I just spent all night downloading TF2 from Steam so I could play it on my trip, and now it won't run... it works fine, up until I try to join a server. None of the servers respond when I select one from the list, although if I click refresh repeatedly, some of them will eventually connect.
However, once it connects, it will take a long time to load the game data, and then crash on 'sending client info.' hl2.exe throws an exception, and a block of the screen locks up until error reporting finishes, which takes an unusually long time.
HP Pavilion dv1000
Intel Pentium M 1.6GHz
Mobile Intel 915GM/GMS, 910GML Express Graphics Chipset
Windows XP Home SP2
Hardware DirectX 8.1, Software DirectX 9.0c
I did look through the grapics options and made sure everything was turned all the way down, and the game client didn't seem to have an objection to my hardware configuration... even recommended higher settings than I used.
So, how can I play some TF2?