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Looking for a Steam Fix

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tkasp12 Monday 6 February 2023 at 11:49

Hi all, I have successfully run Steam on playonmac for quite some time now using the -no-browser argument. Steam has now removed arguments that allowed me to use it, including -no-browser, and -no react login. They pushed a stable update on everyone that loads a fancy new login UI. Through play on mac it launches only as a black box. I have looked everywhere for fixes ranging from installing an old steam client and preventing updates, to editing files to kill steamwebhelper.exe. I cannot find any arguments command lines to help, so my next best try is to write a script that kills steam web helper?  Something like this .cmd that someone has posted as a fix, but i have no idea how to make it a script for PoM.

 rename .\bin\cef\cef.win7x64\steamwebhelper.exe2 steamwebhelper.exe rename .\steamerrorreporter.exe2 steamerrorreporter.exe rename .\steamerrorreporter64.exe2 steamerrorreporter64.exe START "" /B steam.exe +open steam://open/minigameslist :search tasklist|find "steamwebhelper.exe" IF %ERRORLEVEL% == 0 GOTO :found TIMEOUT /T 10 GOTO :search :found rename .\bin\cef\cef.win7x64\steamwebhelper.exe steamwebhelper.exe2 rename .\steamerrorreporter.exe steamerrorreporter.exe2 rename .\steamerrorreporter64.exe steamerrorreporter64.exe2 taskkill /f /im steamwebhelper.exe del .\bin\cef\cef.win7x64\steamwebhelper.exe del .\steamerrorreporter.exe del .\steamerrorreporter64.exe

I am running Mac 10.13.6, with PlayonMac 4.3.3, using wine 3.17, and using Windows 8.1 as the platform. I know there are new versions, but it has worked just fine for me to play Age of Empires on Steam. Has anyone found any solution for this yet?


tkasp12 Monday 6 February 2023 at 12:03

My next attempt might be to download the previous working steam client, and replace it in PlayonMac's Steam root directory. Will this work? Can I download these files on a Mac though?


1. unpack all archives files to "old_client" folder (use 7-zip manager, select all files and unpack with "absolute pathnames" path mode
2. then delete folders from root steam folder (only these):
3. copy all files from old_client folder with replace all files to root steam folder
4. create in root steam folder file steam.cfg with string (to block updates):
5. start steam as before with commands -no-browser -noreactlogin