I swear, this has to be the biggest ____storm I've had to wade through to install a game. A 5-hour install/download isn't that bad, but when the game doesn't even work, it's time to throw in the towel and ask for a refund.
So, I'm asking you all (because the Steam forums haven't validated my account yet) to please help me get Mass Effect working.
Intel Core 2 Quad (Q6700 @ 2.66 GHz)
3 GB RAM w/ PAE (the box said 4 GB :P)
NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT (512MB, 1920X1200 LCD)
Realtek HD audio device (wtf, dunno name, sorry.)
--Will update with more information if it becomes relevant
Problem I've been having is loading a game. The game goes to the loading screen, starts playing the world audio and... freezes. Nothing. Attempts to alt-tab or alt-F4 have only worked when another window overlaps the Mass Effect window (I refuse to play it fullscreen because it makes me have to restart on a crash). Ctrl+Alt+Del works about 90% of the time.
I wait 2-3 minutes for the game to load, then I restart my computer.
Full sound acceleration.
Lowest graphics settings possible; 1024X768 resolution IIRC.