Personal: dciman32.dll problem

As your computer gets older it gets more problem, and I hate it. Perhaps it’s planned obsolescence or I’m not a very good caretaker either way I recently had a problem with my dciman32.dll being deleted and I thought others might had have the same problem too. So I decided to share my experience.

The Problem

My computer was shut down improperly and it resulted in the computer needing to be rebooted. It went to a screen and asked if I would like a CHKDSK scan. It suggested I do a CHKDSK scan as it was recommended. I did it and the following happen:

CHKDSK is verifying indexes
dciman32.dll in index SI30 of file 2233 is deleted

After it was finish and I was able to access my computer. The first thing to pop up was a message telling dciman21.dll was deleted and I should reinstall it to fix the problem. I was confused as the computer itself automatically deleted the file.


Anyway, It turns out I needed this file to run programs that relied heavily on graphics. I couldn’t open Adobe After Effects and was frustrated. So after some googling and trying some failed methods, I finally find the solution to my specific particular problem.

The Solution

It turns out all I needed to do was run a System File Check. You need to go to the start menu>command prompt> right click and run as administrator. Or the command prompt can be found in the accessories folder in the start menu.


At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

sfc /scannow
Do not close this let it run. It will fixed the corrupted file problem.
And that was it for me. Check out the following link by microsoft that better explains the process of system check here:
Failed Methods
I tried some other methods that did not fixed the problem and wasted my time. I tried these methods first because it was low risk, but so is the system scan but I did that last ha ha. It was the following:
1. System Restore: I restored it to an earlier point did not fixed the problem. Went to an even earlier point. Still the same pop up message.
2. Updates: Perhaps, it was missing some updates. Nope, wasn’t that.
I hope that was some help to you! REMINDER This was just for my specific situation and problem, there are other variations of the deleted dciman32.dll problem, and this method may  not work for you. I wish you good luck though on finding a solution!