HL2.EXE has stopped working

I'm getting CTDs pretty much every time I join into my favorite 2fort server. I also experienced the crashes in other servers. When it happens the game just freezes and refuses to respond in anyway, to the point where I have to alt tab out of it or start the task manager. When I get back to my desktop via one of the aforementioned methods I find a dialog box with the error message "HL2.EXE has stopped working". Now seeing as I'm running Windows 7 I can't get much info from this dialog box on what the exact cause of the problem is.

Now before you go and blame it on Windows 7 let me say that I had the same problem in Vista and to some extent in XP. I haven't any viruses and my computer is free of any and all malware. I have tried re-installing both Half-Life 2 and TF2 with no success. I am rather at a loss as to what to do at this point and would really like some insight into this problem. I also verified the integrity of the game cache or whatever through Steam and whatnot.

I would appreciate any help ya'll can offer.

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    6 years ago:

    Perhaps its your PC hardware,what've you got?

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    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo

    RAM: 4GB of DDR2SDRAM

    VC: nVidia GeForce 8600m GT w/ 512mb dedicated RAM

    Monitor: 15" Wide-screen, matte finish

    HDD: Inboard- Hitachi Travel Star 200GB @ 7200rpm Outboard- Western Digital Passport Identity 250GB USB 2.0

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    I figured out the issue...I think, I had my settings too high for high def skins. The game was working fine with only a few installed but with many it began to have troubles on some servers. I think that may be the problem.

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    What DirectX version are you using? If it is 10, maybe try switiching down to 9. If it's 9, try switiching down to 8. Yeah, the graphics will be bad, but it might fix the problem.

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    Posted by Joshh What DirectX version are you using? If it is 10, maybe try switiching down to 9. If it's 9, try switiching down to 8. Yeah, the graphics will be bad, but it might fix the problem.

    I'm not sure what version I have...whatever it is it's the version that comes default with the Windows 7 RC. Which is probably 10 or 9.

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    Posted by Joshh What DirectX version are you using? If it is 10, maybe try switiching down to 9. If it's 9, try switiching down to 8. Yeah, the graphics will be bad, but it might fix the problem.

    Can TF2 run on DX10? I don't think so.

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    Posted by Joshh What DirectX version are you using? If it is 10, maybe try switiching down to 9. If it's 9, try switiching down to 8. Yeah, the graphics will be bad, but it might fix the problem.
    Can TF2 run on DX10? I don't think so.

    I was running TF2 on DX10, so i think so... Unless you mean "-dxlevel 10 -Novid" in the start-up settings...

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