I was using Kubuntu 9.10 with KDE 4.4 and decided to give openSUSE a try. I have it all installed and pretty much customized to my liking, but desktop effects and overall visual performance seems really laggy and slow. When I minimize a window it slowly crawls towards the task bar, it takes like 15 seconds to minimize and it’s really choppy.
I am running openSUSE 11.2 with KDE 4.4. I have nothing but Firefox 3.6 running right now. I installed the recommended drivers for nVidia and the corresponding xorg configuration. I switched to xRender for compositing as OpenGL wouldn’t work at all.
When I enable desktop effects and try to select additional options it doesn’t allow it, and disables the selected options again. It says the following effect could not be enabled:and list the effect.
I am due for a new computer as this one is getting a little outdated, but it was doing fine on Kubuntu and since I like everything else better than Kubuntu, I would like to stick with SUSE. I need to improve the graphics performance though. Wobbly windows, transparency, cube effect on two desktops max, etc. all those worked fine in Kubuntu.
So is there another option for my video card driver than the one provided? Any ideas on how to get this system to perform on par with Kubuntu?
Here are my basic specs:
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2800+ at 2ghz
1.25GB ddr RAM
GeForce4 MX Integrated GPU
thanks, … but imagine you are a person reading this thread trying to learn, and you see massive posts with massive copy and pastes ? That makes it hard to scroll the thread and it will be a BIG turn off. I am going to edit your thread to make this a “bit” better.
Please, in future, do NOT make such massive posts. There are paste bin sites that can be used if you really feel the need to share the ENTIRE content of the log (when that was NOT asked for). For example: PasteBin.be where one posts on that site, it gives one a URL, and one posts the URL and does not disrupt the entire thread with a massive post.
Anyway, clearly the proprietary “NVIDIA” driver is being loaded. :\
What are you using for an /etc/X11/xorg.conf ? (and do NOT post it here! ).
How did you generate the /etc/X11/xorg.conf if you are using one? If you generated it by " sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia " have you instead tried removing it and booting ? or have you instead tried (with no /etc/X11/xorg.conf in place) creating it with the nvidia tool “nvida-xconfig” ?
From what I see, the driver has been installed. Try removing /etc/X11/xorg.conf, do a reboot and see what the autodetection and -configuration do. If that doesn’t work, try the nvidia-xconfig feature to create an xorg.conf, leave sax2.
The entire graphic situation wrt drivers is currently very fluid in Linux for ATI, nVidia and Intel. For example, with nVidia there is a new driver known as the nouveau almost ready for use. And the company nVidia recently announced they will no longer provide as much support for the opensource “nv” driver. Plus the developers of Xorg are trying to set things up in Xorg such that no configuration file will be needed in the future.
I used to focus all my efforts on helping users with sound, but the improvement with alsa-1.0.21 wrt sound was so significant, there are far fewer help requests for basic sound functionality, so I’ve been instead trying to help out on the graphic driver side. As a volunteer with no contacts in the graphic driver developer/packager side of things, its proving to be a challenge.
I’m not clear as to what options you tried, so as a mild suggestion, don’t forget to boot to run level 3 (by pressing 3 at the grub/boot splash menu) and login as a regular user to the full screen text mode, and then type “su” (no quotes and enter root password) and with root permissions with no /etc/X11/xorg.conf in place try:
which will create an /etc/X11/xorg.conf. Then restart with:
shutdown -r now
and then after the start when in X see if that works.
If that fails, then do the same but this time try:
sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia
to see if the sax2 tool can create a better /etc/X11/xorg.conf file. Again, you can restart with
Often Unbutu/Kbuntu, will implement a change to an application or driver, and then they may (or may not) send that change to Debian, with the possible intent that the change be sent upstream. Once it is “upstream” then the fix is implemented and sent back “downstream” so that other Linux distributions can benefit. Of course the Ubuntu user base is 10x larger than Debian, so while that approach may have made sence once upon a time, its now the tail wagging the dog (IMHO) and the result being that Ubuntu fixes are notoriously slow in making their way upstream, or they simply never make it upstream… and hence other distributions may never benefit.
Hence its not uncommon for Ubuntu to have a fix for a while, where other distributions are slow to come by a fix. In contrast, Red Hat/Fedora and Novell/SuSE-GmbH are very good at quickly sending their fixes upstream so other Linux distributions can benefit. That Ubuntu slowness is one of the reasons I refuse to use Ubuntu, as I believe their policy out dated and it is not as helpful to the rest of the Linux community as it both could and should be.
Because I refuse to use Ubuntu, I do not know enough about the Ubuntu way of doing things to tell you how to take something from Ubuntu and apply it here. But you being a Ubuntu user can maybe figure that out?