If you’ve been losing yourself in the glory that is Half-Life 2 you’ve probably experienced the stuttering problem because just about everyone else has as well. I know I have. It happens usually immediately after a level loads and every so often as you move through a level and it causes not just the sound to stutter, but your frame rate to drop to around 4 or 5 per second for a couple of moments. Needless to say it really kills the immersion factor. It seems to occur at points where the auto-save feature kicks in and I was thinking it might be because I only have 512MB of RAM, but it turns out that it may actually be something to do with the loading of graphic textures into video memory.
That’s what the folks behind the The Half-Life 2 Stuttering Problem webpage are saying anyway. Valve has acknowledged the problem and is working to find a fix. Meanwhile there’s a few suggestions on how to minimize the problem over at that site, though none of those suggestions will completely cure the problem. It affects owners of both processors brands and video card brands and even hits people with 2GB of RAM in their systems so if it’s happening to you then you’re in good company. Hold tight and hopefully Valve will have a fix soon.