SamuelWats0n Nov 13, 2013 @ 2:12pm
TF2 not working on Linux.
Hey, I've been playing TF2 for quite a while now and recently my laptop broke (Windows 8) My friend fixed it but changed the OS to Linux Ubuntu and now TF2 won't load. It gives me errors about installing S3TC Texture Support. Other games work normal, but TF2 won't launch. Any way to fix this?
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イチビチ Nov 13, 2013 @ 2:22pm 
Since you're new to Linux, when you're looking for technical support, please be wary of people telling you to type random things in your terminal that you don't understand. It's a running joke on some forums for some ♥♥♥♥ to tell you to input the command that deletes your entire filesystem.

With that said, open up a terminal, type in this input and paste the output in this thread.

glxinfo|grep OpenGL && lsb_release -a

This will tell us your current OpenGL version and what version of Ubuntu you're running.
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SamuelWats0n Nov 13, 2013 @ 2:24pm 
OpenGL vendor string: Tungsten Graphics, Inc
OpenGL renderer string: Mesa DRI Intel(R) Sandybridge Mobile
OpenGL version string: 3.0 Mesa 8.0.4
OpenGL shading language version string: 1.30
OpenGL extensions:
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ultimate_Edition
Description: Ultimate Edition 3.5.2
Release: 3.52
I've been told you need Mesa 9+ but how do I get it?
イチビチ Nov 13, 2013 @ 2:48pm 
You are correct in that you need Mesa 9, and your output there shows you only have 8.

The latest versions of Ubuntu should come with it, but it looks like your friend installed some sort of incestuous derivative instead. I'm not familiar with it at all, so I take NO responsibility for the following, but the basic steps to upgrade shoud be:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/mesa9
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y upgrade
sudo apt-get install mesa

This adds the software repository for the Mesa project, tells Linux to update its list of software sources, updates all the software on your system (hopefully including mesa) and installs mesa from scratch if need be.

You ought to consider getting your friend to reinstall Windows. You're going to be in for a rough time if you like to game and intend to stick with Linux. TF2/HL2 and a lot of indie games work great but big titles won't, and support when things go wrong can be impossible to get.
SamuelWats0n Nov 14, 2013 @ 9:23am 
Okay, cheers. I'll see if it works :/
SamuelWats0n Nov 14, 2013 @ 9:27am 
No luck, I copy the first line into terminal and asks for a password. It won't let me type ANYTHING after thatl...
-=OF=- Alopard Nov 14, 2013 @ 11:01am 
Your friend who installed your linux choosed your password. Then for sure, he know this password. And yes, to modifie your linux OS, you need this password.

SamuelWats0n Nov 14, 2013 @ 12:32pm 
I'd of figured its the pass I use to log on to the laptop...But its not letting me type ANYTHING for the pass...
イチビチ Nov 14, 2013 @ 4:01pm 
It may be the login password or it may not be. "Sudo" is the Linux equivalent of Windows' "Run As Administrator." Usually Ubuntu derivatives have a single user account that also functions as the root/administrator account (similar to Win7+8).

When you're typing in your password, you may not see stars or characters or anything, but it's recording what you're typing, so make sure you type it accurately.

I will say on some distributions like Backtrack, the root password is sometimes "root" (no quotes) so try that as well. Otherwise yeah, ask your friend specifically for the "root" or "sudo" password.
SamuelWats0n Nov 16, 2013 @ 9:03am 
I'd like to thank everyone who commented their ways of fixing this error, I managed to fix it another way...Linux is really confusing at the moment TF2 and Killing Floor work but freeze every now and again...Again, thank you all!
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