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arma 2 bad serial number via steam?


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Posted 15 May 2011 - 00:34 #1

i've owned arma 2 and oa for a few years now, and i play oa a fair bit but when i reinstalled arma after i formatted my computer i now cant play arma2 but i can play arma2 oa??

this is the message that i get.

bad serial number given in setup

any help?

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 00:49 #2

I'm having the exact same problem, just reinstalled W7 and while Arma2 works, Arma2 OA and CO won't :(

I have tried copying the A2 key in the registry and adding it to the OA folder, did not work. I've also tried running it as an admin to no avail. I'm using Steam too BTW.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 01:43 #3

Sorry, but is it really asked too much to spend at least a few minutes with using the forum search before starting yet another thread about the same problem:

[Resolved] ArmA II Steam Version - Bad serial number given in setup
[Solved] Bad serial number with Steam install? Solution - Verify cache / Run as Admin
[Answered] "Bad serial number given in setup" NOT STEAM VERSION
Bad Serial Number Given On Setup
Steam gives wrong CD key given at install on A2 start
Bad serial number given in setup
Bad Serial Error on startup

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Posted 16 May 2011 - 03:21 #4

Sorry, but is it really asked too much to spend at least a few minutes with using the forum search before starting yet another thread about the same problem:


I personally have searched, found those threads, but non of that has helped. Reinstalled, deleted registry, copied A2 reg key to OA key, and ran as admin as per all the solutions to those threads.

So somehow my computer just decided to be special :)

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Posted 16 May 2011 - 03:50 #5

Try verifying integrity of game cache.

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Posted 16 May 2011 - 05:05 #6

Try verifying integrity of game cache.


Forgot to mention I tried that first thing lol.

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Posted 16 May 2011 - 16:34 #7

I tried uninstalling the game, deleting all symbolance of files on my HD, and wiped all OA files from the registry the reinstalled it, and guess what, it worked! I did this once already before, but I think I tried loading CO first while this time I just started OA to allow steam to initialize everything.

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Posted 16 May 2011 - 16:40 #8

start STEAM via "run as administator"
try run game

if it fails restart computer (delayed service write up by STEAM or w/e)

try again, if that fails change source server in network settings, restart steam and try again

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:58 #9

Had the same problem. It was solved as Dwarsen sed, by running steam as administrator :)

Edited by Tuskusson, 23 May 2011 - 07:58.
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