Steam for Linux

Steam for Linux

SlowJoe Feb 9, 2013 @ 10:16am
Ubuntu 12.04LTS in VirtualBox 4.2.6 graphic driver, opengl
hi iam using windows 8 64bit as os.

i want to start team fortress 2 in linux. (because of the promo)
i installed virtualbox and created a ubuntu box.
installing steam and downloading tf2 worked fine, but when i want to start tf2
the following error occurs:

Required OpenGL extension "GL_EXT_texture_compression_s3tc" is not supported. Please install S3TC texture support.

now i know that i have to install some kind of graphic card driver but nothing so far has worked.
i installed the guest additions virtualbox provides but that changes nothing.

my graphic card is a ati hd4800.

thanks for any help or ideas.

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gutigen Feb 9, 2013 @ 10:21am 
What promo?
blackout24 Feb 9, 2013 @ 10:22am 
You won't have any luck with using Virtual Box since you don't get true 3D hardware acceleration.

I tried Steam in a VM just for the fun of it on my i7 @ 4.5 Ghz with overclocked GTX 580. I managed to get an amazing 4 FPS with glitches everwhere.

The only way is to install Ubuntu on a seperate partition and have a dualboot. If you have an external drive or big USB stick (32 GB) you could also install it on that and boot it and have it use your real hardware. This way you won't have to touch your production enviroment so you can't mess anything up.
Last edited by blackout24; Feb 9, 2013 @ 10:24am
SlowJoe Feb 9, 2013 @ 10:23am 
the promo is not ingame yet, but i will come
i want to set this up so when the promo comes out i just have to start
SlowJoe Feb 9, 2013 @ 10:25am 
well i dont want to play tf2 in the virtualbox. starting tf2 in textmode should be enough.
blackout24 Feb 9, 2013 @ 10:26am 
I belive the VirtualBox guest 3D driver simply doesn't support the latest OpenGL. You need at least OpenGL 3.0 support for Valve Games. Otherwise it won't start.

OpenGL is still needed in textmode as it seems:
Last edited by blackout24; Feb 9, 2013 @ 10:29am
Rompetroll[TUX] Feb 9, 2013 @ 10:33am 
drop w8 and VB, just install buntu on a small partition (10-15 gigs) and dualboot.

Viritualbox, seriusly :P
SlowJoe Feb 9, 2013 @ 10:36am 
hmm ok, guess i have to use the partition solution
gutigen Feb 9, 2013 @ 10:58am 
If you want fast and 100% working solution, but you don't want to keep Ubuntu later (cause performance is not going to be same as with normal Ubuntu installation) try WUBI:

It installs Ubuntu just like any other Windows APP and like any other Windows APP you can remove it from Windows by 1 click in Programs&Features. Read instructions! :)
Max Otto von S Feb 9, 2013 @ 11:12am 
I think it will be unfair if you will get a Tux with Linux in a VM. At least install it on your real hardware.
Max Otto von S Feb 9, 2013 @ 11:12am 
because it is an item for us, Linux folks!
gutigen Feb 9, 2013 @ 11:43am 
Originally posted by pashazz:
I think it will be unfair if you will get a Tux with Linux in a VM. At least install it on your real hardware.

Nah, it's cool. Tho I would advice to dual boot and test Ubuntu for a month - it's truly amazing :) And if you don't like how it looks or feels, you can change ti with few clicks.
Max Otto von S Feb 9, 2013 @ 11:46am 
Dont like how it looks? Change desktop environment (IMO). I am using linux since 2008, my first DE was XFCE. Then KDE3, KDE4 (oh it was awful that times), GNOME2, E17 and now I am happy with KDE 4.10. It is rock solid and totally clean.
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Date Posted: Feb 9, 2013 @ 10:16am
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