†<CC><G.A.K._v2.2 Dec 11, 2012 @ 4:01pm
pentium III
will steam for linux be able to run on a pentium 3?

i have xubuntu installed, 512mb of ram, 40gb HDD, and a Geforce fx 5500.

i was hoping to be able to install steam and then run games like half life and the specialists.
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yogaxpto Dec 11, 2012 @ 4:59pm 
It should be able. Thing is the only thing you can do on the steam client that you won't be able trough your browser is talking to your friends... I doubt that any steam game available can run on a computer with those specs. But good luck :)
/PCMR/Nig Killager Dec 11, 2012 @ 5:14pm 
MAYBE some of the sega classics and other 8-16 bit ports. MAYBE. But the steam client should work fine.
†<CC><G.A.K._v2.2 Dec 11, 2012 @ 5:52pm 
alright i installed it, opened it, and nothing happened. i opened up task manager and looked at the processes while steam was opening and i saw it open and close in there.

does steam not like XFCE? or does this mean i cant accomplish what im trying to do here?
mikeym Dec 11, 2012 @ 5:58pm 
Try it from a terminal and see what it says- perhaps post it here.

I thought I read somewhere here about something being compiled with CPU flags that prevented it running on older CPUs but I can't recall if it was the Steam client or something else.
Alias[R] Dec 11, 2012 @ 6:06pm 
It might not work. The requirements show a Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon XP as minimum. The pentium 3 might be missing some technologies or instruction sets that will not allow Steam to run.
†<CC><G.A.K._v2.2 Dec 11, 2012 @ 8:49pm 
Originally posted by AliasR: Is a Linux Tester!:
It might not work. The requirements show a Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon XP as minimum. The pentium 3 might be missing some technologies or instruction sets that will not allow Steam to run.

the Athlon xp and pentium 3 has only SSE1 so it should work. i have a feeling its xubuntu so i swapped drives and im installing ubuntu on the p3. i will let you guys know if it works or not.
DasFox Dec 11, 2012 @ 9:11pm 
Gameman Advanced Kid 2.0, just a heads up in the future, xubuntu, ubuntu, suse, fedora, debian, etc....

It doesn't matter really what distro you run, it's just KNOWING what you are MISSING!

Next time you have a problem with a program not wanting to run or crashing on you, RUN it from a TERMINAL, this way you can SEE and LEARN what the PROBLEM is! :)

I love how everyone new to Linux runs around blaming their distro, or thinking one is better, this is not how you look at Linux...

---> Linux is Linux, they all do the same thing, it's just that some have different things in them or going on differently, but with EXPERIENCE you can make them all do what you want and as long as you RELY on it from the DISTRO you'll never gain REAL LINUX experience, you'll always be at the mercy of whatever system you're using!

CHEERS
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†<CC><G.A.K._v2.2 Dec 11, 2012 @ 9:55pm 
here are the errors im getting in the console

steam
/home/eric/.local/share/Steam/steam.sh: line 325: 1809 Illegal instruction (core dumped) $DEBUGGER "$STEAMROOT/$PLATFORM/$STEAMEXE" "$@"
/home/eric/.local/share/Steam/steam.sh: line 325: 1858 Illegal instruction (core dumped) $DEBUGGER "$STEAMROOT/$PLATFORM/$STEAMEXE" "$@"
Gabby Gums Dec 12, 2012 @ 2:33am 
I could wait a bit more with these specs before play anything under Steam Linux at this moment. There is much people with highend pcs having problems... Your specs can't do it better.
mikeym Dec 12, 2012 @ 3:15am 
OK I found the link I was thinking of having read on these forums about this error.

They suggest that Steam has been compiled with SSE2 instructions so the fact that your processor only has the SSE (1) instruction set available would mean that it would not understand the SSE2 instructions it was being asked to execute and crash.

It's far from conclusive though. The link is just another forum user's best guess. What we can say is 2 out of 2 Steam users with old CPUs that only support SSE (1) crash when starting Steam with the error "Illegal instruction".

I would say your out of luck on that hardware. (on the plus side you can probably upgrade to something better for very little).



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blackout24 Dec 12, 2012 @ 3:28am 
For 40 USD you'll get a used 64 Bit capable Pentium 4 PC with 3 Ghz...
mikeym Dec 12, 2012 @ 3:40am 
Originally posted by t.jp:
For 40 USD you'll get a used 64 Bit capable Pentium 4 PC with 3 Ghz...

Or just ask people you know for any spares, you'll come up with something much better than a PIII.
nail Dec 12, 2012 @ 3:40am 
It's not XFCE, I'm using that and the client...frequently runs...
†<CC><G.A.K._v2.2 Dec 12, 2012 @ 6:56am 
i already have a high end pc. it has a core i5, 7870 crossfire, 8gb of ram, and a 160gb hard drive with ubuntu installed.

i setup this old pentium 3 to see if i could get it working with steam. if it did run, then i would have replaced the windows xp OS on my Dualatin.

this is very disapointing. even though it says that it supports the AMD Athlon XP 1500+ or higher it should support the pentium 3.

so much for trying i guess....
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zenitur Dec 12, 2012 @ 7:07am 
Try to install non-ubuntu for speed (I'm using openSUSE with KDE3) and try to increase your RAM to 1 Gb.
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