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Unable to load Steam Support Library error
I have been running a L4D2 server for years and for the last month it has only been running in LAN mode only. I keep getting the error

* Unable to load Steam support library. *
* This server will operate in LAN mode only. *

I have tried re-downloading the entire L4D2 SRCDS, using the gui with no server.cfg file, put "sv_lan 0" in config and command line, done update multiple times with "Verify_all". All of this has made no difference for the server.

I am running a dedicated server on a host with no router and full internet access. This is a Windows Server 2003 box with 2 2.4Ghz processors.

This has happened in the past and it turned out to be a faulty server package, but this time it seems as we're the only ones..... I don't see many other posts about it...

Any help is greatly appreciated
Not sure but I guess there's no answer for this.....

This is the shortcut:
C:\srcds\left4dead2\srcds.exe -console -game left4dead2 -ip -port 27016 +exec server.cfg +map c1m4_atrium -nohltv +sv_lan 0

This is the update.bat file:
hldsupdatetool -command update -game "left4dead2" -dir c:\srcds -verify_all

Server config:
hostname ">TNA< L4D2"
sv_search_key "xxxxxx"
//maxplayers 8
motd_enabled 1
sv_steamgroup xxxxxxx

// Rcon Cvars
rcon_password xxxxx

// Server Cvars
mp_disable_autokick 1 //Prevents a userid from being auto-kicked
sv_allow_wait_command 0 //Allow or disallow the wait command on clients connected to this server.
sv_alltalk 0 //Players can hear all other players, no team restrictions
sv_alternateticks 0 //If set, server only simulates entities on even numbered ticks.
sv_clearhinthistory 0 //Clear memory of server side hints displayed to the player.
sv_consistency 1 //Whether the server enforces file consistency for critical files
sv_contact cyborg11381 AT gmail DOT com
//sv_downloadurl “” //Location from which clients can download missing files

// Lan or internet play, Server region cvars
sv_lan 0 //If set to 1,Server is a lan server ( no heartbeat, no authentication, no non-class C addresses )
sv_region 0

// Server Logging
sv_log_onefile 0 //Log server information to only one file.
sv_logbans 1 //Log server bans in the server logs.
sv_logecho 0 //Echo log information to the console.
sv_logfile 1 //Log server information in the log file.
sv_logflush 0 //Flush the log file to disk on each write (slow).
sv_logsdir logs //Folder in the game directory where server logs will be stored.

//Server Rates
sv_maxcmdrate 100 //(If sv_mincmdrate is > 0), this sets the maximum value for cl_cmdrate.
//sv_unlag 1
//sv_maxunlag .5

// this will allow your server to be listed in the server browser
setmaster add
setmaster add
setmaster add
setmaster add

motdfile "mymotd.txt"
hostfile "myhost.txt"

Anybody got any ideas???
Got the exact same problem since the latest update.

I even tried a complete full fresh install with no addons etc & still had the same error.

* Unable to load Steam support library. *
* This server will operate in LAN mode only. *

Any ideas or solutions known?
Of course this has happened AGAIN with the new update.... Stupid SRCDS can't figure out how to make an update not bork a server ! ! ! and no help to fix it either.

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