Can't open .pcf in particle editor

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  1. Werewolf

    aa Werewolf Probably not a real Werewolf

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    So I have been trying to find the names of some particles by opening the .pcf file in the particle editor. However as soon as I click 'open', the whole thing crashes.

    At first I thought it might have been because I had Hammer still open so I closed it, which didn't change the outcome. I tried restarting Steam which did nothing. I also made sure I had no other options in my launch options (I usually have -novid -noborder in there) so the only option was -tools

    Nothing worked. Anyone got any suggestions what's going wrong here?
     
  2. Exactol

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    What particles are you trying to open and are they from a different game?
     
  3. Werewolf

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  4. Exactol

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    Maybe try validating files?
     
  5. Werewolf

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    Yeah going to do that after I finish compiling
     
  6. Werewolf

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    Just validated, still crashes. Managed to get a recording of what happens using Shadowplay:

     
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  7. Werewolf

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    Possibly something @The Jill could look into?
     
  8. Izotope

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    Works for me.
    Are you running anything at the same time that could somehow interfere with this?
     
  9. Werewolf

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    Nope. Specifically closed all other apps before recording.
     
  10. Vel0city

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    You know, you could always copy the particles into the SFM and open them there. But yeah, TF2 isn't supposed to crash.
     
  11. Werewolf

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    Well I got further with SFM. I could navigate though folders to select which file to open and I got as far as common\Team Fortress 2\tf\, but as soon as I clicked on the 'particles' folder SFM crashed as well.
     
  12. Vel0city

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    And that is caused by all the particle files or just this one? Might be a corrupt particle file you got here.
     
  13. Werewolf

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    I'm not even able to select a .pcf file, it crash when trying to open the folder they are contained in.
     
  14. Izotope

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    Here's an idea:
    Go to your desktop and see if it crashes.
    If not, then start copying particle files there until it crashes again.
    If it's really a corrupt particle file you'll know what causes it.
     
  15. Werewolf

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    You mean move the particle files to the desktop, or at least some other location?
     
  16. Izotope

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    Yes, but first see if it crashes if you view a location without any particles in it, then start moving.