Steam OS AMD Workaround Method 1

The method below is [tested] and is only suggested if you do not have a test system handy.

Goto amds site and download the catalyst drivers. Then you need to unzip them with the unzip command chmod +x the .run file, and run it with –force and it installs itself with a nice little windows style install gui. After the installation is complete login to steam and launch steam, accept the EULA and logout of steam and switch to desktop/desktop.  Download catalyst drivers here with iceweasel

First down the AMD Beta Linux driver from AMD’s Main Site.  I had to add the debian repos to install unzip.  Add the following to /etc/apt/sources.list

I had to add the debian repos to install unzip.   Add the following to /etc/apt/sources.list

deb wheezy main
deb-src wheezy main

deb wheezy-updates main
deb-src wheezy-updates main

deb wheezy/updates main
deb-src wheezy/updates main

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unzip

unzip ~/Downloads/AMD<tab>
chmod +x
sudo ./amd --force


Issue 1

You  may have to install the fglrx drivers or other applicable packages the AMD installer complains about.  To do this run the following:

dpkg --get-selections | grep fglrx*
sudo apt-get purge fglrx*

Then Run the installer again for AMD.  That should get it installed. reboot and then run the ~/ file under /home/desktop.  Choose “run in terminal” and enter the sudo password for desktop, “desktop”

If for some reason you get a black screen after reboot, thanks to commenter Ben Stovel, perform a CTRL+ALT+F2 to enter virtual console TTY2.  Once there log in as desktop and run the installer again then reboot.

Issue 2

If for some reason you still get a black screen, I found an interesting “trick.”  Once you reboot after issue 1, if you hit any key on your keyboard, you’ll notice a PC beep if you have an internal PC speaker.  What is on the screen is actually the Steam EULA (End User License Agreement) screen.  Carefully hit + + .  The Steam updater will start, and install the update. Resulting in… the SteamOS Welcome Screen!



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Posted on 20131215, in Games, Games for Linux, How-To and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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