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Installing Steam Using Wine

by jon last modified Jan 30, 2008 03:46 AM
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This howto covers Installing Steam onto your Fedora using Wine.

Installing Wine

This howto assumes you have not Installed wine. If you have already installed wine, you may skip this section.

Step 1. Install Wine

Use yum to Install wine:
yum install wine wine-tools

Setup Wine for Use w/Steam

To be able to use steam with wine you need to Install the tahoma.ttf font. Additionally, you must download and Install the Mozilla ActiveX control from TransGaming.

Step 1. Install Needed Font

The tahoma.ttf font is not included in the Microsoft core fonts package. To get the font, google for "filetype:ttf inurl:tahoma", download it and put it into your ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/fonts directory.

Step 2. Install TransGaming ActiveX Control

The TransGaming ActiveX Control is used because it includes one native dll necessary to Steam operation. Other Mozilla ActiveX controls (for example the one downloaded automatically by wine or from may not work, so make sure you have deleted these before installing the one from Transgaming. Install the ActiveX control with the following:

cd ~/.wine/c_drive/Program\ Files/
tar -zxvf mozcontrol.tgz && rm mozcontrol.tgz
cd mozcontrol/ && wine regsvr32 mozctlx.dll

Install Steam

At this point you are ready to Install steam. Fedora should know to use wine for .exe files thus you should be able to download the run the steam Installer with just a double click. Another option is to do the Install from the terminal. Install from the terminal with the following:

wine msiexec /i SteamInstall.msi

Performance Issues

If you know Steam is working, you could try to speed it up by running Steam.exe with the following options:

WINEDEBUG="-all" wine Steam.exe

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