Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2

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Alwaysanarchy Jul 10, 2013 @ 2:55pm
Xbox controller settings resetting every time I open the game.
Since the last update my whole game got messed up. Settings reset to their default configuration, including my controller settings, and every time I open my game it keeps getting to default config. It's so damn annoying having to reconfigure my custom settings every time i want to play. Any fix for this?
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Andrew :D Jul 10, 2013 @ 5:25pm 
Problem that I am having is that my keyboard settings become reset by default every time I start the game over again. So I can't vote yes or no or talk in the chat, or do any keyboard commands in game. I use the Xbox Controller as well and mine works just fine, it doesn't change it for my controller settings.
Alwaysanarchy Jul 10, 2013 @ 5:28pm 
My keyboard setting also reset to default, and my controller works fine too; the problem is that i have some buttons customized on my controller and they get reset because of the reset on the keyboard setting.
sshopie Jul 11, 2013 @ 4:39pm 
Me too everything defaults, controller and keyboard its all messed up you think they would test something like this before releasing the update. Please Fix Soon Not 6 Months From Now.
TheMaverickk Jul 28, 2013 @ 1:41pm 
Having the exact same problem. My custom controller/keyboard settings all reset to the default configuration every time I start the game. My friends don't seem to be having the same issue though. Even my sensitivity settings change. I hate spending 3-4 minutes every time I start up the game mapping my controls over to be comfortable.

If anyone finds a fix please post it.
you need to configure the controls via the config files in

C:/Program Files(x86)/steam/steamapps/common/Left 4 Dead 2/left4dead2/cfg

open up the 360controller file, and the confiig_default file and check out the bindings, then reconfigure from there. (do NOT edit the default_config file, ONLY edit the 360controller file) steam cloud will sync it after you save it and run the game, so it'll save for good.

heres an example if you havent done it before.

bind "B_BUTTON" "+reload" // (B) button - Reload

change the "+reload" to the action you want (button action assignments in config_default)

also side note, to have it so you your mouse and KB work while using the gamepad (because enabling the gamepad disables the KB) just add // in front of the very TOP line in the 360controller file, in front of the unbindall command

//unbindall // Prevent mouse/keyboard control when gamepad is in use (to prevent autoaim exploit)

like so.

if your still having trouble tell me the control scheme you want and ill whip one up for you ;)

or just DL mine (replace the one you have)


i hope this helps, and have fun :)
Last edited by 1SG. XxZIOIMIBIExX ®™; Jul 28, 2013 @ 2:07pm
Alwaysanarchy Jul 28, 2013 @ 3:07pm 
Thank you for the response 1SG. XxZIOIMIBIExX ®™, I'll be trying this shortly :tbphappy:
TheMaverickk Jul 28, 2013 @ 7:18pm 
Thanks for the Response Zioimibie,

I tried to follow the instructions outlined but sadly when I altered the 360controller file and then tried to boot up a campaign in game it would simply crash/close out.

So I ended up just replacing the 360controller file with your own controller set up.

Sadly it wasn't what I was looking for either, although much better then default.
If you can I'd greatly appreciate you whipping up a file for my preferred controller setting.

The only real important changes I have to make to the default scheme is this;

L_SHOULDER = +Duck (so that ducking happens only when you press down)
R_Shoulder = Voice Communicate
Back = Spray

Those are really the only important changes I need in my file.

Although I need the sensitivity of my Axis altered as well and couldn't figure out how to fix that default since the values don't give you much to work with.

For example my Horizontal axis sensitivity used to be roughly just under half way.
With my Vertical Axis used to be about half what my Horizontal sensitivity was.

All other keyboard keys are perfect. (M = team switch, U = Chat, I = Team Chat... which I believe are the defaults).

Mind you this wouldn't be an issue if it wasn't for that last update - _ -
My controls were untouched for almost 3 years.

Either way thanks for your help and any help in the future is appreciated.
alrighty maverick, i have re edited the controls for you so the you hold LB to duck, RB was already the voice button (can also have it open mic like the xbox just look in options), and i made the back button the spray. and upped the looking speed by 2x. plus got rid of the unbindall command so you can take over with your mouse and kb anytime just in case. :P


and what exactly did you have trouble with? i might be able to elaborate a bit more, but right now it just seems that you entered an incorrect binding for a button, an easy fix. just make sure you QUADRUPLE check the actions you want binded, some have a + in front of them so please look very carefully, and when you have it how you want (able to be edited while your ingame, so you dont reboot your game a trillion times)

just type exec 360controller in your console and it will activate it.

i hope i was able to help you out a bit more.
Last edited by 1SG. XxZIOIMIBIExX ®™; Jul 28, 2013 @ 11:12pm
sshopie Jul 29, 2013 @ 5:30pm 
REALLY NO UPDATE FOR THIS PROBLEM YET!!! WOWWW You think they would see everybody complaining about this and fix but i guess they dont take the time and read the forums, instead they have there loyal customers try to fix it.
Last edited by sshopie; Jul 29, 2013 @ 5:31pm
Originally posted by sshopie:
REALLY NO UPDATE FOR THIS PROBLEM YET!!! WOWWW You think they would see everybody complaining about this and fix but i guess they dont take the time and read the forums, instead they have there loyal customers try to fix it.
umm dude, if you look up a post or 2 i tell you the solution....
Starz Jul 29, 2013 @ 10:27pm 
I'm really sick of this it even resets during the a game as soon as you leave the options menu.
I'm hating it as well here >_<
Starz Jul 29, 2013 @ 10:35pm 
1SG. XxZIOIMIBIExX ®™ .... I did as you suggested but it gave me a error and it says "Windows can't open this file". any suggestions for some of us that aren't in IT field.
TheMaverickk Aug 2, 2013 @ 9:20pm 
Just wanted to say thanks to Ziombie, for all the help that for the most part fixed all my issues and has made it more enjoyable. You went above and beyond what I expected and the small tips were enough for me to figure the rest out. Thank you
hydra Feb 25, 2014 @ 9:17am 
yeah i got mine to work by going to :/Program Files(x86)/steam/steamapps/common/Left 4 Dead 2/left4dead2/cfg and edit the 360controller.cfg add // to the first line thats unbindall and it will rem the in game settings from now on.
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