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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Could someone please tell me - for sure - to play the Single Player game - what do I need to have concerning Steam, etc?

Since you have dial up, buy the game retail. INstall it, go online and activate it (I assume the Steam application will be installed along with your HL2 install). It will take some time, so be patient (not because it is downloading a lot of stuff, but because it is decrypting the files on you HDD, which takes time). Once your copy is authenticated over steam, right-click on your HL2 game and go to properties, and enable HL to be played in off-line mode.

You should be set. Post over here if you have any questions or problems.

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