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    Default Windows flicker & shutter while scrolling down

    OR scrolling up. The install was fresh, on a Dell Vostro 1500 Intel dual core(32 bit) which ran opensuse 13.1 perfectly. I noticed the problem started last night after software upgrades listed below. The problem also leave behind a fragmented window until you move the page up/down. I tried switching the kernel back, and it made no difference. Happens with all windows, including Firefox. One strange thing, the problem does not happen when I go into Firefox about:config and scroll down. As soon as I go back to any webpage, it happens.

    All installed packages from opensuse & Packman repos.

    SYSTEM INFO:
    Tumbleweed 20171205
    kde plasma - 5.11.3
    kde framework - 5.40.0
    qt - 5.92
    kernel - 4.14.3-1pae

    Also have a problem of crashing once in a while, and keyboard short cuts don't work.....etc...cut, paste , copy

    UPGRADES PERFORMED:

    libqt4, libkde4, kernel, and kde4 packages.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Windows flicker & shutter while scrolling down

    what graphic card and driver do you have
    Code:
    sudo lspci | grep VGA
    according to these sites
    https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2218214,00.asp
    https://ark.intel.com/products/29760...Hz-800-MHz-FSB
    your cpu is 64bit the down side is low amount of ram your laptop has (only 2 GiB)
    according to pcmag their Dell Vostro 1500 came with nVidia GeForce 8400M
    plasma 5 does not work well with the noveau driver you need the nvidia propitiatory driver
    the 8400 uses the G03 driver which needs patching before installing on TW and it needs to be installed the hard way, as I haven't done that I'll leave it for someone more experienced to comment about it
    for a system with so little RAM you need the propitiatory driver so you can offload a lot of processing to the GPU as pcmag and intel say your cpu is 64 bit I would recommend installing LEAP and getting the G03 nvidia driver for LEAP

    edit
    you could also go for a lighter desktop I can recommend lxqt with openbox it's not as flashy as plasma 5 but it will run smoother then plasma 5 on a system with 2 G or RAM and no hardware acceleration

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    Default Re: Windows flicker & shutter while scrolling down

    Thanks for the reply. I have 4GB ram, not 2GB.

    Output in terminal:

    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation G86M [GeForce 8400M GS] (rev a1)


    This computer worked perfectly with opensuse 13.1. Also, when installing packages, I received a warning about a package that was known to cause system instability and crashing. I forgot what it was. Any idea? Because it was installed. I'll remove it.

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    Default Re: Windows flicker & shutter while scrolling down

    Quote Originally Posted by Doug08 View Post
    Thanks for the reply. I have 4GB ram, not 2GB.

    Output in terminal:

    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation G86M [GeForce 8400M GS] (rev a1)


    This computer worked perfectly with opensuse 13.1. Also, when installing packages, I received a warning about a package that was known to cause system instability and crashing. I forgot what it was. Any idea? Because it was installed. I'll remove it.
    if you have 4 GB of RAM why not install a 64bit OS, the warning you probobly got was regarding the opensource nouveau 3D driver which is known to cause issues with plasma 5 and afaik that's the reason the 3d mesa driver Mesa-dri-nouveau is packages separately and is not installed by default
    https://software.opensuse.org/package/Mesa-dri-nouveau
    https://doc.opensuse.org/release-not...ec.123.nouveau
    there is an issue with older nvidia hardware and the latest kernels the G03 driver needs patching to get it to work see this mailing list post for more info and a howto
    https://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-.../msg00597.html
    I'd still recommend going the LEAP way

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    Default Re: Windows flicker & shutter while scrolling down

    To be honest, I thought the Intel Core 2 Duo CPU for my Vostro 1500 was a 32 bit, which is why I installed the 32 bit. The Mesa-dri-nouveau package was the one I saw! Glad you said that. Let me try removing the package.

    Thanks!

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