bagelhumper Dec 4, 2013 @ 1:35pm
Steam crashes on login?
A few months ago I downloaded the Windows version of Steam on my MacBook Pro (OSX 10.9) in order to play my wineskinned version of Skyrim. I was playing it last night until it crashed as I had to close Steam manually (Skyrim crashes often, so nothing unusual there). I tried to boot up the Windows version of Steam again, as I always do to re-open Skyrim, but Steam had to update (or so it said). The update took 10-15 seconds (about a third to half the normal download time) and Steam started to log me in. However, just as the little window that said "Connecting to Steam account: evilkittywizard" disappeared (as it always does when my library is loading), the icon of Steam on my dock disappeared.

Maybe this had to do with the update? Not sure, but Crossover (which needs to be running during login) was unaffected, plus neither Steam nor Crossover had any crash reports.

I'd appreciate an explanation or solution; both are useful at this point.
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derick Dec 30, 2013 @ 11:21am 
having the same issue, any news on a fix?
bagelhumper Dec 30, 2013 @ 6:36pm 
Originally posted by derickrd:
having the same issue, any news on a fix?
I updated Crossover and it reinstalled Steam. That seemed to fix it, so maybe you should try uninstalling and reinstalling it.
derick Dec 31, 2013 @ 10:27am 
Thanks for the reply, I didn´t know that I have to run Crossover in order to Steam client to work. Is this correct?

I tried several times to completely uninstall and install the client but didn´t work. Am I missing something? Do I have to buy Crossover software?

Thanks again and happy holidays!

D
bagelhumper Jan 1, 2014 @ 12:03pm 
Originally posted by derickrd:
Thanks for the reply, I didn´t know that I have to run Crossover in order to Steam client to work. Is this correct?

I tried several times to completely uninstall and install the client but didn´t work. Am I missing something? Do I have to buy Crossover software?

Thanks again and happy holidays!

D
Crossover isn't required to run the Windows version of Steam on OSX. However, unless you're extremely skilled at using WINE, you should definitely buy a Crossover client. It will automatically install the Windows version of Steam in a bottle that (if done correctly) won't interfere with your Mac version of Steam and the games you've already installed. At first, I actually accidentally installed Skyrim & Windows Steam in my prexisting OSX Steam bottle and it corrupted my Garry's Mod and EVE Online until I went in manually and "cleaned the files", so to speak.

If you want to start over and do this the correct way, watch this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNyIDdiEiSw

BEFORE YOU START DOING WHAT HE SAYS:

1. Make sure that the game you're going to install WORKS WITH CROSSOVER! This can be done by first buying/installing the Crossover client software and browsing through both "Supported Applications" and "Community Supported Applications", which is under "Unsupported Applications". If it doesn't appear on either of those lists, you can't install it through Crossover.

2. After finding the game you want to download in Crossover, open your OSX version of Steam and buy the game if you haven't already. If you haven't purchased the game, it won't start the download.

3. After you have Windows Steam and you've installed the Windows game you want to play, open the game like you would normally. You'll notice that a small Steam window pops up, saying "Installing Microsoft DirectX for Windows...". Don't close this or do much of anything on your computer until it's finished. Technically, DirectX was already installed by Crossover, but Steam is performing updates and modifications to it, so that it's optimized for the game you're playing. Very rarely will Steam actually download or modify any files for DirectX, and most often the window will just be a filler until your game starts up.

I'm sending you a friend request:
If you have any specific questions, just message me.

~EKW
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Date Posted: Dec 4, 2013 @ 1:35pm
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