Here is the scenario and I really hope someone out there can help. System; Toshiba Satellite 100 laptop (less than 2 months old) 1.6ghz cpu Nvidia 7300 3d graphics card (driver up to date) Windows Vista Home Premium So, Bought Hl2-Episode One, it works just fine (Got the cd) downloaded Steam (that was a suprise) and it works just fine. SO bought and downloaded Hl2 and bonus Lost Coast, they refuse to run at all. I get the message that Hl2.exe has stopped running. Checking the "More details" section underneathto say appcrash, stack dump and this probably isnt helping, however I figure its a vista problem. I would like to know if there are any fix patches for hl2/vista, or what may be the problem? I have contacted steam help, no go, they sent me auto responses that didnt solve the prob, I logged in here and saw that there are patches but I dont know which ones to download. By the way, this computer runs Doom 3, Breed, Painkiller, and a heap of others with no probs, yet Hl2 is not going. Please could you help?
Only advise I can give you is to use XP.. Vista is rather know for it's incomparability with a lot of software, games, etc.
Can't change to XP, tried it in XP compatibiliy mode and yet that still wont work. Any other ideas? The silly thing is that I can and have played Hl2 episode one successfully. It came on a bought disk! Still I cant run Lost Coast Either and am wondering if its better to have the actual disk rather than the downloaded versions.
Actually install a partition of Vista to run it on. Vista's compatibility software is still garbage. I had a similar problem... Steam is funny about other programs running in the background. Try closing all unessintial programs in your system tray before starting up the game.
I have a stand alone hard drive set up. Can I install Hl2 to this drive and get the same results as a partition? Thanks for your help.
Yes you can. In essence a partition is a virtual Hard Drive. So a physical Hard Drive would be best. Just change your boot order in your BIOS. Sry bout getting back to you so late. I had to sleep/ lol
Indeed, Vista has a lot of compatibility issues and you must install the REAL Windows XP for playing HL2 properly and it doesn't matter If you have downloaded it or bought it on a DVD. The DVD installs the game files, in this case that are .gcf files were the whole game is in it. If you download the games, it downloads these .gcf files. So It won't be different from installing it from a DVD or downloading it!
ok, thanks guys for your input, and believe me the last few hours have been trying to say the least. I will copy all the files to the stand alone harddrive and see if I can run it from there. Next question is, can Ihave windows XP on the stand alone hard drive as well as vista on th lap top? Will that cause conflicts?