I bought the complete S&M pack on Steam last week and couldn't run any of the episodes in Season 1 and 2. When trying the executable stopped working (sammax101.exe stopped working).
Application log says:
Faulting application name: sammax101.exe, version: 0.0.0.0, time stamp: 0x46ca0512
Faulting module name: d3d8.dll, version: 6.1.7600.16385, time stamp: 0x4a5bd9a7
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x0004e7d1
Faulting process id: 0x1288
Faulting application start time: 0x01cd974f90243fbe
Faulting application path: D:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Sam and Max Episode 1\sammax101.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\system32\d3d8.dll
Report Id: cfc62f90-0342-11e2-b39c-50e549eeb8d2
I have tried reinstalling my graphics driver, audio drivers, DirectX (even an older version), Steam and the game and tried to verify the data integrity through Steam. No luck. I also tried downloading an old DirectX redist and finding the d3d8.dll manually and copying it to System32.
Again, no luck.
I am running Win7 64bit with i7 3770K CPU, 16GB RAM and a HD6970 graphics card.
Any help would be much appreciated as so far it's been money out the window :(
(I also opened a ticket at Steam support last weekend and they responded at all)