I'm very new to Ubuntu and Linux. I've been trying all day to find a fix for steam to work but I keep getting the same error. Steam refuses to start when I run it using the icon on the desktop or the icon in the applications menu. When I type


into the terminal I get this error:

Running Steam on ubuntu 18.04 64-bit
STEAM_RUNTIME is enabled automatically
Installing breakpad exception handler for appid(steam)/version(0)
libGL error: unable to load driver: nouveau_dri.so
libGL error: driver pointer missing
libGL error: failed to load driver: nouveau
libGL error: unable to load driver: swrast_dri.so
libGL error: failed to load driver: swrast

I haven't found a single thread with my problem, I keep finding people with AMD graphics cards that have driver issues but no luck with NVIDIA.


I have the same problem. You can fix it by removing your NVIDIA drivers and install them from their website (that worked for me, because it seems to be a newer version[390.44 -> 390.77]). This has been tested only under Linux Mint 19, which based on Ubuntu 18.04 - theoretically it works under Ubuntu too.

  1. Download the NVIDIA driver
  2. Remove NVIDIA:

    sudo apt remove nvidia-driver-390 -y
  3. Clean up:

    sudo apt autoremove -y
  4. Log out!
  5. Switch to console by pressing CTRL+ALT+F3
  6. Log in...
  7. Stop the display manager:

    sudo service gdm stop    #or lightdm
  8. cd Downloads (or wherever it is)
  9. Make the driver executable:

    chmod +x [driver package name]
  10. Run and install it (let it fix xserver settings AND libs!!!!):

    ./[driver package name]
  11. Enter: reboot
  12. Should work now!
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    Hi @Simonmicro ! Console on tty1 and lightdm sound like 16.04. Could you please clarify if the instructions are for 16.04 or 18.04 or maybe work on both? – danzel Jul 20 '18 at 15:40
  • It a solution for Linux Mint 19 - based on Ubuntu 18.04 bionic beaver ;) – Simonmicro Jul 21 '18 at 19:51
  • At least 3. and 5. are different in Ubuntu 18.04, so maybe you could indicate that the procedure was only tested on Linux Mint 19. – danzel Jul 21 '18 at 23:12
  • Okay, according to askubuntu.com/questions/979027/… you will need to press CTRL + ALT + F3 / F4 to open the console. And you must run sudo service gdm stop to kill the display manager. – Simonmicro Jul 24 '18 at 11:10

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