Compiz and Metacity: Linux Mint Unexpected Freezing

Compiz and Metacity: Linux Mint Unexpected Freezing

Postby liquidstupid on Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:54 pm

UPDATE:
I switched the default window manager back to Compiz and LibreOffice behaves once again. Apart from changing the refresh rate to match my LCD display (60hz), everything is running tickety-boo. I will update this thread if I note any changes. It may well be that Compiz Fusion is the difference maker in this scenario. Yes, I have also set Compiz Fusion to launch at log in.

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Okay, there's been rather a bit of chatter about Linux Mint Cinnamon and MATE freezing when launching LibreOffice, and I have read these topics. The symptom that caught my attention has been LibreOffice halting at the splash screen which seems more severe than most. This symptom was not evident until I enabled Compiz as the default window manager, with the understanding that it does not work out of the box, as stated by the Mint devs. Risks understood. ^^

The behaviour persisted even after numerous setting changes. Compiz clearly needs to be updated, but unfortunately I'm not the geek for that task. I tried installing LibreOffice Beta 3.5.5, but found my system halted at the depacking of liboffice-dict-en-us.deb in the terminal window. Had to resort to ctrl-alt-del to quit the session. Tried two more times, removing the previous install each time with package manager. Same result.

Here's the wrinkle: I found that launching the Compiz Fusion Icon and changing the default window manager to "MetaCity" completely resolved the issue. LibreOffice appears to be completely stable.

I must add to this that my system has halted in the very same manner with LibreOffice, Inkscape and GIMP in various circumstances. I presently have a bug listed on Launchpad related to the Inkscape issue, with no confirmation as yet. It's a rare bug, apparently. Mind you it only occurred in Cinnamon, and not MATE. I have isolated the system halts to Compiz, and apparently Compiz's own window manager. This system has run Linux Mint 12, Mint 13 Cinnamon and is right now running Mint 13 MATE.

I'd like to stress that this appears to be an issue with Compiz on Mint 13 Maya, and that the system halts are all symptoms. From the posts I've read there are some workarounds, but I have to pin this on Compiz. Unfortunately it's the fastest Window Manager out there that I am familiar with (I'm a newbie, to be sure), especially for slightly older hardware.

If you are experiencing system halts in Linux Mint with Cinnamon or MATE and Compiz, try the alternative window manager. It may work for you, though I admit it does not feel as fluid.

Here is an edited system report for reference.

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  Computer

Summary
Computer
Processor   Genuine Intel(R) CPU T1350 @ 1.86GHz
Memory   1015MB (565MB used)
Operating System   Linux Mint 13 Maya
Date/Time   Mon 18 Jun 2012 11:29:00 AM PDT
Display
Resolution   1280x800 pixels
OpenGL Renderer   Mesa DRI Intel(R) 945GM x86/MMX/SSE2
X11 Vendor   The X.Org Foundation
Multimedia
Audio Adapter   HDA-Intel - HDA Intel
Input Devices
Lid Switch   
Power Button   
Power Button   
AT Translated Set 2 keyboard   
USB Optical Mouse   
Video Bus   
SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad   
HDA Intel Mic   
HDA Intel Line-Out   
Printers
No printers found   
SCSI Disks
ATA FUJITSU MHZ2120B   
MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ-841S   

Operating System
Version
Kernel   Linux 3.2.0-25-generic (i686)
Compiled   #40-Ubuntu SMP Wed May 23 20:33:05 UTC 2012
C Library   Unknown
Default C Compiler   GNU C Compiler version 4.6.3 (Ubuntu/Linaro
4.6.3-1ubuntu5)
Distribution   Linux Mint 13 Maya
Current Session
Desktop Environment   Unknown (Window Manager: Metacity)
Misc
Uptime   11 hours, 43 minutes
Load Average   4.28, 4.82, 5.15

Kernel Modules
Loaded Modules
snd_hda_codec_si3054   Si3054 HD-audio modem codec
snd_hda_codec_realtek   Realtek HD-audio codec
joydev   Joystick device interfaces
arc4   ARC4 Cipher Algorithm
snd_hda_intel   Intel HDA driver
snd_hda_codec   HDA codec core
snd_hwdep   Hardware dependent layer
snd_pcm   Midlevel PCM code for ALSA.
pcmcia   PCMCIA Driver Services
snd_seq_midi   Advanced Linux Sound Architecture sequencer MIDI synth.
snd_rawmidi   Midlevel RawMidi code for ALSA.
tifm_7xx1   TI FlashMedia host driver
tifm_core   TI FlashMedia core driver
snd_seq_midi_event   MIDI byte <-> sequencer event coder
yenta_socket   
pcmcia_rsrc   
psmouse   PS/2 mouse driver
pcmcia_core   Linux Kernel Card Services
serio_raw   Raw serio driver
rfcomm   Bluetooth RFCOMM ver 1.11
parport_pc   PC-style parallel port driver
snd_seq   Advanced Linux Sound Architecture sequencer.
i915   Intel Graphics
ppdev   
bnep   Bluetooth BNEP ver 1.3
iwl3945   Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG/BG Network Connection driver for Linux
bluetooth   Bluetooth Core ver 2.16
iwl_legacy   iwl-legacy: common functions for 3945 and 4965
binfmt_misc   
snd_timer   ALSA timer interface
drm_kms_helper   DRM KMS helper
mac80211   IEEE 802.11 subsystem
snd_seq_device   ALSA sequencer device management
drm   DRM shared core routines
snd   Advanced Linux Sound Architecture driver for soundcards.
cfg80211   wireless configuration support
mac_hid   
i2c_algo_bit   I2C-Bus bit-banging algorithm
soundcore   Core sound module
video   ACPI Video Driver
snd_page_alloc   Memory allocator for ALSA system.
lp   
parport   
usbhid   USB HID core driver
hid   
firewire_ohci   Driver for PCI OHCI IEEE1394 controllers
firewire_core   Core IEEE1394 transaction logic
sdhci_pci   Secure Digital Host Controller Interface PCI driver
sdhci   Secure Digital Host Controller Interface core driver
e100   Intel(R) PRO/100 Network Driver
crc_itu_t   CRC ITU-T V.41 calculations

Display
Display
Resolution   1280x800 pixels
Vendor   The X.Org Foundation
Version   1.11.3
Monitors
Monitor 0   1280x800 pixels
Extensions
BIG-REQUESTS   
Composite   
DAMAGE   
DOUBLE-BUFFER   
DPMS   
DRI2   
GLX   
Generic Event Extension   
MIT-SCREEN-SAVER   
MIT-SHM   
RANDR   
RECORD   
RENDER   
SECURITY   
SGI-GLX   
SHAPE   
SYNC   
X-Resource   
XC-MISC   
XFIXES   
XFree86-DGA   
XFree86-VidModeExtension   
XINERAMA   
XInputExtension   
XKEYBOARD   
XTEST   
XVideo   
OpenGL
Vendor   Tungsten Graphics, Inc
Renderer   Mesa DRI Intel(R) 945GM x86/MMX/SSE2
Version   1.4 Mesa 8.0.2
Direct Rendering   Yes


This is is not the result of an exacting troubleshooting methodology, rather a process of trial-and-error-until-my-system-is-stable approach.

So far so good.
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