H-L 2 Start-up Bug?

Valve's Erik Johnson made a post about a start-up bug on Shacknews. Thanks Frans:
For people that are running into the bug on startup that looks like:

"Map Version is 0, expecting 19"

Try this to see if it works:

1. Go into your \Steam\SteamApps folder.
2. Rename the file called sourcemodels.gcf to something else.
3. Relaunch the game.

This is going to require a redownload of this file, but if you want to get playing tonight it's probably the best path. There are a couple of people now that were in this situation that were fixed this way.

As soon as we possible we'll release a fix for this that will not require this workaround.

Please let me know if this does or does not fix this specific problem for you. Just shoot me an e-mail at erik@valvesoftware.com. If this does fix it, it would be useful to get copies of a couple of the renamed (bad) cache files.
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Re: Gary McTaggart
Nov 16, 2004, 09:54
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Re: Gary McTaggart Nov 16, 2004, 09:54
Nov 16, 2004, 09:54
 
I ran into another error, got frustrated, and played Bloodlines for a bit. Came back, noticed this fix mentioned at HLFallout, and moved/redownloaded (figured it couldn't hurt, I can't play at all as it is). Played a bit more Bloodlines. Finally got to play HL2, after six hours of waiting. I'm glad that there is a fix, but it was really frustrating, after all that ancicipation, and then not being able to play. Hopefully they'll find what's causing the error and put out a small patch, rather than making anyone else redownload.

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