Upper Panel Distorts Icons on 12.1

I just upgraded to 12.1 64-bit, and found that when I add an upper panel, and then add widgets to it, they get distorted: http://paste.opensuse.org/9770290 In particular, check out the System Load Viewer on the right, and the broad expanse taken up by the clock/calendar in the middle. If I add or subtract a widget, everything rearranges itself properly. Does anyone have any suggestions? Is this a bug report? Thanks in advance.

I would like to know the Desktop, KDE or GNOME & more about the computer, Brand, Model, Video chipset (AMD, nVIDIA or Intel and model if known). This can be helpful in determining the possible problem with your icons. The image that you tried to post in your message does not show up either.

Thank You,

On 2012-06-10 02:46, wmichaelb2 wrote:
> I just upgraded to 12.1 64-bit,

What is the meaning of upgrade? This:

Online upgrade method

Or this?

Offline upgrade method

Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.4 x86_64 “Celadon” at Telcontar)

My apologies for the lack of pertinent detail. I did a standard fresh install, not an upgrade, and was previously running 11.3 on this machine without difficulty. The machine has a Pendium D 3.4 GHz processor installed in an Asrock Conroe1333-GLAN board with an nVidia 8400 GS video card, 2 GB of RAM, and a 40GB HD. The desktop is the default KDE 4.7.2 Release 5. If this is a KDE problem, I’ll take it there, but I did not see this problem with 11.3. The graphics driver is Nouveau Gallium 7.11. I added a second panel at the top, and then installed CPU Monitor, Digital Clock, Hard Disk Status, Luna, Network Monitor, Qualculate, Weather Forecast, and System Load Viewer. All ran flawlessly until I rebooted. then the System Load Viewer icon bars stretched out to roughly an inch wide each, and the digital clock icon took over about half the upper bars length. I could right click anywhere on that length, and get a dialog box referring to the digital clock widget. If I uninstall any given widget, the problem goes away; all the icons rearrange themselves to the left and resume their normal size and shape. In addition, if I reboot, I can no longer move an icon from one position on the panel to another; the cross shaped icon that allows that behavior cannot be invoked. As soon as I install another widget, it comes back and works normally. So it seems to be a boot problem of some sort. I see no other graphic anomolies.

Thanks again for your time and attention.

As a quick follow up, the problem appears to be isolated to the two specific widgets Digital Clock and System Load Viewer, and then only when they are installed in a second panel. When installed in the bottom panel, they work fine. Phase of moon? Wolfbane pollen concentration? Lower air pressure at the top of the screen? thanks again.

It is more likely a bug of some sort in those widgets, but it is hard to tell for sure. It might be helpful to try out the proprietary video driver or to load a newer kernel version.

For a newer kernel: S.A.K.C. - SUSE Automated Kernel Compiler - Version 2.73 - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

Get the latest nVIDIA driver: Installing the nVIDIA Video Driver the Hard Way - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

Install the driver manually: LNVHW - Load NVIDIA (driver the) Hard Way from runlevel 3 - Version 1.45 - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

Install the driver automatically: S.A.N.D.I. - SuSE Automated NVIDIA Driver Installer - Version 1.46 - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

Thank You,