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SolNeko Feb 25, 2013 @ 9:12am
Linux via virtual box steam problem
So I have been trying to use the virtual box method for obtaining the Tux for TF2 and now coming across problems when trying to open steam.
So far I have successfully got ubuntu 12.10 running successfully however after installing steam I cannot open it, the program appears on the task bar for a second or two then disappears, I have also tried using the terminal and typing in steam to open it however i get the same outcome. I dont know what to do from here. Any help would be appreciated.
Last edited by SolNeko; Feb 25, 2013 @ 9:15am
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SUSEd Feb 25, 2013 @ 9:41am 
You cannot launch TF2 in VirtualBox because Steam will not launches when 3d-acceleration enabled.
SolNeko Feb 25, 2013 @ 9:51am 
Really? I've heard its quite possible to launch TF2 in virtual box, running the game however i think you cant. Also I just disabled the 3d acceleration and even that did not successfully launch steam.
SUSEd Feb 25, 2013 @ 9:56am 
For testing, i installd openSUSE 12.3 beta on VB and steam. It works properly but w/o 3d acceleration impossible to launch any game from it.
Obsidian Feb 25, 2013 @ 9:57am 
Originally posted by SolNeko:
So I have been trying to use the virtual box method for obtaining the Tux for TF2 and now coming across problems when trying to open steam.

Very nice.
SolNeko Feb 25, 2013 @ 10:03am 
Thanks for the help, I guess I'll try booting from USB instead.
blackout24 Feb 25, 2013 @ 10:06am 
Yes at least that will give you proper hardware support. There is no way VBox graphics drivers support OpenGL 3.0 lol

You better mount some of your NTFS drives to download an install. Won't have any luck just hitting Install TF2, when in a LiveUSB enviroment.
Last edited by blackout24; Feb 25, 2013 @ 10:36am
SUSEd Feb 25, 2013 @ 10:28am 
glxinfo shows that OpenGL 2.1 only, with latest mesa.
So.. maybe CS 1.6 will work.
blackout24 Feb 25, 2013 @ 10:36am 
CS 1.6 should work then.
ThOR27 Feb 25, 2013 @ 11:47am 
some people also had success with wubi, which install ubuntu as a program inside Windows, with the filesystem self contained. Just remember this:

1- During installation process remember to raise disk capacity value to at least 20gb to run TF2
2- Make sure you're installing ubuntu 12.04 32 bits
3- Make sure before installing Steam you update all system and install video drivers (310 experimental for nvidia)

good luck
SUSEd Feb 25, 2013 @ 11:49am 
Gaben trolls windows noobs.
El Flaco Merlin Feb 25, 2013 @ 12:12pm 
We don't want Windows users installing Linux just for a TF2 gift, if you delete the partition afterwards (or virtual machine in your case). Go and play with your BSOD.
PyGuy Feb 25, 2013 @ 12:35pm 
Don't listen to the Linux elitists. If you just want the TF2 item, that's up to you. I myself have been using Ubuntu since well before the Steam for Linux Beta. Since then, I have decided to get rid of my Windows partition for good, so I have some intermediate-level Linux experience here and there. That was my choice. As someone of this skill level, I really hope you enjoy Ubuntu at least enough to spare some gigabytes for it (for dual-booting, etc). It's a lot of fun once you get the hang of it. That's just my two cents from my experience with things. Not that you have to stick with it if you don't want to. It just means that you gave it a try.

Lastly, if you look in the Guides section of this Steam for Linux hub, you'll find my guide which walks you through basic setup.
Last edited by PyGuy; Feb 25, 2013 @ 12:37pm
You could try installing the package libgl1-mesa-swx11 (and libgl1-mesa-swx11:i386 if running 64 bit Ubuntu). I've never used it, but from the description it seems that this will provide you with software OpenGL rendering. This may allow TF2 to at least run, but performance will be quite bad.
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Date Posted: Feb 25, 2013 @ 9:12am
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