HL:2/CS:S error; caused by Boot Camp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by asherman13, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 31, 2005
    SF Bay Area, CA
    Once I finish installing the 5th disc, I try to run Steam and I get the following error message:

    Steam.exe (main exception): CMultiFieldBlob(pSerialized): Bad field - extends past end of blob

    and I can only click "OK". I've rebooted and still gives the message when I try to run Steam or CS or HL. I've installed it twice and it still won't change; I have about 3GB left on the HDD partition after I installed it.

    Is this caused by Boot Camp or by Steam, or what? My HL:2 discs are legit.; bought 'em from Best Buy yesterday.
  2. macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan
    Looks like your stuck maybe the discs have a problem with them? First take a check on the Steam web site, do a search with the error you may get someone with a similar problem. It may be your discs or the version number, I'm not sure.

    You can try deleting or uninstalling it and try again, if it's your discs though you might have to head to best buy and exchange it for another copy. Also there is an alternate way to install it, it takes a LONG time though and would require you installing it on a PC. You'd have to install it get a Steam ID and register the games with it. Then go on your Mac, download Steam from the Steam site and it will know that you can download those games from Steam for free since you own them. It will take a while because Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike: Source together are like 8gb. Go to Best Buy and explain that the software isn't working on your PC. Don't mention the Boot Camp thing though, they'll probably find some way to screw you out of an exchange.

    Good luck! :)
  3. Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    Did you install Steam from steampowered.com? Make sure you have all Windows updates. Make sure you have DirectX 9.0c installed, etc etc. :)
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2005
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Disconnect form steam
    Close steam (with task manager)
    Delete the client.BLOB file in your steam direcory.
    Restart steam

    Its a common problem with steam.

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