iKursed May 6, 2013 @ 2:18pm
Linux Problems
I have a problem which I need addressed, the problem is that I am unable to install steam. In the past I had steam on my computer, but because it was taking up lots of space for my computer, I decide to remove it, and so I did. As of currently I'm having difficulties reinstalling it. The problem is that, as so, I instal the package off of the website, which opens "ubuntu software centre" and provides file info as well as the usual instal button. Upon clicking the instal button nothing occurs. I believe the problem maybe that the computer still thinks the file exist, but then I ran multiple procedures to remove it and as it seems it was completely removed and yet i still have the same problem. If anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated
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instabilis May 6, 2013 @ 2:52pm 
Which procedures did you use to remove it?
iKursed May 6, 2013 @ 3:02pm 
I deleted the files, then I uninstalled it through terminal, and uninstalled through wine as well.
slr May 6, 2013 @ 3:20pm 
To remove steam completely, try in a terminal: sudo apt-get purge steam
This should remove all related to the steam package, then try re-install normally.
Note however that this might also remove save games, etc.. but I am not sure about that.

It depends also which Linux distro you are using.. I assumed Ubuntu.
Last edited by slr; May 6, 2013 @ 3:26pm
iKursed May 6, 2013 @ 3:42pm 
Originally posted by slr:
To remove steam completely, try in a terminal: sudo apt-get purge steam
This should remove all related to the steam package, then try re-install normally.
Note however that this might also remove save games, etc.. but I am not sure about that.

It depends also which Linux distro you are using.. I assumed Ubuntu.

Yea Ubuntu 11.10
iKursed May 6, 2013 @ 3:46pm 
Originally posted by slr:
To remove steam completely, try in a terminal: sudo apt-get purge steam
This should remove all related to the steam package, then try re-install normally.
Note however that this might also remove save games, etc.. but I am not sure about that.

It depends also which Linux distro you are using.. I assumed Ubuntu.

I followed your direction on terminal and that result was that it couldn't find anything related to steam and yet I still cant instal it. If you can maybe there's another way I can instal then through "Ubuntu Software Centre" if you know of it please inform me.
instabilis May 6, 2013 @ 4:09pm 
The Steam packages require Ubuntu 12.04 or later.

You'll need to update Ubuntu to at least 12.04, or you can install Steam yourself with http://repo.steampowered.com/steam/archive/precise/steam_latest.tar.gz, just follow the included instructions.
Last edited by instabilis; May 6, 2013 @ 4:19pm
iKursed May 6, 2013 @ 4:20pm 
Originally posted by instabilis:
The Steam packages require Ubuntu 12.04 or later.

You'll need to update Ubuntu to at least 12.04, or you can install Steam yourself with http://repo.steampowered.com/steam/archive/precise/steam_latest.tar.gz, just follow the included instructions.

Thank you, I believe I may be able to instal steam with the file you have provided, but please if you could direct me to some instructions on what I need to do with this file.
instabilis May 6, 2013 @ 4:38pm 
Open 'Terminal', then do the following:

Download the archive

Extract the archive
tar xvfz ./steam_latest.tar.gz ./steam_latest

Change directory to where we just extracted the files to
cd ./steam_latest

Run the Steam launcher
./steam
Last edited by instabilis; May 6, 2013 @ 4:42pm
iKursed May 6, 2013 @ 4:51pm 
Alright I'll tell you what I did before you provide instructions, I went into the file used the shell script and ran it through terminal to confirm installation, everything was successful, but it doesn't work.
Now that you have provided instructions I cant do the second step, it says "Error is not recoverable: exiting now".
Ilrita May 7, 2013 @ 12:02am 
Did you make sure you ran;

sudo apt-get update

After you purged Steam? And then rebooted the system? Sometimes this needs to be applied for the changes to take effect. Next, you need to go to your .wine folder and delete the Steam folder there (you said you had it in wine?) and then see if official Steam Linux/Ubuntu folders still exist in the installation path. If they do, just delete them.

You will need to run a sudo command depending on your distro to get the rights to delete them. For example, in Linux Mint Maya, for me it is;

sudo nautilus

This will bring up your files directory and full rights to delete, copy, move or paste items/folders.

Next, could you please describe how it doesn't work? Do you get any errors? We need to know what it is, first. :)
Ilrita May 7, 2013 @ 12:03am 
For instabilis' instructions, wait for the download to finish and place it either on the desktop or the home directory. Alternatively, you can just click the link and manually download the file, then try step two again.
Ilrita May 7, 2013 @ 12:29am 
Oh, also, just in case you ever decide to just do a fresh install later on down the road, I would say go for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or Linux Mint series (Maya to be precise) as Steam installs flawlessly in them in most cases.
blackout24 May 7, 2013 @ 6:10am 
It will never run on such an old version of ubuntu. All your packages are way to old.
Why would anyone still use 11.10? Unity was buggy as hell 2 years ago.
iKursed May 7, 2013 @ 12:44pm 
Gonna upgrade to 12.04 LTS
blackout24 May 7, 2013 @ 1:11pm 
Why not upgrade to 13.04 right away? There is no point in having an old Ubuntu version. I'm not an Ubuntu Users but people seem to like 13.04 very much, because they made Unity much faster.
Last edited by blackout24; May 7, 2013 @ 1:11pm
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