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Thread: Steam won't start in offline mode anymore..?

  1. #1
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2000
    Location: Chemistry

    Steam won't start in offline mode anymore..?

    I don't have an internet conenction for my laptop for the next coiuple of weeks, and thought I could get some mapping for dystopia done which I want to try, but steam is now refusing to start in offline mode.

    It pops up "Cannot find internet connection, do you want to start in offline mode?"

    Buttons are "Retry, Offline mode, quit."

    Which ever ones I click on it says "ERROR! Steam can't find an internet connection" and quits.

    Any ideas?

  2. #2
    Moderator
    Registered: Oct 2001
    Location: WARNING: NO REFUGE
    I'm fairly sure that offline mode only keeps working for something like thirty days; you need to log in again after that IIRC. Try logging in normally once (if you can), then re-starting it in offline mode.

  3. #3
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2000
    Location: Chemistry
    I was logged in fine this morning! Can't easily log in any more.

  4. #4
    There is no easy way around it. Your Steam ticket is yes, only valid for a certain time period. Next time you go online, log onto Steam and Exit. Not Log Off; Exit. Open your Steam folder (should be \program files\valve\steam) and make a copy of the file 'ClientRegistry.blob' - that is pretty much your offline ticket. Next time this shit happens to you, backup then replace the dud ClientRegistry.blob with the copy. But make a copy often, because Steam is a finicky fucker, and every now and then needs a fresh ClientRegistry.blob to get you 'back offline' again.

  5. #5
    is Best Pony
    Registered: Nov 2002
    Location: Drowning in my Steam Library
    And make sure the option to store account details on the computer is selected in the options.

  6. #6
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2000
    Location: Chemistry
    I have all the right options to start in offline mode as I have used offline mode before...its just not working now

    It tempts me with the option of clicking start in offline mode, then quits anyway.

    Bah.

  7. #7
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2000
    Location: Coca Cola, Sometimes a war!
    That has happened to me after updating Steam or one of the applications within. Did you interupt a download?
    "...culture, which we put on like an overcoat, is the collectivized consensus about what sort of neurotic behaviors are acceptable."
    Terence McKenna

  8. #8
    Member
    Registered: Dec 2001
    Location: Finland
    The thing that annoys me is that I only need to run Steam in offline mode if my internet connection dies... and obviously when that happens, I can't set Steam up for offline mode until the connection comes back up.

    Hmm. I wonder...

    How about a bat file that copies the .blob file every time you start Steam? That'd keep the file always up to date, no?

    Code:
    @echo off
    f:
    cd \games\Steam
    copy ClientRegistry.blob OFFLINE_ClientRegistry.blob
    Steam.exe
    Last edited by Deep Qantas; 18th Sep 2005 at 09:51.

  9. #9
    Member
    Registered: Oct 2003
    Location: Off the TTLG bus
    Quote Originally Posted by d0om
    Any ideas?
    Use the crack? Return the game? Play something else?

    What kind of "idea" is it that you are looking for, specifically?

  10. #10
    I would avoid the crack. Do you really want to run the risk of losing your steam account?

  11. #11
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2000
    Location: Chemistry
    Hmm I think the problem might have been an interupted download. Its working now (I managed to get computer connected to the net and after that it was behaving)

  12. #12
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2004
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    You can always try verifying it and other downloads as well. It tends to fix anything that went humbuggery before.

  13. #13
    Member
    Registered: Apr 1999
    Location: Fatteh's laundry basket.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gundato
    I would avoid the crack. Do you really want to run the risk of losing your steam account?
    You mean the account that doesn't enable you to play the game anyway?

  14. #14
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2003
    Location: Glasgow, Scotland
    Quote Originally Posted by Vernon
    There is no easy way around it. Your Steam ticket is yes, only valid for a certain time period. Next time you go online, log onto Steam and Exit. Not Log Off; Exit. Open your Steam folder (should be \program files\valve\steam) and make a copy of the file 'ClientRegistry.blob' - that is pretty much your offline ticket. Next time this shit happens to you, backup then replace the dud ClientRegistry.blob with the copy. But make a copy often, because Steam is a finicky fucker, and every now and then needs a fresh ClientRegistry.blob to get you 'back offline' again.
    How intuitive! Steam rocks!

  15. #15
    BANNED
    Registered: Jul 2003
    Location: australia
    Agreed, steam and valve totally kick ass, DOWN WITH ID AND THAT REPETITIVE DOOMED 3 GAEM ! 111 HALF LIFE !! HALF LIFE !! !11

  16. #16
    BR796164
    Registered: Dec 2000
    Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
    I don't want to be DOOMed to spend the rest of my time in HALF LIFE.
    I've been QUAKEd enough while living in UNREALity.

  17. #17
    Get your coat

  18. #18
    isn't it

  19. #19
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2002
    Location: Ohio
    wut :?

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