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T4thR Mar 17, 2013 @ 3:50pm
L4D Game Won't Start
I recently loaded L4D again after a year or so. Tried to play and it just goes to trying to launch screen and closes.
Things I have tried are:
Verify cache
Uninstall / Reinstall game (3 times)
Open up firewall to Steam
Changed folder permissions to 777 (open)
Changed exe to windows xp compatibility (currently running windows 7 64bit)
Stopped / Started Steam Services

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Ŧђɇ ƼϮϞ §μȑ√iⱴ۞ѓ Mar 17, 2013 @ 9:45pm 
Do you have any addons installed? Or have you ever edited the pak01_dir.vpk file?

It's also possible that you need better video drivers, or the drivers you have are crashing the game to desktop.
ABlindSniper115 Mar 18, 2013 @ 6:00am 
When you uninstalled and reinstalled L4D, may I ask how you did that? It makes a difference.
T4thR Mar 18, 2013 @ 12:24pm 
no addons, and never edited the .vpk file.

uninstalled by deleting local content / reloading and via the control panel.

Video drivers are up to date. I have the GTS 450 video card. Was getting bored with bo2 and was really looking forward to playing this game again, always did like it.
ABlindSniper115 Mar 18, 2013 @ 12:26pm 
Try finding L4D's file on your computer, deleting it, then reinstalling it. L4D crashed every time I tried to load a campaign. No black screen, no error messages, no nothing. Nothing fixed it until I tried completely deleting and reinstalling it.
T4thR Mar 18, 2013 @ 1:30pm 
thanks, trying that way now. I'll update when it's done downloading.
T4thR Mar 18, 2013 @ 1:48pm 
That did not work either. I opened a ticket with steam yesterday but they have yet to reply to it.
HunterKiller Mar 19, 2013 @ 2:19pm 
I'm now getting a, Failed to create D3D device, error. Can't post the whole error, it won't let me. I also tried to screen grab it but, my screen grab will not work with the error message open. :(
Last edited by HunterKiller; Mar 19, 2013 @ 2:22pm
Whitti Mar 21, 2013 @ 11:43am 
I found that turning off my anti virus while playing stoped it from crashing..
Slither Feb 12 @ 4:09am 
I fixed it by getting a disk check which proceeded to fix a bunch of corrupt files, and then it started working again after it was done... sorry this advice isn't very straight for ward but i never thought I'd fix it in the first place so i had no hope of the check disk doing anything
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Date Posted: Mar 17, 2013 @ 3:50pm
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