How to fix the error code 130 on Steam?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

Error code -130 is a Steam error code that indicates that the Steam client is unable to connect to the Steam servers. This error code can be caused by a number of factors, including a temporary issue with the Steam servers, a firewall blocking the Steam client from connecting to the servers, or an issue with the user's Internet connection.

1. Verify the integrity of game files

  1. Navigate to the game folder on your computer.
  2. Right-click the game executable and select Properties from the menu.
  3. Click the Local Files tab and verify that the integrity of the game files is correct.
  4. If the integrity of the game files is not correct, fix the files and then re-launch the game.

2. Delete the steam_api64.dll file

  1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the location where the steam_api64.dll file is located.
  2. Right-click on the file and select "Delete."
  3. Confirm the deletion by clicking on "Yes."

3. Re-install the game

  1. Navigate to the game installation directory. For Steam users, this is typically C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Fallout 4\
  2. Delete the Fallout 4 folder and its contents.
  3. Copy the Fallout 4 installation files (excluding the .exe and .dll files) to the game installation directory.
  4. Launch the game by double-clicking the .exe file.
  5. If the game crashes at startup, click on the "Crash Reporting" button and fill out the form. Include the following information:
  • Your operating system
  • Your Fallout 4 version
  • Your graphics card
  • Your crash report file name and path
  1. If the game crashes during gameplay, copy the .diablo3 folder from your Diablo III installation directory and paste it into your Fallout 4 installation directory.
  2. Click "OK" to save the changes and restart the game.

4. Update your graphics drivers

  1. Open Device Manager by right-clicking on My Computer and selecting "Manage".
  2. On the "Graphics" tab, locate and click on the "Driver" category.
  3. Select the "Driver" tab and click on the "Update Driver" button.
  4. Browse to the location of the updated driver files and choose to install them.
  5. Restart your computer after the driver update is complete.

5. Run the game in compatibility mode

  1. In the Library, right-click on the game and select Properties
  2. In the Properties window, click on the Compatibility tab
  3. In the Compatibilty Mode section, select the Run in Compatibility Mode checkbox
  4. Click on the OK button
  5. Steam will now fix the game and it will run in compatibility mode

If you didn't find success with an option above, then try:

  1. Disable your antivirus software
  2. Change the launch options for the game
  3. Reset your computer's DNS cache
  4. Contact Steam Support