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Re: Anyone else get flickering desktop backgrounds and windows periodically on NVIDIA cards in Cinnamon?

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:50 pm
by Yfrwlf
jodel wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:53 am
I am using the Nouveau Driver and have the exact same effect. Black Boxes randomly appearing on the second screen and being really annoying and flickering. GTK CSS fix applied but did not work.

As I use the Nouveau Driver and _not_ the NVIDIA driver, I daresay it's nothing to do with the NVIDIA driver but with a second monitor setup in Linux Mint 19.

This didn't happen to me in Linux Mint 18.
That would mean it's a Xorg or Muffin/Cinnamon issue I assume. I always install the proprietary driver since you can't do gaming without it.

Re: Anyone else get flickering desktop backgrounds and windows periodically on NVIDIA cards in Cinnamon?

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:58 pm
by recluce
Interesting, I have the same issue with a dual and one triple screen setup, both using Nvidia cards and Nvidia drivers. Here is my system configuration:

Cinnamon: 4.0.0
Muffin: 4.0.0-1
xorg-server: 1.20.3-1
nvidia driver: 410.66-3
Linux Kernel: 4.18.16

GPU on System 1: Nvidia GTX 970 (Intel CPU without graphics)
GPU on System 2: Nvidia Quadro P4000 (Intel graphics disabled in BIOS)

Now comes a big difference in system configuration that does not seem to make a difference, I still get occasional random flicker on both machines, mostly of backgrounds: I am not running Cinnamon on Mint, but on Artix Rolling (Artix is an Arch Linux fork without systemd). So the issue seems to be very much OS independent and just connected "somehow" to the interaction between Cinnamon / xorg / Nvidia Card. Oddly, I did not have these problems on the same hardware with Mint 17 (and whatever the versions of the other software were back then).

Re: Anyone else get flickering desktop backgrounds and windows periodically on NVIDIA cards in Cinnamon?

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:19 pm
by benchrest
I had the problem of the background flickering once a week or so with 18 - 18.3 cinnamon with an GEFORCE EN210 older graphics. I upgraded to GEFORCE GTX 1050ti preparing for 19. After installing 19 and now 19.1 cinnamon I have only seen the background flicker maybe once in the last month. BUT on a daily basis I am seeing a similar problem with a window. If I open a window on the primary monitor and drag it to the secondary in will more than flicker but at a slower rate and stop after 4 or five slow flicker or it might just blank out completely. Then if I click somewhere on the secondary it reappears. Don't know if this is the same problem showing little different. I am at kernel 4.15.0-43 and nvidia driver 390.77 I drag windows back and forth quite a bit so happening twice a day is not to often.
Rich

Re: Anyone else get flickering desktop backgrounds and windows periodically on NVIDIA cards in Cinnamon?

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:16 am
by VtPoet
Just upgraded to Linux Mint 19.1 and am experiencing severe flickering and misplaced frames (window elements flickering back and forth between former and current states):

System: Host: vtpoet-Lenovo-Yoga-2-11 Kernel: 4.18.0-041800-generic x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.0.8
Distro: Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa
Machine: Type: Laptop System: LENOVO product: 20428 v: Lenovo Yoga 2 11 serial: <root required>
Mobo: LENOVO model: VIUU4 v: 31900058WIN serial: <root required> UEFI [Legacy]: LENOVO v: AACN21WW
date: 01/30/2015
Battery: ID-1: BAT0 charge: 27.2 Wh condition: 27.2/34.0 Wh (80%)
CPU: Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Core i3-4012Y bits: 64 type: MT MCP L2 cache: 3072 KiB
Speed: 627 MHz min/max: 600/1500 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 859 2: 852 3: 817 4: 788
Graphics: Device-1: Intel driver: i915 v: kernel
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa resolution: 1366x768~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Haswell v: 4.5 Mesa 18.0.5

It's so bad that I'm having a hard time typing this comment.I'll probably have to install a different DE if there isn't a quick solution to this?

Edit: Just restarted Cinnamon (Alt-F2 + r), as a hail Mary, and that seems to have solved the issue? (Until the next restart?) Stay tuned.

Re: Anyone else get flickering desktop backgrounds and windows periodically on NVIDIA cards in Cinnamon?

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:00 am
by Yfrwlf
VtPoet wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:16 am
Just upgraded to Linux Mint 19.1 and am experiencing severe flickering and misplaced frames (window elements flickering back and forth between former and current states):

System: Host: vtpoet-Lenovo-Yoga-2-11 Kernel: 4.18.0-041800-generic x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.0.8
Distro: Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa
Machine: Type: Laptop System: LENOVO product: 20428 v: Lenovo Yoga 2 11 serial: <root required>
Mobo: LENOVO model: VIUU4 v: 31900058WIN serial: <root required> UEFI [Legacy]: LENOVO v: AACN21WW
date: 01/30/2015
Battery: ID-1: BAT0 charge: 27.2 Wh condition: 27.2/34.0 Wh (80%)
CPU: Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Core i3-4012Y bits: 64 type: MT MCP L2 cache: 3072 KiB
Speed: 627 MHz min/max: 600/1500 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 859 2: 852 3: 817 4: 788
Graphics: Device-1: Intel driver: i915 v: kernel
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa resolution: 1366x768~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Haswell v: 4.5 Mesa 18.0.5

It's so bad that I'm having a hard time typing this comment.I'll probably have to install a different DE if there isn't a quick solution to this?

Edit: Just restarted Cinnamon (Alt-F2 + r), as a hail Mary, and that seems to have solved the issue? (Until the next restart?) Stay tuned.
That's a different issue. The severe screen flickering after upgrading to Mint 19.1 from 19 has been reported in this thread: viewtopic.php?p=1571645#p1571645

See my post where I asked everyone to try this but didn't get a response:
Would someone please try opening mintwelcome or "Welcome Screen" as it's called in the menu, and go to "First Steps" and try selecting the "traditional" or "modern" desktop layouts and see if either of those fix the problem? Because I have a sneaky suspicion that will take care of it, that there is some weird configuration cruft being leftover after upgrades that isn't getting cleaned out for certain configurations that is causing this problem.
Try that. If that doesn't work and there are no other solutions, reinstalling 19.1 from the ISO definitely does fix it. Hopefully you won't have to go to that length to solve it, though.

The issue being reported in this thread is certain windows in Cinnamon periodically and rarely blinking black, not flickering constantly insanely like with the 19.1 upgrade issue. They might be related to the same bug, though, who knows.

Re: Anyone else get flickering desktop backgrounds and windows periodically on NVIDIA cards in Cinnamon?

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:45 pm
by Kilz
I tend to get it whenever I install any nvidia driver other than 340. I do have an older card though, 560 ti.

Re: Anyone else get flickering desktop backgrounds and windows periodically on NVIDIA cards in Cinnamon?

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:17 am
by BaconPancakes
Linux Mint 19.1 - Cinnamon
Kernels: 4.18.0-13, 4.15.0-43
Nvidia drivers: 415.25 & 396.54 (MSI 1080)

Three monitor set up. Middle is primary, no flickering or shenanigans there. It happens predominantly on the right-most monitor, rarely on the left. 3D applications (Wine->DXVK->World of Warcraft for example.) don't do it. I use Dolphin, and 9:10 if it flickers or something strange happens the custom-background css I used to change it's colours are no longer applied. I can trigger the flicker with it fairly reliably by starting a new window on main screen, moving it right and then clicking on middle screen without touching the window once drag 'n drop is ended. It's not personally an issue, and it's easy to stop it once it starts (just highlight/click/select the misbehaving one) but I thought I'd throw out what little information I had.