Half-Life 2 Authentication Issues

Steam News addresses reports of authentication issues for Half-Life 2. Here's what they have to say at this point:
We've received a number of reports from people experiencing delays with Half-Life 2 authentication. We are investigating the issue and will update everyone as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience and hope to have everyone in the game very soon.
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3 hour install then freeze on startup
Nov 16, 2004, 22:01
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3 hour install then freeze on startup Nov 16, 2004, 22:01
Nov 16, 2004, 22:01
 
After my 3 hour nighmare unlocking the files, getting timed out on steam, and other such fun activities, it froze up when the game finally started.

It shows the guy with the valve in his eye, then shows a blurry picture of a street corner and sits there for a while. Then the sound starts up but sounds like a broken record and just repeats a short segment over and over. Then my monitor goes black and everything freezes.

I'm a happy customer. Oh yeah.

Yes, all of my drivers are up to date. I even tried the new ATI beta drivers to see if that would fix it. No luck.

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