Black Screen

A Forum Thread for Black Mesa

Steam forums are such a dumping ground for questions that never get answered so I'll try here, as if it would yield better results.

Something that has had me pulling my hair out lately is the fact that it will not launch. I played it perfectly fine earlier this year (about a month ago), max graphics even. Although I uninstalled it after it "Got old" to make disk space for another game. When that one "got old" too, I came back to Black Mesa, only to find that it crashes my display driver the moment a map loads. I've had that issue before on Counter Strike Global Offensive, Left 4 Dead 2, and Portal 2. I was able to fix them though, I can't remember exaclty how, I think it was -autoconfig or something like -width -hight, not sure. I kick myself for never writing it down each time.

If its of any significance the times I launched it with -console mode, the console had 3 instances of "shaderapidx8::created3dtexture: invalid color format!"

Occilates between either launching and crashing immediately; Launching and then crashing the display driver (Intel graphics..... has stopped workign and recovered) forcing me to end the process manually in order to prevent a crash loop followed by a BSOD; launching and playable, but display is 100% nonfunctional...

I once even got a stable version that didn't crash, albeit the screen was blank. I loaded a map (blindly) via the console and everything seemed functional... except the display.
I've tried the windowed mode, the dxlevel thing, the borderless thing, several resolutions, safemode, only one that provides interactive interface is launching it with -console in the paremeters which prevents the background.bsp from running on start.

I've swam through several forums both here and on the "official" site, have not yeilded any results. I've reinstalled 4 times now, verified the files 2 times each.

All other source engine games work flawlessly (except Garry'smod, though most of the problems there are caused by the horrible integration method of the steam workshop)
Half Life 2 runs flawlessly. The Black mesa I'm talking about is the retail version.

And as a typical protocol for help threads of this nature, here's my DxDiag printout:
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.150427-0707)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Inspiron 560
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E6700 @ 3.20GHz (2 CPUs), ~3.2GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 4060MB RAM
Page File: 2640MB used, 11418MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: 144 DPI (150 percent)
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Enabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 64bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

DirectX Debug Levels
Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

Display Devices
Card name: Intel(R) G45/G43 Express Chipset
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
DAC type: Internal
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2E22&SUBSYS_04391028&REV_03
Display Memory: 1695 MB
Dedicated Memory: 64 MB
Shared Memory: 1631 MB
Current Mode: 1600 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: DELL S2009W
Monitor Id: DELA044
Native Mode: 1600 x 900(p) (59.978Hz)
Output Type: HD15
Driver Name: igdumd64.dll,igd10umd64.dll,igdumdx32,igd10umd32
Driver File Version: 8.15.0010.2302 (English)
Driver Version:
DDI Version: 10
Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 2/11/2011 20:16:38, 6549504 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp:
Device Identifier: {D7B78E66-6D62-11CF-667B-3324A3C2C535}
Vendor ID: 0x8086
Device ID: 0x2E22
SubSys ID: 0x04391028
Revision ID: 0x0003
Driver Strong Name: oem29.inf:Intel.Mfg.NTamd64:iEGL0:\ven_8086&dev_2e22
Rank Of Driver: 00E62001
Video Accel: ModeMPE♥♥♥♥ ModeMPEG2_C ModeWMV9_B ModeWMV9_C ModeVC1_B ModeVC1_C

[omitted to save space]

Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY VideoProcess_AlphaBlend
D3D9 Overlay: Supported
DXVA-HD: Supported
DDraw Status: Enabled
D3D Status: Enabled
AGP Status: Enabled

and with that, I return to sitting and twiddling my thumbs. You provide some optimistic insight on to my problem, and you'll become my favorite person on the planet or something. I'm at the point of begging.
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