Boogeyman Feb 3 @ 4:01pm
Steam freezes desktop on launch
Whenever I try to start Steam, it just freezes my whole desktop, causing me to have to hard reset my PC. I'm not certain what could be causing this, I'm leaning towards a graphics driver issue, but I can play the Minecraft and other graphics accelerated apps just fine.

I had had Steam installed and running perfectly for a while, but at some point my graphics card stopped working, so I went back to onboard graphics. And again, everything was working fine. Then I got my Nvidia card working again, and now Steam freezes on launch.

My bootstraplog has an entry for what looks like every file in the .steam directory that looks like:

[2014-02-03 14:05:10] BVerifyInstalledFiles: ubuntu12_32/vgui2_s.so is -1 bytes, expected 918729

I've tried removing it and reinstalling it twice. Anybody got any ideas?

OS=Kubuntu 13.10
KERNEL=3.11.0-15-generic
CPU=Intel Haswell i5-4570S @ 2.9ghz
MEM=16gb DDR3
GPU=Onboard Intel / Nvidia GTX 580
DRIVER=Nvidia 304.116

*EDIT* to add driver version
Last edited by Boogeyman; Feb 3 @ 4:03pm
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Doc Holliday Feb 3 @ 4:04pm 
bad drivers install maybe?
LOLCAT Feb 3 @ 4:18pm 
What happens if you run it from a terminal and not from a shortcut?
Boogeyman Feb 3 @ 4:29pm 
Same thing when I run it from the terminal. There was one command I saw to try last night that caused it to crash back to the GUI login, but I forgot to save that page and I cant find it again, lol.
LOLCAT Feb 3 @ 4:47pm 
pkill x will always do the trick
123456789 Feb 3 @ 6:00pm 
Originally posted by LOLCAT:
pkill x will always do the trick

pkill -SIGKILL <process>
is better tho! ;-)
Boogeyman Feb 3 @ 6:02pm 
It was a command like "STEAMRUNTIME=0 steam" or something. When I ran it, steam went through its update routine, but then froze everything for a second like it normally does, then the screen flashed and I was at the GUI login.
Kranky K. Krackpot Feb 3 @ 11:54pm 
Originally posted by Boogeyman:
It was a command like "STEAMRUNTIME=0 steam" or something. When I ran it, steam went through its update routine, but then froze everything for a second like it normally does, then the screen flashed and I was at the GUI login.
"GUI login" -- you mean session manager?
Looks like X got crashed and then restarted. Contents of /var/log/Xorg.0.log and Xorg.0.log.old may show something interesting.
Boogeyman Feb 4 @ 1:32am 
Thank you, I forgot to look in the log after X crashed. It was always empty before, now its showing a seg fault.
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