Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines

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LadySaiph May 7, 2016 @ 6:17pm
Failed to Load Launcher DLL: The Specified Module Could Not Be Found
I have been trying to get this working from the 9.5 unofficial patch and I'm having no luck.

I've uninstalled the game itself from Steam, and I've uninstalled and reinstalled the patch also.

I also found somewhere that claimed that if you place the bin contents in the patch folder, that would help, but it did nothing for me.

Seriously, any help would be appreciated, I would really like to play this game, I've heard such good things about it.

Thank you so much!
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-3xA'Lu©κy May 8, 2016 @ 12:53am 
Sorry you're having trouble with the game. The bin trick can be helpful (I'm guessing you got it from the Steam guide "Fixing V:TM-B") but it's worth noting, as that guide points out, that it needs to be placed in several places and not just one. I'll paste all the solutions that should help, including the one you've already heard of:

• make sure the game is using your dedicated graphics card (Nvidia/AMD). A lot of laptops don’t have one and if your PC happens to have an integrated/Intel card, you’ll need to use a program called “3D-Analyze” instead (http://www.3dfxzone.it/dir/tools/3d_analyze/download/ - click on “3D-Analyze 2.36” ). I personally haven’t used it myself, but a tutorial is available via. this link: http://www.3dfxzone.it/dir/articles/3d_analyze_user_guide/
• simply copy the contents of the “Bin” subfolder (found in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines\) , and paste it into the game’s main folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines\), your “Vampire” subfolder (found in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines\) AND, if applicable, the “Unofficial Patch” subfolder (found in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines\).
•Adjust the game's launch options by doing the following:
- right-click on “Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines” in your Steam library
- select Properties
- on the General tab, click "SET LAUNCH OPTIONS..."
- type in (with no space beforehand):-window
- IF you've got the Unofficial Patch installed, type this instead:-game Unofficial_Patch -window
- then click "OK”
• go the “Bin” subfolder (found in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines\) and delete the “vampire_python21.dll” file. Then rename the “vampire_python21.dll.12” file to “vampire_python21.dll”.
LadySaiph May 15, 2016 @ 2:01pm 
Thank you so so so much! I did all that and it worked like a charm! I didn't have time to get to it until today but thank you!
-3xA'Lu©κy May 15, 2016 @ 3:39pm 
Originally posted by LadySaiph:
Thank you so so so much! I did all that and it worked like a charm! I didn't have time to get to it until today but thank you!

I'm happy to have helped. Enjoy the game!
duchU May 16, 2016 @ 8:14am 
Originally posted by -3xA'Lu©κy:
Originally posted by LadySaiph:
Thank you so so so much! I did all that and it worked like a charm! I didn't have time to get to it until today but thank you!

I'm happy to have helped. Enjoy the game!

Does she need 3rd and 4th step? I mean are those separate solutions?
Cos maybe she doesn't need to play windowed mode if 1st/2nd steps are enough.

If those are separate solutions then she may want to try:

undo 3rd -> "-game Unofficial_Patch -fullscreen" to try if fullscreen mode works

undo 4th -> redownload 'vampire_python21.dll', copy it to all required folders and see it the game works

BTW: You may want to do these steps too if you have not done it already:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/2600/discussions/0/357286119108717993/
Last edited by duchU; May 16, 2016 @ 8:19am
-3xA'Lu©κy May 16, 2016 @ 7:47pm 
Originally posted by duchU:
Originally posted by -3xA'Lu©κy:

I'm happy to have helped. Enjoy the game!

Does she need 3rd and 4th step? I mean are those separate solutions?
Cos maybe she doesn't need to play windowed mode if 1st/2nd steps are enough.

If those are separate solutions then she may want to try:

undo 3rd -> "-game Unofficial_Patch -fullscreen" to try if fullscreen mode works

undo 4th -> redownload 'vampire_python21.dll', copy it to all required folders and see it the game works

BTW: You may want to do these steps too if you have not done it already:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/2600/discussions/0/357286119108717993/

I just want to take the time to thank you for your help on several hubs and forums (I see you post great stuff from time to time).

As for what you've asked: they are separate solutions, yes. They come from the "Fixing V-TM:B" Steam guide that I've been a contributor of for some time now ( http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=113161476 ) and I've tried compiling almost all the solutions to every possible issue I can think of for this title (most of which are found in the "Other Issues part 1" and "Other Issues part 2" section of this guide.

The first 3 dot points actually relate to the following issue "My game crashes on launch and/or I receive an error message:" and the 4th one relates to this issue "I still get a “the binkw32.dll file is incorrectly installed in the windows or windows system directory.VCR ERROR unable to load engine.dll” error after launching the game:". The 4th one is what usually fixes it but I thought it couldn't harm to try the first 3 as they fix general launch crashes.

I'm not sure what you mean by replacing the 3rd and the 4th with what you've wrote (explain like I'm a dummy please haha). The fullscreen trick solution you suggested may be helpful but I haven't seen anyone recommend it personally nor do I know if it works.

The additional steps you listed are helpful but have more to do with sweetfx and a boost to the graphics + audio. The 3rd thing you listed (sound patch) is helpful and found in the "Other Issues part 2" section of that Steam guide I linked above. It helps people with echo-y/low quality sound in the game and I actually noticed the solution on PCGamingWiki.
duchU May 17, 2016 @ 2:30am 
I just meant that if those are separate solutions then she should try them one by one and not all at once. You don't want to play the game in windowed mode until you really have to. You would rather want to:

1. Check if solution 1 helps. If not -> go 2.
2. Check if solution 2 helps. If not -> go 3.
3. Check if solution 4 helps. If not -> go 4.
4. Check if windowed mode helps (as the last solution).

So if 1 or/and 2 fix the problem then you want to play the game in fullscreen. And if you launch the game with "-game Unofficial_Patch -window" then the game switches itself to windowed mode and if you want to go back to full screen you need launch it with "-game Unofficial_Patch -fullscreen" cos removing "-window" from "-game Unofficial_Patch -window" won't switch it back to fullscreen.

Same with vampire_python21.dll - if 1 or/and 2 fix the problem then you rather want to use default (newest) version of vampire_python21.dll.

And thx 4 your kind words :P
-3xA'Lu©κy May 17, 2016 @ 2:48pm 
Originally posted by duchU:
I just meant that if those are separate solutions then she should try them one by one and not all at once. You don't want to play the game in windowed mode until you really have to. You would rather want to:

1. Check if solution 1 helps. If not -> go 2.
2. Check if solution 2 helps. If not -> go 3.
3. Check if solution 4 helps. If not -> go 4.
4. Check if windowed mode helps (as the last solution).

So if 1 or/and 2 fix the problem then you want to play the game in fullscreen. And if you launch the game with "-game Unofficial_Patch -window" then the game switches itself to windowed mode and if you want to go back to full screen you need launch it with "-game Unofficial_Patch -fullscreen" cos removing "-window" from "-game Unofficial_Patch -window" won't switch it back to fullscreen.

Same with vampire_python21.dll - if 1 or/and 2 fix the problem then you rather want to use default (newest) version of vampire_python21.dll.

And thx 4 your kind words :P

I see your point now, thanks.

I'll try to fix this up by today.
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