Acadium Jan 6 @ 7:16pm
SFM Just Doesn't Work
I work with SFM, or have tried, on two computers.

One: It loads up blank. No template to start, nothing. I load a map, it crashes. I've validated the files multiple times, and it keeps coming up with bad files. Suggestions?

Other one comes up with the template, but I load a map and it crashes. No idea what's going on with either.

Any help?
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Not without you computer specs and crash messages.
Acadium Jan 6 @ 7:38pm 
Originally posted by Pte Jack:
Not without you computer specs and crash messages.

No crash message. Just doesn't respond, closes.

How do I find my specs? I'm not much of a hardware guy :3
go to 'My Computer', right click on any empty space on the window and select 'properties'.
Acadium Jan 7 @ 2:14pm 
Originally posted by Pte Jack:
Not without you computer specs and crash messages.

Thanks to Emperor, I have my specs.

Manufacturer: Dell
Model: Inspiron 530
Rating: 3.8
Processor: Intel Core 2 Qua CPU, Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz
Memory (RAM): 4 gb
System type: 32-bit operating system

(It's Vista)

Originally posted by EmperorFaiz:
go to 'My Computer', right click on any empty space on the window and select 'properties'.

This is the better working one.
Ok, this is a laptop (??) and I suspect has an Intel HD3000 or lower Video chipset. Or is an older Desktop that has an Intel GMA X3100 graphics set. This would explain why your are having problems.

These are the minumum specs for SFM

OS: Windows 7 / Vista (Windows 7 64 bit suggested)
Processor: 3.0 GHz P4, Dual Core 2.0 (or higher) or AMD64X2 (or higher)
Memory: 2GB (4 GB suggested)
Hard Disk Space: At least 15 GB of Space
Video: NVIDIA GeForce 200 series card or better, or AMD Radeon 3000 series or better (NVIDIA GeForce 400 series or AMD Radeon 5000 series preferred)
Monitor: 1366 x 768 (1920 x 1080 suggested)
Audio: DirectX 9.0c compatible
USB headset with mic (suggested)

The program is a memory hog and is graphics intensive. Even though your computer can play some of the higher end games, like L4D series and TF2, it doesn't mean you'll be able to run SFM.

If you really want to find out what your computer specs are, goto www.piriform.com and download a program called Speccy. Load that up and post the summary screen

The info will look like this

Operating System
Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64-bit
CPU
Intel Core i7 740QM @ 1.73GHz 63 °C
Clarksfield 45nm Technology
RAM
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
Hewlett-Packard 1590 (CPU)
Graphics
Generic PnP Monitor (1920x1080@120Hz)
1024MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5800 Series (HP) 64 °C
Hard Drives
932GB Western Digital WDC WD10TPVT-65HT5T0 (SATA) 35 °C
Optical Drives
hp BDDVDRW CA21N
Audio
AMD High Definition Audio Device
Acadium Jan 7 @ 6:58pm 
Originally posted by Pte Jack:
Ok, this is a laptop (??)

Sad part: This is a desktop. I can barely play TF2. So that makes sense as to why I can't play it. Will update you in a few days on the 7. (Also Desktop)

Something to note about it: it has a CPU that can't run Portal 2 or CS:GO. I figured this out in another question. I have an Intel and I need an AMD. That may be of assistance.
Welcome to one of the concerns of my world. I build my own machines. The biggest problem with technology today is that by the time you pick up the newest/fastest part, it is obsolete by the time you pay for it and walk it out the door. lol.
Acadium Jan 8 @ 12:51pm 
Originally posted by Pte Jack:
Welcome to one of the concerns of my world. I build my own machines. The biggest problem with technology today is that by the time you pick up the newest/fastest part, it is obsolete by the time you pay for it and walk it out the door. lol.

Tell me about it. My brother built this computer for me (on the 7 now, specs in a moment) a year and a half ago. Also the graphics card was shot, and there's no disk drive. If I knew a single thing about computers aside from programs, (not programMING, programs) then I'd do something.

Specs time:

Rating: 4.9
Processor: AMD FX-4100 Quad-Core Processor
Installed memory (RAM): 8 GB (7.5 usable)
System type: 64-bit OS
Windows 8.1 got a way from the Windows Experience Index number. If you want that number you have to go and dig through files to get it. I guess computer companies complained that sales were going down as result of the low performance numbers. The only way I would buy a manufactured machine is if I know what that number is. If I can't see the number, I build the machine myself.
Acadium Jan 8 @ 1:09pm 
Originally posted by Pte Jack:
Windows 8.1 got a way from the Windows Experience Index number. If you want that number you have to go and dig through files to get it. I guess computer companies complained that sales were going down as result of the low performance numbers. The only way I would buy a manufactured machine is if I know what that number is. If I can't see the number, I build the machine myself.

So do you need more specs? If not, what might be the problem? As I speak though, I am reinstalling SFM.
If you really want to find out what your computer specs are, goto www.piriform.com and download a program called Speccy. Load that up and post the summary screen

The info will look like this

Operating System
Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64-bit
CPU
Intel Core i7 740QM @ 1.73GHz 63 °C
Clarksfield 45nm Technology
RAM
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
Hewlett-Packard 1590 (CPU)
Graphics
Generic PnP Monitor (1920x1080@120Hz)
1024MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5800 Series (HP) 64 °C
Hard Drives
932GB Western Digital WDC WD10TPVT-65HT5T0 (SATA) 35 °C
Optical Drives
hp BDDVDRW CA21N
Audio
AMD High Definition Audio Device

Like I said here, download speccy and post the summary. If you say you have a hard time running Portal2 and CS:GO, then most likely you won't be able to run SFM.
Last edited by Pte Jack is away for a MONTH; Jan 8 @ 1:12pm
Nerp Jan 8 @ 4:22pm 
Animation programs eat hardware for breakfast. They'll be more demanding than video games.
It'd be nice if SFM could change the quality of models with just a hotkey like Maya, for the more demanding scenes.
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