Let's fix Steam!

Scott Ritchie scott at open-vote.org
Sun Mar 13 03:26:01 CST 2005

On Sun, 2005-03-13 at 10:02 +0100, Stefan Dösinger wrote:
> Hello,
> I forgot to cc this one to the list!
> > Steam has had a serious problem for quite some time, failing with a
> > strange debug assertion error popup at the dreaded 27% mark.
> >
> > What's interesting, however, is that Steam works perfectly in Crossover
> > 4.1 - since I don't think Steam is supported, this is not due to a
> > special hack, and the failure in Steam therefore represents a serious
> > regression in Wine.
> >
> > This, quite simply, will be a really cool app to get working again.
> > Plus, we'll need it to try out Half Life 2 once you awesome Direct3D
> > boys finish up your work :)
> >
> > So, where do we go about this?  The installer demonstrating the error
> > can be downloaded easily from http://www.steampowered.com/ - however,
> > I'm not sure if it's plausible to run a regression analysis since there
> > are no patches available against the direct crossover version of Wine.
> > At this point, I'm not even sure which file has broken, although I do
> > know that it's one we've had problems with in the past based off of IRC
> > conversations.
> >
> > If anyone could follow up with more info, particularly about the
> > specifics of the error, I'm sure we'd all appreciate it greatly.
> Yet another update:
> I managed to play something(Ricochet and old Half life). Installations was 
> painless(IE6 is needed, builtin shdocvw with mozilla activex control doesn't 
> work). I have to set winver to win98 to make the IE6 control work.
> I downloaded hl and ricochet and played it(single player / server with no 
> other players). The graphics worked nice with OpenGL, no surprises here. The 
> problems I encountered were:
> *The games lock up on exit. No error message, wine-preloader just uses 100% 
> CPU time.
> *I got a stange error on the secound start. Wine crashed and showed a lot of 
> pthread_* functions. I can't reproduce the crash so no log. Sorry.
> *Gaming get unstable if I turn of the internet connection. Say, does Steam 
> download sounds & levels on demand during playing? The half-life folder's 
> size is only 13 MB compared to ~500MB to the old version's folder.
> *I can't get offline mode working.
> *The keyboard and window management problems reported yesterday
> Cheers,
> Stefan

Did you try the latest version?  Did you install IE with Winetools?  I
still can't get past my "no text visible" error that I linked to with a
screenshot earlier.

Scott Ritchie

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