I bought new hardware a couple of weeks ago, I installed Arch on it and hoped it will all work like a charm.
Unfortunately it's not, I am having some strange issues with graphic perfromance using gnome-shell and nvidia driver, all up-to-date.
That mentioned card it Zotac GTX470
02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GF100 [GeForce GTX 470] (rev a3)
The problem occurs after a while (even in 15 minutes, sometimes it's an hour) of normal desktop using (chromium, pidgin, skype, thunderbird, gnome-terminal, music-player, etc.). And it manifests that every gnome-shell graphic effect becomes horrible slow, unstable and when I manage to run glxgears I have 12FPS, instead of normal ~12000FPS (I know it's not a very good indicator, but still, there is a huge difference).
I thought it might be flashplayer fault, but problem occured even when I uninstalled it.
Then I switched to GNOME3 in fallback mode, but after a while I had very weird situation during watching of a 720p movie.
Suddenly it started to work sorely slow and mplayer had in logs that "**** Your system is too SLOW to play this! ****",
so I rebooted it and it worked great till end of the movie.
I also noticed that I don't have to reboot whole system, Xorg is enough to fix the problem for next copule of minutes.
I am running on:
[root@cytron2:~]$ pacman -Qs nvidia | grep local local/lib32-libvdpau 0.4.1-3 local/lib32-nvidia-utils 280.13-1 local/libcl 1.1-1 local/libvdpau 0.4.1-1 local/nvidia 280.13-1 local/nvidia-utils 280.13-1 local/opencl-nvidia 280.13-1 [root@cytron2:~]$ pacman -Q xorg-server xorg-server 1.10.4-1 [root@cytron2:~]$ pacman -Q gnome-shell gnome-shell 3.0.2-2
ANY idea whatsoever?
I'm pretty despered.
I think I should roll out the GNOME entirely and run some other desktop env or window manager.
Last edited by Wojo (2011-10-02 19:13:31)
I have no solution for you, however I'm using a Nvidia GT435M with the latest Nvidia drivers and am having zero problems related to that. My only problem is logging out of *any* desktop environment and logging back in (where it fails and I have to reboot to get back to the GUI).
Even though our problems are unrelated, I still think there are some bugs with the latest Nvidia drivers.
And you're sure it's the video card? At the same time are you seeing huge processor spikes or RAM usage?
I agree that I would try another WM just to see if it makes a difference. You could also try to run a different version of the driver and see if that changes anything.
Also what are you seeing in the logs? Anything related to this: nvidia / xorg / gnome messages?
Last edited by lifeafter2am (2011-09-26 19:18:20)
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Allan -> ArchBang is not supported because it is stupid.
i too would check htop first.
Apart from that i had huge slowdowns in gnome-shell when using java apps.
He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.
Thanks for your ideas.
Unfortunately there is no signs of anything disturbing in logs (also in dmesg).
Of course I checked `htop`, `iftop`, but everything looked fine.
However, I asked on IRC about this issue and ioni was kind enough to calm me a bit down.
He said it's about "some xorg error trap from gnome-shell/mutter not free-ing correctly" and that it will be fixed in 3.2.
I think my hope is to wait till stable GNOME3.2 will arrive.
At least I know it's not nvidia/xorg releated issue.
I upgraded to GNOME3.2, problem still occured, then I switched to KDE 4.7, still same thing.
I am starting to think this is Xorg or nvidia related issue.
I noticed that in `xrestop` there is "<unknown>" process while the bug is hitting me.
res-base Wins GCs Fnts Pxms Misc Pxm mem Other Total PID Identifier 3e00000 0 1 0 43 51 128K 1K 129K ? <unknown>
Everything works fine with nouveau (except lack of vdpau)...
Any piece of advice?
Last edited by Wojo (2011-10-02 19:12:42)
it's been a while. Unfortunetly this issue is still affecting my system.
I am posting two screenshots of xrestop below, first while Xorg/gnome-shell was responding fine and second while it wasn't.
Does anyone see something disturbing here?
And one more thing, current version of packages I am running on (everything up-to-date with a multilib repo):
local/lib32-libvdpau 0.4.1-3 local/lib32-nvidia-utils 290.10-1 local/libcl 1.1-2 local/libvdpau 0.4.1-2 local/nvidia 290.10-1 local/nvidia-utils 290.10-1 local/opencl-nvidia 290.10-1 local/xorg-server 1.11.3-1 (xorg) local/gnome-shell 3.2.1-1 (gnome)
Have you resolved your issue?
I have very similar one.
nvidia 240M (blob drivers), core2 duo t8400, linux-pf-core2 x86_64, kde, firefox
When I'm only playing youtube clips, there are some lags sometimes (with GUI interactions, new windows, menus etc) but I can stand it.
But when I start eclipse ide during playing youtube clips, then whole environment start running completely laggy. (eclipse without flash and flash without eclipse runs fine)
Lags appears with decoration manipulations: show menu, open preferences tab, open any window. I'd rather call it "hang my whole environment for a 5 seconds" instead of lags.
kwin/X - ~20%
Those are approximate numbers because of everything hangs ;]
Maybe it's like conflict somewhere at the line flashplayer <> gtk2 (eclipse is using gtk2)?
It maybe something else, because every GUI operations causes lag, but eclipse brings the most extreme one.