dubstepdeejay Feb 22, 2013 @ 1:45pm
New to Linux AND Steam . . . wondering . . .
I had Steam games launching just fine on my last install, but I did a format/fresh install of Mint 14/KDE/x64. Did all the updates for the OS and video drivers again (Geforce 660 Superclocked) and had to download the games again. I got Steam;s Email and put in the code since they think I'm on a new machine since I'd first registered . . .

But now I can only get Steam browser to run and whichever game I try to launch, it auto closes the window, however the process (Killing Floor or Team Fortress) is still running in System Monitor. In fact, if I try to run those games after the game window auto closes, Steam popup says something like "this app is already running."

I suppose my question is, since I'm new to both Linux AND Steam, is this a problem I should look for an answer to in the video/driver department or is there something I'm missing on Steam's end because I'm running my account on a fresh install?
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^1Gentoo Feb 22, 2013 @ 1:47pm 
My first guess in this case would be that you forgot to add some files that are needed for certain games to run. Something like ia32-libs* and also multiarch files.
[dirrty]gsharp Feb 22, 2013 @ 2:15pm 
Originally posted by catharticlament:
I had Steam games launching just fine on my last install, but I did a format/fresh install of Mint 14/KDE/x64...

But now I can only get Steam browser to run and whichever game I try to launch, it auto closes the window, however the process (Killing Floor or Team Fortress) is still running in System Monitor. In fact, if I try to run those games after the game window auto closes, Steam popup says something like "this app is already running."

...is this a problem I should look for an answer to in the video/driver department or is there something I'm missing on Steam's end because I'm running my account on a fresh install?

The fact that you get a Steam login page and get access to the Steam Store and Steam Community suggests that your Steam client might be ok. (I say might!)

I'd start with video drivers. Did you get your nvidia drivers from the official repos used by Linux Mint? Were they nvidia-experimental-310 or better?
dubstepdeejay Feb 22, 2013 @ 2:24pm 
sudo apt-add-repository pa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current
dubstepdeejay Feb 22, 2013 @ 2:24pm 
I'm sure theres a typo in there somewhere, but you get the point.
dubstepdeejay Feb 22, 2013 @ 2:28pm 
Honestly, I wish I could say I understood the file system here in Linux. 15+ years on Windows, 2 months with Linux. Oh how I miss having a C, D, E drive or one executable to install drivers . . . I think that's about all I miss, though.
[dirrty]gsharp Feb 22, 2013 @ 2:29pm 
Originally posted by catharticlament:
sudo apt-add-repository pa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current

Unless nvidia-current is contains the 310 drivers, that might be the problem. Not saying it is...but Valve and third-party guides were very specific about using 310 or better.
dubstepdeejay Feb 22, 2013 @ 2:30pm 
Anyway, under this "x server" window, it says Nvidia Driver Version: 304.64
[dirrty]gsharp Feb 22, 2013 @ 2:31pm 
Originally posted by catharticlament:
Honestly, I wish I could say I understood the file system here in Linux. 15+ years on Windows, 2 months with Linux. Oh how I miss having a C, D, E drive or one executable to install drivers . . . I think that's about all I miss, though.

All of the stuff you need to do to setup Steam can be done from a GUI.

Also, it gets better. Explore the GUI side and check out all the neat features that Windows still doesn't have. Virtual desktops are one "killer feature" that many new Linux users really, REALLY like.
[dirrty]gsharp Feb 22, 2013 @ 2:32pm 
Originally posted by catharticlament:
Anyway, under this "x server" window, it says Nvidia Driver Version: 304.64

Probably want to upgrade those. I don't have a Mint box handy so I can't provide specifics though.
dubstepdeejay Feb 22, 2013 @ 2:33pm 
Hmm. Well that helps. Thanks, man. I'll go figure out how to update the drivers to 310+ then. Apparently my method was wrong . . . and to be honest, I could have done it the right way during my first install. I don't really remember with all the stuff I had to soak up.
^1Gentoo Feb 22, 2013 @ 2:33pm 
Originally posted by ;864960354017651971:
Anyway, under this "x server" window, it says Nvidia Driver Version: 304.64

Then there's your problem. The requirements for running games under Steam is atleast 310.14.

You should use nvidia-experimental.
Last edited by ^1Gentoo; Feb 22, 2013 @ 2:34pm
dubstepdeejay Feb 22, 2013 @ 2:40pm 
So just so I understand, the repository I used had old drivers and just by using that one, even though I sudo'd nvidia current, it wouldnt necessarily give the end user the latest because said repository hadn't updated their drivers?
dubstepdeejay Feb 22, 2013 @ 2:40pm 
their driver files, rather.
^1Gentoo Feb 22, 2013 @ 2:43pm 
nvidia-current meaning latest stable release that Ubuntu has put out or "okayed" from what I understand. That being 304.64. nvidia-experimental meaning still in beta but working flawlessly for 99% of the people. And those should be 310.14, the minimum needed for games to run.
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dubstepdeejay Feb 22, 2013 @ 2:46pm 
I understand now. Thanks for your time.
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