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Can I play the same game on Steam from a different pc?

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  1. Black Panther

    Black Panther Senior Moderator™ Staff Member

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    I'm new to steam, installed it to play Dirt2.

    Now on the steam site I found
    Does that mean I can install steam also on the laptop, and play the same Dirt2 with the same cd key?
    Looks kinda too good to be true?
     
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    yes. you can do it.

    The catch is that both machines cant be running that account at the same time - so signing in on the laptop signs you out of the desktop, and vice versa.
     
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    FordGT90Concept "I go fast!1!11!1!"

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    Dirt 2 doesn't require Steam to run even if it was obtained through Steam (I downloaded it on XP, copied the dirt2 directory to my server, formatted the XP machine, installed Windows 7 x64, copied the files back, and played it). Just copy the "dirt2" directory and run the dirt2.exe.

    Note, you might need DirectX redistributable installer as well as Visual Studio C++ Runtime (either 2005 or 2008). Steam usually installs those but you can get them from Microsoft and its all the same.
     
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    I play at home and at work on my Steam account. Real helpful through really slow shifts. :p
     
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    naughty, naughty.........:wtf: j/k
     
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    Black Panther Senior Moderator™ Staff Member

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    This sounds stupid but I can't find a Dirt2 directory on my desktop? :wtf:
     
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    steam/steamapps/common
     
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    Black Panther Senior Moderator™ Staff Member

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    Thanks Ford and Mussels. I'll copy the directory on pendrive - it's much faster than redownloading!
     
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    You can also right click and use the backup game files to make a compressed install folder to put on a usb drive, and it then you just have to run it to have it install on the laptop. It compresses the files quite a bit, even large (10+ Gb) games can fit on a single dvd+-r.
     
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    Another thing you can do to get a home networked LAN game though is run in offline mode and then you can run multiple computers for LAN. COD 4 is great. No lag and you get to kick the crap out of your buddies. MW2 will not allow this of course because they are Communists : ) I have 3 hook up this way and it is a blast, if you can get the people together any way. Every one wants to play console now :mad:
     
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    i've done that many times, but i find the valve games in particular (HL2, L4D etc) like to ping the net, and then disconnect one of your accounts. If you do that, you have to have NO internet connection (disconnect WAN cable from router)
     
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    i used to do this with mw2, 12gb game that would normally take me about 8-10 hours to install takes like 30 minutes when you do it this way. :pimp:
     
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    i dont even bother with that, i have my steam install on a seperate drive, so i dont even need to reinstall... hell, you can literally copy-paste the entire steam folder between machines if you want.
     
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    Black Panther Senior Moderator™ Staff Member

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    The above method worked, but I still can't get my save games when I try to play Dirt2 on the laptop.

    I have copied the C:\Users\Windows\Documents\My Games\DiRT2 folder which seems to contain the saves inside - but probably there's something else I need to do and I'm missing that out.
    Perhaps something of GFWL?
     
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    tried looking in the appdata folder?

    (google where to find it, its a hidden folder)
     

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