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So, bought the Orange Box for PC a few days back (had it on my 360 for a while, but the TF2 on there was so... bland) after selling some 360 games to my classmates.

Downloaded Team Fortress 2 and the rest of the Orange Box, and then tried to launch it. Didn't work, had to go to the Task Manager and End Process 'hl2.exe'.
Did it a few times, and it refused to launch - the Preparing to Launch window would always pop up, and then disappear, with no validating message or game or anything.

Turned on Game Mode for Bitdefender, and it still didn't work.
Added -autoconfig and -window, and it finally launched after a few tries.
Redownloaded and reinstalled TF2, and it launched like once every 7 tries.
Deleted the clientregistry.blob (well, the filename was something like that), and it launched like once every 4 times.

So, can any of you help me with my dilemma? I just want TF2 to reliably launch every time.

Using a LEGIT copy of Windows 7 x64 Professional, Bitdefender Total Security 2011 (yeah, I had this before building this rig and hearing about Malwarebytes and MSE), and an Xbox 360 controller with a 360 headset attached for a microphone


EDIT: Half Life 2 works, and so does the Cinematic Mod.
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Do any of the other orange box games work?

Have you tried running it without the 360 controller?
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Half Life 2 and all its episodes launch first try.

Haven't tried Portal, and yes, I've tried w/o the 360 controller (every now and then I forget about the mic )
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There's a slew of reasons why TF2 crashes upon start, it really does suck but - PC gaming at its' finest.

Disable any background applications that you don't need, messenger, browser etc. Bare minium.

Have you tried a lower directx level? -dxlevel 80 . Basically, we're going to have to throw the book at it and see what sticks.
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Just tried it, and -dxlevel 80 does not work.

Browsers and stuff are always closed when I game because I'm OCD about RAM and stuff, despite the fact that most games don't even use much.
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Steam overlay disabled?
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If that means not checking the Enable Steam Community In-Game, then yes. Doesn't work.

EDIT: And when did you turn into a Mod??? I swore I gave you rep just yesterday!
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If that means not checking the Enable Steam Community In-Game, then yes. Doesn't work.

EDIT: And when did you turn into a Mod??? I swore I gave you rep just yesterday!
Yes, the steam overlay is the in-game community checkbox.

Just became a mod today .
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You didn't buy enough hats.

Real problem there.
    
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Congrats on the Mod promotion!

And $7.49 for a hat, srsly??? Those prices are ridiculous.

Still doesn't work, must be a lost cause.
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