Validating Steam Files....

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Link2999, May 30, 2010.

  1. Link2999 macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2008
    So I was playing HL2 without problems (besides some long load times) yesterday and now if I want to play any game in my Steam Library I'm getting a quick "Validating Steam Files" message and it jumps up to 100% in a second. I try to validate under properties too, but this validates the game not "Steam Files" and causes about the same effect. It validates up to 20 or so % before jumping to 100%. (Auto validate jumps from 0-100). So far I've tried restartingand deleting, and re-downloading the game files. Nothing seems to be working. Should I just remove everything Steam Related and redownload everything(would like to save my HL2 Svaed game), or what? Sometimes I also get the servers too busy message too. One more thing, I can't play any installed games offline(HL2, Portal. Is this normal? It just tells me it needs to be online to play and then it jumps straight to the validating window.
  2. casualpeanut420 macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2010
    I hear you man..i just sent a very professional and demanding support letter to ill let you know what their solution is.
  3. Flash SWT macrumors 6502

    Flash SWT

    Mar 14, 2009
    Houston, TX
    This starting happening to my wife yesterday on Windows but only with TF2. All other games worked fine. Not sure if it has resolved itself yet or not but it isn't limited to just Mac at this point.

  4. 256bit macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2010
    Delete the .gcf files for affected games. Excuse the possibility that I am most likely wrong, but I am really, really tired right no-zZzZZzzz....

    EDIT: OK if you are getting the "too busy" errors it is almost DEFINITELY .gcfs
  5. Link2999 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2008
    I deleted everything and reinstalled (including steam) seems to work for now.
  6. The Macster macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2007
    Just had the validating plus the "too busy problem ( and I have deleted all my games plus steam) What should I do?, I was going to try the .gcf but I cannot find them any help?
  7. HoldFast macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2011
    I have the same problem..... Wish steam would get on it.
  8. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Including all of your downloaded game content? Personally I'd set that aside and would have just reinstalled Steam to see if that works.
  9. a.jfred macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2010
    Austin, TX
    I had a similar issue with L4D2. After a lot of poking around (my Google-Fu is strong), I found a solution that fixed the problem; obviously, you'll need to make the appropriate changes for the game you're trying to play. I've C&P'd from the original thread:

    1) deleted L4D2 off the computer. Then I attempted to download it again, but kept getting "servers too busy."

    2) Quit Steam

    3) (home)/Library/Application Support/Steam --> renamed ClientRegistry.blob to 'oldClientRegistry.blob'

    4) (home)/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps

    5) removed ALL L4D2 .ncf files (I'm showing 3 total files). This included emptying the recycle bin

    6) Restart Steam & the download.

    Since I did that, I've had no problems with the game.

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