I’ve been out for a year, moved out of home and such so I’ve been away from the level design threads and steam in general overall.
I recently got a new laptop that’s strong enough for Source and all it’s mods, so I thought it would be perfect for level design.
Operating system is Windows 8, graphics run by AMD, specs are pretty great overall.
It started with Half Life 2: Episode 2
After downloading it, running it and saving my settings, I load up Source SDK. It tells me that it can’t find the configuration “gameinfo.txt” in username/half-life 2 episode two/ep2/ because the path doesn’t exist, so I checked the file paths and nothing is in steamapps/username/half-life 2 episode two/ep2/ but rather steamapps/common/ep2/ep2.
Upon editing game configurations and loading EP2 from common, hammer starts just fine until I try to start a new map. When I select New, a popup immediately appears and tells me that it failed to load the default scheme file and “the map views may be missing some visual elements.” After I select OK, hammer greets me with a completely empty and distorted window (like winning in Solitaire on windows 95/XP) and crashes right away.
Resetting game configurations, verifying the integrity of all the caches, reinstalling the games, tools and files all do nothing.
Even when I load up Episode 2 again, it never saves any of my settings and reverts everything including the resolution back to default.
There’s a new file that installed itself; “Source SDK Base 2013 singleplayer” and launching from this configuration does nothing.
What the heck happened? Major update or am I just plain out of luck?
I’ve never had a problem like this and I can’t seem to find anyone else who has.