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I have installed steam yet I can not seem to launch it, nothing happens when I do. I have a icon which looks like a cardboard box with office supplies for steam, and when I highlight it I am given the option to launch all the different functions of steam, yet I have not logged in and all they functions do nothing.

I had a little box that says start Steam beta, yet it did not do anything.

I have received no error.

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how did you download/install Steam? It sounds like you went to Steams website and downloaded the file and as a result have missing dependencies. You should not have the generic application icon, it should be a Steam Icon. I have had no problem with Steam since the official release(I never used Beta). –  TrailRider Jun 1 '13 at 15:22
do you get a error message if you run steam in the terminal? –  Wouter Jun 1 '13 at 15:24
Also what kind of hardware do you have and did you install any proprietary drivers? (Nvidia/AMD) –  TrailRider Jun 1 '13 at 15:24
@Wouter . When I say I receive no error message I did mean when running it from terminal. I receive this line of text when running it from terminal; /usr/bin/steam: line 191: /home/jb124029/.local/share/Steam/steam/sh: Success. Nothing happens. –  Jonathan Jun 3 '13 at 11:39
@TrailRider I installed it from Ubuntu Software centre. @ Trail I am running a Acer Aspire laptop from 2009, it has an nvidia 9600m gs. I have tried all the different drivers from system settings, additional drivers. Steam has a normal icon now, It had not updated because it was a fresh install. –  Jonathan Jun 3 '13 at 11:49
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