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Old 12-23-2010, 06:16 AM   #1
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How to disable "automatically pause downloads" when start a game?

When i double-click to play a game, download is automatically paused. How to disable this? Steam, we need a download manager! . Ok, ALT-TAB works, but is annoying
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Old 12-23-2010, 06:27 AM   #2
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That happened to me without noticing.

I downloaded a 10GB game and since I didn't want to wait 3 hours, I started playing another single player game while it was downloading in the background. At least thats what I thought it did.
After 3 hours when I went back to the desktop I noticed the game paused automatically when I started the other game! VERY ANNOYING!

I always have to switch back to the desktop to start the download again.
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Old 12-23-2010, 06:29 AM   #3
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There isn't a way to disable it workaround is the only way.
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Old 12-23-2010, 07:02 AM   #4
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There is a minor workaround I use.

1 - Start the download
2 - Open the game of choice to pass time with
3 - Pause the game or at the games Main Menu ALT+TAB to desktop
4 - Start the download again
5 - ALT+TAB back into the game

This will allow you to download the game while playing. I'm not sure if there is an option to disable it.
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Old 12-23-2010, 07:13 AM   #5
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This option need to be implemented.
A lot of games does not need a full and free connection. We should be able to set an option "Continue/Stop downloads and updates when you start a game" in the Downloads preferences menu.
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Old 12-23-2010, 07:25 AM   #6
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Steam already has games classified as SP only, MP only and SP+MP. It could easily just predict that you wont's need your bandwidth when playing SP only game.
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Old 12-23-2010, 07:35 AM   #7
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I posted this in the last topic about this, and I'll say it again:
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Honestly, I don't even need an option. Just don't do it. If I am currently downloading and want to play a game without background resources being used, let *me* pause the downloading.

Look at it this way... 1) I want to play a game while something is downloading. Start game, alt-tab, unpause download, go back to game.

VS.

2) I want to pause my download to play a game. Pause download, start game.

An option would be great, but in lieu of an option, I can't believe that most people actually like the current behavior, so just change it!
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Old 12-23-2010, 07:40 AM   #8
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Steam already has games classified as SP only, MP only and SP+MP. It could easily just predict that you wont's need your bandwidth when playing SP only game.
And lots of people don't mind downloading games while playin MP games.

There's no need to specify SP or MP games automatically. (Because it does not solve the problem, because when we MP, it'll still stop in your suggestion I think) We should just have a pretty tick box in the options menu.

I don't think it evens need 15 minutes to implement.
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Old 12-23-2010, 07:41 AM   #9
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It's not just this, Valve really needs to tackle Download Management as a whole, there is plenty to be improved: download when playing, bandwidth limits, turning off your machine when finishing, priority management when downloading more than one game, etc.

That's basic stuff, pretty much every program that allows you to download files has these features, but not Steam.
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Old 12-23-2010, 07:42 AM   #10
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Another way to do it is to allow the player to manage the downloads while in game directly from the Shift+Tab Steam menu.

And this can be used with an option "Continue/Stop downloads while in game" for more possibilities.
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Old 12-23-2010, 02:39 PM   #11
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This option need to be implemented.
A lot of games does not need a full and free connection. We should be able to set an option "Continue/Stop downloads and updates when you start a game" in the Downloads preferences menu.
Yes! this will be perfect, because a SP/MP option is not ideal. If i dont want continue download when start a game, simply stop manually the downloads before play (sorry my bad english :P)
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Old 12-23-2010, 04:08 PM   #12
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This has always annoyed me as well.

The ability for Steam to turn my PC off when downloading is complete is also needed imo.
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Old 12-23-2010, 04:38 PM   #13
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It's probably difficult for Valve to tackle, because your client needs to download game updates too, and that's something you can be completely unaware of when doing multiplayer.
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