I played this whole game straight . I just loved it huge Half life fan. (still waiting for 3) (
I am at the very end of the Lambda chapter and am fighting off the aliens as the scientist opens the portal. As soon as the laser beam appears and the Xen portal begins to appear, the game just pauses and boom HL2.EXE error and windows screen.
This has happened during other parts of the game but after a restart it usually went away. I have put new drivers have restarted computer have put all setting to low and windowed mode but nothing.
My download files are from september 16 2012
Machine name: CORE
Operating System: Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit (6.3, Build 9600) (9600.winblue_gdr.131030-1505)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model: Z68A-D3H-B3
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.7GHz
Memory: 16384MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 16296MB RAM
Page File: 6335MB used, 12392MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570
Chip type: GeForce GTX 570
Also youtube video http://youtu.be/7xGia-n8QxI
Help !!! some save files right after that screen would also do the trick if someone has.