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#1 Aug 26 2011 at 6:34 PM Rating: Good
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So, a long *** time ago, I downloaded Portal when it was free on Steam. That was on my old computer. So after seeing that Portal proposal, I decided to download it on my new computer (with Windows 7 64 bit) and tried to play it. I launch the game, the picture with the fat guy with a valve in his head shows up, then the screen stays black and I hear the error sound. If I hit escape, everything closes and I'm at my desktop. If I hit atl+tab, I see the error pop up, which says "Corrupted or invalid background texture" and some random letters and numbers. I can't click ok at all. I have to right click the Portal thingy on my task bar and close it from there.

I did a Google search to see if anyone else had this problem, and there was a suggestion to put -32bit in the launch options in Steam. I tried that, still no go.

So... what do I do? Smiley: frown And if I decide instead to just buy Portal 2 and play it without playing Portal, will I miss anything, really?
#2 Aug 26 2011 at 7:58 PM Rating: Good
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Portal 2 makes a lot more sense if you play Portal 1, but is not necessary. I would try to get the first game working simply to enjoy more Portal because the games are too short Smiley: frown
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#3 Aug 26 2011 at 8:23 PM Rating: Good
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I'm no expert, but the two things i would start off trying to do is running the game in Windowed mode (-windowed in the launch properties, i believe) and then redownloading the game after that. If that doesn't work, I guess make sure your graphics drivers are up to date. I do hope that it works for you, Portal and Portal 2 are both such great games, and Portal 2 just wouldn't be the same if you hadn't played Portal.
#4 Aug 26 2011 at 8:31 PM Rating: Good
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Try doing a repair install. Sounds like you have a corrupted file.
#5 Aug 26 2011 at 8:56 PM Rating: Good
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Definitely play Portal before Portal 2. Without a doubt.
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#6 Aug 27 2011 at 6:59 AM Rating: Good
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Yeah, I'd definitely play Portal first. Don't think of it as some kind of obstacle in the way of Portal 2; it's probably the more enjoyable of the two.
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#7 Aug 27 2011 at 7:10 AM Rating: Good
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Here is the just of what happens in Portal 1 if you decide to skip it.

A voice instructs you to do a series of test that increase in difficulty. The last one the voice tries to kill you but you manage to escape. You proceed to work your way through the back rooms until you manage to reach the voice. It turns out the voice is a super computer. After an enjoyable fight with this computer, GLaDOS, you get sucked up into the sky. You come to on the surface just long enough to see debris fall from the sky and then you pass out again.

You could get away with just playing Portal 2. It does a great job on catching you up to speed not to mention the first set of puzzles are from the first game, just with a bit more tweaking to fit the theme of the area. Regardless I would keep working on getting Portal 1 up just so you can hear the dialog that GLaDOS spits out, it's hilarious.
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#8 Aug 27 2011 at 9:17 AM Rating: Good
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Criminy, you take that down right now. Don't even tempt her. There is no reason for her not to play Portal 1 first. She must find a way.
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#9 Aug 27 2011 at 9:45 AM Rating: Good
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xypin wrote:
I would try to get the first game working simply to enjoy more Portal because the games are too short Smiley: frown


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#10 Aug 27 2011 at 4:56 PM Rating: Good
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Criminy, you take that down right now. Don't even tempt her. There is no reason for her not to play Portal 1 first. She must find a way.


-shrug- Portal is so good that even if you play the sequel before you play the first you will still have a blast. The fun comes from playing with the portal gun and the jokes that are constantly thrown around while doing each test chamber. Those two things won't change regardless of the order you play them.
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#11 Aug 27 2011 at 5:03 PM Rating: Good
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sometimes my steam games dont work if i don't edit them to the proper resolution

https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=1040-JWMT-2947

Edited, Aug 27th 2011 6:33pm by Bardalicious
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#12 Aug 27 2011 at 7:26 PM Rating: Good
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I tried to start it in windowed mode, and got the same error. Smiley: frown

I guess next I'll try uninstalling it and reinstalling it.
#13 Aug 27 2011 at 8:54 PM Rating: Excellent
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Reinstalling seems to have worked for now. :D
#14 Aug 27 2011 at 9:21 PM Rating: Excellent
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Make sure you download the unofficial Portal prequel pack, it's really good and the boss fight is definitely more challenging.

http://www.fileplanet.com/109596/0/section/Mods

Edited, Aug 28th 2011 12:36am by Shaowstrike
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#15 Aug 30 2011 at 8:24 PM Rating: Good
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How did I live so long without hearing the song at the end of Portal...? That was awesome.
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That song was a triumph.
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#17 Aug 30 2011 at 8:47 PM Rating: Excellent
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That song was a triumph.


I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS
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#18 Aug 30 2011 at 9:45 PM Rating: Excellent
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Shaowstrike the Shady wrote:
lolgaxe wrote:
That song was a triumph.


I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS


It's hard to overstate my satisfaction.
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#19 Aug 31 2011 at 7:32 AM Rating: Excellent
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How did I live so long without hearing the song at the end of Portal...? That was awesome.

Glad you got it working and played it. I think playing Portal 2 without Portal would be a shame, missing out on the established GLaDOS/Chell "relationship".

Also, combo breaker on your song lyrics.
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#20 Aug 31 2011 at 8:44 AM Rating: Good
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Belkira the Tulip wrote:
How did I live so long without hearing the song at the end of Portal...? That was awesome.


I'm not sure, but I'm glad you were hearing it for the first time. It makes it that much more awesome.
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#21 Aug 31 2011 at 3:32 PM Rating: Good
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Belkira the Tulip wrote:
How did I live so long without hearing the song at the end of Portal...? That was awesome.

Wish I could get to the end...I'm stuck.
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Belkira the Tulip wrote:
How did I live so long without hearing the song at the end of Portal...? That was awesome.

Wish I could get to the end...I'm stuck.


Which level?
#23 Aug 31 2011 at 5:22 PM Rating: Good
I to beat it, now to wait until tomorrow or this weekend to get portal 2.
My thoughts on Portal: Was fun, should not have waited so long to play it. Was short. Only 19 levels plus 6 if you count the Hard Modes of the few levels (not done time trial ones, I don't like to rush XD).
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#24 Aug 31 2011 at 8:38 PM Rating: Good
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Belkira the Tulip wrote:
Kastigir wrote:
Belkira the Tulip wrote:
How did I live so long without hearing the song at the end of Portal...? That was awesome.

Wish I could get to the end...I'm stuck.


Which level?

The one where you have to open the door so the energy bolt can come through the portal to activate a platform or something. I keep getting hit by the energy bolt. Test Chamber 11 I think.

Edited, Aug 31st 2011 10:43pm by Kastigir
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#25 Aug 31 2011 at 8:51 PM Rating: Good
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Kastigir wrote:
Belkira the Tulip wrote:
Kastigir wrote:
Belkira the Tulip wrote:
How did I live so long without hearing the song at the end of Portal...? That was awesome.

Wish I could get to the end...I'm stuck.


Which level?

The one where you have to open the door so the energy bolt can come through the portal to activate a platform or something. I keep getting hit by the energy bolt. Test Chamber 11 I think.

Edited, Aug 31st 2011 10:43pm by Kastigir


Is that the one with the double doors blocking the energy receiver? If so you have to place the cube on the switch for the rear door, then stand to the left/right side of the front door's button while facing it. Once the energy ball passes in front of you immediately move forward to open the door, you only have 1-2 seconds before the ball bounces off the door and back at you.
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#26 Sep 01 2011 at 5:52 AM Rating: Good
11 is when you get Orange Portal. You can always watch a solution on youtube.

Here is one:
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