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How to install many of the Half-Life 2 mods found on the - this is a very basic tutorial!

Posted by silentkillzr on Oct 13th, 2006
Basic Installers.

This is an incredibly simple tutorial, which explains how to manually install Half-Life 2 mods, which don't come with an auto installer. This tutorial is only designed to act as a guide, if you run into any difficulties - please see the readme / instructions which came with the mod, or contact the team who made the mod.
www.Extremelan.BIZ for more tutorials and downloads

  1. Download The Mod (usually comes in .zip or .rar [Click here to get winrar(free)]
  2. Extract it somewhere (i do it to my desktop).( Extract to button:)
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  3. Then click My Computer
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  4. Goto this folder:
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  5. Copy All Files To The Above Folder ( usually a readme of what files! )
  6. Then Restart Steam:
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  7. Should Show Up In Steam Games List:
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Arxae Oct 19 2006, 1:40pm says:

where did you got that steam skin? ^^

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silentkillzr Oct 20 2006, 11:29pm says: +1 vote   reply to comment
leilei Nov 10 2006, 1:49am says:

I think the self-promotion is a wee bit too much for a simple few steps no?

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silentkillzr Nov 18 2006, 7:30pm says:

good point, changed it down a little

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~X~ Dec 15 2006, 1:39pm says:

I think I should write an alternate tutorial for non-Steam HL2 versions.
Much better, much more like in HL 1.x...

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budmaloney Dec 23 2007, 4:57am says:

thank you for this tutorial it was very useful

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sgv3dmax Jan 19 2008, 9:42pm says:

Hi, i am new to this site and moding. Downloaded HL residual point mod and installed the game into C:\Steam\SteamApps\Sourcemods. But, after re-starting steam, i could not find the game in 'my games' list. Pls help

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Skull-Wart Jul 4 2008, 12:39pm says:

does this work with all mods? i need help i want to install severance mods!
ps. send a message to my profile if your going to reply thank you and goodnight

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DeathSuperMario Jul 6 2008, 1:01pm says:

Way some mods don't show on my games list or tools list ? I cant see them in steam.

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StriderSRB Jul 6 2008, 5:12pm says:

I installed the eternal silence mod and I restarted steam(Right-clicked on the icon and clicked on exit and then restarted the exe), and it doesn't show up in the games list.

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noname180795 Oct 10 2008, 1:21pm says:

but im not use steam.. i buy Orange BOx but how to play mod without using steam? sorry for my english x_x

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utxpress99 Oct 12 2008, 5:44am says:

me too mod doesnt appear in my games list

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freakmean16 Jan 23 2009, 11:55am says:

Hey I got the HLF2 deathmatch, but no mod appears in there, it says i need HLF2 but it works only with the deathmatch or not????

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dethklok260 Jan 24 2009, 11:37pm says:

Thanks,without this tutorial,might never had learned and might'v given up on the site.

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Qasark May 11 2009, 3:59pm says:

OKay... not the best guide, because i cant see images. But what an awesome site!!!! I just figured out how to downlaod mods!!!! just awesome

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silvyu99 Jul 19 2009, 10:26am says:

somone make an tutorial on how to instal hl2 mods(all of them) with nonsteam half life2

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Petroph Aug 13 2009, 8:25pm says:

This is not working for me. I have the Non-steam version of Half life. So is their a way to install these mods besides steam. I've tried it but when i go to play it it's not their. So someone please send me a PM not here as I probably won't be able to find this again. So please help me someone.

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h3llsp4wn420 Aug 16 2009, 10:15pm says:

so i did all of that but when i restart steam it doesnt show up =/ i've tried this for 2 or 3 different mods and it does the same thing ='['' can anyone help me? p.s. i do have hl2 dm

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gman099 Dec 29 2009, 3:52pm says:

restarting steam is? (right-click on icon exit and run exe?)
i did that, but no mods in My games. i tried gmod9 and smod but nothing hapens! Please for help, for all of us!

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gman099 Jan 1 2010, 10:19am says:

oh, come on! we need help... and happy new year!

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SirckHolmes Jul 1 2010, 7:26pm says:

What if I've installed the mod, restarted Steam, seen the game in My Games list, and then, upon trying to play it, instead have Half-Life 2 itself load up and completely ignore the mod? This has happened to me with 3/4ths of the mods I've downloaded here.

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Martynass Dec 18 2010, 10:47am says:

It gives me an error pls help me... Mount file system (309) Failed:.... Pm me if you know fix for this....

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Kuzon101 Jun 25 2011, 6:02pm replied:

its done the same thing to me can you help me??

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RangerC Feb 2 2011, 1:10pm says:

non-steam sucks

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Kuzon101 Jun 25 2011, 9:31am says:

GRRRRRR! ITS NOT WORKING! i am trying to install Earth special forces but it still doesn't work!

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dragonzardman Jul 17 2011, 11:14am says:

Cheers man, saved me HOURS of searching

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V3SGO Sep 10 2011, 9:09pm says:

HL2 Mods on Library won't show up for me, its like only show mods that we can find on Steam Store like> Awakening,The Hidden: Source etc...
can someone help me? you can find a way to help me or make this for me:
get the "Gameinfo" of a HL2 Mod that You(We) Can find on Steam STORE (that show Download or VisitWebsite of mod) like Synergy,Awakening,ZombiePanicSource,TheHidden, just one of these, give me the Gameinfo for me to download and i just edit the name inside the Gameinfo for the Mod name, please i swar to god i want play these mods i still got but my internet is so slow i dont want to download mods over 50MB again, my internet is like 50Kbps

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Streloker Jan 15 2012, 7:51am says:

thx i just fixed aproblem on steam mods it was on D drive not on C

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NakedOktober Mar 5 2012, 12:09am says:

i dont have the bg2-svn file in the sourcemods file, Help? please
i would greatly appreciate it

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[TKC]DragonNinja Mar 14 2012, 2:16am replied:

That's because that's a folder for a mod, it's only the sourcemods folder you need.

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theverchantofmenace Mar 23 2012, 1:32pm says:

@ silentkillzr:

mate, it is a pretty poor show when you can't reply to the many posts here on this thread. the majority of them need some form of help!

1) step 5 was ambiguous to me, personally.
"Copy All Files To The Above Folder ( usually a readme of what files! )"
the 'above' folder in question is the 'sourcemods' folder, yes?
what does this mean?
the above folder (sourcemods) is a "readme of what files"?
the extracted 'gstring' folder is a "readme of what files"?
that doesn't make sense to me. i found the sentence confusingly worded.

i have only just recently installed steam, so my 'sourcemods' folder was empty, but by your description, i thought i should be seeing a 'readme' file in the sourcemods folder telling me about "what files", or whatever that means.

it would be common sense to to think about having your images in the tutorial showing an empty sourcemods folder for template clarification purposes, or at the very least, an explanation detailing exactly where the new mod needs to go specically.
you mentioned "copying all the files to the above folder".
the image displays TWO folders:


some posters (including myself!) were very confused by this.
were we supposed to copy all the files into the main sourcemods directory, or into the 'bg2-svn' folder?

again. not very clearly explained.

don't get me wrong!
myself and others very much appreciate anyone taking the time to create a tutorial to help newcomers, but:

you need to make the steps a LOT clearer
b) you really must attempt to REPLY to these people!



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ThePotatoGiant Apr 6 2012, 7:30am says:

I installed it into the sourcemods folder but it still didn't work. I restarted it, it didn't work. I restarted the computer, it still didn't work. Can somebody please help me? I really wanted to play a mod.

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Robin899 Dec 8 2012, 9:50am says:

Help i started steam i saw the mod there when i pressed play nothing happened help

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xBloodxShotxx Feb 2 2013, 2:10pm says:

i get the same problem, i installed suicide survival and nightmare house 2 and they both appear on steam library but when i click play nothing happens..... before it used to work but for some reason it doesnt now.... can anyone help?

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krakenguy6665 Mar 31 2013, 10:18am says:

if your looking for some mods for hl2 just download desura and find it there or keep looking for other ways

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MoterCrozz Jul 5 2013, 2:53pm says:

It appears I have a problem as well.
Normally I don't ask for help as I usually find a solution for the problem myself, however I can't this time.My problem is that the mod won't start in the library section when I click on play.

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MoterCrozz Jul 5 2013, 4:13pm replied:

Well...ain't I the definition of stupid...Just install SDK BASE 2007.It is located in TOOLS.In the Game Library section.

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micahemr Oct 17 2014, 4:54pm says:

I do all this but it still doesn't show up in my games list. Please help.

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