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Steam not opening in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

This problem is only present at Ubuntu 16.04. In ubuntu 16.10 install steam:i386 package from Ubuntu's multiverse repository (the repository is enabled by default) and most problems have been fixed. ...
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Problem with installing Steam on Ubuntu 15.04+

This was originally a problem with Steam on Ubuntu 15.04/15.10. Steam bundles old libs and are colliding with mesa drivers, that is also why closed drivers aren't seeing this problem. Update: It ...
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Problem starting Steam on ubuntu 15.04 64-bit

cd $HOME/.steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu mv cd $HOME/.steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/amd64/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu mv ...
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Steam doesn't open on Ubuntu 17.10

You can work around this problem by opening a terminal and running ~/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam After it completes, press the Super key and search for steam, launching the application like ...
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Steam: libGL error: No matching fbConfigs or visuals found libGL error: failed to load driver: swrast

Ubuntu 16.04+ For anyone still getting same error, if you are using nvidia driver, sometimes you will see that points to ambiguous libGL provided by both mesa and nvidia. To test this, you ...
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Error in installing Steam on ubuntu 15.04

Short version: Start steam in the terminal using: LD_PRELOAD='/usr/$LIB/' DISPLAY=:0 steam instead of just steam Long version: Steam can’t open, the shared library ...
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Steam doesn't start. LibGL error

To fix it simply open the terminal and run these commands: rm ~/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/ rm ~/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-...
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Can't run CS:GO at fullscreen (Ubuntu 18.10)

Open Steam Go to the "Library" Right-click the game which needs to be reconfigured Select "Properties" from the menu Click the "Set launch options..." button type: -full and save That's all.
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Where are Steam games installed?

In newer versions of Steam, games seem to be located at: ~/.steam/steam/SteamApps/common Don't know when this changed, but Steam is no longer in ~/.local/share
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You are missing the following 32-bit libraries, and Steam may not run:

Assuming is the only one you are missing, open a terminal and execute the following commands to install the missing library (be careful here and do not accept changes unless you are happy ...
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Steam won't start on Ubuntu 16.04

I've had the same problem, which I was able to solve following instructions from This is a problem with steam and ubuntu 15.04. Steam bundles old ...
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Steam not opening in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

I installed steam with the package in the Ubuntu repositories not the .deb file from steam. Apparently the Ubuntu provided package is modified to work on Ubuntu. Remove the Valve package: sudo apt ...
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Running Windows Steam on Linux (Using Wine)

I would recommend PlayOnLinux as a front end for Wine. To install PlayOnLinux run the following commands from a terminal window: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install playonlinux Note, ...
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How do I get Proton on Steam to work?

You can activate Steam Play by doing: Update Steam to the latest version. Open Steam > Settings. Go to Steam Play. Enable all checkboxes. Save the settings and restart Steam.
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Steam Install Error on 14.04 Ubuntu 64bit

This is what actually works for 14.04: sudo apt-get install libc6:i386 sudo apt-get install libgl1-mesa-glx-lts-trusty:i386 Proof: Hope this helps others.
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How do I get a Steam Controller working?

For Ubuntu releases older than 15.10 Recognizing the controller Create a the udev file: sudoedit /lib/udev/rules.d/99-steam-controller-perms.rules then add the following contents, don't forget to ...
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Steam: libGL error: No matching fbConfigs or visuals found libGL error: failed to load driver: swrast

In my situation I had to install the i386 NVIDIA drivers. It worked thereafter. sudo apt install libnvidia-gl-440:i386 Have a great day!
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Steam Install Error on 14.04 Ubuntu 64bit

Workaround: sudo apt-get install libc6:i386 libgl1-mesa-dri-lts-utopic:i386 libgl1-mesa-glx-lts-utopic:i386 The command is a bit different if you are running Ubuntu 14.04.3 or greater with the ...
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When downloading a windows steam game over Ubuntu Wine, I get the error "content server unreachable"

I received a solution to my problem in the first post of this thread that I made on the wine forums: Go to the link that they provide and edit ...
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Installing Steam on Raspberry Pi 4

ARM processors (Raspberry Pi) are not capable of running i386 or amd64 software packages which are designed for x86 processors (and NOT ARM processors or instruction sets). Further, Steam does not ...
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Error in installing Steam on ubuntu 15.04

Another solution, that helped me to launch Steam client was found here - I ran this command - find ~/.steam/root/ \( -name "*" ...
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How do I get a Steam Controller working?

Update as of 11/22/2016 (if you used this solution) Due to a recent update your udev rule must be updated. Edit the udev file: sudoedit /lib/udev/rules.d/99-steam-controller-perms.rules Replace ...
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Steam won't open in Ubuntu 15.10

Based on this question, execute the following commands: mv ~/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/lib/i386-linux-gnu/{,.disable} mv ~/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-...
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Steam not opening in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Try this : cd $HOME/.steam/steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu mv cd $HOME/.steam/steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/amd64/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-...
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Steam error "No such file or directory" for 17.04

Simply open terminal and type: mkdir /home/$USER/.steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime This creates the missing directory, it worked for me when I had exactly the same error in 17.04.
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Steam not opening - "tar: This does not look like a tar archive"

Run the following command in terminal: mkdir "/home/$USER/.steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime" Then launch Steam.
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Steam doesn't start after upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04

I upgraded from 14.04 LTS to 16.04 LTS and also wasn't able to start Steam. It started (I mean, 'steam' continued to be running), but nothing happened after a few seconds. For me, the workaround I ...
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How do I properly install Steam on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS?

You nearly had it correct, to install steam you need to add the -i flag to dpkg like this: sudo dpkg -i steam_latest.deb And if that still fails you can install python-apt this way, which you as ...
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Steam doesn't start. LibGL error

This got me most of the way there. I also needed to change the way I launched Steam. LD_PRELOAD='/usr/$LIB/' DISPLAY=:0 steam As per this thread: Error in installing Steam on ubuntu 15....
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Mouse lagging on Ubuntu 17.10

"Gnome/Wayland has mouse tracking issues (see" Ubuntu 17.10 uses wayland by default. however, you can switch back to Xorg, without to install ...
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