Crash on startup

no main menu except shows the g-man traffic cone loading screen then tells me Hl2.exe has stopped working.
HL2 and HL2 ep2 work fine

Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium


  Manufacturer TOSHIBA 
  Model Satellite L305 
  Total amount of system memory 2.00 GB RAM 
  System type 32-bit operating system 
  Number of processor cores 2 
  64-bit capable Yes 
  Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T3400 @ 2.16GHz 
  Total size of hard disk(s) 140 GB 
  Disk partition (C:) 18 GB Free (140 GB Total) 

Display adapter type Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family 
Total available graphics memory 829 MB 
Dedicated graphics memory 128 MB 
Dedicated system memory 0 MB 
Shared system memory 701 MB 
Display adapter driver version 
Primary monitor resolution 1280x800 
DirectX version DirectX 10


Laptops are horrible for gaming.

All I can think of is setting the DirectX level to 8.

(Enter this in startup options) :


adventures in laptop gaming

same thing happened by the way

Try -dxlevel7 .

Same thing :'c

I contacted Steam Support

and they said this:

Still the same thing happens after following instructions.

It’s -dxlevel 7
Notice the space.
Probably why it wasn’t working. Try it again WITH the space.

Works now!

I don’t know why the background wants to to disappear so much.


5 dumb already