mtlyoshi9 Feb 19, 2013 @ 1:36pm
"OpenGL GLX extension not supported by display"
Hey guys. I've had a copy of Ubuntu 12.04 -64bit installed on my laptop through WUBI for quite a while now and it's giving me problems when I try to install Steam. First of all, Steam didn't even show up in the Ubuntu Software Center, which I thought was strange for a start, but then I just downloaded the .deb from the website and thought things were going to well...but they haven't. I managed to get the Steam icon on the Unity bar, but clicking on it does nothing. When I try to run it from the Terminal, here is the complete message that I get:

Running Steam on ubuntu 12.04 64-bit
STEAM_RUNTIME is enabled automatically
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1360966495_client)
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Looks like steam didn't shutdown cleanly, scheduling immediate update check
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1360966495_client)
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(1360966495_client)
unlinked 0 orphaned pipes
Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
OpenGL GLX extension not supported by display

I'm somewhat tech-savvy, but have little experience with things of this difficulty. I'm not even entirely sure what the problem is...
I've been directed to thinking it's a graphics card driver (maybe?). I've got a GeForce GT 555M, if that helps. I just recently was reading that this falls under the Nvidia Optimus line, which apparently is unsupported on Linux, so I was trying to use a Bumblebee driver, but that didn't seem to work either. And yes, I have completely updated the system. =]
The point is, I really don't know what to do, and I have been trying for a good while. Can anyone make any sense of what I should do? Thanks so much for all your help, and your patience with reading all of this text.
Last edited by mtlyoshi9; Feb 19, 2013 @ 1:39pm
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blackout24 Feb 19, 2013 @ 1:40pm 
Did you only install bumblebee but did you also do this:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410/discussions/5/846939854395048434/
[dirrty]gsharp Feb 19, 2013 @ 1:40pm 
EDIT: Off-topic wubi comment removed.

Hope someone can jump in here with a clue. I'm afraid of bees.
Last edited by [dirrty]gsharp; Feb 19, 2013 @ 2:18pm
mtlyoshi9 Feb 19, 2013 @ 1:46pm 
t.jp, I will give that a shot right now!
And gsharp, I promise I don't like taking the hard road, I'm just trying to get this work! Haha.
blackout24 Feb 19, 2013 @ 1:52pm 
I can understand that people will use WUBI. It's the easiest way to try it out but unfortunately not the best, because it is a bit bugged and slow. If there was an easy way to install it on a seperate ext4 partition and clean it all up automatically if you want to get rid of it (which means deleting the partition, resizing windows, fixing bootloader) that would be great.
mtlyoshi9 Feb 19, 2013 @ 2:13pm 
t.jp, IT WORKED! I have no idea why, but thank you so much! So...I guess it was the graphics card driver, right? I installed both Bumblebee and Optimus.
Anyway, thanks a million. I hope I can get my games to work now. =P
[dirrty]gsharp Feb 19, 2013 @ 2:17pm 
Originally posted by t.jp Linux:
I can understand that people will use WUBI. It's the easiest way to try it out but unfortunately not the best, because it is a bit bugged and slow. If there was an easy way to install it on a seperate ext4 partition and clean it all up automatically if you want to get rid of it (which means deleting the partition, resizing windows, fixing bootloader) that would be great.

I was off-topic so I'll remove my comment. Sorry about the diversion. Wubi is a topic for a different thread.
blackout24 Feb 19, 2013 @ 2:17pm 
No problem. Glad I could help. As I said a WUBI install is not the same as having it on your hard drive with its extra partition and native Linux filesystem (ext4). It will be slower.

There will also be real Optimus Support from NVIDIA in the future. They commited code to go into the 3.9 release of the Linux kernel that will allow them to do this.

NVIDIA drivers and performance on Linux is excellent.
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