So: The PC can't BSOD / The Steam can't crash nor the lights from your house depletes it.
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.
If after doing what you already did, you are left with deleting and re-downloading or hoping (rather blindly) that a future Steam update may fix the problem.
It's unfortunate that it's the only option but perhaps you can let it download overnight.
I tried reinstalling the game at least four times to no avail (it did let me play once, but it had horrendous stuttering issues), and I even tried reinstalling all of Steam twice. The game refuses to do anything past validating files that have already been validated, and getting an update that I already have (which I know from the brief stint mentioned above). I did decide to do it manually like you said, but that didn't do crap.
So **** it, I'm just going to reinstall the entire game for the FIFTH TIME to see if that changes anything.
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This does work, but it might not necessarily be done in a few seconds. So be patient ..."Validating TF2 and steam files annoyance"https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?
Well, my computer as a whole has been a little wonky lately (taking a full minute to load up a song in VLC player, for instance) so I'll give it a shot.
That's definitely not normal, and like someone else said it sounds like your hard drive is either very fragmented or possibly going bad.
OS: Windows 8 64 bit When I validate files and it seems to stop at 100% I usually just close the window and retry launching the game.
When I did a new OS install I just copy-pasted the folder and did a file validation check and it worked ok.
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