Fix: Steam Stuck on Preparing to Launch If the issue is with your Computer or a Laptop you should try using Reimage Plus which can scan the repositories and replace corrupt and missing files. This works in most cases, where the issue is originated due to a system corruption.

(From @lectrode at #4660 (comment))

Been having this issue for the past few months (same error messages and symptoms). I've tried everything from verifying files to fresh installing on a completely new computer and re-downloading all my games. The games experiencing the issue that I know of are CS:GO and Dota. Tested on both latest stable and latest beta versions of Steam for linux.

I'm using Btrfs for the main system partition. The games are stored on a larger hard drive formatted to NTFS. This setup was working fine until a few months ago (and still does for the rest of the games). Both hard drives are the standard mechanical ones, not SSD.

I did find something that seems fairly interesting: it fails when the NTFS hard drive is connected via SATA. If I connect the same hard drive via USB as an external device (through a SATA to USB adapter), it works without issue.

(There is nothing physically wrong with the SATA connections. As stated above I tried fresh installing everything on a new computer and had the same results)

(If you're wondering why I'm using NTFS instead of much better filesystems, its because this is usually part of a dual boot system and both the Windows games and Linux games are/will be stored on it)


Kernel: 4.4.41-1-MANJARO
Steam: Built: Jan 19 2017 1:23:02; API: v017; package versions: 1484790260


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Cant Download Game Scanning For Steam Updates Windows 10

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Had I known that Black Ops had to played via Steam, I would never have bought it and just have got a pirate copy instead....but too late for that now.
I understand an update has been released for this game but I cannot work out how the hell I am meant to update it via Steam. I also cant find a physical download anywhere on net.
So wot do I do?