Left 4 Dead 2

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Untoten Fuchs Jul 20, 2013 @ 10:43am
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.
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Flame Nov 3, 2013 @ 11:11am 
I have this problem.
luisandres_ladm Dec 27, 2013 @ 4:27pm 
I have the same thing... i was playing 2 days ago, and normal just having a good time, playing vs and stuff.... and then now i cant play ..... im♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥off cause it was working and now it doesnt work...
Untoten Fuchs Dec 29, 2013 @ 2:26pm 
ah, idk what to do for you guys. i didn't even think about this game when i bought a graphics card. if you guys want to play the game, you're on a desktop with my exact issue, and you don't mind spending a little all you need is an entry level card. i got myself a radeon hd 5450, it's not great but it's good enough. i can play the game just fine now. i got mine over black friday for about $28 including shipping. at MOST you'll pay $50 for either radeon hd 5450/6450/r5 or nvidia gt 610/(and whenever the feel like releasing it)710
Patrix Dec 29, 2013 @ 2:39pm 
krasne to je
Jorge Jan 15, 2014 @ 1:13pm 
I do have the same problem, Steam fix this soon.
=LD=DukeNukem Jan 15, 2014 @ 2:33pm 
Same issue, hopefully there is a fix.
Jorge Daniel Jan 17, 2014 @ 11:36am 
If a developer needs more info feel free to ask.
8114 Feb 21, 2014 @ 12:43pm 
Same here -.-
Calmoon Mar 11, 2014 @ 4:28pm 
Hello guys! I was also having this problem. It's pretty simple to fix, Right-Click Left 4 Dead 2 in your Library -----> Settings -----> Set Launch-Options. Then type in +mat_hdr_level 0 and click ok. Done! This will disable game shadows. It will look ♥♥♥♥♥♥ but it's worth it!
ImADinosaur Mar 11, 2014 @ 7:20pm 
wat the
Talisman |CoN| Jan 16, 2015 @ 10:13pm 
Originally posted by Jvitor210:
Hello guys! I was also having this problem. It's pretty simple to fix, Right-Click Left 4 Dead 2 in your Library -----> Settings -----> Set Launch-Options. Then type in +mat_hdr_level 0 and click ok. Done! This will disable game shadows. It will look ♥♥♥♥♥♥ but it's worth it!
So for me I still have no difference does it work for you guys?
Lord Ceinesse Feb 12, 2015 @ 12:53am 
Guys. I think I might know what's causing this. It could be of how much memory you have, and it could also be that someone hacked the file and you were unlucky and got the corrupted file.
You could try verifying your game cache.

From the Library section, right-click on Left 4 Dead 2 and select Properties from the menu.
Select the Local files tab and click the Verify integrity of game cache... button.
Steam will verify the game's files - this process may take several minutes.

You should only use a reinstall as a last resort.
If this does not work you could try Deleating Local Game Files, Backup Game Files, Cleanup PC (May be too much data/space), Report bug to Steam Support, Look at Game Files for anything fishy or unusal, Get a Flashdrive to get a lot of stuff like pictures off your PC or you could Get a new PC or Hardrive and that should do the trick if none above work
Lord Ceinesse Dec 7, 2015 @ 1:00am 
Also, try typing a command into the console/properties. Here it is: -autoconfig. Hopefully this will help :P
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