Category: Main Games Game Tools Steam Official Release


Steam automatically updates itself to the latest version whenever it is run.

This is the platform for all recent Valve games. You can find out information about whether or not individual games (such as Half Life) run by checking out their respective sections in the database. This page is about Steam only.

Available natively for Mac OS X and Linux.

Application Details:

Version: Official Release
License: Free to use
Votes: 153
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.9-staging

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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What works

  • Installation.
  • Logging In.
  • Downloading Games.
  • Accessing the Store and News and Community.
  • Running games.
  • Updating games.
  • Chat and voice chat.

What does not

  • Buying games.

What was not tested

  • Nothing.

Additional Comments

Follow the HOWTO below to get the program working well.

My Specs :-

AMD Phemon II X2 - BLACK EDITION (3.10GHz)
NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT (1GB RAM)
Using 195 nVidia driver from hardware driver manager
selected in Test Results table below
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Jun 05 20172.9-stagingYes Yes BronzeGero45 
ShowFedora 25 x86_64May 31 20172.9-stagingYes No GarbageKendall Llera 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 07 20172.7-stagingYes Yes SilverKaan Batın 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Feb 26 20172.2-stagingYes Yes SilverBob Wya 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Dec 03 20161.9.23-stagingYes Yes GoldBob Wya 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
22041 External screen resolution changes are not detected NEW View
22053 Steam games crash on startup if in-game community is not disabled (gcc bug) RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
23299 screen under Steam windows is not refreshing NEW View
23301 Steam 2010 version: tooltips popup even when the steam windows isn't top-active one NEW View
24516 Steam client has duplicate window decorations when WinVer is Vista+ RESOLVED DUPLICATE View
26658 Steam startup is slow NEW View
29240 Anti-aliasing not working for all fonts NEW View
32515 Steam games protected with Valve's CEG (Custom Executable Generation) DRM scheme fail game cache validation NEW View
33842 Steam failed to log-in/connect in a restricted environment UNCONFIRMED View
33982 Steam windows can be resized to 1x1 despite minimum size NEW View
34701 Sound choppy and slow game responses in most Steam games NEEDINFO View
35525 Integration with Steam for Linux RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
35690 Steam network hang ups. NEW View
36059 Multiple Steam games fail to install DirectX runtime prerequisite, resulting in repeated install attempt on startup ('xinput1_3.dll' locked by client) STAGED View
37110 Steam requires Arial/Times New Roman fonts to open Store/Profile/Community pages NEW View
38641 Trying to start a Steam game whilst Steam isn't running doesn't open the game NEW View
38960 Steam 'steamwebhelper.exe' based on CEF v3.2357.1273 - Chromium v44.0.2378.0 crashes in Win7 mode ('kernel32.SetFileCompletionNotificationModes' is a stub) STAGED View
39022 Steam: Mouse cursor shows the wrong symbol UNCONFIRMED View
39166 Steam - streaming from a Wine host does not send sound ( also applies to Steam Link ) UNCONFIRMED View
39403 Steam Client update from Oct. 7, 2015 (Steam version >= store/web no longer works (Chromium browser engine native API sandboxing/hooking scheme incompatible with Wine) NEW View
41466 Steam: Tray icon menu sometimes flickers UNCONFIRMED View
41754 Steam in wine stuck at 100% usage after some quake live gameplay UNCONFIRMED View
41976 Very high CPU usage while downloading stuff in Steam REOPENED View
42427 Steam application claims no internet connection UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

Test Submissions ... how avoid a rejection notice!!

These notes were last updated: 28 December 2015

Follow these guidelines to avoid embarrassment when your Test Submission is immediately rejected!!

  • Ensure the version of Wine you have installed currently supports the Steam Client (see below).
  • Where possible please indicate the build date of Steam - you used to run your test against. From the Steam Client window:

    mouse Help
    mouse About Steam

  • Put your PC specs in the Extra Comments section e.g. like your CPU and system memory.1
  • When adding test results please specify video card and driver version you are using.2
  • It's also useful to mention what desktop environment you are using (e.g. KDE, Gnome, Xfce, Unity...)
  • Specify if you installed the Steam client into a fresh Wineprefix (or not), and what programs and games you have installed.
  • Specify what version of the Windows emulation you use in your Wineprefix (e.g. Windows XP, Windows 7).
  • Specify whether you installed into a 32-bit or 64-bit Wineprefix.
  • Add a comment about what is not working for you.
  • Please indicate if your using Wine Staging and/or any additional patches applied - to the version of Wine you are using.
  • Please, don't submit test results like "Everything is working" or "Everything isn't working".

These guidelines ensure your submitted test results are actually relevant to other users of Wine and WineHQ.

1 The console version of the lshw utility is your friend. This command will dump your System hardware specification in a clean format. Post command and output in the Extra Comments section:

sudo lshw -short | egrep -v '(volume|disk|bus)'

2 glxinfo can be used to display your OpenGL and graphics driver versions. Post the command and output in the Extra Comments section:

glxinfo | grep ' version'


You need:

  • You are recommended to use the latest release of Wine (see Steam Client Build Issues below)
    You can get instructions on how to install the latest Wine release at WineHQ Download.
  • It is not necessary to use a clean Wineprefix, but this is recommended.

How to install:

The default Wineprefix Windows version is now set to Windows 7 ( see: wine.git / wine.inf: Set default Windows version to win7 ) since Wine Development version 2.2.
This setting will cause issues with the current release of the Steam Client. It is recommended therefore to set your Steam Wineprefix Windows version to Windows XP, using:

env WINEPREFIX="❚❚❚❚❚❚" winetricks -q winxp

If you are unable to use Windows XP globally for your Wineprefix (e.g. a Steam game is only compatible with Windows 7, etc.) then a workaround is to do a local override, just for the main Steam Client executable:

env WINEPREFIX="❚❚❚❚❚❚" wine reg.exe ADD "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\AppDefaults\Steam.exe" /v "Version" /t "REG_SZ" /d "winxp" /f

Now, download Steam Client installer package. After the download is complete, open a terminal on download folder, and type the follow command to install:

env WINEDEBUG="fixme-all" WINEPREFIX="❚❚❚❚❚❚" wine msiexec /i SteamInstall.msi

It's also recomended to install the fonts: arial.ttf, tahoma.ttf, verdana.ttf and times.ttf. Steam will work without these fonts, but will look ugly. You can also install those fonts through winetricks by typing:

env WINEPREFIX="❚❚❚❚❚❚" winetricks corefonts

Note: Wine should automagically import all system fonts (e.g. TT fonts you may have imported from a Windows partition).

You can also automatically install steam with winetricks and apply the necessary patches with winetricks using the follow command.

env WINEPREFIX="❚❚❚❚❚❚" winetricks --no-isolate steam

To learn how to use winetricks and find out more about this monolithic BASH script, click WineHQ Winetricks.

Steam Client Launcher

Create a .desktop file launcher file

The commandline is for losers right? So why not create yourself a Steam launcher! Now you can launch your Steam games straight from your Ubuntu Unity Gnome menu.

Wine will typically automagically extract Steam png icons from the original Windows .ico version:

find "${HOME}/.local/share/icons/hicolor/" -name "*steam.0.png"

Typically the icon codes are: BAC4_steam.0 / F664_steam.0 (type png; 0=Steam client, Steam games will use the Steam game ID number)

Use this information to create a Steam64.desktop file, e.g. for a 64-bit Wineprefix:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Application for managing and playing games on Steam (Wine, 64-bit Wineprefix)
Exec=env WINEPREFIX="❚❚❚❚❚❚" /usr/bin/wine C:\\\\windows\\\\command\\\\start.exe "C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Steam\\Steam.exe" -no-cef-sandbox
Path=❚❚❚❚❚❚/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Steam

  1. Yeah... you shouldn't just copy those blocks!! Replace them with your actual Wineprefix path (typically "${HOME}/.wine" - by default).
  2. The Exec should have backslashes (\) escaped. If expressions are left unquoted then you need to escape your escape codes - as the Unix Command Shell will "eat them"!!
    To avoid a world of pain - just quote any paths...
    But note: you can only use double quotes (") in a .desktop file.
  3. The Path variable is the working path - used when Wine starts execution of the Steam client (this is "double-quoted" by the system - so don't put any quotes around it!!)
    If not set - this can cause issues - since MS Windows executable include the present working directory (PWD) in the system executable path.
  4. The .desktop file can be put in any sub-directory of:


  5. When your click on your desktop entry, in your Desktop Environment menu, and it appears to do nothing... Check it for common errors with:

    desktop-file-validate Steam64.desktop

Steam Client Build Issues

Steam Client Store/(built-in) Web Browser not working 

Affects all Steam Client builds, since Steam with build date Oct 7 2015. The most obvious symptom of this issue is that you get backtrace error pop-up(s) referring to steamwebhelper.exe crashing. Typically, with recent builds of Wine Staging, you will see black/blank areas - in place of rendered web content. The Chromium Embedded Framework" (CEF), that Steam is built on, now has sandboxing/kernel hooking enabled by default. The CEF sandboxing hooks directly into the Windows kernel and this breaks under Wine. See bug 39403.

Ensure that your Wine (Windows) version is left at the default setting of Windows XP (this can easily be checked with the winecfg utility). Setting this to a more recent Windows release version introduces additional (known) compatibility issues. See bug 39403. If a Steam game needs to use a newer version of Windows, for compatibility reasons, then you can override the Wine Windows version to Windows XP  - just for the Steam client executable:

export WINEPREFIX="❚❚❚❚❚❚"
wine reg.exe ADD "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\AppDefaults\Steam.exe" /v "Version" /t "REG_SZ" /d "winxp" /f

Workaround Option 1 (recommended) use CEF no sandboxing (-no-cef-sandbox) - command line parameter - when launching Steam Client

The recommended solution is to launch the Steam Client, with disabled support for CEF-based runtime sandboxing (for a 32-bit Wineprefix):

export WINEPREFIX="❚❚❚❚❚❚"
cd "${WINEPREFIX}/drive_c/Program Files/Steam"
wine Steam.exe -no-cef-sandbox

Steam Client web rendering is supported - when run from both 32-bit Wineprefix 's & 64-bit Wineprefix 's.

This is a workaround - so please indicate if you've used this Steam CLI switch when submitting AppDB tests for Steam!

Workaround Option 2 patch wine ntdll to support Chrome sandbox (only supports 32-bit Wineprefix)

There is currently one semi-official patch to get the Steam store to work correctly. This patch partially fixes sandboxing support for the CEF runtime. However 64-bit Wineprefix 's are not supported at present.

Workaround Option 3 Crossover (hack) patch

This patch injects a --nosandbox parameter to the CEF runtime - when it is called from a steamwebhelper.exe process. This is a hack - so please indicate if you've used this patch when submitting AppDB tests for Steam!

Steam Client web rendering is supported - when run from both 32-bit Wineprefix 's & 64-bit Wineprefix 's.

Rebuild Wine (vanilla or Wine Staging) with the following experimental patch:

Steam Client Overlay not working

Wine versions 1.7.37(-) do not fully implement the MSDN guidelines for Input Method Manager: cross-process/thread IME must be prohibited. For further details see bug 35361. The most significant symptom of this is that all Steam Games exit after any/the first key press.

This is a wine regression exposed by a Steam Client build dated 3 Dec 2013. Update your Wine version to 1.7.38 or disable the Steam overlay and Friends window.

Steam Client crashes after user login

This is an issue related to the Dec 3 2013 Steam Client build. You will need to use a fairly recent version of Wine that has a patch to fix this API implementation mismatch. Development releases of Wine 1.7.7(-) and Stable releases of Wine 1.6.1(-) no longer support the Steam Client.

The actual Windows implementation of the Win32 function NtAdjustPrivilegesTokenNtAdjustPrivilegesToken does not match the MSDN specification for the API of the function... Wine versions 1.7.7(-) incorrectly assume the MSDN specification is the correct one. It should be emphasised that this is not a bug in the Steam Client - it simply calls this Win32 function and assumes the standard MS Windows behaviour. See bug 35030.

General Troubleshooting

Steam freezes after opening the library.

This is a bug that affects some users. At this time, there isn't a solution to fix this problem. It is recommended to reinstall steam or (if necessary) start over with a clean Wineprefix.

When opening a new window in Steam, that window starts transparent.

This is a compositing-related problem. Try disabling compositing in the settings for your Window Manager.

Steam In-Game overlay will not close.

This is an intemitent issue with no permanent solution. You can try to close the overlay by clicking on the "Close the steam overlay" link at the top of the screen. This is currently the most effective solution, but, sometimes the only way is to close the game.

Big Picture Mode fail to open, asking for DirectX.

Until now Steam Big Picture mode doesn't work with Wine. Big Picture mode requires DirectX 10.1 libraries that Wine currently does not support.

Steam window is unresponsive or slow.

This bug is not yet resolved. If you're using Desktop compositing, you can disable-it and it will improve steam performance. The Steam client requires and uses OpenGL acceleration.

Steam window stealing window focus or not taking focus.

This is a common glitch with Wine running under X-Windows. The best solution in this case is minimize the steam window or close it to the taskbar.

Users of the KDE/Plasma Desktop can set fine grained Focus Stealing control over applications. It is recommended to set the Wine Steam class to None if you have problems with game draw windows not running in fullscreen.

When Wine draws windows using X-Server protocols these cannot guarantee or mimic the same ordering or focus that DirectX/Draw libraries provide under Microsoft Windows.

How to fix "Could not Connect to Network" Issue.

For those experiencing the "Could Not Connect to Network" problem often the Windows solution is to delete the ClientRegistry file. To do that, delete it:

rm "${WINEPREFIX}/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/ClientRegistry.blob"

Note: For most people simply restarting the client works around the issue.

Chat window doesn't work.

The chat appears to be working but messages are not displayed correctly. Try resizing and/or minimizing/maximizing the chat window.

Try to call any friend to chat from the friends list, and the window will show up again.

Steam Takes too long to start.

When starting the Steam client - Wine crashes and writes a small memory dump (*.mdmp files). ­

A fix, for Linux-based systems, is to edit the /etc/sysctl.conf file (Arch: create a file /etc/sysctl.d/98-steam-network-buffers.conf) and add these entries:

# Send and receive buffer sizes to make steam happy
net.core.rmem_max = 131072
net.core.wmem_max = 131072

and then, run as root:

­sysctl -p

or for Arch:

sysctl -p /etc/sysctl.d/98-steam-network-buffers.conf

Unable to launch games with error: "The registry was in use by another process".

This is a Steam client bug resulting from the Linux kernel caching file operations. You can fix this problem by shutting down Steam cleanly (keep running and exiting steam itself until you get a clean shutdown without any errors after "Shutting down" - watch the console you ran steam from) and then restarting it. Once steam has been shut down cleanly and restarted the error should not occur.

If all fails, start Steam, right-click on the game and select Properties. Go to Local files tab and click on Verify integrity of game cache...

Some file systems support extra sync flag. This should solve the problem. However it will reduce performance, so use with care!

chattr -R +S ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Steam

Most/All games crash after open or after a short time.

Try disabling the gameoverlayrender.dll. Run winecfg, go to Libraries, add a new library replace named gameoverlayrenderer and set to disabled. Note the In-Game Overlay will not work (including the Steam screenshot facility).

Steam client crashes when authenticating user.

This problem can be caused by WINE requiring the native ntlm_auth library to be installed (in order to authentic your login). On most Linux-based distributions this library is included in the Samba (server) package - typically this package includes winbind.

If you have this issue then you will see an console/debug error similar to the following:

err:winediag:SECUR32_initNTLMSP ntlm_auth was not found or is outdated. Make sure that ntlm_auth >= 3.0.25 is in your path. Usually, you can find it in the winbind package of your distribution.


Steam client window(s) do(es)n't render any text.

For Wine versions 1.5.10(+) stubs for the dwrite.dll were introduced and subsequently implemented. This results in the symptom that the Steam Client will render with invisible text without a workaround (see below). See bug 31374. Upgrading to Wine versions 1.7.49(+), with a fully implemented dwrite.dll, will fix this issue.

Ensure Steam client is launched as follows...

wine Steam.exe -no-dwrite

Backup/Restore games: file dialog displays files out of order.

The Symptom of this is that the Steam Client file browser, for Backing up or Restoring Steam games, displays files and folders in an apparently jumbled up order. Technically this is a bug in the Steam Client. It assumes that WinAPI functions FindFirstFile/FindNextFile will return files and folders in sorted order. This is however only the case for NTFS formatted drives. See bug 34122. Upgrading to Wine versions 1.9.10(+) fixes this issue.

General Workarounds.

If you have an problem that you can't solve one 'hack' is to force the Steam client to reinstall itself.

Shutdown your Steam client - if necessary force shutdown, with:

wineserver -k

Delete all files in your Steam folder (default is typically: ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/) except the file steam.exe and the Steam games directory: steamapps.

Re-launch your Steam client - in order to re-download all application files.

Your Steam games will be intact - since games are stored in subdirectories off the steamapps directory.

Steam Tips

How to disable/enable forced Steam Client updates.

This workaround disables write access to your Steam package folder where Steam downloads updates to. Caveat Emptor - disable updates for too long and your Steam installation will break... You have been warned!!

First, navigate to (32-bit Wineprefix):

cd "${WINEPREFIX}/drive_c/Program Files/Steam"
chmod -w package

... this disables all subsequent Steam Client updates...

chmod +w package

... this re-enables all subsequent Steam Client updates...

Make fonts look less ugly.

To make fonts look better in Steam and in other applications, running via Wine, we need to change a few values in the Wine registry...

First make a new text document called fontfix.reg in your favourite text editor with the follow content:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]

Then we need to import this file to the wine registry, to do that:

env WINEDEBUG="fixme-all" WINEPREFIX="${WINEPREFIX}" wine regedit fontfix.reg

Once complete, fonts will be smoothed and will look a lot better in Steam and all other Wine applications.

If your Steam Client fonts still look poor then navigate to:


and press Ctrl + F  and type arial to find, then delete, all variants of Arial except the original Arial.ttf.

Playing videos/trailers through Steam Store - directly in Steam client window. 

Steam now uses the Chromium Embedded Framework runtime to render the webstore. Playback of trailer videos is handled by the builtin HTML5 / Pepper Flash players. No extra Windows software is required to support this.

If your Steam Chromium Embedded Framework is running with sandboxing enabled - then the Steam store will typically not be rendered at all...
So you've got bigger problems, to deal with (see the Steam Client Build Issues section), than non-playing trailer videos!

How to completely re-install the Steam Client application.

To reinstall Steam without loosing your installed games, you need to move/copy the folder (and all sub-folders):

"${WINEPREFIX}/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/steamapps"

... or for a 64-bit Wineprefix ...

"${WINEPREFIX}/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Steam/steamapps"

to a safe place.

In a clean Wineprefix, after reinstalling steam, you can just move back the steamapps folder (and all sub-folders). Hey Presto! All your backed up games should show up, as installed, when you launch the newly installed Steam Client...

NB This will not backup or restore your saved games!! These will need to be safely backed up separately.

Keep Saved Games in your Wineprefix

Using the:

winetricks sandbox

command will ensure that all symbolic links to your Linux HOME folder are removed from your Wineprefix. Your Steam games Saved Games will therefore all be stored directly within your Wineprefix.
Note the winetricks sandbox command will remove the default link to your Linux / root directory:

ls -hl "${WINEPREFIX}/dosdevices/"
lrwxrwxrwx 1 user group 1 Oct 14 16:53 z: -> //

There are legitimate reasons why you might want to access files outside of your Wineprefix. In order you to re-enable this access, you have to recreate the Linux / root directory symbolic link:

ln -s / "${WINEPREFIX}/dosdevices/z:"

Issues with Multi-Monitor Setups

Often issues arise when using a hardware set-up with 2 or more monitors... Symptoms are that games launched from your Steam client will render on the wrong display, mess up your X display resolution or not render/support your native (target) monitor resolution/refresh rate. A work around for this is to launch the Steam client in a virtual desktop (32-bit Wineprefix), e.g.:

cd "${WINEPREFIX}/drive_c/Program Files/Steam"
wine explorer /desktop=Steam,1920x1080 "Steam.exe"

(N.B. replace 1920x1080 with your monitors native resolution - if different)


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

Could I copy this steam install (from in wine) into an offline Windows 8.0 after turning on "steam offline" mode?
by Cory on Sunday May 28th 2017, 2:39
I'm gonna have to take a snapshot of the Registry in ~/.wine/*.whatever
which is gonna take 30 minutes - 5 hours I'm 89% sure.
Take a snapshot of every file in ~/.wine/
Install steam.
(buy? &) Install a game on steam.
Turn steam into offline mode.
Shutdown steam.
Disable networking.
Start steam and start game. If succeeds, yay.

Now the fun part.
Copy everything that has changed into my offline Windows 8.0, including key registry changes.

That's it!
Do you think I can do it? Do you think my steam game will run on this Windows 8.0 machine?
by alinuxn00b on Monday January 2nd 2017, 0:24
I have both wine and native steam installed. The problem is, i don't know which one is which!!! I've been trying to rename the linux/wine version to: Steam- WINE/LINUX but it won't allow me! what do i do? I'm running elementary os 0.4 loki.
  • RE: HELP!!! by Bob Wya on Monday January 2nd 2017, 15:46
by andy on Saturday December 31st 2016, 12:24

For me -no-cef-sandbox option workaround works well only if mfreadwrite.dll is set to native. (can get it from web).
Microphone Bug
by Timothy on Wednesday August 10th 2016, 21:13
I'm encountering a weird bug with steam. When steam starts it grabs the sound output device and sets that as the microphone. This of course means that this device is unavailable to use. I've managed a workaround by setting wine to use an output device I don't use so when steam grabs it the default device is still available. Of course the microphone still doesn't work. Any suggestions on how to resolve this properly? I'm using the alsa sound drivers on wine 1.9.15 (through playonlinux) on Fedora 24. For the record it did it on Fedora 22 and pulseaudio drivers as well.
Another workaround for steamwebhelper.exe crash on Windows 7 mode
by Edward W. Koenig on Sunday July 24th 2016, 3:07
I forgot to add this in my recent test submission.

When steamwebhelper.exe crashes (blank store etc) you can either

1. Set winecfg to run everything as Windows XP; as stated in the "Steam Client Build Issues" section.

2. Set winecfg to Windows 7 default (or just Steam.exe) and then set c:\Program Files\Steam\bin\steamwebhelper.exe to run as Windows XP. This allows store access and even the videos play.

From the bug report, steamwebhelper.exe is launched as a separate application, and so far I have not noticed any issues running Steam in Win7 and steamwebhelper.exe in WinXP. This could allow newer games that do not support WinXP to work without breaking the Store and other CEF displays.
workaround instructions
by skerryq on Saturday May 21st 2016, 12:03
Hi, I’m using Win32bit Wineprefix on a Mac, OS X Lion. Successfully installed Steam using Winery, but ran into bug 39403. The consensus seems to be that workarounds 1 and 2 are solid. But I’m a Wine beginner with little coding experience- I don’t understand how to implement the workarounds. Where and how do you enter the script for workaround 1?

I tried Applications/Wineskin/, but it won’t let me type any commands there.

Alternatively, I found a post that says I can install games without the store as long as I have the desired game’s ID (which I do) using the command rungameid/gameid#. But again, I can’t figure out where to plug in the script. The link to that post is below. Thanks!
steamwebhelper.exe crashes even with workarounds
by dolphinling on Friday April 29th 2016, 22:32
I've been completely unable to get the store, etc. to work, with steamwebhelper.exe crashing no matter what I do.

I've tried:
* -no-cef-sandbox
* the ntdll thunk patch from bug 39403
* wine staging
* the crossover hack patch from bug 39403
* both 32 and 64-bit prefixes
* ...and plenty of combinations of the above

Nothing has worked, and steamwebhelper.exe has crashed every time.

This is on wine-1.9.8, using gentoo.

Is anyone else having this problem? Does anyone know what could be wrong?
can i download non-Linux games from this?
by josh on Friday March 4th 2016, 11:04
can i download non-Linux games from this?
Steam Controller
by aligator on Friday February 12th 2016, 12:05

With the new Beta Client, there is an option to use the controller without the overlay.
But in wine the controller isn't even recognized!

I know that wine has very poor USB support...
Is there anyone who has the knowledge to add USB support to wine?
by Jacob Juric on Tuesday January 12th 2016, 22:20
Quick tip for all you KDE users out there: To stop the Steam mouseover tooltips from appearing in all open windows, go into System Settings -> System Behaviour -> Window Behaviour and set "Focus Stealing Prevention" to Medium. This stopped Steam from showing it's tooltips everywhere for me.
  • RE: KDE Tip by Jeff Cook on Monday April 25th 2016, 11:01
I'm Dying...
by Owen on Sunday December 27th 2015, 5:11
I'd tried on and off for the past month or so, and then constantly for the past 6 hours to play Star Wars Battlefront II on my MacBook...

I find myself pretty good at computers on the surface, but I only dive into Terminal occasionally, so I'm not so good with all the computer commands and such. Which is why I decided to use WineBottler, so it can take care of a lot of it for me. So I had no problems installing Steam with WineBottler, but obviously I ran into the issue of the Store and such not being able to load because of the whole sandbox issue and whatnot. Now I know it lists several ways to fix this above, but since I'm using WineBottler and it's accompanying Wine app, and not just regular Wine, I'm not sure how or if I even can use any of these methods.

I've also tried using some prepackaged Steam Builds that used Wineskin, and after some trouble figuring out how to fix the disappearing text, I still ran into the same problem and looked through the Wineskin options and such and couldn't figure out how to use any of the methods.

I've just been up from 12-6AM relentless searching for ways to get the Steam Store to work with Wine, and I've probably reinstalled Steam around 20 times now (and verifying with Steam Guard codes each time). All I want is to relive my childhood memories of playing Battlefront II, as well as relive the epic Star Wars moments I've come to fall in love with recently...
Is there anybody out there who could please help me?
SteamCMD as Browser alternative
by Luna Crane on Thursday November 12th 2015, 12:35
There is also the alternative to use SteamCMD as an alternative to getting games when the Steam browser isn't working. SteamCMD is actually available on Window$ and Linux, but you'll be using the Window$ version.

Right-click on a Steam [Play Now] button for a game in Firefox and copy link. The game ID number is there.

Put steamcmd.exe in /Program Files/Steam/ and run it from there to put things properly in the Steam directory system! Run the following, filling in your own login name instead and your game ID number. More options at the link above. Also, if you can't type, use ALT+TAB to change window focus and then switch back to Steam on Wine.

login LunaCrane

app_update 299360

Run the the game via taskmgr.exe -> File -> Run, while Steam is running if the game doesn't show up in your Library!

Games known to work this way (Free to Play): Block N Load, Creativerse.
Steam store/community/workshop not working
by Jon on Thursday November 12th 2015, 1:41
When using steam in wine (still a sad necessity), I can not access the store, workshop, or community sections. The result is a blank field, and a loading wheel in the top right corner.

Steam's help forums suggested refreshing steam, but I am woefully ignorant, and do not know if I can access a windows run-command prompt from wine.

Any help would be just lovely.
Steambrowser don't work
by DarkHunter on Friday October 23rd 2015, 5:00
wine 1.7.51
Try 32 64 bits
reinstall steam wineprefix some libs
I think problem some here (set Win XP)

fixme:advapi:CreateProcessAsUserW 0x280 L"C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\bin\\steamwebhelper.exe" L"\"C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\bin\\steamwebhelper.exe\" --type=renderer --disable-gpu-compositing --enable-pinch --disable-direct-write --lang=en-US --lang=en-US --product-version=\"Valve Steam Client\" --disable-spell-checking --enable-system-flash --device-scale-factor=1 --enable-delegated-renderer -"... (nil) (nil) 0 0x0100040c (nil) (null) 0x285e2f8 0x285df0c - semi-stub
fixme:module:load_library unsupported flag(s) used (flags: 0x00000800)
err:module:attach_process_dlls "KERNEL32.dll" failed to initialize, aborting
err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for L"C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\bin\\steamwebhelper.exe" failed, status c0000005

or steamwebhelper.exe crash on other Win settings
Game download stops or slows down
by Lyn on Sunday June 21st 2015, 13:27
I'm having a problem with downloading games; the download either stops after a few minutes or slows down to ~50kbit/s or less until it stops.

by Horațiu Mlendea on Tuesday April 14th 2015, 3:47
Hello. I have a problem with the context menus. Whenever I click on Community/Library/Store, even Steam/View/Friends etc, the context menus are placed to the center of the screen, instead of being placed right under the mouse.
Even more annoying is the fact that when I try to move the mouse there, the menu dissapears (because it detects the mouse leaving it, I think), so I have to use the keyboard arrows.

I've been having this issue for many months now, ever since I started using Arch+Gnome... Back when I used Ubuntu+Unity they worked fine.

I use Arch x86_64 with Gnome-Shell 3.16. The problem was there in Gnome 3.14 too
I tried many different Wine versions, both 1.6.x and 1.7.x, both vanilla Wine and PlayOnLinux...

The only way I could "solve" it was by unticking "Allow windows manager ot control the windows" but this way the application icon is not shown in the dock/taskbar anymore, and instead I get an annoying win32 floating icon on my screen which gets in the way and looks very inconsistent with my autohiding dock...
  • SCREENSHOT by Horațiu Mlendea on Tuesday April 14th 2015, 3:48
steam and other hard drives
by tatsu on Thursday February 26th 2015, 9:19
what's the trick to install games to other hard drives when running steam on wine?

it seems that from wine's perspective the entirety of my system is invisible.

trying to place it into the mountpoint of said drive returns "Failed to create folder, this drive is read-only" and of course it isn't.
Login problem/Windows XP
by Rosanne on Friday January 16th 2015, 9:07
It appears Valve has dropped support for XP.

For the past couple of days it has been nearly impossible to login from a wineprefix where the Windows version is set to XP--nothing happens after clicking Login.

The connection issue under XP isn't a Wine bug. I tested real XP in a VM, and had the same problem connecting, though in Windows I also got a popup message about Steam being unable to connect to the servers.

Setting the Windows version in winecfg to Vista or higher solves the problem.
Steam beta problem
by Yuri Shishenko on Friday December 5th 2014, 5:33
Current Steam beta hangs after launch in any version of wine.
There is big (1-5 seconds) delay between in the steam windows and response from it.
Steam window cannot be moved or closed, menus are irresponsible.
Can't Open Games
by Vittoria Genovese on Sunday November 30th 2014, 19:28
Hello! I can't seem to play any games. Mostly I try to click "play", but then nothing shows up later on.. even after 30 minutes. Maybe it's because I'm using 64 bit? It notified me that there might be problems if I continue, even after I tried changing it to 32 bit.
Thank you!
Can't Open Games
by Vittoria Genovese on Sunday November 30th 2014, 19:28
Hello! I can't seem to play any games. Mostly I try to click "play", but then nothing shows up later on.. even after 30 minutes. Maybe it's because I'm using 64 bit? It notified me that there might be problems if I continue, even after I tried changing it to 32 bit.
Thank you!
steam icon
by tatsu on Saturday November 15th 2014, 9:21
Hello I'd now like to get the steam icon in launcher.

considering i did my entire install with a playonlinux version of wine there are no icons for apps in my wineprefix.

is it possible to make a .desktop file in .local/applications for steam and other apps?

can I get an example of a working one. I'm willing to find and use my own icons.
wrong folder
by tatsu on Friday November 14th 2014, 14:29
I have an new issue.

env WINEDEBUG="fixme-all" WINEPREFIX="/home/t/./wine32" wine msiexec /i SteamInstall.msi

installs steam in a newly created "wine32" folder very much differently named and separate from the ./wine32 folder.

this is problematic as the winetricks corefonts and vcrun2010 install went to the ./wine32 folder.

how do I stop this from happening and for curiosity's sake WHY is this happening?
installing on playonlinux
by tatsu on Wednesday November 12th 2014, 15:37
first of all how do you install on playonlinux.

I having the worst time.

as expected playonlinux's stock steam install is a pile of garbage, so I'm trying to do it with the above instructions.

I downloaded the .msi to my .Playonlinux directory and tried opening up Playonlinux's command line and entering this :

env WINEDEBUG="fixme-all" WINEPREFIX="/home/t/./Playonlinux/wineprefix/tatsu" wine msiexec /i SteamInstall.msi

i come up with

: No such file or directory

what's wrong?
Steam monitor crash with certain games
by Xavier on Sunday August 10th 2014, 17:45
I installed steam via playonlinux on wine version 1.7.22 and Installed some of my games. most of them worked but when I installed Skyrim and Burnout Paradise I had problems. both of them start fine but if I wait to for more than a few minutes in the menus or if I try to start a game it will repeat a sound from the game and my monitor will disconnect from my computer. I end up having to force reboot because I cant see anything on screen. I've checked everywhere and nobody seems to have had this problem before so if someone can please let me know if there is a fix to this

5/30 update
by DarkHunter on Friday May 30th 2014, 10:00
Steam crash after today's update. Some minutes try to load news and takes off if to come into any game, that takes off too, about a minute later.
At me one so?
4/22 update broken?
by Jen on Wednesday April 23rd 2014, 17:26
So anyone else having problems launching any game from the steam client after the update? Worked fine this morning, saw that there was a client update, updated, nothing worked. I updated WINE to 1.7.17, wondering if it was my older version causing issues. Games still won't launch. (I tried the game via command line without steam--it's an Arcen game--and it worked fine.)
Can't type a password
by Jose on Tuesday April 22nd 2014, 5:12

After upgrading from Ubuntu 13.10 to Ubuntu 14.04 I'm finding an error that prevents me from login into my account and, thus, from starting any Steam game.

My Steam has previously worked fine, it was working ok the last time I tried it (maybe a couple of weeks ago or three). I just run into it today to check if the upgrade broke something... and well, apparently, it *has* :-)

When I run Steam using the short-link as usual it starts OK, the dialog announcing that "Connecting to account: username" pops up and as I have not logged in recently, it asks me to enter my password.

But I cant find a way to get the text inside the input, not via direct typing, nor via copy-pasting the password from outside.

Any ideas?
by Joël on Wednesday March 19th 2014, 16:50
Today i purchased One Way Heroics.
When i run it from steam (clicking the Play button), it sometimes screws Xorg, and the steam terminal always spits indefinitely :
"libpng error: Read Error"
So it's unplayable this way.
If i run the game from another terminal (wine Game.exe) it runs fine but the steam terminal still spits the libpng error.

Also i couldn't find an AppDB entry for this game.
  • RE: libpng by Joël on Wednesday March 19th 2014, 16:51
Can't join multiplayer games
by Jasiek on Saturday February 22nd 2014, 8:58

I've been having this problem for a while now!
When Running Civilization V with steam I keep getting a message saying "can't join multiplayer session" whenever I try joining a game.

Any other online functionality in steam works just fine - updating and downloading games and single player.

I know the router is set up fine because when I run it on my gf's laptop, under windows it connects just fine!
Using Steam Community without app crash
by Sebastian Loncar on Thursday February 13th 2014, 0:11
I found out a way to use the steam community without app crash. There are to ways to solve it: using the native imm32.dll from an existing windows machine, or make a small patch in the wine buildin imm32.dll source and recompile it.

I described the ways detailed on my blog:

After that, you will be able to use the steam community without crash - so multiplayer should be possible. I've tested it with the steam game Borderlands 2.
Games crash when pressing esc key
by Vitor Antunes on Wednesday January 15th 2014, 3:36
In wine 1.7.10, at least, games crash whenever I press the esc key. Disabling steam community seems to solve the issue.

Anyone experiencing the same issue?
Fatal Error?
by Martin on Tuesday January 7th 2014, 3:11
every time i click on a game, program, or such... it wine tells me that an unhandled expectation in the user inter face, (thread 99)
that an unhandled expectation in the user inter face, (thread 120)

Whats whit the errors? i open up Company Of Heroes 2, runs nicely up to startup, then BOOM! these show up.

why is this happening can anyone help me?
wine 1.7.8 Still not working
by Matt on Sunday December 15th 2013, 0:22
It simply doesn't work for me. More specifically I can log into steam once, but it doesn't allow me to download any games. After exiting steam, I get the same bug. Steam hangs on authentication.

I have mint 16 cinnamon 64 bit. I have tried installing into new prefixes both 32 and 64 bits. The 32 bit case doesn't work at all on my box.

The new steam update really trashed all steam functionality for me. The pure linux one works, but I don't have many games under that.
All games crash now (Wine 1.7.8)
by HoppelHase on Friday December 13th 2013, 17:39
After upgrading to 1.7.8 it worked flawlessly 2 days ago. Today (after Ubunut and Steam updates ...) each game crashes when trying to start. E.g.:

Install script executed.err:module:import_dll Loading library MSVCP100.dll (which is needed by L"Z:\\Steam_Wine\\SteamApps\\common\\Zeno Clash 2\\Binaries\\Win32\\Playtomic.dll") failed (error c000007b).

fixme:setupapi:extract_cabinet_file awful hack: extracting cabinet "C:\\users\\user1\\Temp\\DX1c8.tmp\\"
Install script executed.err:seh:raise_exception Exception frame is not in stack limits => unable to dispatch exception.
Steam freezes after opening the library
by Karol S. on Friday December 6th 2013, 21:28
Wine 1.7.8, Ubuntu 12.04 x64, Steam launches, Store and Community sections work, but when I click on the Library section, Steam freezes, giving this output to the terminal:

Assert( Assertion Failed: m_bStreamingError || cTotalBytesReceived == (uint32)m_buffer.TellPut() ):ugcmanager.cpp:182
Steam crashing on game update
by Mark Strout on Friday December 6th 2013, 18:31
I'm running Wine 1.7.8 now, and the crash on log-in has been fixed. Thanks to those involved.

Unfortunately, I'm now seeing a crash when a game updates (specifically, Rome II Total War). At a random point during the d/l, Steam exits and terminal shows minor variants of this:

Reproduced using wine-1.7.7-199-g698b1e1 and, for completeness, 1.7.8 under PoL and 13.0.1 Crossover.

Any ideas?
Wine1.7 fix for Ubuntu
by Doug Barbieri on Friday December 6th 2013, 11:25
I've created a PPA and uploaded a patched version of wine1.7 here:

I'm waiting for the automated build to happen first. You can add the ppa, then "apt-get source wine1.7" to build it yourself using dpkg-buildpackage.

To add the ppa, do the following:

$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:doug/steam-wine-fix
$ sudo apt-get update

For now, you have to build the source manually:

$ mkdir wine;cd wine
$ sudo apt-get build-dep wine1.7
$ apt-get source wine1.7
$ cd wine1.7-1.7.7
$ dpkg-buildpackage

Wait for a long time, then install the .deb packages in the folder above.

After the build on happens (refresh the page from time to time to check the status), you can follow these instructions:

Installing for the first time:

$ sudo apt-get install wine1.7

or if you already have wine1.7 installed, just do:

$ sudo apt-get upgrade
Steam dies after login
by mzneverdies on Wednesday November 6th 2013, 2:21
Starting today -06 Nov 2013-, after a steam update, my Steam dies right after trying to log in. I'm using latest wine (1.7.5) which ran ok yesterday.
My prefix is not clean -steam, d3dx9, dotnet20, dotnet30, dotnet35 installed through winetricks-, and I'm using Steam Beta update.
When I get some time I'll try a new clean prefix and Steam stable, but my hopes are down, since it seems I'm not the only one complaining (ej:
For those hanging on log-in
by David Ward on Wednesday September 11th 2013, 10:55
For those who have a hanging Steam when logging in, I found copying a version of mscoree.dll from a Windows install to solve the problem.

The version I've tested is from .NET 4.0; make sure it's native and not from winetrick's dotnet40 package.

The be precise, the version I've taken is from v4.0.30319.

Also, as a poster earlier mentioned, try running Steam.exe with taskset.

E.g. taskset -c 0 wine Steam.exe

Good luck!
Stuck on Connect/login
by Joni Larsen-Haikarainen on Saturday July 20th 2013, 4:39
If I select to save password the client gets stuck at Connecting Steam Account: [my account name]
If I select not to save password it gets stuck on login screen with only abort button working.
Tried every surgestion I can find. Reinstalled multiple times in a clean prefix.

Thought it might be the login servers that are having problems but no. My Linux Steam Client can connect and works fine.

But I bought Skyrim Legendary Edition so need to play it in Wine.

Any ideas?

Running Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon 64bit
Intel Core i7-3820
32GB DDR3 RAM 1600MHz
Geforce 770 2GB with nvidia 319.32 driver
Corsair Force Series 3 60GB SSD as system disk
WD Green 2TB home drive
Wine latest 1.6rc from PPA
new Steam update broke bootstrapping
by Yuri Volkov on Tuesday May 7th 2013, 4:40
With the new update Steam suddenly have stopped bootstrapping correctly under Wine-1.5.24 and later.

Now, when starting, Steam client tries to verify the files (just like after a fresh updating), finds all of them to be correct, then shuts itself down completely without messages and/or other signals. Neither bootstrapping log nor console output indicate any errors, it just looks like an ordinary shutdown process.

I've found this behavior under Wine versions from 1.5.24 to 1.5.29. With a downgrade to 1.5.23 everything works perfectly though.

Re-installation of a fresh Steam distribution within a fresh wineprefix have no effect, the problem is still present.

I'm using FreeBSD-9.1-x64 and i386-wine-devel port.
New Steam Versions
by Christopher Cope on Sunday March 3rd 2013, 11:35
Since the recent updates I have to launch steam with -tcp or it won't connect to Steam. I tried a new wine prefix with the same behavior. I have the Linux version of Steam and do not have to do that with it.

Also, on the dwrite issue. You can download --link removed-- and apply it to your wine registry to prevent having to launch Steam via -no-dwrite each time. It will also hold between Steam issued restarts, unlike using the -no-dwrite option.
After you have it downloaded open a terminal in the same directory and run

wine regedit disable-dwrite.reg

EDIT: I was unaware that mediafire links were not allowed. The file contained the following


Bug: Steam window will auto-maximise
by pfftzo on Friday February 22nd 2013, 0:13
I haven't maximised my steam window, because I have the friends list next to it.
But when I launch a game and exit it, the Steam window will maximise itself magically, so it covers the whole screen and the friends list with it.
Steam stopped working after killing wineserver
by Josh Raymond on Friday February 8th 2013, 23:14
Ok, so I was using steam (the windows version, through wine*1.5.19*) and was downloading Fable 3. I did a wineserver -k command without realizing steam was still up, and ever since steam refuses to work.

Command used to start steam: env WINEDEBUG="fixme-all" wine "/home/josh/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/Steam.exe" -no-dwrite

Terminal backtrace:
Steam Client : purchasing new games broken?
by Bob Wya on Saturday January 5th 2013, 9:16
Anyone else tried purchasing games with the client over the holiday season :-) ??

I am seeing a problem similar to a network timeout - when running the Steam Client natively under Windows XP/7. When clicking on the "Purchase for myself" button the Steam Client gets stuck trying to load the secure purchase page? It doesn't crash - but one is unable to complete the purchase... Anyone else seeing this?

I've tried under both 1.4.1 and 1.5.20 - with the same results. I've also tried running Wine under a few different distros to double check the problem is specific to one...

A recent Steam update appears to have broken this feature!! I've previously been able to purchase games directly within the Steam Client when running under Wine...

Anyone else seen this problem??>

Better interoperability
by Daniel Santos on Tuesday December 25th 2012, 15:14
So I was trying to use a desktop shortcut Steam made with this command:

env WINEPREFIX="/home/daniel/.wine-steam" wine C:\\windows\\command\\start.exe steam:/ /rungameid/400

(I added a space between slashes to prevent appdb from deforming it) Problem is that I'm post 1.5.9 (or whatever version they started using dwrite.dll) and it starts it w/o the -no-dwrite command. I fixed it with this registry entry:


@="\"C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\steam.exe\" -no-dwrite \"%1\""

The second problem is that, after running it once, steam changes it back to it's default. This is actually smart behavior to deter malware, but is getting in the way in this case. Still, I thought I would post it anyway (maybe I'll get an even better fix later).
Stuck in Tools listing view
by Zeb on Thursday December 20th 2012, 3:21

I have listed the Tools (using the View->Tools menu) but am unable to go back to the installed game list view. I can click on Games view in the View menu, I am stuck in the Tools list.
The native Steam (which has just been released) does not behave the same, so it seems to be a bug with the Windows Steam run under wine.

Has anyone experienced this? Is there a fix?

Thanks in advance.
Steam and bash (and wine).
by Yuri Shishenko on Sunday December 9th 2012, 1:55
Noticed that steam can lauunch bash scrips that renamed into *.exe files.
I can launch Anno 2070 from other wineprefix in steam from its own wineprefix.
Need to rename bash script to exe and add it to steam as other game.
When launching steam will say that it fails to start but then game launches.
Wine cannot launch that exe file itself.
Step by Step tutorial (Mint 13)
by Booman on Friday October 12th 2012, 10:58
I created a Step-by-Step tutorial on installing & running Steam in Mint 13 with PlayOnLinux.
I included the steps for installing Alien Swarm:
Fatal Error: VGUI_Setup failed
by BigVig209 on Thursday October 11th 2012, 13:39
I'm running Debian Unstable amd64 and attempting to install steam. My specs are: 3.2.0-4-amd64 Debian 3.2.30-1, Nvidia Driver Version 304.48, GeForce 7600 GT - 256 MB, AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+. I'm using wine 1.5.5 from the unstable repository.

I have installed libnss-winbind,libpam-winbind, libwbclient0 and winbind

I have installed the i386 nvidia drivers, and I tried to install steam using 'winetricks --no-isolate steam'. The normal installation windows open up, I click to accept the license, and the steam client begins to update itself.

After the installation finishes and attempts to run steam, it fails with "Fatal Error: VGUI_Setup failed.'

When I double-click on steam to start it, a window pops up with the message 'Fatal Error: VGUI_Setup failed'.

I am currently reading through the FAQ, but any help would be appreciated.
Steam windows will not unmaximise:
by Benjamin on Friday October 5th 2012, 14:34
Steam works fine for teh most part, until you maximise a window. Once maximised the windows (including the friends list window) won't allow you to unmaximise them, clicking steam's unmaximise button causes the button to animate, but that is all.. Other buttons, such as minimise, and close, are working as intended.

Ubuntu 12.04 64bit, wine 1.5.14, XFCE.
I can't exit out of steam windows mostly
by Collin on Thursday September 27th 2012, 20:59
I could've sworn I saw a bug about it, could somebody point me into the right direction?

I'm using Debian Sid x64, Gnome 3, Wine 1.5.13.
all games/installed dropdown issue
by Tim Middleton on Tuesday September 25th 2012, 10:00
In the last week or so I suddenly noticed that the dropdown on the game library where you select "all games" or "installed" to filter your list of games no longer drops down. Not sure how long this has been a problem, as I had it set to list "installed" games and hadn't got any new games for quite a while. Now, having a new game, I find i can't change the list filter anymore, so can't see anything but my current "installed" games in the steam client... anyone else experiencing this?
Steam overlay works when running steam from windows partition
by Adam on Sunday September 23rd 2012, 12:03
I am running slackware64-current with multilib and had steam working ok by running it from my real windows 7 installation where steam was already installed. Even the in game overlay works.

I wanted to get rid of windows from this PC, so I installed steam using winetricks and nothing would start. I found out now that this is because I need to disable the overlay, but find it strange I need to do this when the overlay works fine if I run my already installed Steam from my windows partition.

I am using the latest stable version of steam on both installations, and I have checked that I can definitely use the steam overlay by pressing shift-tab while in a game. Anyone have any ideas why this would be happening? From what I have read I shouldn't be able to use the overlay at all.
Big Picture mode failed.
by Yuri Shishenko on Tuesday September 11th 2012, 2:38
'CreatePanoramaUIEngine failed for Big Picture' error message appears.

by tatsu on Wednesday September 5th 2012, 16:13
I have a simple request steam work out of the box for me with these instructions, I'd just like to drop my steam games from windows into the steamapps\common folder like I did so many other times, steam just has to check files and update registry and shortcuts rather than download the whole again.

However my Wine C drive shows empty program files and program files (x86). Steam isn't there, so where is it?
  • RE: by Dre on Friday September 21st 2012, 22:59
keyboard issues in Precise 64...
by Mariano on Tuesday August 21st 2012, 13:51
I don't know if anyone has the same problems, but either in 1.4 or 1.5.11 (which, BTW, selecting dwrite in the overrides list on wine-cfg, and flagging it as DISABLED solves the problem in this and .10 versions), there is something that conflicts between wine and UBUNTU (12.04 64bits). Recently I upgraded from Lucid where everything related to wine worked mostly fine, but now, most games ignore the L-Ctrl and tilde (~) keys. The Control key is needed in most action games for things like crouching, and the tilde is used to bring up the debug editor (games like FO:NV are mostly unplayable if you don't know how to "get off a rock" from time to time). The thing is, most of my games work under STEAM, and that's why I came here to ask for ideas/solutions.

I'm running wine (currently 1.5.11, for sound issues under 1.4) on a Ubuntu 12.04 64 bits fully updated machine (8 GB RAM, GTX 550 Ti with 1 GB RAM).

Thanks and sorry for any mistakes (english isn't my primary language).
Microphone Issue
by Elliott Smith on Monday July 30th 2012, 0:12
I've been trying to setup my usb microphone which is a logitech usb desk microphone. The chip itself is a Asahi Kasei Microsystems AK5370 I/F A/D Converter. I can use this microphone okay in Linux apps but Steam struggles.

I select the microphone in the Wine settings under the Audio tab. But Steam still tells me there is no microphone detected. Any thoughts?
Official release STEAM linux
by Thomas on Thursday July 5th 2012, 12:21
Great news, if it isn't mentioned before:

Valve officially claims that a Linux version of Steam will be there!

See the following statement on OMGUBUNTU:
Enormous lag and resources usage
by Michal Markushnikak on Sunday April 29th 2012, 13:45
Hi, I'm using wine 1.3.28 on Ubuntu, and I've freshly installed Steam.

I've installed d3dx9 as recommended, but Steam is running incredibly slow when running it in wine, in comparison to the same machine running it in windows. Steam is using 10-40% of system resources even when completely idle and the interface is hugely choppy, even when just flipping through windows. The images load slowly.

Is there any way to improve the performance? I've merely used the automatic Winetricks install, coupled with installation of Gecko and as was mentioned the d3dx9. Still, I feel like there's something enormously wrong, because my computer gets all worked up just running the basic interface. As I said, this didn't use to be the case with Windows.
ERROR: Failed to set file attributes, Win32 Error 5
by Alex Pavel on Sunday April 29th 2012, 13:11
I've had wine running with steam perfectly for some time now, but recently, after both updating steam and my OS from Ubuntu 11.10 to 12.04 (which in turn upgraded my wine to version 1.4), I get the error "ERROR: Failed to set file attributes, Win32 Error 5". I have the wine folder on my windows partition (separate from my programs installed on windows, though) and I'm not sure how to fix this or what to do. I've tried re installing but it didn't work. My other games(Crysis 2 v1.0, Assassin's Creed 2 latest version), however, still work. Anyone got an idea on what I should do?
Simple script to fix steam launch
by Maarten Lankhorst on Tuesday April 24th 2012, 2:39
I seem to have the problem that steam refuses to launch any game on a fast computer almost most all the time. It's not related to steam overlay and no information is shown except that the game starts but no window pops up and it can only be killed with kill -9.

Yesterday I finally figured out it might be due to my computer being too fast which triggers a race condition, and I created a simple burner script that seems to workaround launching:


stopfile=$(mktemp --tmpdir burner.XXXXX)

for i in `seq 1 $(grep MHz /proc/cpuinfo | wc -l)`; do
while [ -f "$stopfile" ]; do true; done &

read -sn 1 -p "Press any kill to kill $stopfile" foo
rm -f "${stopfile}"
How to SOLVE bug 21770 "Keyboard not recognized"
by Mariano on Sunday March 18th 2012, 9:33
When playing on a VD, after wine 1.3.38, sometimes, some games won't recognize the keyboard, and no matter what you do, you only have the mouse to use. The problem resides in the fact that wine is using a VD and Steam opens a VD for itself when you start the game. The only thing you need to do in order to have the main window (the game) in control, is Alt-Tab into "wine" again. :)

Sadly, there are games outside Steam that present the same issue, but this solution won't work. :/
OpenGL problem
by Artem Vorotnikov on Saturday March 17th 2012, 20:54
On startup terminal gets spammed with this:

err:wgl:is_extension_supported No OpenGL extensions found, check if your OpenGL setup is correct!

Performance is not obviously not so great. Ubuntu 11.10 x86-64, Wine 1.4 from PPA, latest nvidia-current-updates, clean wineprefix.
Problems running Steam
by Austin S. Hemmelgarn on Tuesday March 6th 2012, 15:10
Whenever I try to run Steam, I get the Message 'Fatal Error: Could not load module 'bin/FileSystem_Steam.dll'.

Here is the output from 'wine Steam.exe':
fixme:process:SetProcessShutdownParameters (00000100, 00000000): partial stub.
err:module:load_builtin_dll failed to load .so lib for builtin L"OPENGL32.dll": cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
err:module:import_dll Loading library OPENGL32.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\bin\\vgui2_s.dll") failed (error c000007a).
err:module:load_builtin_dll failed to load .so lib for builtin L"OPENGL32.dll": cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
err:module:import_dll Loading library OPENGL32.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\bin\\vgui2_s.dll") failed (error c000007a).
err:module:load_builtin_dll failed to load .so lib for builtin L"OPENGL32.dll": cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
err:module:import_dll Loading library OPENGL32.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\bin\\vgui2_s.dll") failed (error c000007a).
err:module:load_builtin_dll failed to load .so lib for builtin L"OPENGL32.dll": cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
err:module:import_dll Loading library OPENGL32.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\bin\\vgui2_s.dll") failed (error c000007a).
Shutting down. . .

I am currently using the version of wine from the Ubuntu wine-beta personal package archive on
Games Launching Is Quirky
by Christopher Cope on Thursday February 16th 2012, 15:24
This problem has been with me for as long as I've used Steam. From wine version 1.2.3 to 1.3.37. Steam with say it is preparing to launch the game, but no extra processes are started. I've tried using applaunch and disabling Steam In-Game Community, with no effect. If I go launch the games directly some of them work. However, most disable online play or just refuse to work when launched directly. The thing that confuses me the most is that this doesn't happen all of the time. If I close steam and open it up later it may or may not launch the games. No terminal errors are thrown or anything that would let me know when or why this is happening.
How I do steam for steam games testing
by Maquis196 on Thursday February 9th 2012, 10:32
Just in case this suits anyone the way I do it is to have a /home/maquis196/wine_games directory and create a wine_global_steam directory in there.

Then wineprefix a dir in wine_games (like WINEPREFIX=/home/maquis196/wine_games/wine-steam-gold) and do a mount bind -o /home/maquis196/wine_games/wine_global_steam to the usual Program\ files/Steam in the wineprefix.

This way, you can share one steam install but different prefixes can use different dll's, settings, etc. A symlink won't work because steam is very fussy when it comes to installing/updating games but wont be an issue with using mount bind.

Very very good for testing a game in a fresh prefix without having to backup/restore games which can take a while.
voice chat
by Kevin F on Saturday February 4th 2012, 10:43
I'm having trouble getting steam to find my voice input device. Are there any standard suggestions of what to try when Steam won't detect a usb audio input device? I see it's a known problem:

"Steam in-game voice-chat typically (always??) won't detect a connected microphone correctly"
Steam "Incomplete Installation" and "Completing Installation" errors
by Jeff Cook on Wednesday December 21st 2011, 0:03
If you get messages like "Completing Installation ... 1%" followed by errors like "Steam servers were too busy to fulfill your request. Error Code (2)" or "Error Code (55)", Steam is yelling at you for these reasons:

1. You are not running Steam from its normal installation path on C:\Program Files\Steam. Go into winecfg, make sure your C:\ drive is configured, and make this path exist.

2. You may think it'd be clever to symlink or something. Do NOT do this. Newer Valve games like LFD2 and Portal 2 choke to death if the folder used to access the game doesn't have certain likeable attributes (unsure what these are). A symbolic link will not fix anything, you will continue to get the same errors. You must move the Steam and steamapps folders into that path for real in order to launch.

I do not believe this is a WINE bug as many Windows configurations experience similar issues if Steam is not placed in the expected path or drive.

Spent a couple of hours struggling with this tonight. Portal 2 seems to run great after this workaround. Hope it helps someone out there.
  • RE: Steam by Jeff Cook on Wednesday December 21st 2011, 0:05
    • RE: Steam by Brandon Dulaney on Thursday December 22nd 2011, 19:00
      • RE: Steam by Brandon Dulaney on Friday December 23rd 2011, 15:02
        • RE: Steam by Brandon Dulaney on Friday December 23rd 2011, 17:21
  • RE: Steam by P Orlov on Wednesday January 4th 2012, 11:59
Using it on x86_64 Oneiric with Intel Drivers
by Treviño on Tuesday November 1st 2011, 8:52
Using the Intel open drivers (and I also guess the ATI ones) it wasn't possible to run Steam out of the box, getting an error like:

Direct rendering is disabled, most likely your OpenGL drivers haven't been installed correctly

To avoid this you need to download the libgl1-mesa-dri i386 package from extract it somewhere and then run steam with something like:

LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib32/mesa:/usr/lib32/dri:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH LIBGL_DRIVERS_PATH=$PATH_TO_THE_FOLDER_WHERE_YOU_EXTRACTED_THE_ABOVE_PACKAGE/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/dri wine Steam.exe
by Jake ward on Sunday October 16th 2011, 15:37
Installing it in Linux,showing TF2 starting up as well!
Continuing (evolving) window problems
by Anna on Tuesday July 26th 2011, 23:15
So, the problem where Wine/steam doesn't detect the mouse release (so the Window keeps following the mouse cursor) still exists in wine 1.3.25. In addition, I now have a problem that occurred some time ago recurring: All of Steam's windows flicker constantly. They disappear (i.e. become completely transparent, as opposed to turning solid black or white) and reappear several times per second.

It is possible to use Steam like this, but difficult - when the Windows happen to be 'invisible', buttons are also not clickable, so it is often necessary to click the same button several times.
Account tab glitched fix
by Frozen Fox on Friday July 22nd 2011, 0:48
In the off chance anyone else runs into the same quirk I did, where the 'account' tab was glitched and didn't show up right, the problem is one of the files in your steamapps folder. Either sourceinit.gcf or winui.gcf, both of which appear to be created when you make an empty wineprefix and run steam for the first time. To fix this issue, basically you need to start from scratch, run steam in wine the first time, then copy everything over to the new wineprefix EXCEPT those two files. If you run steam the first time in a fresh wineprefix before copying over any files, you should see the account tab shows up properly. My guess is something in winui.gcf comes from an old version of steam, so it doesn't show up properly if you copy it over to a newer steam version. I doubt this is related to wine, but I expect someone else out there will run into this at some point given how often some of us mess with different wine folders/prefixes.
System Profiler?
by Josh on Sunday June 19th 2011, 21:54
According to xpander69 on the Steam (Powered) User Forums, the system profiler now works with 1.3.22.

If so, this represents a fairly significant step, and will hopefully make Wine users visible in the hardware survey.

Confirmation, thoughts, comments?
Bug assignment
by quaker on Friday May 20th 2011, 9:25
Can some maintainer here assign this bug to the application? It's not only TF2 specific. This bug happens not in Steam client itself, it happens in Steam ingame overlay, for every game, in the same way as it happens in most of Source engine games except the ones based on old Source releases like Lost Coast or HL: Source.
steam with gnome3 and gnome-shell
by mAd mURDOCK on Tuesday May 17th 2011, 10:02
when using steam with wine on gnome3 (archlinux testing repo), all steam windows get mirrored / tiled endlessly to the right and bottom.

more easy to explain with a screenshot:

this is just cosmetic, but it sure does handling steam much more annoying. anyone got an idea how to fix this?

wine 1.3.20 running here with gnome-shell 3.0.1
Different Window Problem
by Yankee on Wednesday May 11th 2011, 16:29
I'm having a strange problem with Steam. When I grab the top of the window to try to move it around the screen, or to my secondary monitor, as soon as I let go of the mouse, Steam will jump to a random point on the screen. It sometimes even goes offscreen, and I have to kill the process and restart Steam to get the window back. I don't use the command to run Steam in it's own window (I think the command is something like "wine desktop=1024x768" or something similar), but maybe I have to? Here's the command the launcher is using:

env WINEPREFIX="/home/yankee/.wine" wine C:\\windows\\command\\start.exe /Unix /home/yankee/.wine/dosdevices/c:/users/Public/Desktop/Steam.lnk

Running Ubuntu "Natty Narwhal" 11.04 x64 Desktop


Mainboard - Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad 2.83 GHz
Video - NVidia 8800 GTS (with "version current" drivers)
Memory - 4GB Total, 2x 2GB 800MHz
Installing allfonts with winetricks
by Bobby on Sunday April 24th 2011, 21:43
When trying to install allfonts using winetricks, I got the same 404 and "opensymbol failed" response as a few other people. My problem was that my winetricks script was out of date. I checked the version number on the couple of winetricks files in my home folder; there was "winetricks," but there was also "winetricks.1" and "winetricks.2". I checked the version numbers, and the original one was an older file, while my "winetricks.1" file was the up-to-date. Fix: make sure your latest version of winetricks is named "winetricks" and not "winetricks.". Then downloading allfonts works perfectly.
Steam Guard
by Maquis196 on Wednesday April 13th 2011, 17:12
Hi all, I'm just wondering, has anyone figured out a fix for steam guard? I don't see any mention of it and having to put in a code everytime I load up steam got old really quick :)

Having had my steam account hacked once before I would prefer to use it but alas I disabled it, if anyone figures out a way to keep it on and to keep whatever token enables it then please let me know!

Symlinking Steam onto other storage media
by Jouni Järvinen on Tuesday March 8th 2011, 11:55
Since my EeePC900 has slow 16GB SSD, I want to place some programs to an SD card but symlinking prevents Steam from starting by simply giving me msgbox with text "Failed to start".

Is this possible at all ?
GameOverlayRenderer Bug Fix
by Artur h0m3 on Tuesday March 1st 2011, 23:26
Some people, like me, have the problem with the gameoverlayrenderer.dll on steam, and have to turn off Steam Community InGame to play the games. I solved this problem.

You need to acess winecfg and add a new application on aplications tab, select steam.exe on steam folder.

with the steam.exe selected in aplications, go to libraries and add a new Library Substituction named: gameoverlayrender and set to disabled.

Head back to aplications, select default configuration and make sure that gameoverlayrenderer isn't present there.

Now open your steam, the steam program gona to igore the gameoverlay renderer but the game itself not, so, the game gonna open with the Steam Community InGame.

I don't know where post this tutorial, so, i post here in comments.
Problem with Winetricks package download
by Rashkavar on Sunday February 13th 2011, 6:27
Running Debian unstable, Wine 1.3.13, and attempting to download the fonts packages using the "sh winetricks corefonts allfonts tahoma gecko gecko-dbg vcrun2005" command as given in the procedure. If "allfonts" is excluded, the remaining packages install normally, but with "allfonts," after successfully downloading a couple of hundred fonts, it encounters the following error:

Executing wget -O ttf-opensymbol_3.2.1-11_all.deb -nd -c --read-timeout=300 --retry-connrefused --header Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate
--2011-02-13 04:16:40--
Resolving,,, ...
Connecting to||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 404 Not Found
2011-02-13 04:16:40 ERROR 404: Not Found.

Note: command 'wget -O ttf-opensymbol_3.2.1-11_all.deb -nd -c --read-timeout=300 --retry-connrefused --header Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate' returned status 8. Aborting.
opensymbol failed

This error causes the command to stop. By looking at the error message, I checked the ftp server being accessed, and while the folder exists, it does not contain the file being accessed; instead of "ttf-opensymbol_3.2.1-11_all.deb," it has "ttf-opensymbol_3.2.1-11+squeeze2_all.deb". This is likely an updated version of the file, but it causes problems with the download.

As some fonts were installed and I am quite certain Steam does not call for everything contained in something with such a broad name as "allfonts," I ignored the error and continued with the installation. Installation proceeded normally, and the login screen works fine, but after the dialog attempting to log on to Steam, the program simply cuts off.

Presumably the two errors are linked. Is there some way to either have the sh winetricks command ignore errors or redirect it to this alternate opensymbol file?
Completing installation failes
by Nickolas Fox on Sunday January 16th 2011, 22:26
I resolve some strange attitude during restoring some of my steam games with wine-1.3.11. The problem appears when the game is downloaded of installed but when i'm trying to play the game steam runs "Completing Installation" dialogue. It hangs for a while then steam says that "Incomplete installation of DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue (or Left 4 Dead 2)"

first game I tried to install Super Meat Boy on the same with help of restoring a copy being backup and it worked well and it still works.
running game from kde menu
by xamil on Friday January 7th 2011, 19:16
I'm trying to figure how to run games from wine submenu in kde menu. When I try to run game this way nothing happens. So I looked into menu entry and it looks for example like that:
env WINEPREFIX="/home/users/Arvenil/.wine" wine winebrowser rungameid/20820

I tried to run this from console (wine winebrowser rungameid/20820) and nothing happens. Then I tried to run a webpage in same way (wine winebrowser and it worked - a google webpage opened in my firefox. So I tried to run rungameid/20820 directly from firefox and it worked - game launched. But still runing wine winebrowser rungameid/20820 doesn't work and doesn't emit any error. Any idea how to debug this?
torrent client + steam = unable to connect
by tom v on Sunday January 2nd 2011, 8:03
if you're having trouble connecting to steam or downloading games try quitting/pausing your torrent client. I have always had trouble connecting, where I have to click retry many times to connect and I just realized that it only happens when transmission is running. when installing games it will say the steam content servers are too busy. starting the torrent client after the game is downloading or after logging in to steam causes no problems.
Problems launching Source games since Nov 16th Steam Update Solution
by Mike on Tuesday November 23rd 2010, 11:54
Pull up winecfg then go to the Libraries tab. Add new with name 'gameoverlayrenderer' set to disabled.

Solution was scraped from ''

STEAM - Fedora 14 x64
by Ryan on Monday November 22nd 2010, 18:14
Tried to install with much google searching and stuffing around I can get the app to launch and I was able to start it once without it crashing, but every other time it opens the screen and crashes. What I tried:

Winetricks...doesn't work in x64, so not able to install most things

Tahoma font: solved the crash after initial load where the CellID: nothing beat our initial best time of 7 MS point message was displayed

Regkey for Video Memory Size: solved issue where STEAM would logon and crash straight away without displaying anything

Where I'm at now is I can logon, steam loads, gets to the point of trying to load the store, and then crashes to desktop, last error output from wine is about being unable to determine the processor information. So I've given up on using steam except within a VM
steam games wont start up
by elliot on Thursday November 18th 2010, 11:49
im useing linux ubuntu 10.10 on my alienware m11x i had to remove my windows 7 cause it would not start up so when i go to steam steam loads up but when i go play america's army it dose'nt load it wont say preparing to start up america's army like when you start up a game normal i have wine 1.2 and PlayOnLinux that is were i downloaded steam on PlayOnLinux but i got wolfenstien to work the online version but no games wont work at all i followed you steps please help me i want to play america's army so much.
Steasm and manually compiled wine
by Marcus Hambraeus on Wednesday November 3rd 2010, 18:39
I'm having some trouble with steam and a manually compiled wine. Each time that I'm using a manually compiled wine version, steam will crash when it should get to displaying the login-window (it patches just fine, asks me to install the service if I've chosen w7 as windows version, otherwise skips this step.). It also spawns steamerrorreporter.exe, and the Steam.exe process is still there, but nothing happens.

If I resort to install wine from the ppa, steam works as it should. I've installed all the stuff through winetricks, checked bug reports and everything, but still can't solve the problem. Ideas? Need more info?
slow scrolling
by Liam Dawe on Sunday October 31st 2010, 6:57
Does anyone else have extremely slow scrolling when looking at the news in steam? Shouldn't this be smooth as it's just a browser page?

by Aniruddha on Saturday September 25th 2010, 4:04
After installing steam it stays minimized. Terminal output shows:

CellID: Nothing beat our old best time of 9 MS

It worked before on the same machine (Debian Squeeze amd64). Is there a fix for this?
Incredible ram hog!!!
by Emils on Monday August 16th 2010, 3:39
Hello, I am using the stable version of wine (1.2), compiled from source, running on a custom 64 bit kernel with BFS, ubuntu 10.04 on an athlon 64 x2 5000+, 1024 mb of ram and a 8600gt. I installed Steam just yesterday, and I immediately noticed the ram usage, it uses 130-250 mb of ram, which frankly is too much for a system with only one gig of memory. And it is quite slow. Is there a patch or a tweak that could lower the memory usage ? Or is it just the webkit based browser of Steam that's using so much memory ?
Another fix for "Cannot connect to Steam network"
by Ivan Vučica on Wednesday August 11th 2010, 12:28
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, without any updates (installed yesterday, will update immediately after this)

The fix that involves writing to /etc/sysctl.cfg mentioned in the Howto helped me not the "Steam takes too long to start" problem. It has in fact helped me with Steam's inability to connect to its servers.

Since I did not want to change system settings, I used a temporary fix. (I presume it will affect the system only until restart.) As the root, I ran

echo 131072 > /proc/sys/net/core/rmem_max
echo 131072 > /proc/sys/net/core/wmem_max

Afterwards, Steam managed to connect to its servers.
USB microphone not working
by James on Monday August 9th 2010, 2:37
I can't get steam to use my USB microphone. I tried running the windows version of audacity, just to make sure the mic worked with wine in general, and it worked fine.

This is in Gentoo amd64, with wine 1.2.

I have the following registry key entries:
[Software\\Wine\\Alsa Driver]
My .asoundrc:
pcm.!default {
type asym
playback.pcm {
type plug
slave.pcm "hw:0,0"
capture.pcm {
type plug
slave.pcm "hw:1,0"
hw:0,0 is a USB Headphone DAC/Amp and hw:1,0 is my Logitech AK5370 microphone. Any ideas?
Message windows don't appear properly (FIX)
by Damian Pound on Saturday August 7th 2010, 17:02
When someone sends a message to you and you don't already have a message window up for that person, the message window will show up as a steam icon in the upper left corner. Resizing it does nothing, to fix it you have to minimize it them restore it or close it and reopen it via the friends menu.
Steam game backups
by Anthony Serna on Monday July 5th 2010, 18:34
I just wanted to say that installing / restoring a game from a Steam game file backup works on Wine 1.2 RC6.
"not enough space" & can't install after "uninstall"
by Indelible Bonobo on Wednesday June 16th 2010, 19:45
I first installed Steam with defaults and it worked just great. I wanted to try first Civ III, but the installer reported "not enough space" - it found less than 1.5 GB, and I had more than 10 GB free on my /home partition. Nonetheless, I deleted some crap, but it still did not work. I then decided to uninstall Steam and try to reinstall on a different "drive". The uninstall went uneventfully but the Steam icon was left on the desktop. I then tried to reinstall, and could not.

On subsequent attempts I am asked "Are you ready to have the Installation Wizard continue the installation?", I say yes, then an "install" happens very quickly, then I get a message titled "Steam has been successfully installed." with "Steam will now continue installation." inside. Clicking "Finish" closes the window, but nothing else happens. Wineserver, services.exe and winedevice.exe die soon thereafter.
  • RE: by Drew on Saturday July 31st 2010, 13:34
    • RE: by Kris Blackhall on Saturday July 31st 2010, 13:48
need help :(
by Steve Marmen on Wednesday June 16th 2010, 16:09
I am running newest version of wine, but i am sure somewhere i am messing up. When I click steam it updates 100% then it just sits there on what should be the login screen and does nothing. I dont see anything on my desktop but steam shows up as running on my task bar. I dont have direct X installed yet. I am a linux n00b but would really like if someone could give me step by step instructions on how to do every detail.thanks
Windows don't closes
by Lorenzo on Monday June 14th 2010, 8:59
When i do some work on steam interface i can't close the main windows or the friends window using the 'x' button.
When i click on the 'x' button the window disappear but after 1 second it reappears. On windows it don't happen...
steam keeps downloading games on its own...?
by william on Tuesday June 1st 2010, 13:21
Steam seems to want me to download and install TF2 and Portal, every time i delete the local content then restart, it shows up as download paused... gets kinda annoying, bug maybe?
by Duane on Monday May 31st 2010, 2:46
The Steam interface seems to run slow. Everything works, but it just takes a second to do it. The only problem I found with Steam was that the taskbar icon is missing.

by Mike Swanson on Sunday May 23rd 2010, 23:02
Yes, you'll have to remove your ~/.wine and start from scratch. Remember to go into ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Steam and move the steamapps folder out (which contains all your games) before you delete it all! After you install Steam again, move the folder back before logging into Steam.
  • RE: by Mike Swanson on Sunday May 23rd 2010, 23:03

by Hit in the Head on Tuesday May 18th 2010, 16:19
Wow, that's strange!

I've only experienced it not present (a transparent box) when not syncing or updating. This was on multiple installs clean and upgrading from the old beta - ubuntu 9 and 10.
Steam fonts are messed up.
by Benjamin Xiao on Monday May 17th 2010, 12:16
All of the fonts in steam are very aliased and italicized. Which fonts do I need to install in order to get the fonts in the new Steam UI to display correctly? I don't want to use winetricks as I don't like how it messes up the wineprefix.
Steam installs and seems to run until first update
by Wrinkled Cheese on Friday May 14th 2010, 17:00
Hey everyone,

I'm a bit confused as to why steam seems to be running but I get no GUI.

I'm running Slackware 64 with multi-lib for wine 32-bit compatibility. I installed wine and everything seemed to go okay. The first time Steam ran it said updating steam and went to 24% then closed and then came back at 33% and the window colour changed from green to dark grey. It gets to 100% updating but Steam.exe keeps running. Now when I run the command provided in this appdb entry or if I just click on the Steam icon in the KDE wine menu entry. Steam runs, and uses nearly 100% processor, but nothing comes up, IE a GUI. So I tried running the command used by the KDE menu entry item at command line and I get the same thing as if I use the command:

cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Steam && WINEDEBUG=-all wine steam -applaunch 240

The KDE menu entry command is:
env WINEPREFIX="/home/username/.wine" wine "start" /Unix "/home/username/.wine/dosdevices/c:/users/username/Start Menu/Programs/Steam/Steam.lnk"

These both produce this outputs as well as a process called steam(appdb recommended command) or Steam.exe(menu item):
appdb recommended command
CellID: Fetching server list from CSDS. . .
CellID: CSDS returned 165 servers.
CellID: Connecting to . .
CellID: Connect to took 336 MS
CellID: Nothing beat our old best time of 33 MS

KDE menu entry:
fixme:exec:SHELL_execute flags ignored: 0x00000100
fixme:exec:SHELL_execute flags ignored: 0x00004100
username@machinename:~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Steam$ CellID: Fetching server list from CSDS. . .
fixme:process:SetProcessShutdownParameters (00000100, 00000000): partial stub.
CellID: CSDS returned 164 servers.
CellID: Connecting to . .
CellID: Connect to took 73 MS
CellID: Nothing beat our old best time of 33 MS
fixme:dbghelp:MiniDumpWriteDump NIY MiniDumpWithDataSegs

I'm tempted to wait for a day or so just to make sure it's not doing something that takes a long time in the background.

I am running Wine 1.1.44
I have a GeForce 6200 using the latest nVidia driver, as of a week ago or so: 195.36.24

I had wine running steam and counterstrike source 5 years ago under the same distro, Slackware, although my version back then was 9.0 or 10.0. I am curious as to what I should do to get this to work properly. As you can tell there aren't any errors that I can Google or search for so I'm asking questions and hope someone knows the answer. I can provide you with any information you need.

I tried installing it manually by running the wine msiexec /a SteamInstall.msi. I tried using winetricks but everything ends in the exact same behaviour except the slight difference mentioned above.

I posted this in an obsolete thread by accident.
X server crashing/restarting?
by william on Wednesday May 5th 2010, 2:52
Update to the newest NVIDIA drivers (currently 195.x)

for instructions on how to install them go here:
Fix the missing steam icon
by Frozen Fox on Tuesday May 4th 2010, 3:31
Thanks to an awesome poster at the steam forums, "Hit in the Head", there's a workaround for the steam icon being completely missing.

[Shortened and paraphrased]

Open $HOME/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/Public, right-click steam_tray.ico and open it with Gimp. Simply File->Save As, and overwrite the original, with default settings. You can remove the layers you don't like to change the icon to one of the others available. Note the background of the icon is still non-transparent when I tried, but I believe that's a wine bug, and it's better than no icon for sure.

So now minus the background quirk, after the workarounds mentioned in my previous posts here, the only issue I've noticed is the windows sometimes don't close. This can be worked around by minimizing them first, then right clicking their systrem tray entry and clicking close there. Obnoxious, but not a showstopper.
STEAM beta missing icons
by André Fettouhi on Thursday April 22nd 2010, 14:24
Has anyone noticed that when installing games with the new STEAM beta that the desktop links do not work and that the icons are missing?
Xserver crash
by Jan Kaláb on Thursday April 22nd 2010, 3:17
This morning I updated wine and Steam, and when I start it, it crashes mys Xserver and I have to login again. Is it just me, or is there anyone else with this issue?
how to revert?
by Craig on Thursday February 25th 2010, 5:32
so, once you've made the dumb mistake of running the new beta without *first* checking the appdb, how do you revert back to the old UI?