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#1 PricklyPoo

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 21:44

Ok, recently I have been getting very annoyed about how slow steam is.


Lets say I want to play tf2, I click on the steam icon, wait 2-3 min. for it to start up, then I have to click on tf2, which takes another 2-3 min to start up, then once the game has finally loaded, I have to wait another 1-2 min. for the tf2 main screen to finally load. Then when I join any server (even low ping) it takes a minute or more to even connect.


Why can't it be as fast as any other game, for example if I wanted to play UT3, I'd click on it and it starts up right away, no questions asked.



Is it possible that Steam is just poorly coded? And half the time TF2 doesn't even work, I usually have to exit and reload the game about 3 times for it to even show any servers.


#2 Keito

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 21:45

Ehhrm, from a cold boot to playing TF2 I'm probably waiting 2-3 minutes. This includes booting up my system.

So it's not slow for everyone - and well, steam can't be like that because it needs to do stuff online etc.

edit; but thoe TF2 not working thing seems like a problem on your end for sure

#3 +bman

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 21:46

I have never found that to be with TF2 or any other game on Steam. It 98% of the time runs fast and works correctly.

#4 OP PricklyPoo

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 21:46

Ehhrm, from a cold boot to laying TF2 I'm probably waiting 2-3 minutes. This includes booting up my system.

So it's not slow for everyone - and well, steam can't be like that because it needs to do stuff online etc.


But even 2-3 minutes is a long time to load such a simple game like TF2.

#5 Keito

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 21:47

But even 2-3 minutes is a long time to load such a simple game like TF2.

Like I said, this includes booting up my machine, starting Vista etc.

Starting TF2 itself is less then 30 seconds for me for sure.

#6 vetRadishTM

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 21:48

Steam loads instantly here, as well as my games.

Defrag game files?

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#7 Jimmy0

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 21:55

Steam also works perfectly fine, and quickly for me.

What spec machine are you playing on?

#8 OP PricklyPoo

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 21:58

Steam also works perfectly fine, and quickly for me.

What spec machine are you playing on?


Amd 64 3700 - Overclocked to 2.6ghz
x1950 Pro - 256mb
1gb of the fastest ddr1 memory :p

#9 +bman

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 22:00

That can be part of it. Still should be faster for you.

#10 Mike

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 03:39

just so you know, you shouldnt have to start steam then tf2. if you run tf2 and it should start steam for you if you dont have it running already

#11 mundox

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 04:41

Ok, recently I have been getting very annoyed about how slow steam is.


Lets say I want to play tf2, I click on the steam icon, wait 2-3 min. for it to start up, then I have to click on tf2, which takes another 2-3 min to start up, then once the game has finally loaded, I have to wait another 1-2 min. for the tf2 main screen to finally load. Then when I join any server (even low ping) it takes a minute or more to even connect.


Why can't it be as fast as any other game, for example if I wanted to play UT3, I'd click on it and it starts up right away, no questions asked.



Is it possible that Steam is just poorly coded? And half the time TF2 doesn't even work, I usually have to exit and reload the game about 3 times for it to even show any servers.


You can search for servers without starting TF2... also you can set steam to start when your computer starts so it's ready for you when you want to play (so you don't have to wait those painful seconds while steam starts up).

And well tf2 does take a while to load up, all source games do (in my case).

#12 The_Decryptor

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 09:58

But even 2-3 minutes is a long time to load such a simple game like TF2.

I wouldn't call TF2 a simple game.

#13 Elliot B.

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 11:09

I wouldn't call TF2 a simple game.

I'd call it a very confusing game - seriously hard for beginners to pick up.

#14 spacey

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 21:01

i disagree... easy to pick up. its like any shooter... shoot ppl not your colour.

its hard to get proficient at each class. and then its hard to win overall if your team doesn't work well together and you don't have a balance of classes.

#15 Elliot B.

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 21:41

i disagree... easy to pick up. its like any shooter... shoot ppl not your colour.

its hard to get proficient at each class. and then its hard to win overall if your team doesn't work well together and you don't have a balance of classes.

It's not deathmatch, though. The tiny intro video wasn't brilliant and there should be a minimap so you know which places to protect etc. next!

I'm telling you now - I've played online multiplayer FPS games on the PC for 8 years and this is, at first, confusing to beginners, let alone a lot of experienced gamers.



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