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NeptNutz Aug 13, 2014 @ 12:23pm
I got Steam running on gNewSense!
On my netbook! LOL

Do I get a cookie? :grinsam:

PS - I have NO idea how I accomplished this aside from stubborness and dumb luck. I can answer Yes/No questions about it but, rest assured, a 'tutorial' will not be forthcoming! I posted this just to show it can be done.

(Psst! Don't tell Stallman!)

Processor Information:
Vendor: GenuineIntel
CPU Family: 0x6
CPU Model: 0x1c
CPU Stepping: 0xa
CPU Type: 0x0
Speed: 1667 Mhz
1 logical processor
1 physical processor
HyperThreading: Unsupported
FCMOV: Supported
SSE2: Supported
SSE3: Supported
SSSE3: Supported
SSE4a: Unsupported
SSE41: Unsupported
SSE42: Unsupported

Network Information:
Network Speed:

Operating System Version:
gNewSense GNU/Linux 3.0 (parkes) (32 bit)
Kernel Name: Linux
Kernel Version: 2.6.32-5gnewsense1-486
X Server Vendor: The X.Org Foundation
X Server Release: 11204000
X Window Manager: Metacity
Steam Runtime Version: steam-runtime-release_2014-04-15

Video Card:
Driver: Tungsten Graphics, Inc Mesa DRI Intel(R) IGD x86/MMX/SSE2

Driver Version: 1.4 Mesa 8.0.5
OpenGL Version: 1.4
Desktop Color Depth: 24 bits per pixel
Monitor Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
VendorID: 0x8086
DeviceID: 0xa011
Number of Monitors: 1
Number of Logical Video Cards: 1
Primary Display Resolution: 1024 x 600
Desktop Resolution: 1024 x 600
Primary Display Size: 8.66" x 5.08" (10.04" diag)
22.0cm x 12.9cm (25.5cm diag)
Primary VRAM Not Detected

Sound card:
Audio device: Realtek ALC269

RAM: 2017 Mb

UI Language: English
LANG: en_US.utf8
Microphone: Not set
Total Hard Disk Space Available: 108798 Mb
Largest Free Hard Disk Block: 98702 Mb

Installed software:

Recent Failure Reports:

Last edited by NeptNutz; Aug 13, 2014 @ 10:52pm
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Cheeseness Aug 13, 2014 @ 2:42pm 
Woah, super neat! Do (m)any games run?
NeptNutz Aug 13, 2014 @ 7:26pm 
Originally posted by Cheeseness:
Woah, super neat! Do (m)any games run?

Same as before. Anything older, or ~500 MB, seems to work fine. I can always count on Toki Tori to work. Just installed Super Meat Boy and Half-Life and those seem to be running flawlessly as well. It's when you get to any sort of processor (CPU or GPU) intensive game that it bogs down; or an OpenGL versioning pit (won't launch).

That's where streaming comes in! (This computer's previous name was StreamCatcher.) I've tried my usuals here of Batman: AA, Burnout, and Metro 2033 to a lesser extent. They are in the same area as before, so to speak, but the software decoding is a very bumpy sawtooth now. Before, in Mint, when I cranked the bandwidth down to 3MBit/s (which is neccessary here), it would alleviate the "infinite plateau" effect of the overwhelmed client decode and run near full frames, though lower on quality to be sure. Not here. Bumpy.

If this netbook had H.264 hardware decoding, it would be golden! Unfortunately, I've had to get by on the software decode and that's been rough. I got it pretty good on the Mint 15 install, but I also had the Intel for Linux drivers running there (I think). If those meet the software credo of "Liberté" I will most certainly install those again. The same goes for xboxdrv. However, I think I will exhaust every other controller option I have before thinking about hooking up an Xbox360 controller to this very freedom-loving distro. That's an apostasy that I don't think even I can endure!


This netbook (ASUS 1001P-MU17-BK) was never much of a games machine. But ever since I upgraded it with 2GB ram and an SSD, it's been a lot of fun. Plus, it will blow the pants off any (strictly) tablet out there!

Ever since Mint 15 bought the farm, I've been looking for a replacement for this netbook and my main PC Linux. This was a good time to experiment.
Last edited by NeptNutz; Aug 17, 2014 @ 8:24am
intok Aug 21, 2014 @ 12:27am 
Originally posted by NeptNutz:
If this netbook had H.264 hardware decoding, it would be golden!

got a spot for an mPCIe card?
NeptNutz Aug 21, 2014 @ 1:24pm 
Thanks for the link. I'm 90% sure this netbook won't take one, but I will certainly make 100% sure once I get the chance.
voooooooooom Jan 2, 2015 @ 11:12am 
Stallman is judging you.
NeptNutz Jan 2, 2015 @ 1:25pm 
Originally posted by wryzombie:
Stallman is judging you.

LOL! No doubt. The All-Seeing beard.

I've moved on from gNewSense on the netbook, and to Debian 7.7 on my desktop recently. Little did I know I was going to land in the middle of a shitstorm with the systemd schism. Egad! That's on SteamOS however. It brought me there.

(The netbook sacrificed its SSD for a much-needed PS3 UltraSlim upgrade. As always, musical computer chairs.)
Last edited by NeptNutz; Jan 4, 2015 @ 12:24pm
Ahahah. That's great. :)
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