I recently posted this to the Steam Community, thinking that was a more appropriate place for it..they were useless (see for yourself), and I've always gotten better answers from Tom's users, so I'm hoping someone might have some insight into this.
I've run into an issue where when I run "Verify integrity of game cache" it ALWAYS finds files to validate.
It has happened on two games now: Total War Rome II and Call of Duty Ghosts.
Both games crash frequently and both games find files that fail to validate, but they NEVER have all files successfully validate and I've been unable to get either to run without crashing after 10-30 minutes.
I have 4 other games installed on Steam and all of them are able to successfully validate all files.
I recently restored my computer back to factory settings (clean os) after screwing it up, but I kept source 2007 shared materials.gcf, source 2007 shared models.gcf, source 2007 shared sounds.gcf, source materials.gcf, source models.gcf, source sounds.gcf, team fortress 2 client content.gfcf, team fortress 2 content.gcf, and team fortress 2 on a 16 gb flash drive, so I could just verify integrity of local cache and not have to redownload 13 gb of stuff.After deleting this file, you’ll have to log back into Steam and other local settings will also be lost – for example, you’ll have to re-categorize your games.Error Banner.fade_out.modal_overlay.modal_overlay .modal_wrapper.modal_overlay [email protected](max-width:630px)@media(max-width:630px).modal_overlay .modal_fixed_close.modal_overlay .modal_fixed_close:before.modal_overlay .modal_fixed_close:before.modal_overlay .modal_fixed_close:before.modal_overlay .modal_fixed_close:hover:before.Selector .selector_input_interaction .selector_input. Selector .selector_input_interaction .selector_spinner. If a game fails to load, crashes as soon as it loads, or crashes when you reach a specific level, your game’s files may be corrupted.Some older games don’t play nice with multiple CPU cores on modern computers.Do not run the verification process while performing other system-intensive processes, such as defragmenting your hard drive or scanning for viruses.Do not run this process for multiple games at the same time.For a few months now, Steam has been validating my files whenever I open it. What exactly is Steam doing when it says that it is validating files, and why does it need to do it so frequently?Here's what it looks like: Both were free and both download updates incessantly, so I uninstalled them.I've been aware of the validate steam cache files for a while.You can do it manually from the properties tab by right clicking in the game list.