Have you look at the event logs? Start->control panel->Admin tools->event viewer. or whatever the equivalent is in vista? post any error messages relating to "HL2.exe" or anything that specifically mentions TF2.
Boot up steam, go to your games, right click TF2 > Properties > Set Launch Options
No video - add the following line: -novid
Now, another cool little tweak you can use it -heapsize basically it uses the amount of ram you tell it too use. When using this tewak, it's recommended to use half your ram rather then all.
The easiest way to get a rough estimate on how much ram you have.. would be going into the start menu, right clicking "My Computer" and going to Properties.
If you can't find it there, then I suggest downloading cpuZ and run that. Once it's done, click the "Memory" tab. It's also a nice way to find out what else you have in your system. Another way, is opening your run tool and typing in dxdiag.exe
Once you've found out how much ram you have in your system, multiply that number by 1024 and then divide that by 2.
So, if you have 1024mb of ram, you're heapsize should be: 524288.
I have 3072mb of ram. my heapsize is: 1572864, in the image it's less because I used 2048mb.
Fyi, heapsize is also addable in the AutoExec.cfg.
mem_max_heapsize 512 For a half a gig.
- Warning! Chief_runningwater was having problems with this. You may as well.
Now, directX levels. These can be put into either your about config, or directly into the area we just added our heapsize.
Here are some random tricks for the advanced menu.
By adding -noborder you remove the borders from the window if you're playing in windowed mode.
If you have a Nvidia Graphics card, by putting in -gl is forces Open GL mode. For ATI card, put -d3d
If you know your monitors refresh rate, you can set your games maximum refresh rate to match your monitor by adding a simple command line -refresh # My monitors refresh rate would be 60. So, I input -refresh 60
By adding -console to the command line, you can help increase your start-up time. Rather then the background being the main focus of loading, your console is. Which, is no doubt simpler.
-novid also helps speed up your load time.
-32bit enables 32bit mode. This is mainly for 64bit users.
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Vista Ultimate 64 bit (3.40 Duel core 4 gs ram 8800) with the -32bit start code on Css, Video stress tested, improved about 20 FPS very good.
-width [resolution width] this sets a custom resolution width. -height [resolution width] this sets your resolution height. So, for example.. my desktop resolution is 1680x1050. So, I input -width 1680 -height 1050, this sets a custom resolution.
-windowed enables window mode. Works well with -noboder and -width/-height explained above.
"My" autoexec.cfg has these settings within it's mighty lines.
cl_forcepreload 1 //Forces Textures to load before hand.
cl_updaterate 67 //Keeps your rates up to date!
cl_cmdrate 67 //Helps keep rates steady.
mat_picmip -10 // Explained Above
mat_dxlevel 98 //Enables dx10 support or at least improved quality and sometimes frame rate..
mat_specular 1 //Enables specular lighting
Don't know about heapsize as this informartion I snagged from fpsbanana! I run TF2 as is, no tweaks. It's worth seeing if you can update the directx9 on your PC to the latest version. It's not something that's done as part of Microsoft Update (probably worthwhile creating a system restore point before messing about with directx).