How To – Workarounds for SteamOS beta System Requirements
Friday was one crazy day. If you were lucky, and I mean lucky, you could get a solid download without disconnect from Steam’s new repository. There were bitorrent links floating around, albeit with some inherent danger, making a hash check after the download very recommended. But, as soon as you explored the SteamOS FAQ and subsequent “Build Your Own” page, it was apparent you were dead in the water without a UEFI Motherboard.
The easiest method I have seen so far, is the Debian Wheezy conversion (edit check out Ye Olde SteamOSe below!), in which you start with a simple Debian load, and change a few files. I say easy, as it leaves little room for UEFI and partition errors, which most have issue with.
In the end, you will still get the experience if you install Steam as a client on a desktop such as Debian Wheezy or Ubuntu, and enable autostart and start in big picture mode as options. Truly that is your easiest way to Steam rather than messing with SteamOS beta at the moment.
Ye Olde SteamOSe
Thanks a ton to directhex on Reddit, we have our first SteamOS spinoff! This “distribution” removes the UEFI requirement, modifies the storage requirement to a sane number, and adds support for a number of things including AMD video cards, Virtual Box 3D acceleration, and DVD or USB bootable options for the media. Enjoy!
Debian Wheezy Conversion
Running SteamOS on a Non UEFI Motherboard
So what do you do?
Well, if you are like me, and have a current “Steam Box” made out of old, but decent parts (mini-ITX, Nvidia 8800 GTX, AMD X2 Trinity 2.6 Ghz CPU), but no UEFI motherboard, you were wondering some things. First, can I even install this? Quick answer is “no,” but in search a bit, that seems to not be the case.
As you will find out, the “recommended” default installation is setup to use a 1 TB disk! While that is not a hard thing for most to acquire, I had to use exiting parts, including a 500 GB 7200 RPM disk. So, I could possibly use the “Custom Installation.” But, as stated, I don’t have a UEFI motherboard.
Thankfully, warriors of the Internet prevailed, and I have seen at least one particular method arise to circumvent the UEFI requirement. I will use this page as a landing stage for any potential methods I do find, as further clarification of requirements is investigated. One of the most amusing and practical comments from the Steam Forums regarding this was, “Beta = danger; Linux = Danger :therefore: Linux Beta = danger x 2.” With that in mind, please use caution.
Running SteamOS on an AMD Video Card
The methods below are currently untested and are not suggested for use on a non AMD system.
Installing SteamOS from a Bootable DVD
Posted on 20131215, in Featured articles, Games, Games for Linux and tagged non UEFI Steam iso image, steam, steam for linux, Steam non UEFI, steamos, SteamOS non UEFI, UEFI Steam Workaround. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.