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    Steam connection problems

    It seems that steam has been updated recently. The network was shut down for awhile yesterday.

    Quote Originally Posted by www.steampowered.com
    Since this morning's update was released, the Steam network has been overloaded, causing many Steam users to be unable to login.

    Until the Steam content servers are able to catch up with demand, some users will continue to experience slowness or unresponsiveness from the Steam client. We've been making some changes to the content servers today to accelerate this recovery, and we expect conditions to improve quite a bit by tomorrow morning.

    Thanks, again, for your patience after this update.
    If you are having problems with Steam, don't worry it will be working again soon.
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    Re: Steam connection problems

    Since the update, my NS has locked up 5 times in one night. It wouldn't be that bad if it didn't take the whole OS with it.

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    Re: Steam connection problems

    dont run CD with steam untill CD releases a new version.

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    Re: Steam connection problems

    This was after I realized that CD should not be running. About 10 minutes into a game, it will just lock up with an error in hl.exe. I reloaded NS (for the second time) and it still didn't help.

    Is there a way I could pay valve money not to update steam? I'll do it.

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    Re: Steam connection problems

    Figures the 2nd time I try to play NS in about 4 months... *cries* Can I assuming the error "This game is currently unavailable. Please try again at another time." is part of this? I finally got Steam itself to update but now it won't launch NS... I tried reading the NS.org forums but I didn't spot anyone specifying this particular error message?

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    Re: Steam connection problems

    Steam is a connection problem.


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    Re: Steam connection problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Geisha
    Figures the 2nd time I try to play NS in about 4 months... *cries* Can I assuming the error "This game is currently unavailable. Please try again at another time." is part of this? I finally got Steam itself to update but now it won't launch NS... I tried reading the NS.org forums but I didn't spot anyone specifying this particular error message?
    Mine updated last night, and it blew up when I tried to launch NS. So I exited and logged out of Steam, logged back in, and was able to get into NS okay after that.

    This may or may not fix you up, but you might want to try it.

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    Aaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. So THAT's the difference between "Exit" and "Exit and Logout". Good to know I'm still behind events. Thanks much!

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    Re: Steam connection problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Geisha
    Aaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. So THAT's the difference between "Exit" and "Exit and Logout". Good to know I'm still behind events. Thanks much!
    Glad to help, and welcome back.

    I hope your first Combat experience Friday (?) night was okay. It's a bit weird at first.

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    Exclamation Re: Steam connection problems

    I just got HL2 for Xmas and was having a terrible time getting Steam to work correctly.
    I have found the solution and am here to help anyone who has similar errors as explained below.

    I have fully documented my problems and tried to be as detailed as I can be to offer as much info
    to the public about this problem and solution as I can.

    I installed the game just fine, however when it gets to the Steam login window (after installing the
    latest version of steam and after it updates itself) I hit "Create new account" then enter my login/pass,
    then email, then it goes to the "Secret Question" window, I enter that, hit next and it says "Steam Working".
    After that, it pops up this message:

    ================================================== ================
    PreCondition Assertion Failed
    --------------------------------------------
    Name: ConnectionEstablished
    Program: D:\Program Files\Valve\Steam\Steam.exe
    File: Src\CSClientConnection.cpp
    Line: 755

    IsConnected()

    (Press Retry to debug the application)

    ABORT / RETRY / IGNORE
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
    ================================================== =================


    If I hit the RETRY button, the program will give me a windows error,
    If I hit the ABORT button, the program will terminate,
    If I hit the "IGNORE" button it continues and gives me a second error :


    ================================================== ==================
    PreCondition Assertion Failed
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    Name: SocketCreated
    Progam: D:\Program Files\Valve\Steam\Steam.exe
    File: Src\CSClientConnection.cpp
    Line: 908

    m_Socket != (SOCKET)(~0)

    (Press Retry to debug the application)

    ABORT / RETRY / IGNORE
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    ================================================== ==================


    If I press "Ignore" again,
    it continues and pops up another anoying error message:


    ================================================== ==================
    PreCondition Assertion Failed
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    Name: Connected
    Program D:\Program Files\Valve\Steam\Steam.exe
    File: Src\CSClientConnection.cpp
    Line: 909

    m_bConnected

    (Press Retry to debug the application)

    ABORT / RETRY / IGNORE
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    ================================================== ==================


    If I press IGNORE again,
    the Steam program freezes for a few seconds,
    then pops up this final error message:


    ================================================== ==================
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    Steam - Error

    Could not connect to Steam network.
    This could be due to a problem with your Internet connection,
    or with the Steam network.

    Please visit www.steampowered.com for more info.
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    ================================================== ==================


    But this cant correct.
    I check the steam network and it's up and running just fine.
    My internet connection is working just fine,
    I dont have any noticable problems with it...
    I am not running a firewall,
    I am not behind a router...

    Also, I had my steam folder open at the time that I got those error messages
    and after the final error message, a few new files popped into my steam folder,
    they are named Steam__106712__2004_12_26T15_3_43C11453.mdmp which is 65KB in size,
    Steam__106712__2004_12_26T15_3_33C1531.mdmp which is 63KB in size,
    and the "ClientRegistry.blob" file.
    Now i've seen several help forums suggest removing the "ClientRegistry.blob" file
    and restarting steam.exe, however that does not help my case.
    When I do this, and turn on steam again, it has me re-enter all my info agian,
    my login name/pass, email, secret question etc... then continues
    and does all those errors again.

    It was interesting to note that when I boot up my old 10gig backup hard drive
    (which is only a basic setup, I.E. a fresh copy of WinXP, vid and motherboard drivers,
    and all the latest Windows Updates, and just the Steam program installed),
    Steam worked like a charm...
    I could create my account no problem, login, change options,
    browse games, log out etc with no problems at all.
    I couldnt do this on my regular hard drive, so I knew something was confilicting with
    Steam in my regular hard drive...
    I needed to figure out what the heck was stopping Steam from working properly...

    I tried everything from making sure all the internet related "services" are running
    on my pc, to power cycling my external cable modem to get a fresh new IP, to beathing
    the $h!t out of my pc.... nothing seemed to work, however I can tell you from experience,
    that beating the $h!t out of your pc, while it doesnt seem to affect the problem in any
    positive way, it did help to relieve the massive ammounts of tension caused by the problem

    THE SOLUTION:
    =============

    After many long, hair pulling, pc beating hours, I finally discoverd the error!
    THE PROGRAM "Xfire" (a popular online gaming tool, similar to GameSpy) WAS CAUSING THE ERROR!
    I read countless forum posts on countless websites trying to resolve the Steam error when I came
    accross this posted at the official Steam website:

    This is the EXACT text of the post:
    -----------------------------------

    We have numerous reports of an incompatibility between the most recent versions of Steam and XFire.
    It causes "Could not connect to Steam" errors when you launch Steam.

    The XFire program LSP inserts itself in between other programs and Windows. The crash reports that
    we looked at involving this all indicate that something is getting corrupted on the way through that
    layer, and causing a crash in the Windows networking code when it gets there.

    Not everybody with both programs installed is getting this error, but for those that do,
    uninstalling XFire makes it stop happening.

    Some users have had the problem go away when turning off "Compatibility Mode" for Steam.exe

    - right-click Steam.exe
    - select properties
    - remove the check in the box next to "Run this app in compatibility mode. . ."

    Steam works best when "Compatibility Mode" is OFF. It should be off by default.

    END OF POST.
    -----------------------------------


    Just having Xfire installed is enuf for it to cause MAJOR problems with the Steam app.
    I too had Xfire installed, although, I never used it, didnt like it that much and preferred GameSpy Arcade
    so it simply just sat in my hard drive, dormant, and unused... I never had Xfire running and it still
    caused these massive errors! That's rite, it wasnt even running and still caused the errors!

    So, the solution to this nightmare-ish problem is to simply remove Xfire.
    Uninstalling Xfire will fix the problem like a charm. I did this and the very second that I uninstalled it,
    steam was able to connect and work just fine! I logged in, could browse game servers and
    etc...

    Now I am happily playing online

    Hope this helps someone out there.

    Regards,

    ToXic_Col_Krunch

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    Re: Steam connection problems

    Many thanks for the contribution, krunch. I'm glad to hear everything is working for you now.
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    Re: Steam connection problems

    Steam having issues? I don't believe it!
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