When I startt a new game of HL2: Episode 1, I get a black screen, Breen's quote, the clip of the citadel, more black screen that fades to white then black again, and the clip of vortigaunts holding off the G-man.
Now, at first I thought Valve was just overdoing the 'sitting in the dark' thing, but I followed a link to a player's critique of Episode one (video) and his intro had a monitor and rubble flying by, the clip of the citadel, then a clip of vortigaunts saving Alyx. I was stunned, to say the least. I had just assumed, up to that point, that the vortigaunts had snatched Alyx as well, but now I had seen it. It was amazing, and I want it.
What's missing, and how can I fix it? A reinstall didn't change anything noticeably, and neither did changing my graphic settings (I play on a gimp card right now)
Note: this also makes me wonder if I'm missing anything else, but I don't really think so.
Does the black screen have a white diagonal line across it? If it does, that means your drivers are out of date.
Indeed, VALVe strongly recommends to update all hardware drivers for Half-Life 2: Episode One, if you haven't done that, give it a try. Also you might want to search the Steam Users Forums: Source Game Discussions: Half-Life 2: Episode 1. I've seen quite alot of threads about different types of black screen problems, searhc their FAQs, most recent threads or use the search function, I think you'll find the anwser there. I never bothered reading those threads myself as I never experienced such problems.
gyromorgianDoes the black screen have a white diagonal line across it? If it does, that means your drivers are out of date.
No, plain black screen.
And when I update my drivers... my card gets raped. I've done it multiple times, downloaded every single past (and newest) versions, and the outcome is the same. Any time the card has to do more then display windows / simple things (basically any time I start any game) it flips out and I have to either restart my computer or it does it itself.
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21st October 2005
soudns liek you should get an new graphics card.. you dont even need a very expensive one.. a decent card that better than what you have now would help out much better.. alot better
o0_bobbo_0osoudns liek you should get an new graphics card.. you dont even need a very expensive one.. a decent card that better than what you have now would help out much better.. alot better
GeForce FX 5200 ftw... :( right... I'm ordering a 7600 GT as soon as those mofos come back into stock.
Don't really know if that'll help or not, my friend said nVidia's drivers worked fine before he gave me the card.