On Windows 8 when steam is up and your trying to play music with the default Music application it sounds fine until you switch to desktop view and then it becomes faded. Right click on your default audio device (repeat on whichever audio devices you use) 4. Click apply --Kickme22 , 10 January 2013 (PST) Certain games like Gish launch with black tiled artifacts that overlay the Steam interface. It can only be accessed by moving windows out of the way and clicking on Steam, or by switching to it using Alt Tab. Whenever I start TF2, I can load it up fine, but going into a server crashes with a "you ran out of OS paged pool memory". I'm basically only typing this for people who are researching a solution on google.But when you exit out of steam the sound immediately returns to the normal volume. Eufloria crashes shortly after launching, along with the artifacts. After switching to the Steam window, the Steam icon reappears in the taskbar. -_-; Vael Victus , (PST) In Steam, there is a feature where you can click and hold a link in the client, drag the mouse to a browser, release, and the link will open in the browser, instead of the client.The only way I have found to get it back is to hold shift. Bring active focus to another window (Chrome in particular is the biggest offender) 5. The icon will not be raised and highlighted as it should be. Minimizing other applications (Chrome in particular), and then clicking the Steam window to make it active will then fix the issue temporarily.It appears while I am holding shift then disappears again when I let go. Uncheck Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device 7. On Windows 7, when launching Steam or opening the Steam window from the Steam shortcut with a window already focused, Steam does not automatically focus and does not appear in the taskbar. While still focused on another window, click the Steam icon on the windows start bar (not the icon in the tray). After doing this Steam will minimize and place itself above other windows correctly until it has been exited using the exit button again. I've uninstalled AVG completely and I shut off Xfire, the overlay, pretty much anything that could do it. Vael Victus , (PST) Not that things seem to be cared about around here, but I just tried it, and it seems that it's MOSTLY just when I use the server browser to enter the game.However, if the pointer change goes unnoticed, and the next click is in a browser, the page that was clicked on will be redirected to the link that was previously clicked.This is likely an issue caused by lag, making the single click appear to the Steam client as a click and hold.In windows 8, when I am trying in the menu of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition, I press shift tab (I think that is called the steam overlay).
This can be fixed by clicking inside of the Steam client.
I know this, as I can play the game just fine, if I manage to click on the start game button trying to guess where the cursor might be.
This is difficult, as induction is required by observing highlighted buttons where the mouse hovers over.
This happens every now and then and was frustrating when trying to figure out what was causing the problem. I first observed the error in Half-Life after installing Paranormal Beta, which runs on SDK 2007 and launches through Steam. On my dual-boot, Half-Life launched normally in Windows XP, then ran normally again in Windows 7 afterwards. When using this feature, the mouse pointer gains a small, black arrow.
As far as I know this isn't a very well known problem and hope for it to be resolved, for I don't want to have to keep closing steam. This did not work with Gish or Eufloria, though they run normally in XP. Start Steam (make sure to actually restart the app) 2. However, quite often this feature will activate with a single click.