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Another small Steam Deck Beta update gets some fixes

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Valve snuck out another Steam Deck Beta Client update, this time with just a few more quick fixes to it. To try it yourself you need to be in either the Beta or Preview channels available in Settings > System > Steam Update Channel.

Here's what's new:

General:

  • Auto-focus chat textboxes when opening the chat tab

Steam Input:

  • Fix an issue where booting into offline mode in desktop would result in unresponsive controller inputs until the "stay offline" dialog was clicked.
  • Fix an issue with setting command settings inside a modeshift

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Valve needs to fix their SD card formatting tool. When I format a SD card with it, game downloads are incredibily slow and drop out. I thought that my Steam Deck was broken. Formatting on a Linux desktop solved the issue.
Eike 1 Oct
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Quoting: KacperTheLinuxGamerValve needs to fix their SD card formatting tool. When I format a SD card with it, game downloads are incredibily slow and drop out. I thought that my Steam Deck was broken. Formatting on a Linux desktop solved the issue.

Thanks for pointing out, I still need to get and prepare one. Did you find out what's wrong? Suboptimal file system or something?
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Quoting: KacperTheLinuxGamerValve needs to fix their SD card formatting tool. When I format a SD card with it, game downloads are incredibily slow and drop out. I thought that my Steam Deck was broken. Formatting on a Linux desktop solved the issue.

Thanks for pointing out, I still need to get and prepare one. Did you find out what's wrong? Suboptimal file system or something?

I don't know, it formats as ext4. I used the same filesystem when formatting it on my Linux PC and it worked unlike with the Steam Deck formatting tool.
Eike 1 Oct
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Quoting: KacperTheLinuxGamer
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: KacperTheLinuxGamerValve needs to fix their SD card formatting tool. When I format a SD card with it, game downloads are incredibily slow and drop out. I thought that my Steam Deck was broken. Formatting on a Linux desktop solved the issue.

Thanks for pointing out, I still need to get and prepare one. Did you find out what's wrong? Suboptimal file system or something?

I don't know, it formats as ext4. I used the same filesystem when formatting it on my Linux PC and it worked unlike with the Steam Deck formatting tool.

I just ordered a card (256 GB for my "little" Steam Deck). Will check if I meet the same problem.


Last edited by Eike on 1 October 2022 at 5:17 pm UTC
damarrin 1 Oct
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Every time I formatted an SD card on the SD it would fail the first time and succeed the second. No problems with performance, though.
Quoting: damarrinEvery time I formatted an SD card on the SD it would fail the first time and succeed the second. No problems with performance, though.
I had no problems either, until recently.
ntnb 2 Oct
Are folks here mostly running Deck on the stable branch or the beta?
Eike 6 Oct
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Quoting: KacperTheLinuxGamer
Quoting: damarrinEvery time I formatted an SD card on the SD it would fail the first time and succeed the second. No problems with performance, though.
I had no problems either, until recently.

I got my card now and formatted it with the Steam Deck stable software as of yesterday. I measured (modern) Tomb Raider, from start button to the main menu coming up. Mind I have the smallest Steam Deck, so it's probably not quite as fast as the others in the first place. Result: 23-24 seconds on first run, 21-22 seconds on subsequent runs - no matter the storage place. So, I'm happy with my SD card and I'm happy with Steam's formatter. And I'm happy with my steam Deck. :)
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Quoting: KacperTheLinuxGamer
Quoting: damarrinEvery time I formatted an SD card on the SD it would fail the first time and succeed the second. No problems with performance, though.
I had no problems either, until recently.

I got my card now and formatted it with the Steam Deck stable software as of yesterday. I measured (modern) Tomb Raider, from start button to the main menu coming up. Mind I have the smallest Steam Deck, so it's probably not quite as fast as the others in the first place. Result: 23-24 seconds on first run, 21-22 seconds on subsequent runs - no matter the storage place. So, I'm happy with my SD card and I'm happy with Steam's formatter. And I'm happy with my steam Deck. :)

I didn't have problems with reads, it's the writes, the downloading of games.
I had the Deck since March so it did take a while for the problems to start.
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