When I launch Steam through Wine, no text is shown, just buttons. I am running Wine version 1.6. How do I fix this?

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    Is it there a reason to use Steam through Wine? Steam has it's own Linux native software and it can both installed via terminal or the software center. See this: apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applications/steam-launcher Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 2:58
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    Well the steam Linux client is insanely buggy and constantly crashes. Plus not all games have been properly or at all ported to linux Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 2:59
  • I see, but now that you face no text on Wine, it sounds "buggy" the same as the Linux client. Have you considered using a Virtual Machine? You may have a better experience but I admit it's hungry on resources consumption and you'll find some troubles for hardware acceleration. Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 3:01
  • I've tried virtual machine, horrible mouse problems Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 3:01

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Open a terminal and enter the command:

wine reg add 'HKCU\Software\Valve\Steam' /v DWriteEnable /t REG_DWORD /d 00000000

This will disable DWrite for only Steam. Alternatively, you can run the following:

wine /path/to/Steam.exe -no-dwrite

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