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I'm running the Linux client for Steam on 13.04. Initially things seemed to work fine, but then Steam froze, and I had to force it to quit. I started it up again, but then it prompted me to update various 32-bit libraries. After doing this games now hang with a blank grey screen. I then re-installed my drivers after reading threads for similar issues, no luck though. Then I added


to /etc/ld.so.conf.d/steam.conf.

That "fix" however created a new issue, "OpenGL GLX context is not using direct rendering, which may cause performance problems.", a known and common issue for 64-bit OS's. So I then ran

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs

in terminal. Still no change. I removed the lines I added to steam.conf, but no change. After reading several boards, I'm kinda at my wits end with this one.

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Which video card are you using? Can you edit your question with the output lspci | grep VGA? –  minerz029 Oct 20 '13 at 20:17
On a hunch, added /usr/lib32 only to steam.conf, and viola it worked. Can't believe I spent as much time on this as I have. Thanks :) –  bsmurfy Oct 20 '13 at 20:22
If that solved your problem, please post it as an answer below (not a comment) so that others can benefit. –  minerz029 Oct 20 '13 at 20:24

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