Hey everybody, I'm having a problem with HL2 lately. I already posted it at the Steam forums, but nobody there seems to know the solution. So, I'll just copy & paste the original thread into this one, to see if anyone here has had the same problem.
Ok, I've looked around here on the forums, used the search function, checked the Support System, and I can't find a solution anywhere, just one or two people having the same problem. The problem being this:
I launch HL2, it shows the Valve intro movie, and moves on to loading the menu. But I never get to the menu, it crashes to desktop with 2 different error messages. The memory error (0x***) pops it's head up the one time, and the next time it's a default Windows error saying "hl2.exe has caused you to go crazy" etc.
So after reading through several answers in de Support System, I updated everything there was to update, DirectX, video card drivers, sound card drivers etc etc.
After that, I started using the launch options to isolate the problem, and it was a direct hit. By adding "-nosound" to the launch options HL2 ran fine. Removing it caused it to crash again. So I set the sound hardware acceleration to every level available in DXDiag. It didn't work. I couldn't find more solutions mentioned anywhere, so I turn to this forum for a little help, to see if anyone has the same problem, and if anybody has a solution.
* Problem isolated to the -nosound launch option, crashes without it
* Latest drivers/updates
* HL2 used to run fine on the same laptop a month or 3 ago
* Problem only present in HL2 and it's mods, not in CS:S or DoD:S
Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pi-1536 laptop
Intel Centrino Duo T2300 @ 1,66 GhZ
1024MB DDR SDRAM
ATI Mobility Radeon X1400
Realtek HD Audio (ALC 880)
100GB hard drive
Windows XP Home Edition SP2 (5.1, build 2600)
Anyone ever had this problem? Maybe someone with a solution? :D It's probably caused by an game update or something :(.