Left 4 Dead 2 sound loop+black flickering screen till blue screen of death
I have a similar problem. i downloaded the game and i played the whole first chapter (Dead Center) just a couple of days ago. played it for more than an hour, got 2 achievements, and earned 4 cards. i wanted to start the next chapter The Passing) the day after. map was loading, when it finished i got repeated sound clips and a flickering black screen. if i didn't close it soon enough through the task manager or a false log-off, i'd get the blue screen. I tried verifying the game's cache integrity and it found one file that needed to be re-downloaded. it did that, as with the author of the original post it happened to be a 3MB file. I verified it again, nothing was wrong. still the same issue persisted with no difference
i understand that people had problems with "The Passing" when it first came out, but it surely can't be it because that was 3-4 years ago and I also tried going back and playing "Dead Center" again but i got the same problem.
however, 2 or 3 of the times i managed to save my computer from the blue screen, i got a little error message pop-up on the bottom right of the screen where your computer usually tells you random stuff about updates, etc. the message said,
Display driver has stopped responding and has recovered
Display driver Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Drivers for Windows XP (R) stopped responding and has successfully recovered.
I did attempt to update all drivers possibly related but Windows claimed they were all up to date. Keep in mind I played only played one day, the next it started to fail. I know there were no driver updates in between that time, the only thing that could have possibly updated was Steam itself.
I understand that many people claim that Intel Integrated graphics of whatever kind is the problem. I feel that that statement can only be half right, because my computer did run the game for a time with no problems but now there is a consistent unavoidable problem.
The exact GPU that my computer uses is Intel's "GMA X4500" that is used in combination with the Intel Celeron 450 processor and the Intel G41 Express Chipset (Also keep in mind that while my computer sounds like complete junk, and it is, it did in fact run L4D2 on all low settings with no issues AT ALL for the time I was able to play. My friend had a computer that used Intel HD 3000 on the i3-2310m processor and he played Left 4 Dead 2 all the time, online and off. Not once did he have a problem that I know of. So, enough with all the "Intel Integrated is your problem" s**t. It worked before, it can work again.
On a somewhat related note, I played some Counter Strike Source (which I've had for a long time now and have spent quite a number of hours on) after I rested from trying to fix L4D2 and I played a whole offline match just fine though when it tried to load the second map in the cycle it froze for quite some time, at least a whole minute or two, that is very unusual even with my dreadfully slow/bad computer. (the second map was whatever comes after cs_assault in the cycle). In case you didn't pay attention as to why this is kind of related, it is that both games run on the Source engine.
I looked for other solutions but everyone else seemingly made claims the Left 4 Dead never worked for them to begin with and so the solutions were related to that. I will post this here and as a separate discussion, I can only hope someone has a solution to this mess. Any sarcasm or "answers" such as, "The solution is to get a new computer/graphics card" or "The solution is to not play L4D2" and the like will be blatantly ignored. I appreciate any real answers or replies in relation to this problem.