Sublime Jun 19 @ 5:32am
Steam crashes Xorg?
I'm running Manjaro Linux with 3.10 kernel open source drivers for AMD. I've been doing so for at two months.

Today I tried running Steam and it crashed my Xorg session, i.e. I had to log back into my session again.

I haven't changed anything lately and I have no idea where this is coming from. I tried deleting ~/.steam and ~/.local/share/Steam and reinstalling but it didn't help. I can't access Steam at all any more and I don't know where to check for error logs.

Any ideas what's causing this and how to fix it?
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Apocryphus Jun 19 @ 8:25am 
Which desktop environment or combination of which are you using?
Sublime Jun 20 @ 2:53am 
i3 window manager, nothing else.
Apocryphus Jun 20 @ 2:57am 
I don't know really. Maybe Steam doesn't like it.
LOLCAT Jun 20 @ 2:58am 
Check out the log file of xorg, maybe it has some clues.
Sublime Jun 20 @ 2:58am 
Originally posted by Sin:
I don't know really. Maybe Steam doesn't like it.
It used to work just fine. I played FTL and Amnesia while using i3, among other things.

Originally posted by LOLCAT:
Check out the log file of xorg, maybe it has some clues.
Where can I find that log?
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LOLCAT Jun 20 @ 3:00am 
Originally posted by Sublime:
Originally posted by Sin:
I don't know really. Maybe Steam doesn't like it.
It used to work just fine. I played FTL and Amnesia while using i3, among other things.

Originally posted by LOLCAT:
Check out the log file of xorg, maybe it has some clues.
Where can I find that log?
/var/log/Xorg.0.log
Sublime Jun 20 @ 3:27am 
Originally posted by LOLCAT:
/var/log/Xorg.0.log
There doesn't seem to be anything related to Steam or crashing in there.
LOLCAT Jun 20 @ 4:02am 
Originally posted by Sublime:
Originally posted by LOLCAT:
/var/log/Xorg.0.log
There doesn't seem to be anything related to Steam or crashing in there.
Not a single error?
Sublime Jun 20 @ 6:27am 
Originally posted by LOLCAT:
Originally posted by Sublime:
There doesn't seem to be anything related to Steam or crashing in there.
Not a single error?
Nope...

Maybe I'm using the wrong terminology and it's not Xorg that's crashing?

When I run Steam, I get brief blank screen, then I'm back in tty login and then it runs SLiM from where I usually login after the boot process.
Xantas Jun 20 @ 7:14am 
Originally posted by Sublime:
When I run Steam, I get brief blank screen, then I'm back in tty login and then it runs SLiM from where I usually login after the boot process.
It sounds to me as it is the DE crashing, not Xorg. Sorry but I don't even know Manjaro or which DE it is using, so can't help more
Sublime Jun 20 @ 7:24am 
Originally posted by Xantas:
Originally posted by Sublime:
When I run Steam, I get brief blank screen, then I'm back in tty login and then it runs SLiM from where I usually login after the boot process.
It sounds to me as it is the DE crashing, not Xorg. Sorry but I don't even know Manjaro or which DE it is using, so can't help more
It's WM, not DE. Manjaro's default DE is Xfce, but I'm using minimal net edition with i3 window manager.
Xantas Jun 20 @ 7:44am 
Originally posted by Sublime:
It's WM, not DE.
What do you mean? I ment to say DE, not WM. They're different.
Or maybe you're assuming is your WM crashing? It could be, just check it. I just said it could be your DE, because when compiz (my WM) sometimes crashed on my Unity, I didn't get kicked to my login manager. So I doubt it could be your WM, but who knows... And when Xorg sometimes crashed (because of my old broken card) I couldn't use my keyboard or mouse, that's why I don't think is Xorg crashing. But again, who knows... Good luck! ;)
Sublime Jun 20 @ 8:17am 
Originally posted by Xantas:
Originally posted by Sublime:
It's WM, not DE.
What do you mean? I ment to say DE, not WM. They're different.
Or maybe you're assuming is your WM crashing? It could be, just check it. I just said it could be your DE, because when compiz (my WM) sometimes crashed on my Unity, I didn't get kicked to my login manager. So I doubt it could be your WM, but who knows... And when Xorg sometimes crashed (because of my old broken card) I couldn't use my keyboard or mouse, that's why I don't think is Xorg crashing. But again, who knows... Good luck! ;)
I was just trying to say I don't have DE at all, only WM.
LOLCAT Jun 20 @ 8:31am 
Probably that i3 thingie is not supported. No wonder, no one ever heard about it before... I wonder why Intel hasn't sued them yet... :D
Apocryphus Jun 20 @ 9:15am 
I remember having an issue with XFCE where running multiple programs including Steam caused XFCE to crash to the login screen. Although, since i3 is just a WM I suggest trying a DE and see if Steam still crashes then. As you are unable to produce the logs by i3 and Xorg we can't help you.
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