I purchased HL2 today, and it will not load. Every time I try to load it, it kicks right back out to the steam main page. I cannot find any info about this type of problem. No error messages or anything. I have tried using different resolutions, but that doesn't help.
1 gig ram
Well, after much research it would seem there are a number of things that cause this issue. One was with VIA chipset motherboards. Doesn't apply to me (NForce 2). Then there are issues with optical drives not being able to read the disk (I have a drive that is newer than the game). Driver issues (I have all current drivers). So, at this point I cannot find any reason this game should not run. The self diagnosis program on Steams site says everything on my computer checks out. This is a 4 day old installation of XP. No anti-virus software. This is a real PITA. So if anyone has any other suggestions I would be most happy to listen to them.
Tried gutting the resolution to 800X600 and that didn't help. I just downloaded the video card driver yesterday. The window mode does get it to start to bring up a window, but doesn't do anything. Deathmatch will play the intro video, then kicks out like HL2. Lost Coast does the same thing as HL2. Steam's help section has nothing on this. The only thing I can find about this is http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic17022-4.html but all the solutions there have not helped me any. My gut says this is some kind of video problem. But the card is good and the driver is current. That leaves something in the software, which I have not been able to find. Thanks for the help.
I have tried numerous launch options, none of them have worked. Steam support mentions nothing of this problem. I finally emailed them and am currently waiting for a response. I picked a friends brain at work today about this and he thought I had covered all the bases. I am pretty convinced this is some kind of video related problem. Probably caused by a software issue. I am curious what the Steam team tells me. I thank you for all your help.
Does this happen with other games as well?
I faced something similar a week ago with all my DirectX games, where everytime I load a game, I'm kicked back to the desktop and the game minimizes and refuses to be restored.
Turns out it was a software problem, and a process, namely XBoxStat.exe, was the cause. Apparently, it shouldn't be left running if the wireless adapter is not connected to the PC.
Run DxDiag, click the display tab, and try running the DirectX tests, if the same thing happens there, then this problem is not specific to HL2 and you should look into what processes you have running and start an elimination process one by one, until it works.