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  • How to Fix “The program can’t start because OpenAL32.dll is missing from your computer” Error Message (Windows XP, 7, 8, 10)

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    OpenAL32.dll is a dynamic link library (DLL) file designed and developed by Creative Labs Inc. and NVIDIA Corp. It is commonly used by video games and various Windows software which utilize GPU acceleration.

    It is usually located within the same folder as the program which uses it, but it may also be found in C:\Windows\System32.

    When OpenAL32.dll becomes corrupted or accidentally removed, program will most likely crash when started, and you’ll get en error message like this:

     

    dirt3_game.exe – System Error: The program can’t start because OpenAL32.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

     

    Method 1: reinstall the program which returns the error

    Since almost every software which utilize OpenAL32.dll contains its own version of this library, the best practice is to uninstall the problematic program completely and do a fresh installation. Still, some programs are written to use OpenAL32.dll from within the Windows system folder, so en error will reoccur after reinstalling the program.

     

    Method 2: reinstall all Nvidia related software 

    If you’re using Nvidia graphic card, the solution may be to reinstall your Nvidia software and drivers. Make sure to remove all Nvidia related software before installing the new drivers. The best practice would be to remove drivers using Display Driver Uninstaller.

     

    Method 3: download and manually add OpenAL32.dll

    Although many tutorials all over the Internet suggest this as the first and best solution, it should definitely be the last one. Why? Simple because it is always better to try reinstalling OpenAL32.dll from the source which causes the problem, then to download it from the Internet and risk to get inappropriate file version.

    Still, nothing dangerous could happen if you do it, so if nothing else works, download OpenAL32.dll from HERE and place it into the same directory where main executable file is located.

    If your program is still unable to start, try to copy downloaded OpenAL32.dll to C:\Windows\System32 folder. If there’s already the same named file inside System32 folder, backup the original file before replacing. If file is currently in use, you should reboot your computer to safe mode and try again. For further instructions on Windows Safe Mode click HERE.

     

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  • How to Fix “Viber has stopped working” Error (windows 7)

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    Viber is the most popular IM (instant-messaging) and VOIP (voice-over-ip) app for Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Symbian and Bada devices.

    Developed by “Viber Media“, this small but extremely useful software became planetary popular overnight, and there is no smartphone or tablet who doesn’t have it installed.

    High quality voice calls and text messaging with rich variety of emoticons, animated messages and animated stickers, boosted Viber to the top as direct competition to all well-known IM apps, such as Skype, WhatApp and Facebook Messenger.

     

    Although originally designed as the mobile app, it eventually arrived to desktops powered by Windows, OS X and 64-bit LinuxWindows 7 users, as the most numerous, are highly interested to get a new desktop version of Viber, but sometimes it ain’t that easy…

    Right after installation process, Viber.exe might crash, returning “Viber has stopped workingerror message

    Viber has stopped working, windows 7

    Solution for this error is to install the latest Windows 7 updates, especially Service Pack 1. Since Viber is relatively newer software, it utilizes the latest Windows programs and libraries, which sometimes can’t be found if OS wasn’t updated recently.

    Even if you think your Windows OS is currently up to date, run Windows Update utility and check for updates or follow THIS link to see detail explanation on how to update Windows 7 properly.

     

    Alternative titles:

    Viber for windows 7 not working
    Windows 7 Viber crash
    Viber.exe unable to start

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  • How to Fix “Nvidia Installer Failed” Error (Windows 7)

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    NVIDIA Installer failed” is a very common error message which may happen during NVIDIA Graphic Driver installation process.

    It is usually related to outdated DirectX or .NET Framework libraries, although it can also occur due to conflict between previously installed graphic drivers and the new version.

    Installer usually stuck while trying to install NVIDIA GeForce Experience or Graphic Driver itself, although sometimes all services may be reported as “Not Installed“.  

     

     

    Nvidia Installer Failed

     

    Method 1: install the latest Windows updates, along with Service Pack 1

    Installing the latest Windows updates, along with Service Pack 1 will fix this error in over 90% of cases. Graphic drivers, video games, drawing programs and any other software who uses GPU functionality, usually utilize the latest Microsoft programs and libraries, so make sure to keep your Windows OS up to date to avoid this kind of problems. Follow THIS link for detail instructions on how to properly update your Windows 7.

    NOTE: Follow the provided link even if you think you have all the latest updates installed, since Windows Update utility sometimes may give you the false information that there are no new updates available. Further explanation on the provided page…

     

    Method 2: disable any kind of antivirus and firewall software

    As you may already assume, any kind of firewall and/or antivirus software such as Avast, Nod23, Norton, Zone Alarm or Comodo Internet Security may cause this kind of situation.  These programs may misunderstand Nvidia Driver Installer actions and categorize them as the suspicious behavior. What happens next is pretty much expected… All actions performed by Nvidia Installer will be blocked and the installation will not be able to continue. So make sure that all antivirus/firewall services have been disabled and then try running Nvidia Installer again.

     

    Method 3: use DDU utility to uninstall old drivers and re-install new one

    If error still persists, the only method left to try is to completely uninstall all previous driver versions via DDU – Display Driver Uninstaller, and try reinstalling the new one. DDU utility has been known for its ability to deeply uninstall all previously installed display drivers and remove all additional files related to them. It works equally well for Nvidia, AMD Radeon and Intel graphic drivers. Follow these steps:

    1. Download DDU 16.0.0.2.rar file.

    2. Extract file using WinRar archiver or 7-Zip.

    3. Enter extracted folder and run Display Driver Uninstaller.exe.

    4. Select “Safe Mode” under “Launch option” drop-down menu, and click “Reboot to Safe Mode” button.

    5. After your PC restarts it will enter safe mode, and DDU utility will automatically start. As you can see, there’s “Select Graphic Driver” drop-down menu on the right side, where you can choose between graphic card manufacturers (Nvidia, AMD and Intel). On the left side, there’s a list of drivers detected, and as you select card manufacturer, DDU will show you if there are some drivers installed for specific selection. To remove detected driver click on Clean and restart button. It is recommended to delete all drivers detected by DDU, so multiple restarts and Safe Mode entering may be required.

    6. When you’re done removing all detected drivers, your PC will boot into the Windows and behave like it is detecting a graphic card for the first time. “Installing device driver software” mesage may appear in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Ignore everything and try installing your NVIDIA drivers again.

     

    Alternative titles:

    Nvidia Installer cannot continue
    NVIDIA GeForce Experience Not Installed
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  • Unable to Load Older Save Files in GTA San Andreas / Vice City? Game Crashes While Loading? Fix It In a Minute!

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    “gta_sa.exe stopped working” error message while loading game

    GTA San Andreas is still one of the most popular open-world video game. Although it is very interesting to play through the game story, some folks rather choose to download save file from the internet in order to skip specific missions or entire storyline to be able to free roam the huge GTA SA map, with all game features unlocked. This “trick” sometimes may be a little bit difficult to archive since some game versions are not compatible with some savegames and vice versa. The major reason for this incompatibility issue is the newer Grand Theft Auto San Andreas version released by Steam. If you are on the Steam version of game and you try to load an older save file (created with non-steam game version), you’ll probably end up with error prompt saying “gta_sa.exe stopped working“.

     

    "gta_sa.exe has stopped working" error message

     

    How to fix?

    Follow these steps to solve compatibility issue between save file and game version:

    1. Download GTA-San-Andreas-script.rar file

    2. Extract file using WinRar archiver or 7-Zip

    3. Select both extracted files (main.scm and script.img), right-click on selection and choose Copy

    4. Navigate to the game’s script files within installation folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\Rockstar Games\GTA San Andreas\data\script\ , right click inside the folder and choose Paste. When Copy File dialog prompts, choose Copy and Replace

    5. Run your copy of GTA San Andreas and try loading saved game again

     

    Since GTA III, GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas are all based on the same engine, this workaround will also fix save loading problems with GTA III and GTA Vice City.

     

    Alternative titles:

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