Sharp80 Aug 4 @ 12:37am
PlayOnLinux issue
I'm using PlayOnLinux and i have everything installed, but when i try to run Steam through PlayOnLinux, it goes through the window that says "updating steam" and then brings up an error message saying "Steam.exe (main exception): To run Steam, you must first connect to the internet". i have looked at so many pages trying to figure out how to fix this. i dont know much about how all of this works so i need some detailed help.
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Sharp80 Aug 4 @ 12:39am 
and im not sure, but i dont think this is an issue with firewall, because when i installed steam not through playonlinux it worked fine. but i dont know what the issue is
Air Aug 4 @ 6:39am 
Try to change the Wine version that it uses in the options. Somewhere around 1.5 should be good for Steam.
Sharp80 Aug 4 @ 8:53am 
still getting the same error using a few different wine versions
Fibbles Aug 4 @ 11:00am 
Originally posted by Sharp80:
I'm using PlayOnLinux and i have everything installed, but when i try to run Steam through PlayOnLinux, it goes through the window that says "updating steam" and then brings up an error message saying "Steam.exe (main exception): To run Steam, you must first connect to the internet". i have looked at so many pages trying to figure out how to fix this. i dont know much about how all of this works so i need some detailed help.


I've had this problem before. As best as I can remember it's something to do with the update failing to decompress files properly.

I think I got around it by using 'HackSteam' package. It's not as dubious as it sounds, it just causes the updater to decompress files differently.

To install it in PlayOnLinux, open POL and click 'Configure'. This should bring up a new window. In the left pane select the appropriate Wine bottle (the one with Steam in it). Then go to the 'Install Components' tab, select 'HackSteam' and click 'Install'.

This should solve pretty much all of your update failures. If you still get a failure just restart Steam and try again, they seem to happen randomly and you should be able to get past it eventually.
Sharp80 Aug 4 @ 12:12pm 
I'm STILL getting the same error message even after installing HackSteam
*Leaf [DG] Aug 4 @ 1:20pm 
Are you using the version of Wine in your system's repos, or using PlayOnLinux's seperate Wine packages?

I've had issues in the past where my system updates borked POL's Wine versions (most recently with a pulseaudio incompatibility), but the System Wine still worked fine.
spacelike Aug 4 @ 1:49pm 
I've had connection issues before in other games with wine/PoL and it's usually because wine doesn't come by default with the necessary libraries.
Usually with just plain wine you can install them with "winetricks"

However PlayOnLinux should take care of installing all those additional components for you. Unless you manually downloaded the steam installer from the steam website and told PoL to run it. Could that possibly be what you did?
If so you should delete it and add steam through PoL's list of available games, that way it knows exactly what additional components to install into that wine prefix for steam and it will download the steam installer and run it itself.
Sharp80 Aug 4 @ 2:48pm 
Originally posted by mearo:
I've had connection issues before in other games with wine/PoL and it's usually because wine doesn't come by default with the necessary libraries.
Usually with just plain wine you can install them with "winetricks"

However PlayOnLinux should take care of installing all those additional components for you. Unless you manually downloaded the steam installer from the steam website and told PoL to run it. Could that possibly be what you did?
If so you should delete it and add steam through PoL's list of available games, that way it knows exactly what additional components to install into that wine prefix for steam and it will download the steam installer and run it itself.
I installed steam through PlayOnLinux so I'm not sure about that
Sharp80 Aug 4 @ 2:50pm 
Does anyone know of an in depth step by step tutorial on how to install games through wine/PlayOnLinux? That way I could just start from the top. And most of the tutorials I've looked at seem somewhat dated
Sharp80 Aug 4 @ 2:51pm 
Originally posted by Fibbles:
Originally posted by Sharp80:
I'm using PlayOnLinux and i have everything installed, but when i try to run Steam through PlayOnLinux, it goes through the window that says "updating steam" and then brings up an error message saying "Steam.exe (main exception): To run Steam, you must first connect to the internet". i have looked at so many pages trying to figure out how to fix this. i dont know much about how all of this works so i need some detailed help.


I've had this problem before. As best as I can remember it's something to do with the update failing to decompress files properly.

I think I got around it by using 'HackSteam' package. It's not as dubious as it sounds, it just causes the updater to decompress files differently.

To install it in PlayOnLinux, open POL and click 'Configure'. This should bring up a new window. In the left pane select the appropriate Wine bottle (the one with Steam in it). Then go to the 'Install Components' tab, select 'HackSteam' and click 'Install'.

This should solve pretty much all of your update failures. If you still get a failure just restart Steam and try again, they seem to happen randomly and you should be able to get past it eventually.
Still got the same error message with HackSteam so I'm not sure what to try next
*Leaf [DG] Aug 4 @ 2:53pm 
WinHQ's AppDB is your friend there:
http://appdb.winehq.org/

Just search for the game in question and install whatever extra fixes are needed through POL's "install components" tab.
*Leaf [DG] Aug 4 @ 2:55pm 
Not really sure what the point of HackSteam is currently. I'm currently maintaining a Wine Steam installation through the installer provided by Steam's website. All I had to do was disable dwrite to get rid of the missing text issue.
Jarno + Jarno Aug 5 @ 8:58pm 
I had that same problem when tried to run Steam with PlayOnLinux/Wine but Steam runs perfectly fine with wine without PlayOnLinux.
Wine version 1.7.23 with disabled dwrite from winecfg.
Sharp80 Aug 5 @ 9:01pm 
Originally posted by Jarno:
I had that same problem when tried to run Steam with PlayOnLinux/Wine but Steam runs perfectly fine with wine without PlayOnLinux.
Wine version 1.7.23 with disabled dwrite from winecfg.
i got it to work now but im having the no text issue. i disable dwrite but still facing issues
Jarno + Jarno Aug 6 @ 12:04am 
Originally posted by Sharp80:
Originally posted by Jarno:
I had that same problem when tried to run Steam with PlayOnLinux/Wine but Steam runs perfectly fine with wine without PlayOnLinux.
Wine version 1.7.23 with disabled dwrite from winecfg.
i got it to work now but im having the no text issue. i disable dwrite but still facing issues
Check that you have Corefonts installed in wine (winetricks -> Install a font -> corefonts checked).
If those are already installed, try starting steam from terminal with -no-dwrite argument (wine /path/to/steam.exe -no-dwrite) to make sure that dwrite is disabled when you run steam with wine, because there is possibility that e.g. you have disabled dwrite to other wineprefix (?).

What is your wine version? (wine --version)
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