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Sublime Jun 19, 2014 @ 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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B9nt Jun 19, 2014 @ 8:25am 
Which desktop environment or combination of which are you using?
B9nt Jun 20, 2014 @ 2:57am 
I don't know really. Maybe Steam doesn't like it.
Dusk of Oolacile Jun 20, 2014 @ 2:58am 
Check out the log file of xorg, maybe it has some clues.
Dusk of Oolacile Jun 20, 2014 @ 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
Dusk of Oolacile Jun 20, 2014 @ 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?
Xantas Jun 20, 2014 @ 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
Xantas Jun 20, 2014 @ 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! ;)
Dusk of Oolacile Jun 20, 2014 @ 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
B9nt Jun 20, 2014 @ 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.
B9nt Jun 20, 2014 @ 11:19am 
When and where does Steam exactly crash?
B9nt Jun 20, 2014 @ 11:47am 
Originally posted by Sublime:
Originally posted by Sin:
When and where does Steam exactly crash?
Before it even launches. I run it and before ever seeing the Steam window, it crashes.

If I reinstall it, I run it, accept the terms of use and then it crashes.

It could be the pop up screen or any notifications thereof.
Lord Battlesheep Jun 20, 2014 @ 11:53am 
Originally posted by LOLCAT:
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
i3wm is rather known among those who use tiling WMs. BTW, it's a good tiling WM, but rather specific one (as well as all tiling WMs, actually). And the guys can sue Intel, because Intel lauched their i3 only in 2010.
Lord Battlesheep Jun 20, 2014 @ 11:54am 
Originally posted by Sublime:
Originally posted by Sin:
When and where does Steam exactly crash?
Before it even launches. I run it and before ever seeing the Steam window, it crashes.

If I reinstall it, I run it, accept the terms of use and then it crashes.
Looks like X crashes and then restarts. Watch its previous log at /var/log/Xorg.0.log.old
And Steam's /tmp/dumps logs may help too.
Schlick Aug 2, 2014 @ 8:29pm 
I had this problem with Manjaro also while using kernel 3.15 and XFCE. The solution I found was to run steam form the terminal with this command:

LD_PRELOAD="/usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6 /usr/lib32/libstdc++.so.6 /usr/lib/libgcc_s.so.1 /usr/lib32/libgcc_s.so.1" ~/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/run.sh steam

It seems steam wants to use different versions of dependencies then what you got installed.
Last edited by Schlick; Aug 2, 2014 @ 8:30pm
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