Ubuntu – Steam won’t launch on Ubuntu 18.04


I know this question has been asked (and answered) multiple times, but I've tried all of the "solutions" suggested elsewhere, and none of them work. Steam is the only app that I can't get working.

$ steam 
ILocalize::AddFile() failed to load file "public/steambootstrapper_english.txt".
[2019-04-17 13:41:28] Startup - updater built Nov 23 2016 01:05:42
libGL error: No matching fbConfigs or visuals found
libGL error: failed to load driver: swrast
SteamUpdateUI: An X Error occurred
X Error of failed request:  BadValue (integer parameter out of range for operation)

I have the NVidia 410 drivers installed. Does anyone have any other ideas? I've tried the following:

  1. Removed ~/.steam and ~/.local/share/Steam/
  2. Removing and installing Steam from both Ubuntu and steampowered.com
  3. Installing all sorts of i386 packages
  4. The instructions on this page: https://linuxconfig.org/how-to-install-steam-on-ubuntu-18-04-bionic-beaver-linux

Best Answer

I have had a similar issue (not identical though). I had to remove both steam and my Nvidia drivers. Rebooted.

I then reinstalled my Nvidia drivers with sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall, rebooted, and then installed Steam.