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TF2 Launch Error: "Setup file 'gameinfo.txt'
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#1
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Everytime I launch TF2, I get the following message: Setup file 'gameinfo.txt' doesn't exist in subdirectory 'hl2'. Check your -game parameter or VCONFIG setting.
Things I've tried
-Fresh reinstall (twice)
-Fresh OS reinstall
-Update drivers etc.
-Find 'gameinfo.txt' in my tf folder, delete it, verify game cache, and launch again
-verify game cache
-restart PC
-wait for a while
-run as admin
Help would be appreciated!

Everytime I launch TF2, I get the following message: Setup file 'gameinfo.txt' doesn't exist in subdirectory 'hl2'. Check your -game parameter or VCONFIG setting.
Things I've tried
-Fresh reinstall (twice)
-Fresh OS reinstall
-Update drivers etc.
-Find 'gameinfo.txt' in my tf folder, delete it, verify game cache, and launch again
-verify game cache
-restart PC
-wait for a while
-run as admin
Help would be appreciated!
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#2
5 Frags +

Have you tried replacing the gameinfo.txt with a new one? Here's a link. Just place that in your tf folder and see if it works.

Have you tried replacing the gameinfo.txt with a new one? [url=https://www.dropbox.com/s/heyy925duvgapql/gameinfo.txt?dl=0]Here's a link[/url]. Just place that in your tf folder and see if it works.
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#3
1 Frags +

I've had this issue a few times in the last couple days. It was being caused by a bad desktop shortcut for tf2. Not sure if that's the issue here. I fixed it by creating a new shortcut for tf2.

I've had this issue a few times in the last couple days. It was being caused by a bad desktop shortcut for tf2. Not sure if that's the issue here. I fixed it by creating a new shortcut for tf2.
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#4
2 Frags +

Just tried it, no dice, thanks though

CarnHave you tried replacing the gameinfo.txt with a new one? Here's a link. Just place that in your tf folder and see if it works.
Just tried it, no dice, thanks though
[quote=Carn]Have you tried replacing the gameinfo.txt with a new one? [url=https://www.dropbox.com/s/heyy925duvgapql/gameinfo.txt?dl=0]Here's a link[/url]. Just place that in your tf folder and see if it works.[/quote]
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#5
1 Frags +

check the file itself? I remember a while back i had a fucky problem with it and for some reason the gameinfo was completely wrong, it was pointing the filesystem to some appid that wasn't 440 (tf2's). You can probably use the one you dl'd to crosscheck.

check the file itself? I remember a while back i had a fucky problem with it and for some reason the gameinfo was completely wrong, it was pointing the filesystem to some appid that wasn't 440 (tf2's). You can probably use the one you dl'd to crosscheck.
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#6
2 Frags +

Crosschecked and looked it over. Issue still persists. Appreciate the help though

BuildBruhcheck the file itself? I remember a while back i had a fucky problem with it and for some reason the gameinfo was completely wrong, it was pointing the filesystem to some appid that wasn't 440 (tf2's). You can probably use the one you dl'd to crosscheck.
Crosschecked and looked it over. Issue still persists. Appreciate the help though
[quote=BuildBruh]check the file itself? I remember a while back i had a fucky problem with it and for some reason the gameinfo was completely wrong, it was pointing the filesystem to some appid that wasn't 440 (tf2's). You can probably use the one you dl'd to crosscheck.[/quote]
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#7
2 Frags +

Did you ever find a solution?
I have replaced the gameinfo.txt from here, verified it at least it has 440 in the right place
I also replaced my desktop icon from within steam.
Any help please

Did you ever find a solution?
I have replaced the gameinfo.txt from here, verified it at least it has 440 in the right place
I also replaced my desktop icon from within steam.
Any help please
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#8
2 Frags +

I have the same problem. Please help :(

I have the same problem. Please help :(
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#9
1 Frags +

I have something similar to this. when i launch it through steam, it crashes on the startup loading screen. If i try to launch it through the tf2 folder, the error message opens. Send Help.

I have something similar to this. when i launch it through steam, it crashes on the startup loading screen. If i try to launch it through the tf2 folder, the error message opens. Send Help.
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#10
8 Frags +

sorry for necroing

i've been battling this for the past week, nothing worked, did everything b0wl did, added him to see if he fixed it and said he just got a new pc

i got a match tomorrow and i can't play anywhere else, please help

this is the error i get when i launch it normally

https://i.imgur.com/Jhr5ezO.png

this is the error i get when i launch it through hl2.exe (as administrator awell)

https://i.imgur.com/HGvUw63.png

edit
fixed it, thanks wiethoofd and prsn for helping out!

sorry for necroing

i've been battling this for the past week, nothing worked, did everything b0wl did, added him to see if he fixed it and said he just got a new pc

i got a match tomorrow and i can't play anywhere else, please help

this is the error i get when i launch it normally
[img]https://i.imgur.com/Jhr5ezO.png[/img]

this is the error i get when i launch it through hl2.exe (as administrator awell)
[img]https://i.imgur.com/HGvUw63.png[/img]


edit
fixed it, thanks wiethoofd and prsn for helping out!
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#11
2 Frags +

So, does anyone know an actual solution for this? Checking the app id (which is 440) and replacing gameinfo.txt didn't work.

So, does anyone know an actual solution for this? Checking the app id (which is 440) and replacing gameinfo.txt didn't work.
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#12
3 Frags +
JackyLegssorry for necroing

i've been battling this for the past week, nothing worked, did everything b0wl did, added him to see if he fixed it and said he just got a new pc

i got a match tomorrow and i can't play anywhere else, please help

this is the error i get when i launch it normally
https://i.imgur.com/Jhr5ezO.png

this is the error i get when i launch it through hl2.exe (as administrator awell)
https://i.imgur.com/HGvUw63.png

edit
fixed it, thanks wiethoofd and prsn for helping out!

how did you fix it? i'm literally trying anything but still no results.
Thank you

[quote=JackyLegs]sorry for necroing

i've been battling this for the past week, nothing worked, did everything b0wl did, added him to see if he fixed it and said he just got a new pc

i got a match tomorrow and i can't play anywhere else, please help

this is the error i get when i launch it normally
[img]https://i.imgur.com/Jhr5ezO.png[/img]

this is the error i get when i launch it through hl2.exe (as administrator awell)
[img]https://i.imgur.com/HGvUw63.png[/img]


edit
fixed it, thanks wiethoofd and prsn for helping out![/quote]

how did you fix it? i'm literally trying anything but still no results.
Thank you
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#13
3 Frags +

I've tried a couple of methods with wiethoofd and prsn which fixed it temporarily, I've taken all my launch options out and put -autoconfig in my launch options after restarting my pc, after a few tries it worked (try launching as administrator if it doesn't work).

after a while it happened again, eventually, my pc died, my motherboard and graphics card were toast, had to replace them, after that it never happened again.

I've tried a couple of methods with wiethoofd and prsn which fixed it temporarily, I've taken all my launch options out and put -autoconfig in my launch options after restarting my pc, after a few tries it worked (try launching as administrator if it doesn't work).

after a while it happened again, eventually, my pc died, my motherboard and graphics card were toast, had to replace them, after that it never happened again.
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#14
-7 Frags +

try puting the gameinfo.txt into the team fortress 2 folder then put in into the hl2 folder and run it???

try puting the gameinfo.txt into the team fortress 2 folder then put in into the hl2 folder and run it???
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