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[Sam And Max] Steam versions of game won't start (S1 and S2)

posted by tg|pokerface on - last edited - Viewed by 1.6K users
I've had the Sam and Max games in my Steam library for quite some time now (since May 2011, says my Steam history), and the games had been working fine for some time. I've recently (as in, past two weeks) attempted to return to them to play them with my daughter, and they simply won't start at all.

The screen flashes, and Steam will say the last played date is today, but then, nothing. Some of the season 1 will be so kinds as to give me a "SamAndMax[number].exe has stopped working" dialog, but that's about it.

I just tried to launch 302 (picked at random) as I haven't played any from Season 3. Steam told me the game had to switch to the new format, did so, and then DirectX was 'installed' for a period that seemed too long. In the end though, it launched fine.

I uninstalled 202 (not random, it's where I want to pick up; I've played through 201 on the PC). Launching it will make my screen go black for a second, then we're back to the desktop with a hard crash.

I've set compatibility mode to a couple of different levels (XP and 98) as well as tried to set the exe to run as an administrator: no dice.

If anyone has tips/tricks/workarounds/solutions, I would be quite grateful.
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    MattP Telltale Staff
    If you recently started Steam and encountered the message that your game files 'would be converted into a more efficient format', then you will need to reinstall Steam, then reinstall these episodes and try again.
  • MattP;707685 said:
    If you recently started Steam and encountered the message that your game files 'would be converted into a more efficient format', then you will need to reinstall Steam, then reinstall these episodes and try again.
    Is the non-reinstall reinstall sufficient? (IE, delete everything except steam.exe and the steamapps folder) I have 200+ games installed -- 16 are these! -- and would like very much to not have them all think "where did Steam go?"
  • Do you have more than one display connected to your computer? If yes, temporarily disable all but one of them and set the game to windowed mode (http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?p=14462886#post14462886).
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