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If your Steam apps (games, software…) download speed through the client is unusually slow, but browsing the Steam store and streaming videos is unaffected, installing a DNS cache program, such as dnsmasq can help .
If the Steam launcher refuses to start and you get an error saying: "Fatal Error: Steam needs to be online to update" while you are online, then there might be issues with name resolving.
First #Configure Pulse Audio and see if that resolves the issue.
If you do not have audio in the videos which play within the Steam client, it is possible that the ALSA libraries packaged with Steam are not working.
You can find out what libraries it requests by running .
Follow the directions for Pulse Audio#ALSA to make these games use Pulse Audio instead.
Please keep in mind that while your antivirus is turned off your computer is no longer protected against viruses, and browsing the web without the antivirus could potentially harm your computer.
Note: After trying each solution, close the game before trying the following one.
This error usually happens for games that were not updated recently when Steam runtime is disabled.
This error has been encountered with AYIM, Bastion and Monaco.
Run an antivirus check to ensure your computer is virus free. As this game is being updated via Steam, and as it cannot work without having Steam installed, it usually is installed in the Steam folder as this is the standard process. Keep in mind that having NO BACKGROUND APPLICATION TURNED ON and no browser opened as well as your antivirus turned off will help ensuring that there are no files that could get corrupted when installing/downloading the game or parts of it (this happens sometimes).