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The Steam Deck is a custom PC hardware from Valve that is focused on gaming. It can, however, also be used as a regular PC, and comes with a customized Plasma session. Also, it is completely unlocked, so one could install any OS they wish on it, including Arch Linux.
A USB flash installation medium can be used through the microSD card slot or the USB-C port.
While booting up the deck, hold down
Volume Down and press the
Power buttons. Choose your Arch Linux installation medium.
As of October 2022,does not support any devices in the Steam Deck. Updates for the firmware are provided through SteamOS.
To access the UEFI settings, hold down
Volume Up and press the
The Deck's speaker system and headphone jack do not work as of October 2022. External audio devices can be used through USB, Bluetooth or WiFi. HDMI Audio is also working with a vanilla kernel.
To get audio working, install theAUR kernel.
The Steam Deck's fan control can be enhanced by a daemon provided in Valve's
jupiter repository, but are fully functional without it.
If you are using a mainline kernel, you need patches from Valve's kernel to expose the corresponding ACPI functionality.