Papfox Jan 9, 2013 @ 4:35pm
[BUG] Steam unable to launch after going offline
Hi,

This evening I put Steam into offline mode as a network policy at work prevented the server connection. I shut my machine down after playing Solar 2 and went home.

Now I'm home, I tried to start Steam and I can't. I get the error "Fatal Error: Steam needs to be online to update but was set to offline mode." The Steam UI never opens so I can't take it out of offline mode. I'm on the latest version 9updated today). I appear to be stuffed.

Any ideas please?

Thanks,
Paul.
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warfares Jan 10, 2013 @ 4:06am 
Hi..

Edit this file:

~/.steam/registry.vdf

and set (change) the value

"Offline" to "0"

Best
Papfox Jan 10, 2013 @ 4:34am 
Hi,

Thank you. That fixed it. I also deleted the ~/.steam/steam.pid file, just to make sure.

I'm back running again.

Bests,
Paul.
Dan10254 (The Brothers) Jan 13, 2013 @ 12:49pm 
I just set offline to 0 and got it running again.
Sam Jan 14, 2013 @ 3:59pm 
Thank you warfares.
A Giant Angry Possum Mar 5, 2013 @ 5:17am 
Thankyou warfares, steam really doesn't do offline well.
m[A]mboO.xP. Jun 7 @ 6:24pm 
hi i have the same error on my another acc
but i cant find the registry file anyone help me
Fibbles Jun 8 @ 9:53am 
The file is located at (~ is shorthand for your home folder):

~/.steam/registry.vdf

The steam folder is hidden, so you'll need to enable the viewing of hidden files and folders within your file browser options. Alternatively you can open a terminal window and type:

gedit ~/.steam/registry.vdf

(You may need to replace 'gedit' with the name of the text editor you have installed.)
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Lantain Jun 9 @ 6:11am 
Hi, my steam can't restore connection after going offline. I can't find "Offline" option in my registry.vdf, but it also has "AlreadyRetriedOfflineMode" and its value "0". What can I do to fix this bug?
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