyone have experience with this area 51 of codes? We would like to get this fixed pretty quickly
Steam Error?

Can we see a screeny of it?
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Old August 25, 2010, 04:01 PM
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Have you checked the integrity of the files manually? Follow instructions here: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...2037-QEUH-3335
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next time I talk to him I'll get a screenshot, havent actually seen the error myself.
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Old August 25, 2010, 04:29 PM
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Have you checked the integrity of the files manually? Follow instructions here: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...2037-QEUH-3335
he has tried that, several times apparently, this has been going on for a while now

ok, screenshots is not necessary, it is literally just a steam box that says failed to start, error 51. thats it.
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Old August 25, 2010, 04:33 PM
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Couple of suggestions in this thread: Error code 51, Huh? - Steam Users' Forums

The one that jumps out to me is to Steam back-up the files, delete local content, and restore from back-up. Also, make sure your friend has current GPU drivers installed.
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done and done already I am afraid, to no success
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OK, maybe you should tell us what else you have already tried? :)

Have you deleted local content and re-downloaded it?
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Old August 25, 2010, 04:51 PM
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yes, he has, twice.

its probably simpler just to list what he hasn't done yet, hes tried a lot.
checked cache both times
all drivers up to date
tried rollback on gpu
antivirus and firewall both off
run by admin acount
deleted registry.blog
thats the just of it I think, there may have been more
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Old August 25, 2010, 06:18 PM
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try to uninstall and then manually delete the entire steam folder. Restart steam from a fresh EXE install, and go from there?
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