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    Default Smoothening desktop effects

    I accidentally posted this in the wrong forum, so here is my question again.

    I'm new to openSUSE an I'm largely sold on it. It's very elegant and polished.

    However, something doesn't seem right with my desktop animations. They're sticky and not very smooth, most of the time. For example, if I slide between two virtual desktops, then the animation is jittery. Even simple things like maximising and minimising windows isn't all that smooth.

    I have two Nvidia GTX460s running, and I have the Nvidia driver installed. (The latest one.) I can't imagine why my effects aren't smooth. I have enough RAM and an i7 Intel chip, so nothing should be sticky.

    What can / should I tweak to smoothen things up, do you think? I'd love some advice.

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    Default Re: Smoothening desktop effects

    On Thu, 02 Feb 2012 17:46:03 +0530, Forkjulle
    <Forkjulle@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

    >
    > I accidentally posted this in the wrong forum, so here is my question
    > again.
    >
    > I'm new to openSUSE an I'm largely sold on it. It's very elegant
    > and polished.
    >
    > However, something doesn't seem right with my desktop animations.
    > They're sticky and not very smooth, most of the time. For example, if I
    > slide between two virtual desktops, then the animation is jittery. Even
    > simple things like maximising and minimising windows isn't all that
    > smooth.
    >
    > I have two Nvidia GTX460s running, and I have the Nvidia driver
    > installed. (The latest one.) I can't imagine why my effects aren't
    > smooth. I have enough RAM and an i7 Intel chip, so nothing should be
    > sticky.
    >
    > What can / should I tweak to smoothen things up, do you think? I'd
    > love some advice.
    >


    shouldn't be like that. are you using GNOME, KDE, or something else? and
    which compositing manager? i've been using KDE only, and i've heard that
    KDE doesn't work well with compiz -- and using compiz isn't necessary with
    KDE, since kwin, KDE's display manager, does everything required.

    if that doesn't apply to you, i.e., if you use GNOME, or KDE w/o compiz,
    you might look into the nvidia settings and see if there's any settings
    that make a difference. for me, i've always left them at their default and
    never had problems. but then i'm using one nvidia card only, so using two
    may make things more tricky.

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    Default Re: Smoothening desktop effects

    On Thu, 02 Feb 2012 17:57:15 +0530, phanisvara das
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    > ...and I have the Nvidia driver installed. (The latest one.)


    oh, and what do you mean by that? the latest stable (290.10), or beta
    (295.09)? i've had problems with the latest beta driver and had to go back
    to the stable one.

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    Default Re: Smoothening desktop effects

    Apologies. I'm using KDE 12.1, I downloaded the "post-release current" Nvidia driver, and installed the package for the latest Nvidia.

    I'm using a stock standard openSUSE, otherwise. Maybe with a different wallpaper and desktop theme. But that's it.

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    Default Re: Smoothening desktop effects

    On Thu, 02 Feb 2012 18:26:03 +0530, Forkjulle
    <Forkjulle@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

    >
    > Apologies. I'm using KDE 12.1, I downloaded the "post-release current"
    > Nvidia driver, and installed the package for the latest Nvidia.
    >
    > I'm using a stock standard openSUSE, otherwise. Maybe with a different
    > wallpaper and desktop theme. But that's it.
    >



    don't know what "post-release current" means. where did you install it
    from? via yast, or the .run file from the nvidia site?

    i haven't used the one from yast in a long time, downloading my drivers
    from the nvidia site directly, but haven't heard anything bad about those
    installed via yast.

    if the driver isn't too old or too new (beta), i don't really have any
    more ideas. what i'd do is playing around with nvidia's settings ("kdesu
    nvidia-settings"), and also the advanced desktop effect settings via KDE's
    "systemsettings" (not as root, but normal user).

    perhaps others who use two nvidia cards have better ideas...

    oh wait...are you sure you're actually using the nvidia driver? even if
    it's installed, unless you disable the neauveau driver by adding
    "nomodeset" to the grub kernel parameters, your system might be using the
    free driver instead.

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    Default Re: Smoothening desktop effects

    Quote Originally Posted by Forkjulle View Post
    What can / should I tweak to smoothen things up, do you think? I'd love some advice.
    Go to:
    Systemsettings > Desktop Effects > Advanced
    Make sure you are using OpenGL as Comositing type. Try Smooth as Scale Method instead of Accurate. See if the OpenGL Options do anything for you, like VSync.

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    Default Re: Smoothening desktop effects

    Using NVIDIA on openSUSE for years now, never saw a "post-release current" driver. Search the forums for "SDB graphics" or for "NVIDIA Howto"
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    Default Re: Smoothening desktop effects

    On 02/02/2012 01:56 PM, Forkjulle wrote:
    > I'm using KDE 12.1


    with which desktop/version?

    KDE 3 or 4.7 or .8
    GNOME 2 or 3
    LXDE
    Xfce
    others

    and, what happens if you turn off desktop effects?

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    Default Re: Smoothening desktop effects

    I'm using KDE.

    I've not turned off Desktop Effects, but I don't want them turned off. I have enough RAM, a quadcore i7 and twi Nvidia GTX 460 cards. I'm pretty sure that I should not be experiencing sluggish and sticky screen animations.

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    Default Re: Smoothening desktop effects

    Am 02.02.2012 16:06, schrieb Forkjulle:
    > I have enough RAM, a quadcore i7 and twi Nvidia GTX 460 cards. I'm
    > pretty sure that I should not be experiencing sluggish and sticky screen
    > animations.

    Is your nvidia driver really up and running? Open a terminal and type
    Code:
    glxinfo | grep -i opengl
    and post the result here.

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