Steam Problems

Stefan Dösinger stefandoesinger at
Mon May 2 09:57:12 CDT 2005

> 1) It's always on top of all other windows,on all
> workspaces of GNOME, which is very annoying, and makes
> it impossible to try HL2. If clicked while HL2 is on startup
> screen it will crash the game.
I've sent a patch to wine-patches some time ago, but it wasn't accepted 
because it's wrong. The link is

You may try it, it fixes Steam in this aspect, but it may break other apps.

> 2) If you click on any game, go to Update News, it will crash
> every time. If there are Update News when Steam is started, it
> will crash (but it will work after that). Here's the output, although it
> doesn't look very helpful to me:
Do you have IE6 installed. Do you use the native shdocvw, mshtml and shlwapi 
dlls? What winver have you set?

I don't have Steam installed right now, but I know that those things are 
fragile. I've set the above dlls to native, winver = winxp. This way no 
things are shown, but Steam doesn't crash. It's possible to get this thing to 
work somehow, (winver = win98, native dlls and a correct ie6 installation, 
native dcom I think and a few other native dlls), but as I said, it's 

> ALSA lib control.c:739:(snd_ctl_open_noupdate) Invalid CTL plug:hw:0
Half-life and friends are broken for me with the alsa driver.


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