Captain Host Jun 28, 2013 @ 1:04pm
Fixes/Updates for SteamPipe broken HL2 mods
This thread is a compilation of community achieved fixes for HL2/EP1/EP2 mods that were broken after the SteamPipe update to all Valve games.
Here you can find downloadable fixes and guides how to make other mods work.
Remember to always backup the original "gameinfo.txt".

FIXES FOR BROKEN MODS
Report broken mods please.
1187 w/ Rogue Train DLC (required)
FIX: None for now.
COMMENT: Needs Source SDK Base 2007. Main campaign doesn't work because scenes don't work and are reported missing (they're not!). Rogue Train bonus map seems to work just fine.

Aberration
FIX: Replace "gameinfo.txt" file and delete "background01.bsp" in "maps" folder.
COMMENT: Seems to work. Needs HL2:EP2.

Attempt to Survive[www.dropbox.com]
FIX: Just download and replace "gameinfo.txt" file.
COMMENT: Fix seems to work 100%.

BLACK SNOW[www.dropbox.com]
FIX: Obsolete.
COMMENT: Fix is obsolete. It seems like the main problem in the mod is the DirectX (thanks to Joey Hoff for this info, see post #168)

Combine Destiny[www.dropbox.com]
FIX: Just replace "gameinfo.txt" file.
COMMENT: Don't forget to install update 1.1. Fix works 100%.

Depot[www.dropbox.com]
FIX: Just download replace "gameinfo.txt" file.
COMMENT: Works 100%.

Drowned World[www.dropbox.com]
FIX: Download replace "gameinfo.txt" file. Then go to "steam\steamapps\sourcemods\Drowned World\maps" and chnage the name of the file "background01.bsp" to something else.
COMMENT: Seems to work 100%.

Eye of the Storm[www.dropbox.com]
FIX: Just download replace "gameinfo.txt" file.
COMMENT: Fix seems to work 100%.
G-String
COMMENT: Works 100% without fixes. Only needs Source SDK Base 2006 installed.

Get a Life
COMMENT: Works 100% without fixes. Only needs Source SDK Base 2006 installed.

Grey
COMMENT: New version fixed for SteamPipe. Just download from ModDB page.

Nightmare House 2
FIX: Replace "gameinfo.txt". Delete "background01.bsp" from "maps" folder. The background map seems to have a problem and the game won't start.
COMMENT: Only tested bits and pieces of the mod, no problems found. The HUD isn't displaying correctly and zombies have headcrabs. You can also check this thread http://forums.wecreatestuff.com/index.php?/topic/76873-guide-to-solve-problems-in-nightmare-house-2/

Joutomaa (Redux)[www.dropbox.com]
FIX: Just download and replace "gameinfo.txt" file.
COMMENT: Fix seems to work 100%.

Korsakovia[www.dropbox.com]
FIX: Just download and replace "gameinfo.txt" file.
COMMENT: Fix seems to work 100%.

Mesa-Fallback
FIX: Just download and replace "gameinfo.txt" file.
COMMENT: Needs HL2:EP2.

Post Script[www.dropbox.com]
FIX: Just download and replace "gameinfo.txt" files.
COMMENT: I was only able to test a bit, but it did work 100%.

Silent Escape[www.dropbox.com]
FIX: Just download and replace "gameinfo.txt" file.
COMMENT: Works 100%.

SMOD[www.dropbox.com]
FIX: Replace the mod files with the ones in the .zip.
COMMENT: Fix made by Pepsifan04. I believe it works for all SMOD's.
Also, check these two SMOD's
http://www.moddb.com/mods/smod-crylife (best SMOD out there)
http://www.moddb.com/mods/smod/downloads/smod-redux-version-10-v2
They don't need fixes and work very well, especially Crylife, which is the latest SMOD based release and is still in development ;)

Spherical Nightmares
FIX: Official fix. Just download and replace "gameinfo.txt" file.

The Citizen 1 & 2
FIX: Working 100%.
COMMENT: Only need Source SDK Base 2006 installed.

The Road to Abyss
FIX: None.
COMMENT: Unfixable (it seems).

TITAN: XCIX - Part ONE[www.dropbox.com]
FIX: Just download replace "gameinfo.txt" file.
COMMENT: Works 100%.

EP2 MOD FIX
To start, open your broken mod's "gameinfo.txt". It should look like this:
FileSystem
{
SteamAppId 420
ToolsAppId 211


SearchPaths
{
Game |gameinfo_path|.
Game |all_source_engine_paths|ep2
Game |all_source_engine_paths|episodic
Game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2
}
}
}
Replace it by the code below:
FileSystem
{
SteamAppId 420


SearchPaths
{
game+mod |gameinfo_path|.
platform |gameinfo_path|.

game_lv hl2/hl2_lv.vpk
game+mod ep2/ep2_english.vpk
game+mod ep2/ep2_pak.vpk
game |all_source_engine_paths|episodic/ep1_english.vpk
game |all_source_engine_paths|episodic/ep1_pak.vpk
game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_english.vpk
game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_pak.vpk
game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_textures.vpk
game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_sound_vo_english.vpk
game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_sound_misc.vpk
game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_misc.vpk
platform |all_source_engine_paths|platform/platform_misc.vpk

mod+mod_write+default_write_path |gameinfo_path|.

game+game_write |gameinfo_path|.

gamebin episodic/bin

game |all_source_engine_paths|episodic
game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2
platform |all_source_engine_paths|platform
}
}
}
This should make your EP2 mod functional (SteamAppId 420).

HL2 MOD FIX
As in EP2 fix, you start by opening the mod's "gameinfo.txt". It should look like this:
FileSystem
{
SteamAppId 220
ToolsAppId 211

SearchPaths
{
Game |gameinfo_path|.
Game sourcetest
Game hl2
}
}
}
Replace the it by this:
FileSystem
{
SteamAppId 220

SearchPaths
{
game+mod |gameinfo_path|.
platform |gameinfo_path|.

game_lv hl2/hl2_lv.vpk
game+mod hl2/hl2_sound_vo_english.vpk
game+mod hl2/hl2_pak.vpk
game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_textures.vpk
game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_sound_misc.vpk
game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_misc.vpk
platform |all_source_engine_paths|platform/platform_misc.vpk

mod+mod_write+default_write_path |gameinfo_path|.
game+game_write |gameinfo_path|.
gamebin hl2/bin

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2
platform |all_source_engine_paths|platform
}
}
}
Thos should fix your HL2 mod (SteamAppId 220).

OPTIONAL HL2/EP2 FIX
Use this fix in the case the original fix allows you to start your mod, but it crashes with missing files.
Open "gameinfo.txt" from the mod and replace the "FileSystem" section and everything below by this:

HL2 mods
FileSystem
{
SteamAppId 215
ToolsAppId 211

SearchPaths

Game |gameinfo_path|.
Game sourcetest
Game hl2
}

EP2 mods
FileSystem
{
SteamAppId 218
ToolsAppId 211
AdditionalContentId 420

SearchPaths

Game |gameinfo_path|.
Game |all_source_engine_paths|sourcetest
Game |all_source_engine_paths|ep2
Game |all_source_engine_paths|episodic
Game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2
}

NOTE
Usually mods that have these "SteamAppId" don't need any fix:
FileSystem
{
SteamAppId 215 // Source SDK Base 2006
FileSystem
{
SteamAppId 218 // Source SDK Base 2007

FIX FOR MISSING TEXTURES AND MODELS
There will be cases in which you get missing textures and models. To fix this, use Valve's VPK tool ([anysourcegame]/bin/vpk.exe) to extract HL2 and EP2 content. Then copy "models" and "materials" folder to the mod's directory (delete everything else). Don't overwrite any files.
HL2 -» "SteamApps\common\Half-Life 2\hl2\hl2_textures_dir.vpk"
EP2 -» "SteamApps\common\Half-Life 2\ep2\ep2_pak_dir.vpk"
VPK tool -» "SteamApps\common\[anysourcegame]\bin\vpk.exe"
Just drag and drop HL2/EP2 .vpk file on "vpk.exe" and it will start extracting the files.
NOTE: In some mods, sounds might not be played and particles might not be displayed. This won't be fixed by copying "particles" and "sounds" folder to the mod's directory. I've tried it, and it didn't work. You can try anyway.


Last edited by Captain Host; Mar 27 @ 3:22pm
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nickmlux Jun 29, 2013 @ 12:08pm 
Hmm... tried it, it was worth a shot but no. I did stumble across a copy and paste site which had similarly revised game info files. Hey ho... thanks for posting every little helps.
Captain Host Jun 29, 2013 @ 2:47pm 
I know this guide looks pretty complicated, but please tell me what can I improve for better understanding.
SgtRedRock Jul 5, 2013 @ 1:25pm 
Peter, excellent research work.This worked for me with no hitches on the mod "Spherical Nightmares". Thank you.
Captain Host Jul 5, 2013 @ 1:36pm 
Happy to help ;)
jpstuckinnj Jul 6, 2013 @ 7:24am 
Peter, Yes Thank You. I was able to get Silent Escape, Spherical Nightmares and Research and Development all working again with this one fix. It's not complicated, it is just alot of text that needs cutting and pasting. As long as someone follows your directions fully which is to delete everything starting at Filesystem and below in the gameinfo.txt file for each mod and pastes this exactly with no changes it works perfectly. Now of course I haven't played each more than 5 minutes but hey at least they are starting now! :) Thanks again.
Captain Host Jul 6, 2013 @ 9:15am 
Happy to help everyone. If you know anyone with problems, just be sure to share this guide.
I'm going to update it soon to also show how to fix HL2 mods.
Unfortunately, I still haven't found a fix for HL2:EP1 mods. They're not many however.
Nakula Jul 6, 2013 @ 4:25pm 
UR A GENIUS. thx :)
Captain Host Jul 6, 2013 @ 4:30pm 
Thank YOU !

Also, I want to ask to write down which mod did you get to work, so I can add them to the topic as confirmed to be compatible with the fixes.
soulm Jul 11, 2013 @ 10:58am 
This worked for me. Thank you very much.
SgtRedRock Jul 11, 2013 @ 7:22pm 
Here's a list of mods that I've tried. The ones with a plus needed no modification to the gameinfo.txt file. The ones with a minus worked after applying your fix. Note: to make sure I was testing correctly, I deleted all Half Life 2 content and made sure my sourcemods, {username}, temp, and downloading folders were empty, then re-downloaded and installed HL2, EP1, EP2 and finally re-downloaded from Desura the following MODS:

Half Life
+Black Mesa
+Awakening
+The Citizen
+Combine Combat
-Combine Destiny
+Curse Episode 1
-Rebellion
-Titan:XCIX- Part One
+Underhell

HL EP2
-Spherical Nightmares
-Mission Improbable
-Research & Development
+Precursor
-Outpost 16

It's stated already by Peter that EP1 mods do not work but I treid Sebastion and confirmed, I cannot run it. Peter, if you get it to work, let us know! Thanks for your work on this.
Last edited by SgtRedRock; Jul 11, 2013 @ 8:52pm
Ryan James Jul 14, 2013 @ 12:53am 
How can I also fix mods for Episode One? Like "MINERVA: Metastasis" for example?
Last edited by Ryan James; Jul 14, 2013 @ 12:54am
Captain Host Jul 14, 2013 @ 3:18am 
Originally posted by RYANSUPERGENIUS1123:
How can I also fix mods for Episode One? Like "MINERVA: Metastasis" for example?

Hi. MINERVA has now an updated 2013 Steam version, however I haven't tested it. Have you tested it already?
Captain Host Jul 14, 2013 @ 8:44am 
I downloaded and installed MINERVA along with EP1. It all seems to be working great. I believe it is standalone now. Go ahead and play it!
SgtRedRock Jul 14, 2013 @ 10:48am 
Same here, downloaded the 2013 version and it worked perfectly.
Ryan James Jul 14, 2013 @ 2:48pm 
It worked perfectly before the SteamPipe conversion. Now it crashes with this error: "Can't find background image materials/console/startup_loading.vtf".
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