Error: Steam or Football Manager is already running

How can I resolve the problem?

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  • Stam's avatar
    2103 Posts
    This error message indicates that Steam is not loading properly. The process is running in the background and is visible in Task Manager's Processes tab, but is not launching the user interface.

    Compatibility Mode


    Please ensure that Steam is not set to use Compatibility features:

    - Browse to your Steam installation (Usually C:\Program Files\Steam\)
    - Right click on Steam.exe, choose Properties.
    - Click on the Compatibility tab.
    - Uncheck any boxes that are checked, and click Apply.
    - Then, click the "Show settings for all users" button.
    - Again, make sure none of these boxes are checked, and click Ok.
    - Click Ok to close any open dialog boxes.


    Reinstall Steam


    If Compatibility features were not inabled, or if disabling them fails to resolve the issue, your Steam installation may be corrupted. Pease follow the instructions below to reinstall Steam files without affecting your installed games:

    - Exit Steam and go to the folder called C:\Program Files\Steam\ (this is the default location for a Steam installation - if you set a different installation directory, you will need to browse to it).

    - Delete all of the files in this folder except:
    The Steamapps folder and Steam.exe (If 'exe' is not visible, look for the black and white Steam icon)

    - Restart your computer.

    - Then, you will need to launch Steam.exe from within the Steam installation folder, and not from a pre-existing shortcut.


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  • Stam's avatar
    2103 Posts
    #35224 parmalatix : nothing :(

    Try terminating fm.exe (or steam.exe; whichever the issue relates with) from the task manager (Windows). To fire up the task manager, hit ctrl+alt+del and you'll find it. Then go to processes tab and select the appropriate process (fm or steam).
    Once the process is terminated, try running the game (or Steam) again.


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  • Group
    1 Posts
    I tried everything to resovle this issue on my PC, in the end I could only conclude that it was graphics related as the application is actually running, I just cannot see it.

    I checked for driver updates for my graphics card and it was already up to date so I rolled back to a previous version (in case a recent update had affected it) and i managed to get FM to work!

    So I would try updating your driver first, if that fails perform a roll back and try again.

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    This error occurs when I'm ingame actually. I've tried all that is mentioned above, but still can't seem to find an answer to the problem? Any new solutions to this?

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    2013-02-06 14:49#80145 vkval : This error occurs when I'm ingame actually. I've tried all that is mentioned above, but still can't seem to find an answer to the problem? Any new solutions to this?
    Make sure you have the latest DirectX patch installed and try to update your Steam


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    I have the same problem. Game worked well, then this error appeared. I uninstalled steam, the game, reinstaled graphics driver, updated to last version, veryfied game cache, deactivated avast and firewall, compatibility check. Nothing would work. Please help me with a soluation. Thank you !


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