Cinnamon high CPU usage in Mint 18

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Re: Cinnamon high CPU usage in Mint 18

Post by Spaniard85 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:20 pm

Tossing my name in with this issue.

MacBook 6,1 with Core2Duo @ 2.26ghz and 4gb RAM.

Withing minutes of booting into cinnamon, its cpu usage climbs to 100% and beyond, even just sitting idle. Looks like others use the "fix" of switching to MATE, which is what I'm gonna do tonight.

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Re: Cinnamon high CPU usage in Mint 18

Post by Yelsikneb » Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:24 am

For fellow dumb people out there, I had this issue after accidentally installing gnome-session. It changed my default desktop environment to Cinnamon (software rendering) without me noticing. After uninstall GNOME, I noticed the different C icon in the top-right corner of my login windo, logged in using normal Cinnamon with hardware rendering, and I'm back down to low CPU usage! Woohoo!

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Re: Cinnamon high CPU usage in Mint 18

Post by rotozeev » Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:55 am

Have the same problem.
Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.1 64bit, laptop Lenovo G50

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Re: Cinnamon high CPU usage in Mint 18

Post by Spearmint2 » Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:07 pm

I don't know if this helps, but I've seen a lot of complaints on forums about systemd and it's journald causing CPU overrun. You might want to see if that applies to your system. If you run this, you can see if your system uses systemd and if it's PID is 1, showing it's in command instead of Upstart.

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ps -eaf | grep [s]ystemd
Or could run htop and see
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