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Can't launch Thief 2 on Steam because of resolution change

I recently bought Thief 2: The Metal Age on Steam, and was messing around with the settings. I changed the resolution to a different one than the default and tried to restart the game so the change ...
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Is there any way to hide your Steam status from others?

Is there any way to prevent others from seeing your Steam status without removing them as a friend? For example: If I want to play Borderlands 2 without letting some friends know, is there any way to ...
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Yesterday, I earned the 11 years of service badge and didnt level up

I've been on steam since Jan 21 of 2004. I have 112 XP left to reach level 11 (out of a total of 200). With 11 years, I earned 550 XP, which should be enough for both what I have left on level 10, ...
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Is DSCfix still needed/useful for multiplayer now that the game uses steamworks?

The Steam version of Dark Souls has finally been upgraded to use steamworks. Praise The Sun! What kind of mods are required to get multiplayer to work? So far, I only have DSfix installed and working ...
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Steam Game Launch Takes long time

What ever Game I launch from Steam it shows up the dialog Preparing to launch and it gets stuck some times or takes hell lot of time. It wasnt happening previously ! Is there a fix for this ?
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Bought game on Steam, but it's not in my Library

I bought a game on my dad's chrome book yesterday on steam and it told me to check my library for the games I bought, but they are not showing up. Do I have to buy them again? Or is there a way to ...
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How to enable 60 fps in Alice Madness Returns?

I heard that the PC version of the game is locked by default on 30 fps (max). But there is a way to unlock that flaw. However, I didn't find a proper instructions for that anywhere I've looked. Is it ...
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What are the risks of using Steam Gift Trades?

I got an offer from a stranger to trade a CS:GO weapon skin for a game (Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare). What are the risks with this trade? Can he request his game back? Could this game be ...
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Are historic Steam playtime stats available?

I know that Steam tracks certain stats related to the amount of time I've played games in my library. The stats that I'm aware of are: Time of my current session Time spent playing a game over the ...
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How can a game have both Full and Partial Controller suport?

When looking at the game Scourge: Outbreak I noticed that it features both "Partial Controller Support" and "Full controller support". At first I thought maybe if a game has full support, it must ...
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How to automatically heartbeat a TF2 listen server?

I am running a listen server from time to time to play with friends, i get annoyed that in order for the server to be lsited on the internet i have to manually "map " in the console. Is there a way to ...
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Install Steam and most games in one large HDD but some popular games on a separate SSD

I have a 1 TB HDD and a 120 GB SSD. On the HDD I have all my data along with Steam and—currently—all my games. On the SSD I have Windows 7 and programs, but there's 50 GB of unused space that I wish ...
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How do you force Steam to use a different account for each Windows user account on the same machine?

I just built a PC because my son wants to play PC games. I installed Windows 7, and created 2 user accounts, one for each of us. Within my Windows user account I installed Steam, and downloaded some ...
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What determines how many gems a game's backgrounds, emotions, and cards will give?

Backgrounds and emoticons for a particular game on Steam are all worth the same number of gems, as are its cards. What determines how many gems a game's community items and cards are worth?
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Can I transfer games from my friends steam account to mine? [duplicate]

I bought Garry's Mod, and it's currently a 2 gb download. I have poor wifi, so I want to know if I can transfer Gmod from my friend's account to mine. He has Gmod on Steam as well. Is it possible with ...
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Transfer steam without games

I want to transfer the steam app from my pc to HD, then to another pc. is it possible since my profile is saved to it?
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What advantages do I gain from playing a game through Steam?

As the title states, what are the advantages to having a game on your Steam account versus having the game outside of Steam (especially for MMORPG games)? Take Rift for example. Rift recently became ...
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How to add a command line argument to a steam game?

I have Vampire Bloodlines, and it doesn't start by executing the "vampire.exe" file. Can't find Steam I would like to add a -window argument to it, to start in the windowed mode, but the only ...
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Town of Salem Steam Download Corrupted

I downloaded Town of Salem on Steam today and once it finished downloading I opened it and it said "Adobe AIR The installation of this application is damaged. Try re-installing or contacting the ...
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Is it possible to see the PP and BP of an opponent without fighting him?

When you play against an opponent you see their PP and BP. You can also show the PP in the lobby by selecting the menu point. Can I somehow see the BP and PP of my friends or somebody else I have ...
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Is there a way to move my Steam games to a new Xbox 360?

I recently got a new Xbox 360 and I was wondering if there is a way to move my Steam games (specifically Assassins Creed, Half-Life, Portal) to the Xbox hard drive. Perhaps I could redeem them for a ...
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How do I launch Sid Meiers Civilization 5 to play in offline mode?

I have just installed Civ 5 from Steam. Is it possible to play it offline (without connecting to the Internet?) If yes, How?
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why do I get messages from [Unassigned] and how do I remove them from my notifications?

I get these empty messages from a person called [unassigned] with no steam profile and I can't seem to remove the notification from steam. Is there any way to delete these?
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Steam ID of Games: Fixed or Random?

So I'm creating a simple bat script to move Terraria Maps to a specific Dropbox Folder, and I've added a few more funcionalities than just moving the map from the Dropbox Folder to the PC folder and ...
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Steam/Tf2 crash

After the last Team Fortress 2 update, i can't exit steam, i can't play the game, i can't uninstall the game and it seams like my account is gone: when they ask for account information(username and ...
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Is it possible to put a Steam game onto a USB drive and have it work without a direct way to install Steam?

At my school programing class, our teacher encouraged us to gather other types of video game design software to allow us to make more complex games, instead of just the base Greenfoot and Bluejay ...
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Help with Steam game files [duplicate]

I got and installed Steam a few months ago in my system drive. And then I got a backup of Dota 2 and installed it. It was fine till a month ago before my lap top got broken. With passing problems and ...
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How do you change your Steam status, settings etc. from a shortcut?

I would like to use RocketDock to change things like my status and open things like the Friends window. I'm trying to create a Steambox of sorts with a heavily modified Windows 7 install, so I don't ...
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Settings changes not persisted after exiting and restarting Steam [closed]

I go onto Steam, open Settings, remove "Run Steam when my computer starts", and then exit. But then I come back, and none of the settings were changed. Please provide something I could do.
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How to downgrade game bought on steam?

I bought a game on steam (sins of a solar empire: rebellion) and I was using a mod for the game. Now all of a sudden I turn on the computer and start the game and it says that the game automatically ...
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Can't log in due to Steam Guard and an inactive email account, what now?

I am unable to log into my Steam account as I do not have access to my email account for the Steam Guard verification process. I have raised a ticket but have not received a reply from Steam Support ...
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Download Portal 2 authoring tools without Portal 2 installed

Is it possible to install the Portal 2 authoring tools without Portal 2 installed. Otherwise, would it be fool steam into thinking I have? The reason I'm asking is that I have Portal 2 installed for ...
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How to read Steam play time hours when they are in decimal format?

In Steam the play time of a person is displayed in a decimal formatted number such as 0.5 hours or 21.9 hours. what is the significance of the number after the decimal point? And how should these ...
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What is this message when somebody wants to send gift money with my item?

I received the following message on Steam: Steam Guard: Your account will be credited the amount of $25..00 USD, it will be available after the exchange. If you refuse the exchange amount will ...
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How does game trade work?

I have spare copies of some games bought in various past 4-pack offers. How can I trade one of them with another user? If I click an item I don't see any Trade button, but only gift.
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Is there a way to view controller support from my Library?

Some Steam games offer full controller support, some offer only partial support, and some do not offer any support. What I want is a quick way to tell which of the games in my Library have some form ...
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Do booster packs continue to drop once I crafted badge?

I've obtained all the "default" drops, got some booster later and finally crafted a badge. Will I continue to get more boosters for the SAME game that I already crafted badge for?
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How do I get Skyrim to redownload Dawnguard and the other DLC if I accidentally deleted it from the data files menu?

I've tried restarting many times and going on "View Downloadable Content" but I don't see an option to tell Skyrim to download it again.
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I need to delete and redownload a game on steam, but I'm scared it'll delete my save file

I need to redownload Skyrim, but I'm to sure how to delete is and I don't want it to delete my save files! How do I this?
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Way to play shared game that is in use in steam?

My brother just got me a new computer but he is always on so I can't play his steam shared games. Is there a way to play his games while he is playing a game too?
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How long does it take for the Steam activation key to activate?

I bought Grand Theft Auto Vice City for my Mac and it gave me an activation key to activate before the game can begin installation. I did this about an hour ago and I wanted to know approximately how ...
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Republic Commando (via steam) won't run properly

Wondering if anyone else has seen this. I just got Republic Commando on steam, and when I run it strange things happen. I get a black screen for a minute or two before the first splash video plays. ...
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Why are Steam's “hours played” numbers wrong for so many games?

For many games on my game list, the number of hours I am "on record" for playing are much less than I've actually played. My numbers for the game Altitude (bought in 2009, did most of my playing in ...
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Change the location of the Steam screenshots folder?

There's an option in the "In-Game" tab in the Steam settings menu to change the screenshot folder, but it doesn't seem to do anything? I took a screenshot after changing the location through the ...
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Why do I have to re-install my Civilization V?

I had Civilization V on C:/Program Files/Steam/SteamApps and I copied and pasted it from my laptop on to a new PC I bought. However when I installed Steam, it didn't register that Civilization was ...
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How can I force Steam to install Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 from disk, NOT from web?

I purchased Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as a retail disk, and when I install it from disk, Steam is attempting to download the complete game from the internet. I've 512 kbits/s (64 kBps) network, ...
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What can I do because of 'Duplicate Product Code' on Steam?

I've just created a new steam account and wanted to activate Half-Live there. Then I got this error message: When I click on 'Retrieve Account', nothing happens. I am quite sure that I have already ...
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Is it possible to easily collate recommended system requirements for all owned Steam games?

I'm looking at getting a laptop and wanted to make sure that most of my Steam games would be compatible. I know how to read hardware requirements but unfortunately I haven't found an easy way to get ...
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Show music not albums - Steam Music

Steam just rolled out a new update for all clients adding a few features and one of them being Steam Music. It adds functionality to listen to music from games (purchased as a extra DLC). My question ...
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Can I receive items on Steam for games I don't own?

I got a new account and want to receive items from my friend but I don't have any games. Is it possible to receive and sell items from, for example, CS:GO if I don't have CS:GO?