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'No Such Interface Supported'

When I try to add Bionic Commando: Rearmed (purchased via GamersGate) to Steam, I get the following error message:

No such interface supported

What the heck does that mean? And is there a workaround?


This may or may not be relevant, but the Gamersgate installer installed the game to the 'windows games' directory, which seems to behave differently from the rest of the system.

This is what I see when I view the shortcut properties:

Shortcut Properties

EDIT:

Here is a very informative chat conversation that should give you lots of more information about this that I can't be bothered to accurately record here.

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From what I'm seeing, I think that's a Windows error, not a Steam error. Haven't seen a fix yet though. –  SaintWacko Dec 15 '11 at 18:46
    
That is pretty strange - I've added all kinds of stuff (Visual Studio 2010, etc.) as a game without an issue. –  Ian Pugsley Dec 15 '11 at 19:44
    
Have you tried any other non-Steam games? As a side note to programmers out there, write informative error messages. –  MBraedley Dec 15 '11 at 20:04
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Maybe try creating a shortcut to the shortcut... then adding that –  Oak Dec 18 '11 at 23:01
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Non-Steam games that us launchers or spawn new Windows processes also often don't work. They'll launch, but Steam won't say you're still in game if the original executable launched by Steam doesn't stay active. –  Mufasa Dec 19 '11 at 15:31

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Locate the .exe of your game, right click it, Send To -> Desktop Shortcut and add that one to Steam.

Also, BC:R requires adminstrator privildeges to run (this screenshot of yours suggests this), so you may have to run Steam as admin.

(I don't know if Steam respects a shortcut that is set to run as admin or whether this can be set somehow)

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+1 Exactly what I was going to suggest. –  Wipqozn Dec 19 '11 at 15:05
    
I've done that, and what happens is that Steam briefly (few seconds) says I'm in the game, and then reverts to 'online' status. The game never actually opens. –  GnomeSlice Dec 19 '11 at 22:38
    
is there any output if you start the .exe via a command shell? –  Zommuter Dec 20 '11 at 12:43
    
@GnomeSlice maybe BC:R requires adminstrator privildeges to run (this screenshot of yours suggests this), so can you try running Steam as admin? (I don't know if Steam respects a shortcut that is set to run as admin) –  Zommuter Dec 22 '11 at 16:01
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@TobiasKienzler That worked! Edit that into your answer, please. :D –  GnomeSlice Dec 23 '11 at 2:48

As far as I can tell, you can only add Windows shortcuts to the Steam games list.

Sadly, not all games are compatible with it, but usually you don't get an error; instead pressing shift-tab in game just does nothing.

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It IS a Windows shortcut. This may or may not be relevant, but the Gamersgate installer installed the game to the 'windows games' directory, which seems to behave differently from the rest of the system. –  GnomeSlice Dec 17 '11 at 0:36

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