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    Default Google Earth 5 very slow

    I just installed GE5 and it's very slow at panning and zooming and to respond to mouse clicks. When panning to a location it's very jerky like a 1 second frame rate. Zooming in or out is very slow too.

    As an experiment, I installed it on XP (I have dual boot) and it runs much much smoother under XP, so I know my graphics card is up to the job and my network can stream the data fast enough.

    Is this typical behaviour for GE under Linux? My installation went fine and I don't suffer any of the conflicts mentioned in other threads. Well at least I'm not seeing any warnings.

    Is there any hardware acceleration that I need to enable somewhere?
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    @Tue, 30 Jun 2009 14:26:01 +0000, suse tpx60s write:

    > I just installed GE5 and it's very slow at panning and zooming and to
    > respond to mouse clicks. When panning to a location it's very jerky like
    > a 1 second frame rate. Zooming in or out is very slow too.


    only try to run it as root, did it speed up?

    what graphic card you have?
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    Default Re: Google Earth 5 very slowlagos, faro, porlagos, farotugal

    Card is Intel 945GM Express

    No didn't try run it as root. Why would that make a difference? I'll give it a try later when I have some more time.
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    @Tue, 30 Jun 2009 14:56:02 +0000, suse tpx60s write:


    > No didn't try run it as root. Why would that make a difference?


    just try...

    I also have intel graphic card(GMA3100) and when I start earth app as root(or from root session i did not remember) it goes ok
    I do not fix this (minor for me)

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    I'd think twice about running anything as root without some technical justification.

    My point is nothing to do with Google Earth's trustworthiness in that regard, more that "just try running as root" strikes me as dangerous advice and is not the Linux/Unix way to tackle problems.

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    No, it is not a matter of running ge as root or not. It is the intel video driver that does not a great job. I tried to upgrade to the most recent Xorg but the only thing i got is to completely mess the gui. So in my experience no hope. I will wait for 11.2 for a better driver. Even basilisk ( an old mac emulator) does not run. But i have also to point that this is not an opensuse issue: it is an Xorg issue

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    @Tue, 30 Jun 2009 18:56:02 +0000, KJ44 write:

    > I'd think twice about running anything as root without some technical
    > justification.


    that's right
    think twice and run just to test for two minutes to look if it does matter for op

    @Tue, 30 Jun 2009 18:56:02 +0000, KJ44 write:

    > My point is nothing to do with Google Earth's trustworthiness in that
    > regard, more that "just try running as root" strikes me as dangerous
    > advice and is not the Linux/Unix way to tackle problems.


    it will be more secured didn't install any program yeah???

    if you so cared about security on your opensuse box just use apparmour

    and my point is - skype runned as user much more dangerous then google earth in root for some minutes.
    running GE as root can locate a problem.

    @Tue, 30 Jun 2009 22:06:01 +0000, bcrisciotti write:

    > No, it is not a matter of running ge as root or not.


    it has matter for me when I run GE beta 5, I am not use it but I was checked this (and the only reason why I suggest this to suse tpx60s)
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    Default Re: Google Earth 5 very slow

    Well thanks for the suggestions. I didn't try running as root yet because I found a work around in apost on this forum that makes speeds GE up again.

    I just went to View in the tool bar and disabled Atmosphere. Not sure what implications it has but it really sped things up for me.

    When I have more time I may try fiddle a little more to see why it was running slow.
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    Default Re: Google Earth 5 very slow

    Quote Originally Posted by suse_tpx60s View Post
    When I have more time I may try fiddle a little more to see why it was running slow.
    bcrisciotti already explained why it was running slow. The version of Xorg and the version of the Intel driver shipped with 11.1 don't work well together, for various technical reasons. I know a lot about these problems b/c my GF's laptop has the X3100 integrated video and I have read a lot about the problems and possibilities of getting it to work.

    In my experience, the only options to improving Intel video performance on 11.1 are:
    1. Installing a newer version of Xorg
    2. Compiling and installing a newer version of the intel driver
    3. 1 and 2
    4. Downgrade to 11.0
    5. Wait for 11.2

    Please note, options 1-3 have some major risks associated with them, and more often than not can end up borking your system. Even if you do manage to update those components, there isn't much guarantee there will be an improvement since both are being actively developed, and therefore are moving targets.

    This is also not to say that video performance isn't acceptable; it's just not where it could be.
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    Default Re: Google Earth 5 very slow

    I hope they sort the Intel driver Xorg issue properly. It's annoying not to be able use the graphics chipset to their fullest capability.
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