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Nevon Nov 15, 2012 @ 2:04pm
Issue Report: Black screen on TF2 startup
After installing Team Fortress 2 beta in Ubuntu 12.04 and running it, the game seems to start up and the Valve sound is played. However, no graphics are displayed at all, and no sound is played after the Valve intro sound. Only a black screen is ever shown. The same thing happens if I install TF2 (non-beta version) and run that.

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Other than what's in the system info, I'm also running Gnome Shell 3.6.

EDIT: I have now tried it in Unity as well, and got the exact same result.
Last edited by Nevon; Nov 15, 2012 @ 2:29pm
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Keldrim Nov 15, 2012 @ 4:08pm 
Duplicate bug report, for the original report go here:
Issue Report: Black screen on TF2 startup

This one also has a few fixes that work.
Last edited by Keldrim; Nov 15, 2012 @ 4:09pm
Nevon Nov 15, 2012 @ 4:16pm 
The LANG=C workaround does not work for me. I get the exact same result with the workaround as without it.
AJenbo Nov 15, 2012 @ 5:28pm 
Exiting steam and running:
export LANG=C; steam

Made everything work for me
Darnaku Nov 15, 2012 @ 6:32pm 
export LANG=C; steam works for me.
Last edited by Darnaku; Nov 18, 2012 @ 10:28am
Nevon Nov 16, 2012 @ 3:04am 
LC_NUMERIC=C does work, however. Strange. I would have thought setting LANG would implicitly also change LC_NUMERIC.
Sith Nov 16, 2012 @ 4:46am 
I have the same problem using Kubuntu 12.04. I tried AMD 12.10, 12.11beta, open radeon driver but it seems there's nothing to do. I will try with Kubuntu 12.10.
Vladradamus Nov 16, 2012 @ 8:12am 
Same problem with Kubuntu 12.10
ayr-ton Nov 16, 2012 @ 9:09am 
Same here. With Ubuntu 12.10 64bits with Intel HD Graphics
AJenbo Nov 16, 2012 @ 4:16pm 
Did you make sure to fully exit and shut down steam first?
Nevon Nov 16, 2012 @ 5:27pm 
anders.jenbo: Yes, but as I said, LC_NUMERIC=C works, whereas LANG=C does not.
DainBramage Nov 17, 2012 @ 12:41pm 
Originally posted by Nevon:
anders.jenbo: Yes, but as I said, LC_NUMERIC=C works, whereas LANG=C does not.
I tried this and no go, it seems to be related to Valve's SDL libs not detecting OpenGL libs properly
Kereltis Nov 21, 2012 @ 10:51am 
Neither "LC_NUMERIC=C" or "export LANG=C; steam" work for me with AMD Radeon HD 4670 Mobility graphics using open source driver.
Kereltis Nov 21, 2012 @ 11:57am 
Problem solved for Ubuntu 12.04 "AMD Radeon HD 4670 Mobility graphics" just install the latest open source driver by doing the following in Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:oibaf/graphics-drivers

sudo apt-get update

Then check for updates and install them, restart your system and you should be good to go. Hope this helps the rest of you!
Fenteale Nov 21, 2012 @ 2:20pm 
Im having this problem too. Neither "LC_NUMERIC=C" or "export LANG=C" work for me. I have HD 5770 graphics and have the latest proprietary graphic drivers. I don't know if this has anything to do with this, but I have my home directory saved in a different partition (on a different hard drive). When trying to use the fixes described here, I noticed in the terminal it would say this after tf2 crashes:
/home/mangmasta/Steam/SteamApps/mangmasta/Team Fortress 2/ line 72: 18963 Segmentation fault (core dumped) ${GAME_DEBUGGER} "${GAMEROOT}"/${GAMEEXE} "$@"
Cyberworm Nov 22, 2012 @ 1:34pm 
I too have my home folder on a different hard drive, and I get the exact same error:

/home/cyberworm/Steam/SteamApps/cyberworm86/Team Fortress 2/ line 72: 10410 Segmentation fault (core dumped) ${GAME_DEBUGGER} "${GAMEROOT}"/${GAMEEXE} "$@"

Setting "LC_NUMERIC=C" or "export LANG=C" didn't work.
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Date Posted: Nov 15, 2012 @ 2:04pm
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