sodsm_live Jun 20, 2013 @ 11:36pm
Source games halt at black screen when starting - Opensuse 12.3 64bit
beginning last night, any source game i try to run - L4D2, CSS, TF2 - goes to a black screen and just sit there after i hit the play button. only thing i can do is alt-tab out and force close the game. it had been running perfectly up until last night.

i had just finished a L4D2 online game, was in the lobby for it, pressed Leave This Lobby button and the screen went black. it had never done that before. i hit the ESC key and the main menu came up. then i hit exit and the game closed. that was the last time i was able to run any of the source games i have. other games that won't run are Anna and HL1.

all of these had run fine before last night. there may have been a steam update that applied last night but not sure(was late). some games that run fine are FTL, Penumbra, X3. i've restarted steam, restarted system, updated system(there was a kernel update i applied after this problem so that shouldn't be it).

Just got another steam client update but problem still persisting. Anyone have any ideas or need any more info?
Last edited by sodsm_live; Jun 20, 2013 @ 11:36pm
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Doc Holliday Jun 21, 2013 @ 8:41am 
what video drivers are you using and what card do you have?
Last edited by Doc Holliday; Jun 26, 2013 @ 1:58pm
sodsm_live Jun 21, 2013 @ 11:47am 
gtx 660 ti, 319.17
cincon Jun 21, 2013 @ 4:28pm 
I'm having the same problem
opensuse 12,3 64bit
Nvidia drivers 319.23, Card GTX 580

Portal was working on Wednesday, then Steam update as well as some opensuse updates on Thursday. Portal and all soure games stopped working

From the terminal there is this message
0621/192037:ERROR:resource_bundle.cc(411)] Failed to load Half-Life 2/cef_gtk.pak
Some features may not be available


I'm not sure what opensuse updates were applied

sodsm_live Jun 21, 2013 @ 5:00pm 
cincon, there was definitely a kernel update cuz i remember having to restart. but i am 99.99% positive that the issue happened immediately after the steam update
sodsm_live Jun 21, 2013 @ 5:01pm 
hmm just noticed you have 319.23 and i have .17
Hardtimes Jun 21, 2013 @ 5:02pm 
Originally posted by cincon:
I'm having the same problem
opensuse 12,3 64bit
Nvidia drivers 319.23, Card GTX 580

Portal was working on Wednesday, then Steam update as well as some opensuse updates on Thursday. Portal and all soure games stopped working

From the terminal there is this message
0621/192037:ERROR:resource_bundle.cc(411)] Failed to load Half-Life 2/cef_gtk.pak
Some features may not be available


I'm not sure what opensuse updates were applied

That error is unrelated. Since these are Source games, have you guys tried starting a game with the '-autoconfig' flag?
Last edited by Hardtimes; Jun 21, 2013 @ 5:18pm
cincon Jun 21, 2013 @ 5:47pm 
Looking at the update history for opensuse
19 June Kernel update
20 June udev, systemd, systemd-sysvint
21 June flash-player

The 20 June updates have these comments in the change log

Add allow-nuking-of-symlinks.patch: allow removal of some
specific symlinks created when enabling services (bnc#808144).


I was able to play Poral after the kernel update, I also had to reinstall Nvidia drivers after the kernel update, so its not that.

Tried starting Portal with -autoconfig in the launch parameters, no luck, same problem with black screen and having to kill the hl2 process.


sodsm_live Jun 22, 2013 @ 3:52pm 
have you made any progress cincon? all source games are still broken for me.
cincon Jun 22, 2013 @ 6:07pm 
No progress, I tried the Steam Offical Build Jun 6, 2013 at 13:40:41. Still no luck, I was using the beta build which had the June 20 update.

So I'm not sure if it's opensuse or steam
cincon Jun 24, 2013 @ 7:03pm 
I found that if I un-click "Enable Steam Communtiy In-Game" in the settings, all source games work. With this enabled source games crash at startup
sodsm_live Jun 24, 2013 @ 7:52pm 
well that doesn't work for me. no change. just still a black window.
arc| Gps Jun 25, 2013 @ 4:18pm 
No problems here but with amd vid card on openSUSE 12.3
sodsm_live Jun 25, 2013 @ 11:10pm 
it started working after a restart with the unchecking of community in-game. i assume that there were still some attached process running with having to force terminate source games so many times. thanks for the temp fix cincon.

@arc| Gps, do you have that setting still enabled?
Ina Jun 26, 2013 @ 12:53pm 
Same here with a Nvidia 560GTX TI, kernel 3.7.10-1.16-desktop 64bit and driver 319.17 from the OpenSuse 12.3 repository.

The un-click "Enable Steam Communtiy In-Game" trick works.
arc| Gps Jul 21, 2013 @ 12:32pm 
Originally posted by sodsm_live:
it started working after a restart with the unchecking of community in-game. i assume that there were still some attached process running with having to force terminate source games so many times. thanks for the temp fix cincon.

@arc| Gps, do you have that setting still enabled?

I just did a test and enabled, al in game messages.
Left For Dead still works.

I had some problems finding the right option but found it, its enabled. ( its on )

Seems to be nvidia related, prob best to report it on the git hib, and add its nvidia specific.
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