So I have a EOS Plasma system working fine. Mostly doing KVM/QEMU VMs. Then I got the itch to install my old Steam game Portal/Portal2 which requires Steam. I got it installed per the wiki and played it awhile then today I spun up a new VM and tried to installed Linux Mint Debian Edition 5. The install kept failing about 50% in and exiting back to a reboot where it failed at grub. I tried several times and finally it locked my workstation up completely. I had to power it off by pulling the cord.
I check the ISOs sha256sum and it was good. So the only thing I could think of was the install of Steam. So I restored to a btrfs snapshot from before I installed Steam and now everything is working great. I got the LMDE5 VM working as well.
Does it make sense that Steam could cause KVM/QEMU to fail mysteriously even when it was not even running in background??