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EnveedLinux Jan 11, 2014 @ 11:38pm
Some Games got Blackscreen when starting from Steam - Debian 8 32bit
Hey guys!
Since 2 weeks some of my games wont start correctly when pressing the PLAY button.
They are all opening a black window with the game title and nothing more.
Ive tested it with Kerbal Space Program, Spectraball and Cities in Motion 2.

The funny thing is, when i start them from the terminal it works perfectly!
But on Spectraball i cant use WASD or any other key then, and on CIM2 it says that it cant connect to steam client and exits the game.

I dont know what i have done. Anyone other knows something about that? Thankyou!
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\TG/Haguilar91 Jan 12, 2014 @ 3:40am 
What distribution and version are you using?
B9nt Jan 12, 2014 @ 5:12am 
Debian 8 isn't out yet. Are you referring to Debian Jessie?
EnveedLinux Jan 16, 2014 @ 10:36am 
yes ;)
B9nt Jan 16, 2014 @ 11:47am 
Did you install Steam through the repository? We need to also see your specs, so:

lspci | grep VGA
EnveedLinux Jan 18, 2014 @ 7:23am 
No, i dont have it installed from the repository.Here is the output of ur command:

03:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GK106 [GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost] (rev a1)
B9nt Jan 18, 2014 @ 7:30am 
Originally posted by fusionlightcat ^Linux^:
No, i dont have it installed from the repository.Here is the output of ur command:

03:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GK106 [GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost] (rev a1)

Do you have the nvidia drivers installed? A black screen usually occurs when a game fails to render due to lack of hardware drivers. I think you may find this command useful:

dpkg -l | grep NVIDIA
It should display what drivers you have installed. If you're not using the proprietary drivers, it's safe to assume you're using Noveau, the open-source edition thereof.
EnveedLinux Jan 19, 2014 @ 2:37am 
Ok, this is the output:
ii glx-alternative-nvidia 0.4.1 i386 allows the selection of NVIDIA as GLX provider
ii libgl1-nvidia-glx:i386 319.76-1 i386 NVIDIA binary OpenGL libraries
ii libnvidia-ml1:i386 319.76-1 i386 NVIDIA Management Library (NVML) runtime library
ii nvidia-alternative 319.76-1 i386 allows the selection of NVIDIA as GLX provider
ii nvidia-driver 319.76-1 i386 NVIDIA metapackage
rc nvidia-glx 304.48-1 i386 NVIDIA metapackage
ii nvidia-kernel-3.10-3-686-pae 319.60+1+1+3.10.11-1 i386 NVIDIA binary kernel module for Linux 3.10-3-686-pae
ii nvidia-kernel-3.2.0-4-686-pae 304.88+1+1+3.2.41-2 i386 NVIDIA binary kernel module for Linux 3.2.0-4-686-pae
ii nvidia-kernel-common 20131102+1 i386 NVIDIA binary kernel module support files
ii nvidia-kernel-dkms 319.76-1 i386 NVIDIA binary kernel module DKMS source
ii nvidia-settings 319.72-1 i386 tool for configuring the NVIDIA graphics driver
ii nvidia-support 20131102+1 i386 NVIDIA binary graphics driver support files
ii nvidia-vdpau-driver:i386 319.76-1 i386 NVIDIA vdpau driver
ii xserver-xorg-video-nvidia 319.76-1 i386 NVIDIA binary Xorg driver

Im sure that i had installed the proproetary driver for my card. The games are working perfect when not starting from steam. Hmmm...
B9nt Jan 19, 2014 @ 6:00am 
That's very interesting; I can't really detect any problems since dpkg is reporting that the drivers are installed. Just so you are aware that Debian does have a repository dedicated to Steam; it may be worth installing from that because it might have been optimised for use under Debian. Try that, and if the problem still persists then you should report it to Valve.
EnveedLinux Jan 19, 2014 @ 8:51am 
okay thankyou! :)
EnveedLinux Jan 20, 2014 @ 8:29am 
Hah! I found it! Ive started Steam with the command 'steam' and if i start it with '/steam-directory/steam.sh' everything works perfect!
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Date Posted: Jan 11, 2014 @ 11:38pm
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