SOLVED! “Can’t Find Background Image Materials/Console/Startup_Loading.VTF”

“Can’t find background image materials/console/startup_loading.vtf” is an error caused by a SteamPipe’s update and you could fix it by editing the gameinfo.txt file. Aside from that, you could download the Source 2013 patch. Read to the end to be able to take care of the error and enjoy your mods to the fullest. 

Solutions 

Solution 1: Edit The Gameinfo.txt File

  • Step 1: Head to the mod folder.
  • Step 2: Open the gameinfo.txt file.
  • Step 3: Find the base game of the mod using the SteamAppId tag (420 is Episode 2, 380 is Episode 1, 400 is Portal and 220 is Half-Life 2).
  • Step 4: Highlight everything from the SearchPaths header downwards.
  • Step 5: Copy and paste the codes down below for the corresponding game.

For Half-life 2: Episode 2: 

SearchPaths

{

game+mod |gameinfo_path|.

platform |gameinfo_path|.

game_lv hl2/hl2_lv.vpk

game+mod ep2/ep2_english.vpk

game+mod ep2/ep2_pak.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|episodic/ep1_english.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|episodic/ep1_pak.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_english.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_pak.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_textures.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_sound_vo_english.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_sound_misc.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_misc.vpk

platform |all_source_engine_paths|platform/platform_misc.vpk

mod+mod_write+default_write_path |gameinfo_path|.

game+game_write |gameinfo_path|.

gamebin episodic/bin

game |all_source_engine_paths|episodic

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2

platform |all_source_engine_paths|platform

}

}

}

For Half-Life 2: 

SearchPaths

{

game+mod |gameinfo_path|.

platform |gameinfo_path|.

game_lv hl2/hl2_lv.vpk

game+mod hl2/hl2_sound_vo_english.vpk

game+mod hl2/hl2_pak.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_textures.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_sound_misc.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_misc.vpk

platform |all_source_engine_paths|platform/platform_misc.vpk

mod+mod_write+default_write_path |gameinfo_path|.

game+game_write |gameinfo_path|.

gamebin hl2/bin

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2

platform |all_source_engine_paths|platform

}

}

}

For Portal: 

SearchPaths

{

game+mod |gameinfo_path|.

platform |gameinfo_path|.

game_lv hl2/hl2_lv.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|portal/portal_pak.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|episodic/ep1_pak.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_english.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_pak.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_textures.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_sound_vo_english.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_sound_misc.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_misc.vpk

platform |all_source_engine_paths|platform/platform_misc.vpk

mod+mod_write+default_write_path |gameinfo_path|.

game+game_write |gameinfo_path|.

gamebin portal/bin

game |all_source_engine_paths|portal

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2

platform |all_source_engine_paths|platform

}

}

}

After you finish, launch the game, load the mods and see how things turn out.

Solution 2: Download The Source 2013 Patch

  • Step 1: Launch your web browser then look for Source 2013 patches by malortie / marc-antoine.
  • Step 2: Download the patch.
  • Step 3: Determine whether the issue persists. 

A Summary Of SteamPipe

 

SteamPipe is a content distribution system developed by Steam that revolutionizes how games as well as dedicated servers are downloaded, updated, stored, … To be precise, downloads will use HTTP instead of a proprietary protocol and game files are kept under the file system. Regarding the in-game data, it will appear in the common subfolder and the dedicated servers replace HLDSUpdateTool with SteamCMD during updates. 

Needless to say, SteamPipe provides various benefits to players, server admins and developers. For example, players could enjoy quick downloads, reduced game boot/map load time, smooth dedicated server distribution, no-nonsense mod management, etc. For the server admins, SteamPipe let them host multiple servers at the same time thanks to the HTTP. Meanwhile, game developers have an easy time issuing updates by themselves. 

Still, SteamPipe remains far from perfect and “Can’t find background image materials/console/startup_loading.vtf” is a prime example. 

FAQs

What is the code to fix the “Can’t find background image materials/console/startup_loading.vtf” error for deathmatch? 

SearchPaths

{

game+mod hl2mp/custom/*

game+mod hl2mp/hl2mp_english.vpk

game+mod hl2mp/hl2mp_pak.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_textures.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_sound_vo_english.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_sound_misc.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_misc.vpk

platform |all_source_engine_paths|platform/platform_misc.vpk

mod+mod_write+default_write_path |gameinfo_path|.

game+game_write hl2mp

gamebin hl2mp/bin

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2

platform |all_source_engine_paths|platform

game+download hl2mp/download

}

}

}

What is the code used for Battle Wars? 

SearchPaths

{

game Intrusion

game+mod |gameinfo_path|.

platform |gameinfo_path|.

game_lv hl2/hl2_lv.vpk

game+mod ep2/ep2_pak.vpk

game+mod ep2/ep2_english.vpk

game+mod ep2/ep1_pak.vpk

game+mod ep2/ep1_english.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_pak.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_misc.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_english.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|episodic/ep1_pak.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_textures.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|episodic/ep1_english.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_sound_misc.vpk

platform |all_source_engine_paths|platform/platform_misc.vpk

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_sound_vo_english.vpk

mod+mod_write+default_write_path |gameinfo_path|.

game+game_write gameinfo_path|.

gamebin episodic/bin

game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2

game |all_source_engine_paths|episodic

platform |all_source_engine_paths|platform

}

}

}

How can I publish games on Steam? 

  • Step 1: Fill in the forms required by Steam.
  • Step 2: Pay the submission fee.
  • Step 3: Go through the onboarding process.
  • Step 4: Make your own store page.
  • Step 5: Develop the depots for the game, upload the game build and set a price for the game.

Do Steam sales have negative impacts on developers? 

Although games’ prices are reduced greatly during Steam sales, the developers do not think it as a bad thing. In fact, the Steam sales work wonders for business based on the provided data. 

How many copies can a Steam game sell on average? 

Games published on Steam sell around 1,500 units on average, so the total number of revenue after the first year will be $16,000. 

How much money do the top games make on Steam? 

Regarding the top 1% of Steam games, they make no less than $25,000,000 per game and the revenue is calculated solely on Steam. 

 

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