I am trying to run Natural Selection 2 under kubuntu 14.04. I have the latest version of steam. My system is completely up to date using the built-in application update software. I have verified the integrity of the game files, and it came up clean. However, flgrx (or whatever the proprietary drivers are called) refuse to let the game load past a certain point. I switched to the openGL libraries, and all I get is a black screen.
The game is notorious for longer load times (some are calling the game unplayable) but most of the topics I found on their official website relate to joining a server or switching between maps; these bugs only apply to the linux players, and they seem to be across all different flavors of linux. There does not seem to be an official fix for their problems, let alone mine.
Perhaps there is a different bottleneck somewhere else. Here are my system specs:
1TB sata HDD 8 gigs ram Intell 8-core, single thread per core processor Kubuntu 14.04 AMD 7770 HD graphics card
Here is what I've tried so far:
Switching between graphics drivers already on my system (for some reason, I have three - including the openGL ones? How does that even work?) Result - different graphics drivers gave different results. The open GL driver performed the worst, giving just a black screen. The updated flgrx proprietary driver was the slowest, stopping two seconds after the loading screen came up, and the -NOT- updated one stopped after five or six seconds.
purging the proprietary drivers for my graphics card, then re installing openGL libraries; Result - seemingly none. I am noticing absolutely NO change to my system or the game loading times. However, the proprietary drivers for my graphics card are still there; after this, I tried switching back and forth between drivers again and have the same thing going on as the first thing I tried!
I would like to try the Mesa driver, but I am unsure which packages to install. I had some weird issues with graphics when I first built my system and it took my fiance a good five hours just to get my GUI up and running - I don't want to put him through that again. "sudo apt search mesa" in Konsole returns a crap-storm of text. Which is the correct one(s)? Are there any other things I can try? (I'm not even sure how to pinpoint my bottleneck in kubuntu...)
There is one other thing I noticed: I am running a 64 bit os. I think my game might be a 32 bit piece of software. Does this matter? If so, how do I fix it?