Cannot install Steam :(

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by TDHXXX, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2009
    i just got my new imac (21.5" i5) and downloaded steam, dragged the file into the applications folder and it starts the first update (downloading ~34mb), it reaches 24 and then fails with a 'steam needs to be online to update' message, clicking ok closes the app and i get nowhere!

    i have tried this three times each failed, i had steam installed on my old iMac (27" i7)with no worries.

    any one know whats up?

    i've emailed steam support but their only suggestion is to reinstall steam (but i can't install it in the first place. :mad: )
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2007
    Tried restarting the computer and/or router? Sounds like a network issue.
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2009
    Yeah, tried that, I've been trying to get it to install for the last 2-3 weeks. :(
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2007
    Delete Stream prefs and application support etc and see if that works.
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2009
    It might... if I had those files to begin with. :(
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2007
    They should be created the first time you launch the app and it goes into self update. If they aren't created you have a permission problem on your machine.

    Quickly try creating a new admin account and installing it there.
  7. macrumors regular


    Sep 18, 2006
    does sound like a permission's issue, open up "disk utility" and click "repair disk permissions" see if that fixes it...
  8. macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    PM "rbarris" here on the forums. He is busy, but a good guy and if anyone can solve the problem it would be him.

    BUT I would exhaust all other options first.
  9. macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2010
    The Netherlands
    I had the exact same problem for about 2 weeks and I know how irritating it is. (I just got a new internet connection 2 days ago and no problems anymore)
    Maybe you will find a more cheap solution in this link:

    It did help for me, but the problem might come back.

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