I run a Slackware-current installation on a Dell Inspiron 700m laptop. Several days ago, however, I ran my usual slackpkg upgrade-all
and chose to upgrade xorg-server to 1.6.3 (package list is below).
Unfortunately, this has created a situation that renders the GUI portion of this machine all but unusable -- any time the screen needs to be redrawn, the CPU spikes to 100% load (the X process itself) for the duration. This includes while opening new programs, changing focus between programs, opening or closing tabs in Firefox, moving windows, using a scrollbar, or even switching virtual desktops. In short, upgrading has caused the X system to eat up far more CPU than it ever has before.
Xorg.0.log has no additional entries that may account for this behavior, and I haven't seen anything in dmesg that looks promising (granted I don't know exactly what to look for). My xorg.conf was untouched during the upgrade (last modified date is back in early June).
I hope I'm not the only one who has had this problem, and that I will soon join the ranks of those who have solved
this problem. Thank you all in advance.
root@slacktop:/var/log# slackpkg search xorg-server
The list below shows all packages with the selected pattern.
[ installed ] - xorg-server-1.6.3-i486-1
[uninstalled] - xorg-server-xephyr-1.6.3-i486-1
[ installed ] - xorg-server-xnest-1.6.3-i486-1
[ installed ] - xorg-server-xvfb-1.6.3-i486-1
If I'm not mistaken, I also upgraded my intel drivers at the same time (using slackpkg, upgrading to package xf86-video-intel-2.8.0-i486-1), but again, no change was made to my xorg.conf or other configuration files (there were no .new files at all).