After two useless emails from tech support, I've decided to turn to the gaming community, and why I didn't do that first I'll never know. Anyhow, I shouldn't say that my flashlight doesn't work, just that it doesn't do what flashlights are supposed to do. It'll turn on fine, shine normally, but the rest of the screen begins to glitch. See through walls, blank textures, objects appearing where they shouldn't be, much lowered framerate, everything becoming blurry, etc... Sometimes the whole screen turns white save for certain wall textures, namely signs. Now, this is all under DirectX 7.0. If I use the console to force 8.1 or 9.0, I don't get any light from the flashlight period, however, the screen no longer glitches. I realize there's a cheat, mat_fullbright 1, that turns up the brightness on all the textures, and I could just play through the game with that on; however, unfortantly :-P , I'm a pretty avid gamer; I've been into games for as long as I can remember. Playing a game life Half-Life 2 without the use of a flashlight just sorta seems to really sap from the game's atmosphere, and, picky as I am, thus make it unplayable. Now that I've given you my life story, any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Tolkien Addict Not all who wander are lost.