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For those people complaining about steam not letting you download while you play

#1arleasPosted 11/6/2013 12:58:12 PM
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The beta now allows you to set it on a per game basis...I'm assuming this is because someone will stupidly set something like Team fortress 2 to download updates while they play and then complain because they got lag while they were in a scrim or something.

http://i.imgur.com/9BAHO3m.png

So if you're one of those people who were upset that you have to alt-tab out and resume a download, this steam beta is for you.
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#2arleas(Topic Creator)Posted 11/6/2013 2:15:32 PM
I just noticed too: You can limit the times it updates, so I guess this is for people who have strange restrictions on downloading (like downloading in off-peak times is not capped or something like that).

http://i.imgur.com/1wi70qT.jpg
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#3KillerTrufflePosted 11/6/2013 2:33:03 PM
Better download management has been something I've wished for for a long time. Bout time they started doing something about it. Now I just wish they'd add remote download control to the Android app so I don't always have to jump over to the website to start a download at home.
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#4josh_bazzellPosted 11/6/2013 4:16:24 PM
I just alt tab and start the download again through steam. Then go back to game, everything is fine
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#5KillerTrufflePosted 11/6/2013 4:17:48 PM
josh_bazzell posted...
I just alt tab and start the download again through steam. Then go back to game, everything is fine


And that works fine for games that don't panic and crash when you tab out. There *are* games that don't like to be tabbed out, leaving you no other option.

Plus, alt+tab was always a workaround, and shouldn't have been necessary.
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#6PraetorXynPosted 11/6/2013 4:34:04 PM
arleas posted...
I just noticed too: You can limit the times it updates, so I guess this is for people who have strange restrictions on downloading (like downloading in off-peak times is not capped or something like that).

http://i.imgur.com/1wi70qT.jpg


I'm one of those people. Seems like that only works for auto updates though.

The solution I use is to have a Windows Task to restart the machine via PowerShell at 7:59 AM, and I just enable that task when I download overnight.
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#7josh_bazzellPosted 11/7/2013 5:39:24 PM
KillerTruffle posted...
josh_bazzell posted...
I just alt tab and start the download again through steam. Then go back to game, everything is fine


And that works fine for games that don't panic and crash when you tab out. There *are* games that don't like to be tabbed out, leaving you no other option.

Plus, alt+tab was always a workaround, and shouldn't have been necessary.


I guess I have been lucky on the alt tab bit, never ran into any games through steam that have that problem (OTHER games I have though). Yeah, it is a workaround, but one that I can deal with. I think it does that so you dont have problems with online games and lag and all that.
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#8KillerTrufflePosted 11/7/2013 5:45:05 PM(edited)
josh_bazzell posted...
KillerTruffle posted...
josh_bazzell posted...
I just alt tab and start the download again through steam. Then go back to game, everything is fine


And that works fine for games that don't panic and crash when you tab out. There *are* games that don't like to be tabbed out, leaving you no other option.

Plus, alt+tab was always a workaround, and shouldn't have been necessary.


I guess I have been lucky on the alt tab bit, never ran into any games through steam that have that problem (OTHER games I have though). Yeah, it is a workaround, but one that I can deal with. I think it does that so you dont have problems with online games and lag and all that.


Yeah, I understand the reason behind the automatic pause, but it really should be user selectable prior to running a game. Which is why I'm so glad they're finally adding that feature... it's long overdue.
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#9arleas(Topic Creator)Posted 11/7/2013 9:41:24 PM
From: KillerTruffle | #008
Which is why I'm so glad they're finally adding that feature... it's long overdue.


I guess the bad news is that it's a "per game" setting, so that means if you have a huge game library you're going to be busy for a while.

I've actually thought it would be nice if you could just highlight a bunch of games and apply a setting to them all as a group, especially when it comes to tagging them for certain categories... I've got 600+ games, and it's really tiring to go through each one separately and say "this goes in the RPG category, this one goes to RTS, this one goes to games that suck..." etc.

As for the alt tab thing: I never had much trouble with it either, but I found that a lot of my problems were due to lack of RAM + page file + slow hard drive. As I added more RAM and changed the location of my page file, it stopped giving me as much hassle when I alt tabbed.
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#10KillerTrufflePosted 11/8/2013 10:06:40 AM
I know the alt+tab issue isn't due to RAM or slow hard drive or anything. And for the most part, most games do work fine. There are just a handful - they're often older titles - that just flip out when you alt+tab, and just don't want to let the game back up on screen. I think even Supreme Commander is one of them, although I'm not sure any more because I just don't alt+tab.

I *have* noticed that games that would usually crash due to alt+tab stay fine when you accidentally hit the Windows key in Windows 8. Windows 7, it pops up the Start menu and tabs you out of the game, which caused problems. In Windows 8, it seems to just open the Metro overlay while your game keeps running on the desktop, and switching back to desktop goes back to the game like nothing happened.
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