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whenever I try to run steam, it doesn't open, but it doesn't give an error message. Running it through the consle, I get this...

Running Steam on ubuntu 12.04 32-bit
STEAM_RUNTIME is enabled automatically
ILocalize::AddFile() failed to load file "public/steambootstrapper_english.txt".
[2013-08-21 21:24:50] Startup
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(0_client)
SteamUpdateUI: An X Error occurred
X Error of failed request:  BadAlloc (insufficient resources for operation)

I am sure my computer meets the requirements, and steam works on my windows partition. Also, I am running Ubuntu 12.04, in Unity 2D

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Install Additional Drivers

Install the proprietary video drivers by doing the following:

  1. Open the Ubuntu Software Center (Centre if you're not American)
  2. Navigate to the universal menu towards the top of the screen and select Edit->Software Sources.
  3. Wait for the window to come up.
  4. Select the tab Additional Drivers.
  5. Select a proprietary driver if it's available and install it.

Intel Card AccelMethod

WRITE DOWN THIS ANSWER SO IF YOUR VIDEO BREAKS YOU CAN TRY THE REVERT SECTION.

Change

Try this in a terminal (Ctrl-Alt-T to open):

sudo su
cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bkup
nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Navigate to the section Device and add this line:

Option "AccelMethod" "XAA"

Do Ctrl-X and Y to save. Then run reboot.

Revert

If things go wrong or don't change, and they may, do this:

sudo su
rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bkup /etc/X11/xorg.conf
reboot

If you're in only a terminal (no graphics), then these commands will work if you log in. Note you will need to type in your password for the sudo command.

Let us know how it works.

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Hmm... i get the error "cp: cannot stat '/etc/X11/xorg.conf': No such file or directory" –  HeroSolomon Aug 22 '13 at 1:57
    
What's the error, where is it, and does it change anything? –  notabot Aug 22 '13 at 1:58
    
I just fixed my previous comment. –  HeroSolomon Aug 22 '13 at 2:00
    
I added a bunch more. Try the first one first. –  notabot Aug 22 '13 at 2:04
    
I didn't see an additional drivers tab, but I found it through the lens. It searched for drivers, then output "No proprietary drivers are in use on this system." There weren't any options, except Help and Close. –  HeroSolomon Aug 22 '13 at 2:17
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