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#1 2013-02-08 21:11:20

Willian Richard
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Registered: 2012-12-15
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[Solved]KDE SC 4.10.0 visual effects issue.

I have done a fresh arch install, and installed KDE...
Upon KDE's first start, i noticed Blur effect is disabled.

Notice: I have a AMD Radeon HD 6450 low profile graphics card, so i did install catalyst-dkms and catalyst-utils. And desktop effects are enabled.

The only effect that doesn't work is Blur.

I can get the effect to work temporarily by doing the following:

- Disable and Reenable (by clicking it's checkbox twice) "Blur" in Visual Effects settings, then rebooting the system.

As i said, this is temporary, and upon next boot the blur effect will get disabled again.

The problem is if this effect is not enabled, the panel turns white and the text on it becomes unreadable.

Again, fglrx is correctly installed and all visual effects work except for blur.

Update:
Apparently, deleting the ~/.kde4/share/config/kwinrc file solved the problem.


Update (2/10/2013): Problem fixed by replacing the proprietary Catalyst driver with the opensource driver xf86-video-ati.

Last edited by Willian Richard (2013-02-10 02:51:10)

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#2 2013-02-09 08:03:46

garretraziel
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Re: [Solved]KDE SC 4.10.0 visual effects issue.

I have similar problem, but deleting ~/.kde4/share/config/kwinrc doens't solve it for me. It looks like this:
MKBpnTQ.png

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#3 2013-02-09 18:28:14

Ajunta
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Re: [Solved]KDE SC 4.10.0 visual effects issue.

Confirm. The same issue, deleting rc file for kwin and plasma didn't work. I have AMD HD 7800 according to lspci and catalyst-dkms + catalyst-utils installed. Effects are enabled.

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#4 2013-02-09 19:45:51

Willian Richard
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Re: [Solved]KDE SC 4.10.0 visual effects issue.

Ajunta wrote:

Confirm. The same issue, deleting rc file for kwin and plasma didn't work. I have AMD HD 7800 according to lspci and catalyst-dkms + catalyst-utils installed. Effects are enabled.

I am testing KDE 4.10 on a Kubuntu 12.10 VM... no problems so far.

I'll try to copy kubuntu's kwinrc file to my Arch install and see what happens.

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#5 2013-02-09 20:12:27

Ajunta
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Re: [Solved]KDE SC 4.10.0 visual effects issue.

Willian Richard wrote:

I am testing KDE 4.10 on a Kubuntu 12.10 VM... no problems so far.

Do you mean Virtual Machine? I suspect it may be a graphic driver related (or even catalyst related) problem.

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#6 2013-02-09 21:03:38

Willian Richard
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Re: [Solved]KDE SC 4.10.0 visual effects issue.

Ajunta wrote:
Willian Richard wrote:

I am testing KDE 4.10 on a Kubuntu 12.10 VM... no problems so far.

Do you mean Virtual Machine? I suspect it may be a graphic driver related (or even catalyst related) problem.

Yes, i was testing on a Virtual Machine.

But then, installed kubuntu on my physical hardware, and installed FGLRX... And Blur with Translucency worked perfectly.
Copied the kwinrc from kubuntu to arch. It worked.

But, i shut my computer down and did a "cold boot". Bad news, blur and translucency are gone.
For me, it seems like the problem is random. Sometimes it works, most of the time it doesn't.

It just refuses to keep my settings.

I'm using Catalyst 13.1. I suppose you are using this version too.

In case this is relevant:
In Kubuntu, the ati driver was version 9.000.
In Arch, it's version 9.012.

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#7 2013-02-09 21:06:51

Willian Richard
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Re: [Solved]KDE SC 4.10.0 visual effects issue.

I removed the "SOLVED" from the topic's title, as it hasn't been solved yet.

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#8 2013-02-10 02:48:44

Willian Richard
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Re: [Solved]KDE SC 4.10.0 visual effects issue.

Replacing Catalyst with the open-source ati driver (xf86-video-ati) fixed the problem.
Now everything is working as it should.


Now i only wonder, if the problem is KDE compatibility issues with the proprietary driver, or vice-versa.
This topic will be marked as solved.

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#9 2013-02-10 08:56:38

omeringen
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Re: [Solved]KDE SC 4.10.0 visual effects issue.

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#10 2013-05-31 08:47:01

zebulon
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Re: [Solved]KDE SC 4.10.0 visual effects issue.

I have exactly the same problem with the nvidia proprietary driver. Unfortunately this is still occurring for me.

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