When i start Bioshock from steam, it hangs on the splash screen.
I have Windows 7 x64,and have installed all the latest drivers. HW details: i5 750, Asus P7P55D MB, ATI HD5770
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See here, have you tried this?
Right-click it on your Steam games list, go to Properties -> Local Files -> Verify Integrity of Game cache... wait for it to finish and download anything that might be missing and try running it again, don't forget to allow anything that might be needed to install before the first time the game launches.
I see you installed the latest drivers so I'm guessing that's not the issue (I found that most of the times my games won't run if I don't update my nVidia drivers and they get updated fairly often, you might want to check again for a newer version just to be sure).
The general answer, I suspect, has to do with the SecuROM copy protection. I find when I get a hang like this, it's usually because I have forgotten to kill a program SecuROM doesn't like. For example:
Almost all my problems are magically solved as soon as i update DirectX components.
Just download the web installer, it'll "do the right thing" and install just the components that your system lacks:
comes late to the game
I had the exact same problem with windows 7 64 bit, i5 and similar rest of my setup to yours.
To fix follow these steps:
1) Right click your volume control icon 2) Click Playback Devices 3) Click the Recording tab 4) Right click the whitespace somewhere in the scrolling area and click "Show Disabled Devices" (this part is fuzzy because I'm on a different computer now) 5) Right click the "Stereo Mixing" and click enable 6) Restart steam
Whatever that setting changed fixed the problem for me, and I was having many happy bioshock times last night because of it. =)
I had this exact same problem game would startup okay and when connecting to Live would hang.
I finally figured out it was a problem with the save files and I backed up this folder elsewhere. This allowed the game to startup without issue but now all my progress was lost. The last step was to pick out my latest save and place it back into the saved games folder hoping it would be good. This worked every time, and if it had failed I would remove that save and go back to the next recent save until I found one that works.
Very annoying but it did allow me to finish the game. I had to do this ~4 times while playing through the single player.
Saves are located here:
I had the exact same issue. Turned out to be some issue with my motherboard's built in sound controller not playing nice with the game. Might be the same thing here, but I'm not 100% sure since that was a Realtek issue and your motherboard has a VIA controller. Might be worth investigating though, tons of issues pop up when Googling Bioshock and Realtek.