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joey.campanello Jul 13, 2013 @ 2:05am
Freeze/crash when saving
I'm having a problem with the game freezing and the audio looping almost every time I quick save. Also loading at checkpoints takes a really long time. Running Windows 7 64 bit with 8 gigs of RAM...I feel like it's a software issue. Would appreciate any help on this matter.
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LoneWolfDon Jul 13, 2013 @ 2:17am 
It's a great game (I just grabbed the Half-Life Complete Packge Deal when it was on sale a couple days back), but this freeze problem happens occasionally for me too (and sometimes when the game loads in transistioning from one area to another or a checkpoint). When it happens, I just be patient and wait (it can take up to between 10 to 20 seconds or so), and then the game continues working fine. It's quite annoying when it happens and can break immersion, but I usually have something to drink handy like a bottle of water, take a swig, stretch my arms, lean back and rest a moment, then it's back to the game.

I seem to recall reading in another thread that it could have something to do with the game connecting to Steam's servers in the background for the Cloud, or the Achivements or the trading-card junk or some such.. and with Steam's Summer Sale going on currently and their servers being hit hard, it could be causing that lag / freeze? I dunno.
SloopydrewReborn Jul 17, 2013 @ 4:07am 
Originally posted by joey.campanello:
I'm having a problem with the game freezing and the audio looping almost every time I quick save. Also loading at checkpoints takes a really long time. Running Windows 7 64 bit with 8 gigs of RAM...I feel like it's a software issue. Would appreciate any help on this matter.

I have the EXACT same OS and the EXACT same amount of RAM and am having the EXACT same problem. It is such a great game and it looks so pretty, despite being old, but this freezing for 40 seconds on every load and freezing for 40 seconds on every quicksave is driving me up a wall. Real immersion breaker.
Molestro Jul 18, 2013 @ 9:18pm 
Im having the same issues with freezing at Quick save points. Ive tried using the sv_autosave 0 in console and its not working. I also tried changing the Save file to read only in the program files

"Example: CProgram Files\Valve\Steam\SteamApps\vhold\half-life 2\hl2\SAVE

Hold down ctrl and select:
autosave.tga, autosave.sav, autosave01.tga and autosave01.sav

Right click on one of them and go to properties.

Click on 'read-only' then click OK."

Its still freezing. Ive tried Ctrl+Alt+Del to exit out, at my desktop I reselect the Half Life 2 icon on my task bar and then the game is working again.

Still its kind of messed up that this is happening. Im going to try and play offline and see if that rectifies the problem. Ill post again if it works.

MSI GT70
i7-3630qm
16gb DDR3 Ram
Nvidia GTX680m
Win 7



Molestro Jul 18, 2013 @ 9:36pm 
*Fixed

Start steam in ofline mode. No more intermitent freezing at quicksave points.

Enjoy the game friends.
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