Future Pinball Won't Start Because "fmod.dll" Could Not Be Found

GeorgeH

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I had a problem this morning with Future Pinball not starting. I got a message that said "fmod.dll" could not be found when I tried to open a table. I had previously installed "2021-05 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 20H2 for x64-based systems (KB5003173)". I decided to reinstall Future Pinball which didn't help. I searched my entire C drive for "fmod.dll" and it was not found. So I searched the internet for "fmod.dll" and downloaded the file and then saved it to my Future Pinball program folder. Future Pinball started working normally after that.

My guess is that KB5003173 removed the file from my Windows/System folder. Anyone that has Windows 10 and not installed KB5003173 may want to search their system and make a copy of "fmod.dll" in case this problem happens to you.
 

Gin

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Hi George,

FYI - Having installed the same update (Tuesday 11th), I have not experienced anything similar to yourself..? fmod.dll was still present in the default Future Pinball install location.

Do you have Future Pinball installed in different location?
Did you re-install Future Pinball with the 2-in-1 Installer? If so - which version? or FP original install etc.?
 

GeorgeH

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Hi George,

FYI - Having installed the same update (Tuesday 11th), I have not experienced anything similar to yourself..? fmod.dll was still present in the default Future Pinball install location.
The file should be installed in your Windows system folder. It is not an FP file. I saved the file to the FP folder because the rest of my system doesn't seem to need it.

Do you have Future Pinball installed in different location?
It is installed here and never installed anywhere else:

C:\Games\Future Pinball

Did you re-install Future Pinball with the 2-in-1 Installer?
No. I have BAM set up the way I want and didn't want to disturb it. I just reinstalled FP. It would have made no difference if I reinstalled it or not because the problem persisted after the reinstall.

If so - which version? or FP original install etc.?
I have a install file I have used for many years named "FuturePinballSetup_v1.9.1.20101231.exe". It is the same one that has always been used.
 

Gin

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Hi George,

Thanks for the response :)

FYI: I have just started up a 'Windows Sandbox' environment and searched the C Drive and could not locate the fmod.dll file. Then I installed FP with the latest 2-in-1 Installer from @ravarcade website, and the fmod.dll file appears in the default Future Pinball location; just thought I would let you know.
 

GeorgeH

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Hi George,

Thanks for the response :)

FYI: I have just started up a 'Windows Sandbox' environment and searched the C Drive and could not locate the fmod.dll file. Then I installed FP with the latest 2-in-1 Installer from @ravarcade website, and the fmod.dll file appears in the default Future Pinball location; just thought I would let you know.
@ravarcade must have added it to the 2-in-1. You can search the internet and it will say that is installed in your windows system folder.

Anyway, there it is. This is yet another reason to use the 2-in-1 Installer.
 
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