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Windows 7: Half-Life 2

28 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7
Half-Life 2

I did not have these problems on Vista.

1. When I run steam, i open half-life 2 (its the only game atm that I installed).
I see a black screen where the VALVE and SOURCE logo should be. I also hear the sound that plays as the logos are shown, but I only see black. I see no creepy valve logo guy.

2. After that, the game starts and the aspect ratio is kept. i see black bars on the left and right of my widescreen monitor and I hate it. I do not want to change my resolution higher, I want to keep it 1024 x 768 and stretch it to the sides of the screens. The game runs smoother the lower the resolution. Thats how it was in Vista.

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29 Nov 2009   #2

7600.20510 x86

In the game, you have to choose a resolution with the same aspect ratio as your screen is. If you can't do that in the game, you're out of luck unless you want to somehow distort the screen so a square appears as a rectangle; not good.

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29 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro

Hi Johnnymushio,

You've not said what size your monitor is, so your question is kind of hard to answer. However, I have a 22" LCD monitor with a native resolution of 1680x1050 and an apect ration of 6:10. As a test I was able to set Half-Life 2's resolution at 1024x768 and play the game in full screen (without black bars anywhere). I myself play the game at my native resolution (1680x1050) and have never had a problem.

Bottom line is you can play at that resolution in full screen without issue provided your monitor supports that resolution. If you're having issues, you might want to check your video drivers as this game plays in full screen whatever the resolution.

Also, in the in-game settings under video, make sure you set the "Aspect Ratio" to 4:3 if you're going to play at 1024x768 - that might be your problem.

If you continue to have issues with the game you may need to reinstall steam.

Hope this helps.
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