Steam for Mac Suck?

munkery

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Only thing that bugs me about it is the fact that the GMA950 isn't supported in OSX, when it works fine in Windows.
What games do you want to play with a GMA950.

I used Wineskin Winery to install Steam and CS 1.6 on a similar Macbook and it worked great.

PlayOnMac might be easier and work as well. I know it has steam support.
 
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A Hebrew

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Jan 7, 2012
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Its just a bloated peice of software, it works for what it does, but I find it far to system intensive for what it does.
Agreed. My 400 dollar laptop takes a while for it to open it up. It should be pretty instant for what it includes.
 

G51989

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Feb 25, 2012
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Agreed. My 400 dollar laptop takes a while for it to open it up. It should be pretty instant for what it includes.
Yep, on OSX and Windows, no matter what the system I'm using Steam on, Weather it be my iMac, gaming tower, or 23K workstation, when I open it, the entire system slows down for a second or two. insane
 

malman89

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May 29, 2011
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Never had any real issues with Steam in OS X, but it does seem to take a bit longer to load and is a bit less fluid than running in WinXP.
 

0098386

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Its just a bloated peice of software, it works for what it does, but I find it far to system intensive for what it does.
How do you define bloated in this sense? I've got it open (Win 7). It's using up 32mb (this single Firefox tab is 274mb), doesn't cause my system to hang when loading.

Is it a specs issue? It runs very slow on my girlfriend's 6 year old PC.
 

DaKKs

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Aug 15, 2012
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What games do you want to play with a GMA950.

I used Wineskin Winery to install Steam and CS 1.6 on a similar Macbook and it worked great.

PlayOnMac might be easier and work as well. I know it has steam support.
Ta for the tip, mate. Neither worked however, but I've solved it regardless. I somehow managed, i have no idea how, to install Windows XP on this thing. Everyone said its not possible without a superdrive, but I'm writing this in XP.
 

archurban

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Don't worry, it crashes on Windows too.
typical fanboy. my widnows 7 never crash. if you don't manage mac os x, it crash easily. for gaming, mac os x is totally inferior system. and you mac users are still minority in terms of market share. mac os x is only used less than 3.5% worldwide. mac is less than 5% for market share. it is only booming in the US which education market actually helps to grow number. recently it is over 10%. again, it's only in the US. if apple will fail to sell more idevice, their entire profit will be diminished very deeply because apple sale depends on mobile base device nowadays. they occupy more than 65% of their business. thanks to lawsuit(?), apple will lose more than ever. victory in the US will be only last that they celebrate. they have very lower possibility to win this ridiculous patent case in other countries. how can you explain UK case, huh? apple lost, and they lost again in Japan court as well. this number will be increased. I think that apple seem to dig the hole by itself.
 

munkery

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typical fanboy. my widnows 7 never crash. if you don't manage mac os x, it crash easily...
I believe he was posting about the Steam client. He wasn't posting about the OS.

But, I find Windows 7 has more problems than OS X. For example, my parents Windows 7 machine still won't take the SP 1 update. Apparently, the issue is due to applying the Windows 7 hot fixes prior to SP 1 being released and the installation of third party drivers. It would take too much effort to remove the hot fixes and figure out which drivers are the problem to allow installing SP 1. I find it particularly unsettling that MS can't even sort out these types of issues.

BTW, Mac OS X now has a little over 7% market share. And, iOS has around 5.5% market share. So, the total market share of Apple operating systems is now around 12.5%.
 

peskaa

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typical fanboy. my widnows 7 never crash. if you don't manage mac os x, it crash easily. for gaming, mac os x is totally inferior system. and you mac users are still minority in terms of market share. mac os x is only used less than 3.5% worldwide. mac is less than 5% for market share. it is only booming in the US which education market actually helps to grow number. recently it is over 10%. again, it's only in the US. if apple will fail to sell more idevice, their entire profit will be diminished very deeply because apple sale depends on mobile base device nowadays. they occupy more than 65% of their business. thanks to lawsuit(?), apple will lose more than ever. victory in the US will be only last that they celebrate. they have very lower possibility to win this ridiculous patent case in other countries. how can you explain UK case, huh? apple lost, and they lost again in Japan court as well. this number will be increased. I think that apple seem to dig the hole by itself.
Wow, who rattled your cage?

I was talking about the Steam client, not Windows itself. Steam frequently hangs when starting up, though it can sometimes recover itself, and can just do a hard crash to the desktop.

No idea what that has to do with your little rant about market share.
 

ReanimationN

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Sep 7, 2011
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I've never been able to get Steam for Mac to even sign in, I have no idea why. It works fine on one of my friend's Macs, it's incredibly frustrating.
 

iMacFarlane

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Apr 5, 2012
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Adrift in a sea of possibilities
Steam has received some recent updates, and they have seemed to fix a few of the really nagging problems with the client:
- Terrible scrolling - fixed
- Frequent crashes on shutdown - fixed
- Blank store/community/news pages - fixed

I'm surprised someone above mentioned memory footprint on Win7 at 32MB. On my MBP running OS X, Steam launches, grabs about 340MB of RAM, then settles in to a steady 240MB when it is running. Every once in a while it runs away with itself and I've seen it at 1.4GB when it was idling!

The thing is, from a software standpoint, Steam is just a custom shell for a webview and program launcher. It renders a store page with shopping cart availability, some blog / news feeds, and allows for overlays during execution of games. Neat, yes. But 240MB to do that? Doesn't seem right.