Steam for Linux

Steam for Linux

Poor Performance In Team Fortress 2
So I recently have downloaded steam on my Linux Mint. So far, the steam client in itself works great, I have little to no problems with it. I also had played killing floor, and that works excellent as well, for the most part, it runs as fast if not a wee bit faster than in my windows partition. There are times where I might get a small hiccup in performance but its rare and nothing major.
But when I try TF2 I get hit with this error:

OpenGL extension "GL_EXT_texture_sRGB_decode" is not supported. Please update your OpenGL driver.

Now, I was able to use this workaround to fix it, but my frame rate is still horrible. Even when using maxframes [] and resolution at bare minimum. I usually get about 25 until more people show up on my screen, then it drops to about 12 or less. On my windows partition though, I have no problem, I can run it maxed out on the lowest res and it runs perfectly, with no slowdowns or anything.
I have the latest proprietary graphics driver installed on both partitions.

My Graphics Card and Processor (If that even matters):
AMD Athlon II 635 Quad-Core
ATI Radeon HD 4200

I was mainly just wondering what I will eventually have to do. Because I know people who don't have to use the workaround who get the same speeds as their windows partition.
Is this an issue that I can wait out that will eventually just get fixed (by whomever)? Or am I just going to have to keep using my windows partition for valve games?
(I really don't wan't to get a new graphics card though, mainly because I'm poor as hell.)
Last edited by I Can't Keep My Eyes Awake; Dec 11, 2012 @ 8:02pm
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Gabby Gums Dec 12, 2012 @ 2:28am 
I had a netbook with that GPU and goes choppy even on windows
xehpuk Feb 18, 2013 @ 1:51am 
I get the same on my Linux Mint Maya with a Radeon HD 6900 card using AMD propriatary driver. I did a dual boot so I could try Latest Ubuntu with Unity. Then it works but I had to lower resolution more than expected to get decent fps. I am so totally lost in Unity so I do not even know if that was with the usually slow open source driver or the usually fast proprietary.
gutigen Feb 18, 2013 @ 2:07am 
Well in 2010 TF2 had major graphical update, since then it requires a little more recent hardware. Your card is not best solution for gaming and when it comes to AMD and Linux, that doesn't add up very well atm (AMD drivers suck balls). Unfortunatly you will not get much more from that GPU under Linux. Tho, have you disabled Vsync in AMD drivers and ingame? That could give you some boost I think.
BattlePenguin Feb 18, 2013 @ 4:57am 
I had the same experience with a Radeon HD7770. Killing Floor fine, TF2 much worse than Windows. Everyone seems to blame the AMD drivers.
gutigen Feb 18, 2013 @ 5:52am 
Originally posted by Andy:
I had the same experience with a Radeon HD7770. Killing Floor fine, TF2 much worse than Windows. Everyone seems to blame the AMD drivers.

Yes, for a reason. AMD drivers are terrible, Nvidia is only sane choice for Linux gaming atm (Intel has great drivers, but their gpus are still too weak to compete).
Rain Feb 24, 2013 @ 8:16pm 
I get horrible performance in linux mint 14 with my 6870 and get about 20fps while in windows i get 70-110fps with avg 75
Last edited by Rain; Feb 24, 2013 @ 8:16pm
Shark Feb 24, 2013 @ 11:53pm 
You'll need to install 13.1 legacy, since your gpu is not supported by any other driver. The normal 13.1 won't work for instance.
Augy Mar 20, 2013 @ 12:31pm 
I have 13.1 legacy driver installed, but tf2 on linux runs really slow(15 fps average) while on win 7 it's fine(60+). I also installed unigine heaven benchmark on both partitions, but it seems to be working equally, so I assume it's something to do with steam or tf2. I also sometimes run WoW using wine and it works fine aswell. My card is radeon hd 4570.
Boiglenoight Mar 20, 2013 @ 1:17pm 
Using a GT 640, w/ 8 meg of RAM and an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 ghz. Team Fortress 2 has a weird chop to it that makes it nearly unplayable. My default video settings are High, but the performance is exactly the same if everything's set to low or none. Not sure what I can do, kind of bummed because it's one of the best games on Linux right now through Steam.
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Date Posted: Dec 11, 2012 @ 7:59pm
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