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A new SteamOS beta is out with GPU driver updates and a fresh Linux kernel

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Not to be confused with the upcoming SteamOS 3.0, this beta update is for the current 'Brewmaster' release.

While it's not technically a major update in terms of the overall system, it's still rather mighty where it counts.

Here's what's in it:

  • Linux 4.16, with DC enabled for AMD pre-Vega cards
  • Mesa 18.1.5 with an LLVM 7.0 snapshot
  • NVIDIA drivers 396.45

The driver bumps should really help with some newer titles, so hopefully for those of you using SteamOS you might find (especially with an AMD GPU) that some more games will work.

Find the post on Steam here.

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ElectricPrism 5 August 2018 at 1:59 am UTC
KunamashinaAnyone got SteamOS running on AMD VEGA GPU? Mine is only black screen after booting.

Trying to update to latest kernel through virtual console but for some reason it stays 4.14 and no apt-get update or upgrade helps getting that 4.16 where I hope ryzen will work

RxVega64 is my GPU anyone have some advice how to get steamos to show display?

You probably need to hit escape or "e" @ GRUB and add the VEGA snippet of code to enable or try "nomodeset".

Then do as suggested and opt into Beta maybe.
dubigrasu 5 August 2018 at 6:10 am UTC
pb
Leopard
pbI'm still waiting to be able to play RotTR on SteamOS non-beta. Maybe in 3.0...

Why?

You can play with that update?

Drivers are very up-to-date , kernel is also ok. Even LLVM is in a good shape.

I'm on stable, last time I tried the game said my gfx was not supported. I think stable steamos still doesn't ship vulkan for nvidia.
SteamOS ships Vulkan Nvidia drivers since a long time, since the Vulkan was launched if I'm not mistaken.
Is rather a bug or the game needs newer Nvidia drivers.
Check in Desktop mode if you have the necessary Vulkan drivers to be sure (they should be already installed by default though).
Are any other games using Vulkan working?
Kunamashina 5 August 2018 at 6:12 am UTC
mortigar
KunamashinaAnyone got SteamOS running on AMD VEGA GPU? Mine is only black screen after booting.

Trying to update to latest kernel through virtual console but for some reason it stays 4.14 and no apt-get update or upgrade helps getting that 4.16 where I hope ryzen will work

RxVega64 is my GPU anyone have some advice how to get steamos to show display?

Not sure if you have done it yet but you need to update to the beta repository they have a deb for that.
sudo apt install steamos-beta-repo
update
upgrade
dist/full-upgrade

if it does not update do a apt-cache search linux-image
if should sow you all the current available images apt currently knows of.
Hope that helps!

Thanks man! This helped definitely, kernel did upgrade to 4.16 and mesa looks like is the one they provide.

But unfortunately still black screen
Redface 5 August 2018 at 3:33 pm UTC
dubigrasu
pb
Leopard
pbI'm still waiting to be able to play RotTR on SteamOS non-beta. Maybe in 3.0...

Why?

You can play with that update?

Drivers are very up-to-date , kernel is also ok. Even LLVM is in a good shape.

I'm on stable, last time I tried the game said my gfx was not supported. I think stable steamos still doesn't ship vulkan for nvidia.
SteamOS ships Vulkan Nvidia drivers since a long time, since the Vulkan was launched if I'm not mistaken.
Is rather a bug or the game needs newer Nvidia drivers.
Check in Desktop mode if you have the necessary Vulkan drivers to be sure (they should be already installed by default though).
Are any other games using Vulkan working?

Rise of the Tombraider works with the latest SteamOS beta update, I played it a bit yesterday after updating. Feral did set the Nvidia 396 update as minimum, thats why it didnt work before. Other Vulkan games do work for a long time already.
Raven 5 August 2018 at 8:34 pm UTC
Ok, so I just reinstalled Ubuntu 18.04 to play dead cells.... Got a wierd bug appeared. Every game I pay, I have to select windowed then full screen. Otherwise, the input on the mouse is all of. I.e actual pointer is a few mm up and left from where the pointer actually is. help!!
drmoth 5 August 2018 at 11:19 pm UTC
pb
Leopard
pbI'm still waiting to be able to play RotTR on SteamOS non-beta. Maybe in 3.0...

Why?

You can play with that update?

Drivers are very up-to-date , kernel is also ok. Even LLVM is in a good shape.

I'm on stable, last time I tried the game said my gfx was not supported. I think stable steamos still doesn't ship vulkan for nvidia.

I'm on SteamOS 2.154 non-beta and I got into the game. I had trouble getting past the Feral Launcher, the GUI dialog boxes were not responding to keyboard and mouse input. But you can modify the Feral preferences in desktop mode to disable the launcher and the checks it makes. I'm playing on the Nvidia 387 drivers (GTX1070) and I can play RotR on pretty much max settings with minimum AA. Feral support said those drivers will render correctly but might crash...I haven't had any crashes yet.

I may have installed the vulkan drivers via the command-line....it's something simple like sudo apt-get install nvidia-vulkan or something like that.

Anyway, this latest update will fix all of that...very excited.
cprn 6 August 2018 at 7:14 am UTC
Unrelated but happy cake day! @Liam
axredneck 6 August 2018 at 9:15 pm UTC
Raven... Ubuntu 18.04 ...
Looks like a bug of window manager. Do you use Wayland or X ?
edit: Also you can try Xubuntu/Lubuntu/Kubuntu 18.04.


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