(And show some love for the people here - they're trying to help :P) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
First, let me apologize - I know there are a few other different threads concerning this - but since I haven't got an answer through Steam Support, yet AND my problem seems completly unsolvable...well, here we go:
The system I'm experiencing the error(s) on, is a laptop with wireless internet connection and administrative rights - Steam was running absolutely fine, until some days ago, or so. Other specs and stuff: _______________________________________ General:
Intel Core2Duo CPU P8700 @ 2.53 GHz 4 GB RAM 500GB HDD in 2 partitions (Steam being on D: ) Some RADEON Mobility Graphics Card Windows 7 64bit
Avira Antivir PE Comodo Firewall Spybot Search&Destroy Ad-Aware Windows Firewall DEactivated Windows Defender DEactivated
"Realtek RTL8191SE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC" on a "ASUS RT-N66U" router - German Steam client, German ISP ________________________________________
Again, it's been a couple of days to a couple of weeks, I wasn't using my laptop for a while. When I first tried to start Steam again, I hadn't done ANY change to my system, before.
So I went and tried everything I could possibly find on google plus any forum I stumbled across. Here's what I did so far: (not in chronological order; some things I've done a couple of times in a different order)
- Checking internet connection per se (=> Running fine) - Checking if other PCs in the network can connect to Steam (=> Working like a charm) - Logging in to steampowered.com (=> Yup, changed nothing, though) - Resetting both internet connection and PC (=> Changed nothing) - Deleting all files in the Steam folder, but Steam.exe + Backup of SteamApps (=> Updated fine, but error messages keep popping up) - De-installing Steam, rebooting PC, reinstalling Steam (=> Updated fine, but error messages keep popping up) - Checked update history (WLAN drivers??) (=> not updated - in fact, I had Windows Update turned OFF, the entire time) - (see above): Updated via Windows Update (=>125 updates and several reboots later, the problem still occurs) - checked steampowered's list for possibly interfering programs that I might have installed (=> deleted a few[LogMeIn, Hamachi, Daemon Tools, etc.], but didn't expect the problem to change, since I didn't install anything around the time, when the problem first occurred) - Updating WLAN drivers manually (=> didn't fix it, rolled it back [still no fix :P]) - Again, reinstalling Steam at this point (=> didn't fix it) - Copying the Steam folder (except SteamApps) from another PC (which could connect just fine) (=> didn't fix it) - Since I didn't have a system restore point .... I could'nt use that method.. - Tried to fix the registry entries, concerning offline mode (=> already set to 0 ; didn't change anything) - Don't have the possibility to run wired instead of wireless, so... meh.. - Tried WinFixIt (or something like that) - updated again via Windows Update (=> didn't do anything) - Used HotSpotShield to circumvent the problem (VPN to connect) (=> didn't change anything) - Deactivated my Comodo Firewall and Avira AntiVir (=> didn't change anything) - Portforwarded all necessary ports for steam (=> didn't change anything) - Set Steam.exe and...well..the entire folder to "trusted file(s)" in Comodo (=> didn't change anything) - Tried to connect to Steam on the "Administrator" account (=> didn't do anything) - Tried to connect to Steam in safe mode with network drivers (=> didn't change it a bit) - Connected to the router via another WirelessLAN stick (=> didn't change anything) - Tried out different DNS-Servers(eg OpenDNS) on my wireless connection settings (instead of auto) (=> nothing) - Re-Edited Portforwarding and Portriggering on my router (ASUS RT-N66U) (=> no change) - Re-activated Windows Firewall and explicitly allowed any Steam-exe's. (=> no change) - Rolled back ANY Windows update that I could possibly roll back (=> no change; repatched) - Tried to connect to Steam through another VPN (=> nope) - Tried deleting single files from the Steam folder (instead of the entire folder) and restart (=> updated instantly, no change) - Checked the "hosts" file for any funny business, as far as I could tell (=>no change made, no change occurred) - Checked Hijackthis for any malware or suspicious entries (=> some changes made; no effect) - Set up msconfig a little different (start less processes and services) (=> no effect after reboot)
Running out of ideas here -.- There's IMHO no solution I could find on google, these forums, youtube and any other platform that helped :( And I'm sure as hell not going to set the system up anew...just because Steam doesn't do, what it so proudly promises. I payed for my games and I can't access them??? Not good, Steam, not good at all.
- It HAS to be a client side problem. - It does NOT have to do with anything already on my system (drivers, software) - Since I didn't change anything on my system, it MUST have to do with a patch or sth. - If the problem was actually caused by Steam, would it be justified to demand any compensation ? :D :D
No, but really... WTH is wrong with my Steam? I'd be thankful for any thought or solution on this :)