SteamOS! it’s (sort of) here! I’m a little bit late getting this guide out but better late than never! Right? Anyway before I get stuck into this I am going to be assuming a couple of basic things:
- You already knows how to use VirtualBox, or are sufficiently familiar with virtualization to work it out.
- You know how to create an ISO file with something like IsoCreator.
- You have downloaded SteamOSInstaller.zip from the steam repo
With that out of the way, let’s get started.
Part 1. Configuring the VM
Step 1. Fire up VirtualBox and create a new Debian x64 VM with at least 15 GB of disk space.
Step 2. In the Virtual Machine settings set the memory to 4 GB and tick the “Enable EFI” box on the System tab.
Step 3. On the display tab crank the video memory to 128 MB and tick the “Enable 3D Acceleration” box
Step 4. If you haven’t already, create an ISO of the contents of the SteamOSInstaller.zip file. Then on the Storage settings tab of your virtual machine select the ISO as the inserted media in your CD/DVD drive.
Step 5. On the Network tab change the “Attached to:” field on your network adapter to “Bridged Adapter”. Now save and close your settings.
Part 2. Install SteamOS
Step 1. Time to turn on the VM! If you have done it correctly it should boot into the UEFI shell. Type the following command into the prompt to start the SteamOS installer: FS0:EFIBOOTBOOTX640
Step 2. Select the Automated Install option
Step 3. Get a cup of coffee and a snack.
Step 4. Click the continue button, you do not have to remove the media like it says.
Step 5. When it reboots it will take you to the grub prompt and give you two options, select the recovery mode option.
Step 6. Once it gets to the below screen, change the selected CD/DVD media to the virtual box guest additions (Devices > Insert guest additions CD image…)
Step 7. Type ls /dev/disk/by-id/ to get the id of your virtual box CD Rom. Then type mkdir vbox followed by mount /dev/disk/by-id/ata-VBOX_CD_ROM_
Step 8. Next time you reach the below screen, select the non-recovery mode option.
Part 3. Welcome to SteamOS!
Step 1. Almost done! Type in the username and password “desktop”. Once logged in you will see a pretty standard GNOME interface with a couple of steam related icons and ye olde file browser. First thing you are going to want to do is open up a command prompt and reboot again. If you click the steam icons they won’t work yet 🙁
Step 2. Once at the login screen again type in the username and password “steamos”, once at the desktop you should be able to start steam this time.
That’s more or less all there is to getting it running. This is going to be my last article for the year and I’ll be returning again around the end of January… most likely with a complete version of the Netapp cluster mode monitoring script, so have a great holidays and I look forward to another year of sharing my tinkering with you!comments powered by Disqus