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miknight 03-23-2003 01:46 AM

Gnome 2 desktop background lag
I've been running Gnome 2 (RH8) for a while now, and it seems that every now and then moving windows around the screen is very laggy. I can temporarily fix this by going into the "Change Desktop Background" dialog and changing it to something and then changing it back again. I can't pin down what triggers the lagging but it gets quite annoying when I am busy. Has anyone else experienced this?

Unseen 03-24-2003 03:41 PM

Not sure what you mean.. are you using transparent windows that view the deskop, and those are laggy?

miknight 03-24-2003 05:52 PM

No no, it's just the normal desktop background. Sometimes after switching to a different workspace, moving normal windows around the screen is laggy. If I 'reload' the wallpaper, the lag disappears... I know it's hard to describe, but it's also quite irritating.

Proud 03-24-2003 05:55 PM

Try another DE or WM then ;)

miknight 03-24-2003 07:05 PM

Hehe maybe I will, any good suggestions?

Proud 03-24-2003 07:26 PM

KDE until you can get something fast like Fluxbox configured well, or maybe manage to set up Enlightenment :)

mhearn 03-25-2003 06:17 PM

Not sure why that'd be, sounds like a kernel issue.

One thing it might be is an unoptimised part of nautilus. Try telling nautilus not to render the desktop (you won't get icons), it's in GConf. See if that speeds things up.

miknight 03-25-2003 08:10 PM

Thanks! Finally a useful reply... I'll try it out.

I'm using the stock 2.4.18-14 that comes with RH8 at the moment... might be worth upgrading...

mhearn 03-26-2003 02:24 PM

Ensure you are using the 3123 driver version if you have an nVidia card, that will speed up 2D performance as well.

miknight 03-26-2003 04:56 PM

I'm using the 4191 version - should I downgrade? Is this to do with the unstable RenderAccel feature?

mhearn 03-26-2003 05:05 PM

4191 has known serious issues with 2D performance and nautilus in particular. The previous version runs just fine - ie this is an nVidia bug, not a GNOME bug.

miknight 03-26-2003 06:11 PM

OK great thanks for that advice! I'll test it out...

miknight 03-27-2003 03:46 AM

Just to follow up, using the 3123 nVidia drivers fixed the problem! Thanks a lot! Let's hope nVidia fixes up the problem in the next release ;)

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