[Help] Counter-Strike: Source freezing upon joining a server

Ok so, Firstly I hope this is the correct section for PC Gaming Support. Well basically occasionally, not always but my Counter-Strike: Source will crash upon joining a server. I have had a scope around and a lot of threads say it is to do with an Internet Download Manager which I can assure I do not have running. Threads have also said to set the game for the compatibility of Windows XP so I have done. The error still occurs.

Usually what will happen is I would start CSS, Join a server and when MOTD (Message of the Day) is displayed as well as 'Ok' before assigning a team it will freeze, leading me to close it on my own through the process of hl2.exe. Then if I rejoin by restarting the game it will load up perfectly. But if I were to disconnect to join another server it will crash there.

I am completely stumbled upon why this is happening or even how.

Below is my basic system specifications.
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System Information
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Machine name: TOM-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.091207-1941)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
BIOS: BIOS Date: 07/18/08 11:36:31 Ver: 08.00.14
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6000+ (2 CPUs), ~3.0GHz
Memory: 2048MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 2048MB RAM
Page File: 1653MB used, 2440MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 32bit Unicode

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DxDiag Notes
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Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.
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Display Devices
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Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 9800 GT
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0605&SUBSYS_82F21043&REV_A2
Display Memory: 1777 MB
Dedicated Memory: 1009 MB
Shared Memory: 767 MB
Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (59Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: Q22wb
Monitor Id: VSCDB1F
Native Mode: 1680 x 1050(p) (59.954Hz)
Output Type: DVI
Driver Name: nvd3dum.dll,nvwgf2um.dll,nvwgf2um.dll
Driver File Version: 8.17.0011.9621 (English)
Driver Version: 8.17.11.9621
DDI Version: 10
Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 1/12/2010 12:03:34, 9388648 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp:
Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-4545-11CF-6656-F9A21CC2C535}
Vendor ID: 0x10DE
Device ID: 0x0605
SubSys ID: 0x82F21043
Revision ID: 0x00A2
Driver Strong Name: oem4.inf:NVIDIA_SetA_Devices.NTx86.6.1:Section003:8.17.11.9621:pci\ven_10de&dev_0605
Rank Of Driver: 00E62001
Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C ModeVC1_C ModeWMV9_C
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Sound Devices
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Description: Speakers (VIA High Definition Audio)
Default Sound Playback: Yes
Default Voice Playback: Yes
Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_1106&DEV_E721&SUBSYS_10438345&REV_1001
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 100
Type: WDM
Driver Name: viahduaa.sys
Driver Version: 6.00.0001.7300 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
Date and Size: 7/10/2009 11:04:42, 1067008 bytes
Other Files:
Driver Provider: VIA Technologies, Inc.
HW Accel Level: Basic
Cap Flags: 0xF1F
Min/Max Sample Rate: 100, 200000
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0
Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
HW Memory: 0
Voice Management: No
EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No

Description: Digital Audio (HDMI) (VIA High Definition Audio)
Default Sound Playback: No
Default Voice Playback: No
Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_1106&DEV_E721&SUBSYS_10438345&REV_1001
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 100
Type: WDM
Driver Name: viahduaa.sys
Driver Version: 6.00.0001.7300 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
Date and Size: 7/10/2009 11:04:42, 1067008 bytes
Other Files:
Driver Provider: VIA Technologies, Inc.
HW Accel Level: Basic
Cap Flags: 0xF1F
Min/Max Sample Rate: 100, 200000
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0
Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
HW Memory: 0
Voice Management: No
EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No
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If anyone can help me through this problem, Then Thank-you. If you attempt to help me and it doesn't work. Thank-you.

I hope to hear from you soon.
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More about help counter strike source freezing joining server
  1. First and easiest steps would be to uninstall your video drivers, reboot without plug and play, and manually install the newest ones from your desktop.

    If that Doesn't work reinstall CSS. These 2 things will most likely fix it.
  2. I know this thread as old as hell, but this problem persists for a lot of people. In regards to the MOTD crashing CS:S; all you have to do is hit the enter key over and over as CSS connects to the server, then, it skips the MOTD and it won't crash. This is the only fix i've found.
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