"Your system is too slow"

Here’s a typical log message that I was seeing:

2023-07-04T12:00:25.776584-05:00 nwr2 /usr/lib/gdm/gdm-x-session[2378]: (EE) event2  - Dell Dell USB Keyboard: client bug: event processing lagging behind by 39ms, your system is too slow

This was on a computer purchased around 11 years ago.

So I bought a new system. Okay, that wasn’t the reason for buying a new system.

On the new system, I am seeing:

2023-07-06T08:49:25.153621-05:00 nwrdell /usr/lib/gdm/gdm-x-session[2498]: (EE) event1  - LITEON Dell Wireless Device: client bug: event processing lagging behind by 37ms, your system is too slow

I guess some things just don’t change.

That “Dell Wireless Device” is the nano-receiver from a Dell Wireless keyboard and mouse. So perhaps this is an issue with Dell keyboards. Or perhaps GDM is being too fussy in reporting this. Either way, I am just ignoring those messages

By the way, I bought the new computer because the old one was getting old. And these things have a limited life. I’m still using the old one as the home network server.

The newer computer has 16G of memory (the old one had 8G). And the new one has an NVME drive, which does seem a lot faster than the old rotating drive. The new computer came with Windows 11, but I have nuked that. The older computer has Windows 8.1, which I did not much use. I’ll probably nuke that, too, to give more disk space for the home network server.


Here on this system:

Operating System: openSUSE Leap 15.5
KDE Plasma Version: 5.27.4
KDE Frameworks Version: 5.103.0
Qt Version: 5.15.8
Kernel Version: 5.14.21-150500.53-default (64-bit)
Graphics Platform: X11
Processors: 4 × AMD A10-5750M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics
Memory: 7.0 GiB of RAM
Graphics Processor: AMD ARUBA
Manufacturer: LENOVO
Product Name: 20255
System Version: Lenovo G505s

The build date on the Laptop base is “13/11/08” – I guess almost 15 years old …

I’m not seeing those messages in the systemd Journal.

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Just by the way, I posted this (the OP) mostly because it seemed amusing.

I just did a google search for “your system is too slow” (with the quotes). The general consensus seems to be that the message is from “libinput”, and that it can be safely ignored. And yes, I have been ignoring it.


Neil, there’s a quiet/dead Debian Bug Report #991438 raised in 2021 …

There’s also a GNOME Shell libinput change a1e91502 which was committed about a year ago.

BTW, I use DuckDuckGo for searching …

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