Damn Steam client...

For nearly a month I couldn't play any Source engine based games, like Counter Strike: Source, Half Life 2, Half Life 2 Deathmatch, GoldenEye Source, and the like. For some reason I was able to run Garrys Mod, a game that completely profits from the engine... But, turns out I could only use half of the stuff available.

Everytime when I'd start up a game through Steam(there's no other way...), it would for five seconds before the HL2 Engine Error popped up. For a month I tried literally everything, re-installing all games, one by one. Went through a crapload of websites. Downloaded nearly forty seperate patches.

So, after I gave up hope. I figured 'what the hell', and I disabled the in-game Steam menu, as I got sick of it.

...Aaaaannnddddd it turns out that exactly THAT was the problem all along. The games would crash cause of Steam trying to give that pop up message; "To access in-game Steam Community, press Tab+Shift". Steam itself was the damn cause all along.

I was almost starting to miss the fragfest Counter Strike...

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Posted by BraindeadRacr

For nearly a month I couldn't play any Source engine based games, like Counter Strike: Source, Half Life 2, Half Life 2 Deathmatch, GoldenEye Source, and the like. For some reason I was able to run Garrys Mod, a game that completely profits from the engine... But, turns out I could only use half of the stuff available.

Everytime when I'd start up a game through Steam(there's no other way...), it would for five seconds before the HL2 Engine Error popped up. For a month I tried literally everything, re-installing all games, one by one. Went through a crapload of websites. Downloaded nearly forty seperate patches.

So, after I gave up hope. I figured 'what the hell', and I disabled the in-game Steam menu, as I got sick of it.

...Aaaaannnddddd it turns out that exactly THAT was the problem all along. The games would crash cause of Steam trying to give that pop up message; "To access in-game Steam Community, press Tab+Shift". Steam itself was the damn cause all along.

I was almost starting to miss the fragfest Counter Strike...

Posted by Tru3_Blu3

Lol. STEAM has it's problems.

Posted by MsCortana

Glad you got it figured out. :D

Posted by MsCortana

Posted by BlastProcessing

I uninstalled, because I needed space for other shit. Shit that you don't wanna know about.

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Posted by L

That's a lot of patches. I would be totally frustrated myself.

Posted by DBoy

I love my laptop.. but man do I hate updates.

Posted by EightBitWarrior

I remember back when Steam was in beta. It was a miracle if I could get it to let me play a game. I was pissed that the new Counter-Strike stuff was being forced to be used on Steam, but eventually I got a new computer, Steam matured, and everything was all good.

Posted by Homes

Never had that many problems with Steam. I love Valve and glad they've overcome SOME of their problems. Here's to the future.

Posted by frankthelizard

You got frazzeled!!!

Posted by Torb

Dang man, that's rough. I remember when I first started having a problem similar to that. Their ingame crap is annoying...

Posted by phlegms

I'm running vista so i regularly get hl2.exe engine errors, tis mighty annoying.

Posted by LethalKi11ler

Never got any errors on steam but still I understand your pain (I'm used to the punkbusters kick)

Posted by Quadrifoglio

I fucking hate Steam.