Steam don’t download anything. (Review)
Topic today will be about the most annoying thing I can think of: Steam’s download servers appear to be having I don’t know how widespread or for how long, but there’s something weird going on.
Some people have an issue with the new bundle. It can’t be installed any of them, nor can be download anything else or update anything. It just shows ”An error occurred while installing (game) (UNKNOWN ERROR)”.
Or other users’ needs more space to hold all of Steam games, the 2TB is working fine and can be download. However, the 500GB is causing issues when downloading from Steam. Despite having absolutely nothing on the HDD, it claims that they have no space left (0MB).
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How to fix:
First of all, try adding more games to the download queue. I won’t pretend to know Valve’s server infrastructure, but according to a few forum posts you can trick the service into downloading the rest of the game by adding more games to the backlog. One user recommends adding a free game like Dota 2 or Team Fortress 2 to your queue if you don’t own a second game on your account.
The other, more commonly-suggested fix is to swap your Steam Region. As far as anyone can tell, it’s only some of the servers in the United States having problems currently. If you go under the Steam menu to Settings, then Download settings, you should be able to switch to a more exotic locale. For instance, I am currently downloading the rest of Tesla Effect from Sweden.
Here are some steps to help troubleshoot your issue both on PC and MAC.
a. If you are running Steam on a PC:
Please exit Steam and go to the folder called C:ProgramFilesSteam (this is the default location for a Steam installation – if you set a different installation directory, you will need to browse to it).
Delete all of the files in this folder except The Steamapps folder and Steam.exe (this file is listed as an application and features the black and white Steam logo). Then restart your computer. Next, launch Steam.exe from within the Steam installation folder, and not from a pre-existing shortcut.With Steam running, re-test the original issue. Please take note that this process will not affect your currently installed games. If the issue persists, make sure your network is optimized for Steam.
b. If you are running Steam on a MAC:
Please exit Steam and go to the folder Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Steam, delete all of the files in this folder except for Steam Apps. Choose to restart your computer.
Launch Steam and re-test the issue. Note that this process will not affect your currently installed games. If you are using Lion please do the following to enable your Library folder: open Terminal, type chflagsnohidden ~/Library then close Terminal. You should see the Library folder available through the Go menu on the menu bar while holding down the option key.If the issue persists, make sure your network is optimized for Steam.
Basically, the downloads get stuck in a pause-unpause loop, where no data is ever downloaded. The downloads just keep starting and stopping. I had my Tesla Effectdownload sitting at 13.5GB, and then it refused to budge.Luckily, above are the things that you can try!