View Full Version : OT: Steam woes

11-18-2004, 11:25 AM
I got the free offer from ATi for Half-Life 2 and am unable to download or even find out how to download it due to busy servers, dud links, and most of all because of a misbegotten program called 'steam'.

Does anyone know if I have to open ports on my firewall to download HL2?

Does anyone know how to register my ATi activation code to my steam account?

Anyone else having fun with this miserable piece of junk?


11-18-2004, 11:46 AM
The game itself rocks, but this steam crud, ehh. .yeaaah..

I wouldn't be surprised if the servers are just too busy for everyone who wants the game to download. There was a server crash in Europe as well, don't know if that has been fixed yet, if it hasn't that means more load on the other servers.

You shouldn't need to open any ports for Steam to run, unless you have an unusual setup.

You might try ATi's site for the code registration, just a guess...

Otherwise, the best I can suggest is to keep trying to get on to steam, or wait a little for the rush to die down.

11-18-2004, 11:54 AM
ATi's link on how to register your code is broken.

You couldn't make it up http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

11-18-2004, 12:08 PM
Yeah I got a free copy of HL2 from ATI, and the CD key I need to use is 'already in use'. And nobody anywhere will answer any emails or queries regarding the matter. Seems it's a widespread problem. They either printed duplicate CD keys or CD key generators are using up the free copy keys (from what I've been told).

Good luck downloading it! I gave up it's been 3 months. Can't even post about the matter on their forums cuz they've banned the topic due to every single person complaining about it.

11-18-2004, 12:20 PM
Not the old 'CD Key Already in use' problem!

They had that problem with the key generators with Half-life http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

TgD Thunderbolt56
11-18-2004, 12:26 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Agamemnon22:
Otherwise, the best I can suggest is to keep trying to get on to steam, or wait a little for the rush to die down. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Just wait. The servers are bogged down right now.

11-18-2004, 12:43 PM
I've been waiting four years, another few days won't make any difference http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

11-18-2004, 09:23 PM
Well the key generator problem is back and bigger than ever. It's keeping me from getting my free copy that came with my video card, and is preventing people who just bought the game off the shelf from playing.

That's why I gave up. It's not worth the hassle and the gamble of buying a sealed box that may not work.

11-19-2004, 07:02 AM
First off:

Steam does require non-standard ports http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

From Steam FAQ:

"The following ports must be open in your firewall and router for Steam and Steam Games to work:

UDP 1200 (used for friends service)
UDP 27000 to 27015 inclusive
TCP 27030 to 27039 inclusive

Computers running Dedicated Servers need these ports open:

UDP: 27015 and 27020 (default HLDS, SRCDS and HLTV port)
TCP: 27015 (SRCDS Rcon port)

If your server uses a different hostport then you will need to adjust the above accordingly.

For help on port forwarding for your Router, please consult this excellent website: http://www.portforward.com.

For assistance with your Firewall you will need to go to the support site for your particular Firewall. Windows XP SP1 firewall does not require any specific configuration changes for Steam to work."


'CD in Use' I'm afraid that if you didn't register it in time you may be out of luck, Valve\Vivendi do have answers on the FAQ pages Here (http://steampowered.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/steampowered.cfg/php/enduser/entry.php)

It has taken me nearly 4 days (as in 24Hr days http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif) to download it so far. But then I am on a 64K ISDN line. Patience is something I learnt over a period of time http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

The servers have been bogged, and Valve\Vivendi have been very busy.

11-19-2004, 07:29 AM
I purchased HL2 from a shop (god forbid) and despite having the cd (sorry DVD) in my grubby paws and the code on the machine I had to wait for about 4 hours before I could get steam to accept me and then being able to play it, this is after being sat at work with it burning a hole in my bag !

And the igmany was it still had to download a few small patches once it had logged on !!

It is worth it though !

11-19-2004, 07:55 AM
takes a hour to setup, if u went to shop and bought it :|

can u even play it if your machine is entirely a offwhine pc?

11-19-2004, 08:01 AM
I've got a hardware firewall and I caaan't believe you have to let steam molest your PC to play HL2 offline.

11-19-2004, 08:05 AM
You need an internet connection to install it ! It basically dumps everything encrypted to your drive and then when you log on to steam it decrypts everything so even if you are only ever going to play it offline and never use counter strike (not sure why you would but ...) you still need an internet connection.

It was a big pile of 'steam'ing rubbish (see what I did there !) as I resisted the urge to rip the ADSL connection out of the wall and dictate the ones and zeros down the line !

11-30-2004, 06:54 AM
Huh, now I know games of which developer I will never purchase.