Steam for Linux

Steam for Linux

nav Feb 16, 2013 @ 2:23pm
Errors, installs breaking, weird graphical issues
I've been using windows for the longest time and I've never had any reason to try out any other OS. I've had my eye on linux and I really wanted to give it a go now that there's somewhat of a reason to do so. However, after multiple attempts filled with annoyance and frustration it feels like this is a pointless effort.

The method I used was the one where you install ubuntu in windows to dual boot.

However I'm not one to give up so I'll go right ahead and list all of the problems I have had so far.

1 - Text seems to suffer from graphical issues every now and then. Not really a big problem for me but I consider it a warning sign for something worse.
2 - Everything seems sluggish and poorly optimized, often freezing up for up to a minute or two.
3 - Every install of Ubuntu (12.04 and 12.10) stopped working relatively quickly after installing updates.
- (12.10) The first attempt I tried to install the recommended nvidia drivers as well as the system update. After the installs were done and I restarted I was left with a black screen with a blinking underline. After a couple of tries and some searching around I gave up on this install and started over again.
- (12.04) Tried to do the system update along with a restart before moving on to the nvidia drivers this time. Didn't even get past the first restart. Black screen.
- (12.04) Did the same as above, everything went well this time (aside from the usual slow and annoying ubuntu issues I've been having), I got Steam installed and started downloading TF2. After a while I had to restart due to some audio issues. Guess what, another black screen upon booting up.

Now for all I know this could be an issue with my hardware. I have no idea why it would be as it is fairly new and I have never had any similar problems with windows on it.

I installed ubuntu on another hard drive than my windows one, just to be safe. I also gave it the maximum amount of hard drive space with plenty to spare.

System specs listed below.
Processor AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1090T Processor ~3.2GHz Memory 12288MB RAM Hard Drive 2000 GB @ 7200 RPM Motherboard ASUS M5A99X EVO, Socket-AM3+ Video Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 AMP

Now if anyone could help me with the black screen when I boot up ubuntu I'll be able to sort the rest out myself.
Last edited by nav; Feb 16, 2013 @ 10:36pm
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Mc'zee Feb 16, 2013 @ 4:32pm 
Hello dude, i had exactly the same problems as you, including the annoying black screens after first reboot. The only solution I found was to format the partition and reinstall Ubuntu...
Shark Feb 16, 2013 @ 4:47pm 
I think you should be ok if you try this.

Install ubuntu and boot into it(I use 12.10 x64)
open a terminal window and run these commands:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic
sudo apt-get upgrade

after that open software sources and under the tab additional drivers pick 310 and install it.

after that everything should run fine, you could also download nvidia-setting to check if it's working or install steam and try to play a game.

edit: btw, you can do this with the black screen install aswell. press ctrl+alt+f3 and type in the commands. After the upgrade command you can reboot.
Last edited by Shark; Feb 16, 2013 @ 4:51pm
Mc'zee Feb 16, 2013 @ 5:10pm 
Hello Wouter; I did as you told, additionally disconnected my secondary display (LCT TV) just to be sure it doesn't affect Nvidia settings.
Went throu all the steps. However, I DON'T have any option available under "additional drivers" label. The windows is clean just like after the fresh install.
nav Feb 16, 2013 @ 10:05pm 
Thanks, I'll report back after trying.
nav Feb 17, 2013 @ 6:05pm 
Managed to get it running after following your advice, with some extra steps. I had to install 32bit libs and whatnot (it's somewhere around these forums) as neither of the steam versions (64 bit or 32 bit) would work. After doing this Steam worked, barely, and I managed to download and run TF2. The loading times were horrible, everything froze up several times and the only way to get through all of this was waiting.

I doubt I'll go back to Ubuntu in the near future as it is such a hassle for improving stuff most of us don't need. Maybe if things worked a bit better and ran a bit smoother.

In short, if you're getting the same problems as I did and you're only after the cosmetic item (which isn't all that great) go ahead and follow Wouter's advice and if you're getting problems with the 64bit version try installing 32bit libs.
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Date Posted: Feb 16, 2013 @ 2:23pm
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