1. Post #1
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    ZpankR's Avatar
    September 2006
    609 Posts
    This has happened about 6 times the last couple of months. I open steam, everything goes alright and then BAM. I notice that the Games, Tools and Media tabs are all frozen, I can't join any game or anything and steam says: "Scanning for steam {games, tools, etc} updates...".
    It fucking pisses me off beyond anything on steam. I've tried waiting about 10 hours for it to unfreeze and nothing. Restarting doesn't do shit. Even if I restart my PC.
    The only way I know of removing this shit is by reinstalling steam, copying all games to a backup folder and putting everything back in order. As you can obviously guess it's freaking annoying if it happens more than once in a lifetime. :argh:

    I want to kill something badly right now as it's happening again.
    Does anyone know the causes / how to fix this issue?

  2. Post #2

    September 2008
    302 Posts
    Try the steam beta, or if you are in it opt out of it

  3. Post #3
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    ZpankR's Avatar
    September 2006
    609 Posts
    Ok. Let me try it.

    Edited:

    Nope. Didn't work. :frown:

    Edited:

    Halp? D:

    Edited:

    Ok, Reinstalling made it once again. I still want to know what the fuck happened. :buddy:

    Edited:

    Nevermind. It just does it again now. Reinstalling made no difference.

    THANKS FOR THE GREAT REPLIES GUYS REALLY
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  4. Post #4
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    ZpankR's Avatar
    September 2006
    609 Posts
    Ok I managed to fix it by opening the steam installer and selecting repair, after removing both wingui.gcf files inside steamapps. Thanks anyways.

  5. Post #5
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    cmanatlan's Avatar
    December 2006
    1,783 Posts
    THANKS FOR THE GREAT REPLIES GUYS REALLY
    We're not your fucking servants, should've gone to the steam forums if it was that big of a deal.
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  6. Post #6
    Plastical's Avatar
    August 2009
    583 Posts
    Whenever I have a Steam problem, I simply delete the "ClientRegistry.blob" file in the program files folder and everything works fine.
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  7. Post #7
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    gman_freeman's Avatar
    August 2006
    1,577 Posts
    It's happening to me too.

  8. Post #8
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    Patjo_sweden's Avatar
    November 2005
    1,992 Posts
    Me too. I just tried deleting the ClientRegistry.blob file but still the same problem.

  9. Post #9
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    Chrisordie's Avatar
    October 2006
    2,259 Posts
    What a swiz!

    All I want to do is have some fun!

  10. Post #10
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    Flaming Neko's Avatar
    March 2007
    1,668 Posts
    move left 4 dead 2 common.ntf or whatever it is somewhere else and let it update
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  11. Post #11
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    Chrisordie's Avatar
    October 2006
    2,259 Posts
    Still no good :(

  12. Post #12
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    November 2005
    16,794 Posts
    Apparently it's just steam getting shit mixed up, if you have l4d2 the searching for updates is apparently the start of the downloading/decryption from what I've seen.

    Someones made a mistake somewhere.

  13. Post #13
    Erp
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    October 2009
    4,585 Posts
    god damnit...its happening to me too.

    none of the fixes in this thread work...

  14. Post #14
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    Hufterkruk's Avatar
    July 2007
    1,255 Posts
    Aww hell, I got it too, Eddy, you sure this is the decryption stuff?

  15. Post #15
    Erp
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    October 2009
    4,585 Posts
    Yep, it is. I tried it. I just let it sit there and it said "Steam has finished downloading Left 4 Dead 2"

  16. Post #16
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    ManningQB18's Avatar
    April 2009
    9,855 Posts
    I have the same problem, anyone have a solution yet?

  17. Post #17

    November 2009
    3 Posts
    Hey, I tried moving the left 4 dead 2 common.ncf file, (I just moved it into my username folder) and then restarted steam. Then steam said L4D2 had to be installed, I let it download, and then it finished and it worked again.
    Note it didn't download the full game, just the ncf file that I moved.

    Thank you flaming neko

  18. Post #18
    trainman1337's Avatar
    May 2007
    320 Posts
    move left 4 dead 2 common.ntf or whatever it is somewhere else and let it update
    This. It works for me.

  19. Post #19
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    Smashman's Avatar
    September 2009
    11,803 Posts
    Leaving it allows l4d2 to decrypt.

  20. Post #20

    February 2008
    24 Posts
    move left 4 dead 2 common.ntf or whatever it is somewhere else and let it update
    Cheers, that let me actually get to the games page.

    Valve really know how to drop the ball on new games!

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    databee's Avatar
    October 2009
    506 Posts
    -snip-

  22. Post #22
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    Mister Royzo's Avatar
    June 2007
    4,136 Posts
    How long should I leave it 'scan' until I should give up on it and move left 4 dead common.ntf ?

    Edited:

    Moving the .ncf works people, I can confirm it.

    Edited:

    "Preparing Left 4 Dead 2 files for install" won't go away :saddowns:

  23. Post #23
    tommyverceti's Avatar
    November 2007
    38 Posts
    Oh wait.

    What if you pre-ordered it? would moving the .ncf file mean you wont get the baseball bat?
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  24. Post #24
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    DoctorBerry's Avatar
    December 2005
    318 Posts
    I really don't care about some bat at this point. It says Decrypting.

    ________

    AWWW SOD IT, More lockups just to tell me it need to re download everything. FINE.. WHATEVER, RE-Downloading. stupid..mother..fu--...

  25. Post #25
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    TheDKer's Avatar
    September 2008
    2,659 Posts
    I just waited like an hour and it finished scanning for updates, or decrypting or whatever it did.

    I really don't care about some bat at this point. It says Decrypting.

    ________

    AWWW SOD IT, More lockups just to tell me it need to re download everything. FINE.. WHATEVER, RE-Downloading. stupid..mother..fu--...
    Seriously, you want that bat.
    Maybe it may not be the most powerful and effective melee weapon, but the kick-ass sound it makes, makes it the most entertaining one imo. Haven't tried chain-saw, though that's probably better.

  26. Post #26
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    ManningQB18's Avatar
    April 2009
    9,855 Posts
    Wow, I have been waiting an hour for this to decrypt, I'm not sure it will stop.

  27. Post #27
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    Morcam's Avatar
    September 2008
    1,537 Posts
    I have this problem too, going to try that ncf fix.

  28. Post #28
    Erp
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    October 2009
    4,585 Posts
    How oblivious are you people? Deleting the ncf makes you re-download the whole game, and then decrypt the files. If you just let it sit at "Searching for updates", It is decrypting your L4D2 games files. Took me around 10 minutes to decrypt it.

  29. Post #29
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    Morcam's Avatar
    September 2008
    1,537 Posts
    Yeah, it's true. I was about to try the ncf, then I read more on other sites, suggesting I leave it. I left it for about 15 mins, and it finished without a problem. I'm ingame now.