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The game cannot start (error message at startup)
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Game cannot start (error message at startup)

Everytime I start the game, it displays an error message:

"the procedure entry point CreateFX could not be located in the dynamic link library arma 3.exe"

Launching through steam, launching the .exe alone, or from the launcher, does the same thing. Trying the development build also produces the same results.

googling the error didn't help me

Things I tried:
-reinstalling the game
-verifying the cache
-reinstalling directx11(dxsetup from the arma 3 folder itself, and from MS website)
-all the redistributables from the arma 3 folder are already installed as well
-compatibility modes and run as admin
-nobenchmark and a bunch of launch commands(and launcher settings)
-deleting arma 3.exe and redownloading it on steam
-deleting whole arma 3 and redownloading everything
-updating windows
-repair installing windows
-using sfc scannow
-putting arma on another hdd
-updating video drivers
-reinstall video drivers

It was working like 6 months ago, when I tried playing it again recently(I didn't play for a long time) this is the problem, and it's the only game that's been doing this, and I have lots of games... I've been trying to fix it for weeks now. {F25003} {F25004}


Legacy ID
Error Message
Steps To Reproduce

All attempts to run Arma 3

Additional Information

Hardware specs:
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K @ 4.5 GHz (Overclocked), same results when not OC'ed
RAM: 2 x G.Skill Sniper 4 GB DDR3-1600 (Dual Channel)
GPU: AMD Sapphire HD 7870 GHz Edition OC 2GB GDDR5

OS: 64-bit Windows 8.1 latest version

Arma 3 bought on Steam, no mods installed

Event Timeline

lyndonguitar edited Additional Information. (Show Details)
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lyndonguitar set Reproducibility to Always.
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lyndonguitar set Legacy ID to 455699371.May 7 2016, 7:38 PM
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Still can't fix it, please help

i still can't play the game

Hi, pls try running the game with '-nosound' command line parameter. Also, try searching the windows directory for 'xapo*' and post the results here, you should probably see something like:


Hello, I've included a screenshot of what came up on my 'xapo*' search, and it included mostly the files you've mentioned. both set of files appear in both the system32 and the sysWOW64 folders

I tried running with the -nosound parameter and it still displays the same error message.

Thanks for the reply!

weird, after last nights windows update(or maybe arma's update, I don't notice updates on steam that much) it now displays a crash error

Problem signature:

Problem Event Name:	APPCRASH
Application Name:	arma3.exe
Application Version:
Application Timestamp:	543e7ada
Fault Module Name:	eamapps\common\Arma 3\arma3.exe!CreateFX
Fault Module Version:	6.3.9600.17278
Fault Module Timestamp:	53eeb4a3
Exception Code:	c0000139
Exception Offset:	00098f05
OS Version:	6.3.9600.
Locale ID:	1033
Additional Information 1:	1abe
Additional Information 2:	1abee00edb3fc1158f9ad6f44f0f6be8
Additional Information 3:	1abe
Additional Information 4:	1abee00edb3fc1158f9ad6f44f0f6be8

after another 2 months, I still can't play the game

Still can't after three more months :(