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For some reason, when I powered my computer up and opened the Steam browser, it was in offline mode. I didn't see it, so I opened Garry's Mod, and when I connected to a server, after about 10 seconds it said that it couldn't connect to VAC servers.

Can anyone help me resolve this issue?

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    I've had that one too, but to fix it I just clicked restart in online mode, and that basicaly fixed it. – Lyrion Jun 17 '13 at 13:32
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    Have you had this problem only once (which is what your question makes it sound like), or have you had this happen often? – SevenSidedDie Jun 17 '13 at 17:28
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This happens to me every time I restart because (due to my SSD) Steam starts up faster than my computer can connect to my wireless network.

You can tell you're in offline mode because the steam-icon in the tray will be red.

Steam Tray icon showing offline              Steam tray icon showing online

To get back to online mode, you open Steam --> click the "Steam" menu in the upper-left --> "Go Online..."

Steam menu showing "Go Online..."


Of course, the real solution to my problem would be to make the wireless connect faster. I've heard success stories from people doing this by updating their wireless-NIC drivers; unfortunately, that did not work for me.

  • A possible workaround to your problem is to make Steam not start on startup, and just start it manually as needed – Robotnik Aug 6 '13 at 23:30
  • You may also consider checking out Soluto. It allows you to mark applications to delay launching so that system startup can finish faster. It does do a potentially scary amount of low-level integration with systems though, but the company seems reputable enough. I've had it installed for a few months and have been happy with it. – Dave McClelland Aug 7 '13 at 11:54
  • @DaveMcClelland: As you can see from my tray icons, I am already using Soluto :) – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Aug 7 '13 at 15:59
  • @BlueRaja-DannyPflughoeft Ha, you're right. My brain often fails me in the morning – Dave McClelland Aug 7 '13 at 16:25
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Open up your Steam window. In the top-left there is a button called "Steam". Click that, and then click "Go Online". Wait a few seconds, and Steam should be running in online mode.

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