This post is to help people,who have Half-Life 2: Episode 1 but it keeps crashing at load screen on them,or even not letting them inot the game at all.
this is happening to ALOT of people.http://forums.steampowered.com...show...threadid=443922
i got the game the day it was release and have not been able to play it untill today,
but now i can,lol steam making paying beta testers out of its customers.
this crashing problem is happening mosty to people using ATI drivers.
there are a few methods on how to fix the problem,
most people using a 6.5 ati cat drivers can just uninstall them and install the 6.4 and the game will work fine.
other will not be so lucky,
if the above method does not work for you,try this,force the game to run in directx 8.1 mode,this solves the crashing problems,but you will lose the HDR effects.
do do this-
open steam,right episode one,click properties,
click set launch properties, and copy "-dxlevel 81" into the box,with out the quotation marks(").
try lanuching the game,if it does not work,restart your computer,and try it again,
also some people have had better luck doing this with steam in "offline mode"
people who have got the game working found,that when they raised the game res to over 1208x1024 it began crashing at level laoding screen and not letting them inot the game,if this happen restart your computer and hopefull the game will ahve gone back to default settings.
hopefully steam will soon release a patch and the game will be playable by eveyone in HDR.
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