I’ve posted about fighting to get a working Dawn of War 2 key and I’ve finally got one.
This is my first Steam install so please bare/bear with me.
My next problem is that I’ve installed the game from DVD and told the game that I do not want to automatically install updates. After launching it’s now telling me that it wants to download something for 5 1/2 hours but it’s not telling me exactly how much it wants to download. I’m heavily capped so this is a bit of an issue. I’d also like to get into it quickly and mess around for 20 minutes or so before I go to bed since we’re moving house tomorrow and I need some sleep. Please help. How do I make this happen?
Yeah, try putting Steam in the offline mode. Click on File --> Offline mode. See if that lets you launch the game without updating it. If that doesn’t work, you could always try unplugging your networking cable or something like that.
You can only go into offline mode when the game is already fully up to date. The “Do not automatically update this game” option is quite a bit more literal than you might have assumed. True the updates are not automatic, but if an update is available you must apply it or it won’t let you launch the game.
You know, one alternative if you have the opportunity, is to log into Steam on another computer at a public wi-fi hotspot or somesuch. Download and fully-update the game from there, then just copy the files back to your home machine after it’s done.