Steam game won’t launch, says ‘running’ for short while then stops


When i try to launch Geometry Dash, the following things happen:

  1. 'Running' appears next to the game in my library.
  2. A 'Preparing to Launch' window appears for a short while.
  3. My profile picture turns green.

It stays like this for a while, maybe about 4 seconds, then the 'Running' message disappears and my profile picture returns to blue. There is never any error message or window.

I have tried everything that every forum says to do including:

  • reinstalling the game
  • verifying game files
  • running from program files
  • resinstalling visual c++
  • reinstalling steam completly.

Does anyone know how to fix this?


  • OS Name: Microsoft Windows 10 Home
  • Version: 10.0.14393 Build 14393
  • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-7200U CPU @ 2.50GHz, 2701 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4
  • Logical Processor(s)
  • RAM: 8Gb
  • Graphics: Intel(R) HD Graphics 620

Update: I used event viewer and located the prolbem to be in libcocos2d.dll

Faulting application name: GeometryDash.exe
Faulting module name: libcocos2d.dll, version:
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x000e8045
Faulting process id: 0x2268
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Geometry Dash\GeometryDash.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Geometry Dash\libcocos2d.dll

Update #2: Compatibility mode

I tried running it in every compatibility mode. It would never run if i tried the .exe in steam apps, but if i tried running it through the steam client, windows 95 and windows 98/me worked. however the audio quality in that the lower range of frequency were reduced to broken static.

Update #3: Solved

I have solved the problem and posted the solution as an answer

Best Answer


After many attempts, this prolbem has finally been resolved. This is how I did it.

In the end, all i needed to do was to completely uninstall Geometry Dash (or, I presume, what every game this problem is occuring with). First I uninstalled the game through the steam client. Then, I installed void tools everything. this is basically a very good and fast index searcher. By searching for 'geometry dash' I was able to delete all the files that were left on my pc after the game was supposedly uninstalled by steam. These files caused the problem. After this, I used the change/uninstall a program menu to uninstall steam, then reinstalled steam and downloaded the game and it worked.