I then go into TF2's Properties, then to the Verify Integrity of Game Cache.This will start the Validation process but instead of going to 100% instantly, it takes a good 15 minutes to validate the files.
Things I have tried 1)Restarting Steam 2)Restarting computer 3)Delete Client 4)Deleting the local game content and re-downloading TF2 5)Defragmenting the game files None of these have resulted in a fix.For a few months now, Steam has been validating my files whenever I open it. What exactly is Steam doing when it says that it is validating files, and why does it need to do it so frequently?Here's what it looks like: After finding only way too many unsatisfactorily answered questions identical to this, I came to the conclusion that Steam sucks and just decided to live with it.Do not run the verification process while performing other system-intensive processes, such as defragmenting your hard drive or scanning for viruses.Do not run this process for multiple games at the same time.This occured to me once before with Counter-Strike: Source, and I sent in a support ticket but never got a response.
I don't think you downloaded the whole thing and thats why you might be getting this strange problem.
If something goes whacky with your game, this sometimes fixes it.
Steam support suggested it once and it got me out of a problem I had, so I try it again on occasion.
I've been aware of the validate steam cache files for a while.
You can do it manually from the properties tab by right clicking in the game list.
Specs: AMD Athlon 62 x2 3800 Radeon X1950XT 256mb 1.5gig ram Windows XP SP2 Any solution ideas would be greatly appreciated, I'd love to get on TF2 sometime!