Yeah, that's what I mean. In other words, single player mode requires that you have been connected to the internet at least once to sign into steam, after which point you can sign out and be offline (and play as often as you like without an internet connection) at least until you shut down. When you start back up again, you'll have to log into steam again before you can go into offline mode.Raiden1803 said:Killershots : yeah iv been trying that, (unless im missunderstanding you. do you mean that you have to be signed in atleast once every time you start your computer, then disconnect and start it in offline mode?)
according to steams site you have to sign in first, make sure your games up to date, AND says its 100% ready for offline mode. restart steam, then while your offline start steam and tell it to start in offline mode.
That sucks. I was hoping there was a command line switch to do what I'm detailing below.wikipedia said:Privacy concerns have also been raised, as one needs to login and validate with Steam online at least once in order to play any Steam game. While there is an offline mode available, critics point out that it can only be accessed when not connected to the internet - there is still no command line parameter.
Yeah, windows doesnt block outgoing connections, just incoming.masque said:haven't heard from the guy w/ the problem. Wonder if its fixed.
That sucks. I was hoping there was a command line switch to do what I'm detailing below.
Basically, if you never intend to play online, set up Windows Firewall (or your router, whatever you use) to completely ban both the steam client exe and ports 1434 (apparently used for SQL servers), 27007, 27014, and 27035. These are the only ports steam uses when I logged it in and out (three times). That should keep you offline, even if steam complains that you have internet but no STEAM access. Also, since Steam uses ports 27005 and 27015 to connect to other games, LAN access should still work (didn't test this though).
edit: did some tests. Steam goes through windows firewall like butter, even when instructed to deny access to the steam exe, so if you want to do a PC side ban, you'll have to invest in a third party firewall.
Opps.. i really gotta remember my threads. :heh: :innocent:masque said:haven't heard from the guy w/ the problem. Wonder if its fixed.
Yeah actualy i read that post awhile ago, Yep i had to log in atleast once just to get offline mode working, after then i can start things in offline mode.. by the way, never ask valve support team anything.. their not real bright. threw the same auto response at me Twice before i finaly left them alone. oOKillershots said:Let me know if you actually test that and get it working. From my experience, even if you have no internet access at all (ie next to a pig farm in the middle of Germany many many miles from anything) steam will not allow you to play anything in single player mode. I tried hard and failed. Unless they changed the way steam operates over the last year (and they were adamant they wouldn't when I talked to them) that won't work.