Hovering mouse pointer on the lower right corner of the screen causes system freeze - Catalyst 11.12

Hi @ll!

I suppose it is pretty clear…

It happens again. I’m using now the Catalyst 11.12 driver which I have installed through yast (Easy Way).

I achieved good graphic/power improvements but the system freezes when hovering the mouse pointer on the lower left corner of the screen. It didn’t with the free drivers.

I tried adding ‘Option “SWCursor” “true”’ to my xorg.conf and it solves the issue. Nevertheless, the pointer now is constantly flickering. And it’s even more annoying than previously.

Any ideas/suggestions about how to fix this without breaking anything else?

Thanks in advance!

On 01/24/2012 03:56 PM, simongaiteiro wrote:
> I suppose it is pretty clear…

-what operating system (OS) and version are you using?

-what desktop environment (DE) and version is in use?

-you write both “lower right corner” and “lower left corner”; is one of
those a typo, or is this symptom seen when hovering over either lower
corner?

-when you say ‘hover’ is that 5 seconds, or more, or less?

-have you added software from either Tumbleweed, Evergreen, Factory,
Playground or Unstable repos?

-the OS and DE you are using, does it have a “Configure Desktop” or
“Personal Settings” or “Input Devices Settings” or “Mouse Settings” or
“Windows Behavior Settings”? in any of those dialogs are there settings
for what is to occur when a mouse pointer is moved to any of the four
corners? like in this image: http://paste.opensuse.org/79055821

-or, if you are using a touch pad and maybe are gently touching the
touchpad in such a way that the system might consider it has received a
tap, then how have you set up this section of your settings (if they
exist in your unknown desktop): http://paste.opensuse.org/98240841


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sorry, i forgot to ask:

-what happens if you turn off desktop effects?

-are you using compiz?

-do you have the same problem with the open graphics driver?


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My bad. It’s the lower right corner.

I’m using openSUSE 12.1 with the KDE DE 64 bits just with the official stable repos.

My graphic card is an AMD Radeon HD Mobility 3470. It’s a laptop.

The graphic driver installed is the Catalyst 11.12, which I installed via yast through official openSUSE 12.1 repos according to the description in the link below,

SDB:ATI drivers - openSUSE

It’s a known issue. This happened some releases ago (talking now about the proprietary graphic driver). It has nothing to do with the touch-pad or the desktop effects. Actually, it still occurs when they are disabled (the effects). It’s not, defenitly, any action I’ve set up to the corners…

I use kwin, not compiz and the problem cannot be reproduced with the open drivers. So, the open drivers work just perfect in my KDE Desktop (but I would like to use the proprietary ones for whatever reason).

The system appears to freeze around 1 or 1,5 seconds when the pointer goes around the lower right corner.

Does anyone know about a AMD drivers version without this issue?

How can I downgrade the AMD drivers to previous versions?

On 01/24/2012 10:46 PM, simongaiteiro wrote:
> So, the open drivers work just perfect in my KDE Desktop
> (but I would like to use the proprietary ones for whatever reason).

so the choice is yours…

on your post about changing drivers, have you been here yet:
http://tinyurl.com/37v9y7m where i read “ATI used to produce a
proprietary “Catalyst” graphic driver for older ATI cards, but they no
longer do that for the 2.6.31 kernel which comes in openSUSE-11.2 and
comes in other Linux distributions. Hence for moderately aged ATI
hardware, one can no longer get access to the very high performance
proprietary ATI graphic driver.”

so, the choice looks clear to me: use the open driver which works “just
perfect”…


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My graphic card is not legacy yet - AMD Radeon HD Mobility 3470.

The proprietary drivers give better performance than the open ones. And they work fine except for the commented issue above…

On 01/25/2012 11:26 PM, simongaiteiro wrote:
> The proprietary drivers give better performance than the open ones. And
> they work fine except for the commented issue above…

so, i recommend you hang out while waiting for someone who has another
idea…

or, maybe while waiting you can google-find another somewhere with the
same graphics hardware, using the same driver, the same kernel and the
same symptom–and find a work-around or set-up solution…

if not at least with two folks having the same symptom it would be
more likely to be a bug than a user setup issue…

but, then the question would become: Is it a bug in the closed source
driver, or in the kernel (which is known NOT to have the problem with an
open driver installed!)?


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Catalyst 12.1 has been released. Use atiupgrade to install it. I just updated Catalyst on my Mobility Radeon HD 2400 XT - it’s older than yours.
Compiling the kernel module might take a while. Be patient! Unlike in previous versions, there is no output on the screen while compiling the driver. Do not cancel! Get a cup of coffee!

Here’s the method. Open a terminal and type:


su -l 
zypper ar [noparse]http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/please_try_again/openSUSE_12.1/[/noparse]  PTA 
zypper refresh -r PTA 
zypper in atiupgrade
atiupgrade

Answer yes to all questions* and reboot when it’s done.

  • well, read the questions before!

Thanks!

I’ve tried Catalyst 12.1 a few days ago and I still find the same problem… :frowning:

Furthermore, a lot of desktop effects don’t seem to work with the proprietary drivers in my case…