Problems with LM Cinnamon on an Asus Zenbook

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Problems with LM Cinnamon on an Asus Zenbook

Post by Rehdon » Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:38 am

Hello everybody,
I've recently bought an Asus Zenbook UX310UQ and installed LM Cinnamon 18.3 on it: it works, but I've been surprised by some problems I met, not yet resolved by subsequent Cinnamon updates.

1. UI scaling is not perfect: the resolution of 1920x1080 on a 13.3" screen must be tricky to handle because I still can't feel perfectly ok with my screen, even after tweaking the font size (this is discounting the fact that older applications have problems scaling).

2. The Bluetooth applet shows BT is always on, even if I disabled it in the startup sequence. Is it just the applet, or is there a problem with BT activating even if I don't want it to? If it is the applet, why does it report BT as active?

3. Little glitches with the standard theme: on my desktop box I have arrows for column bars, f.i., but not on this laptop; I put the user applet on the right side of the bar, and there is a 1-2 pixel space meaning I can't activate it moving the cursor on the extreme right side.

4. Desktop icons move up as described in this bug: https://github.com/linuxmint/nemo/issues/1674 This is quite annoying, and a bit worrying that the bug hasn't been fixed yet.

5. Last, but definitely not least, from time to time Cinnamon freezes: the only option is to turn the computer off and restart. Fortunately it doesn't happen that frequently, and I do realize that some regression is possible (especially when updating the kernel frequently because of the bugs that have to be fixed), but it is a really unpleasant feeling that I get every time, also consider that Windows hasn't done that yet!!!

All in all I'm still happy with Cinnamon, but I wonder why if feels so unstable and glitchy, especially considering that 18.3 being at the end of the 18 series should be more stable than previous versions. I hope Cinnamon 19 will fix these problems, focusing on refining and stability.

Any suggestions to improve my config welcome, of course.

R

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Re: Problems with LM Cinnamon on an Asus Zenbook

Post by Moem » Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:11 am

Hello, can you please post the result of the following terminal command, and enclose it in code tags? It's the button marked </>. This is needed for pretty much any question about your system, so it's a good habit to post it straight away.

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Re: Problems with LM Cinnamon on an Asus Zenbook

Post by Rehdon » Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:18 am

There you go, I just noticed a big FAILED flag ...

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System:    Host: Odin Kernel: 4.13.0-36-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
           Desktop: Cinnamon 3.6.7 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3)
           Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia
Machine:   System: ASUSTeK (portable) product: UX310UQK v: 1.0
           Mobo: ASUSTeK model: UX310UQK v: 1.0
           Bios: American Megatrends v: UX310UQK.306 date: 08/09/2017
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i7-7500U (-HT-MCP-) cache: 4096 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 11616
           clock speeds: max: 3500 MHz 1: 2900 MHz 2: 2900 MHz 3: 2900 MHz
           4: 2900 MHz
Graphics:  Card-1: Intel Device 5916 bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Card-2: NVIDIA GM108M [GeForce 940MX] bus-ID: 01:00.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) FAILED: nouveau
           Resolution: 1920x1080@60.05hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 620 (Kaby Lake GT2)
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.2.8 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel Device 9d71 driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1f.3
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.13.0-36-generic
Network:   Card: Intel Wireless 8260 driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 02:00.0
           IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 512.1GB (10.9% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: SanDisk_SD8SN8U5 size: 512.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 19G used: 15G (84%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda5
           ID-2: /home size: 193G used: 36G (20%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda8
           ID-3: swap-1 size: 2.05GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda7
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 47.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 216 Uptime: 4:03 Memory: 3982.5/7860.5MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35 

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Re: Problems with LM Cinnamon on an Asus Zenbook

Post by Moem » Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:29 am

Looks like Rubber Duck debugging is alive and well. :D
I'm sure someone here can help you fix that!
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Re: Problems with LM Cinnamon on an Asus Zenbook

Post by Rehdon » Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:27 am

I'm not sure what you're meaning by that, could you please explain? Thank you.

R

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Re: Problems with LM Cinnamon on an Asus Zenbook

Post by Moem » Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:41 am

Did you click the link? I meant that while you were giving me more information, you discovered an important fact that will most likely help solve the problem.
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Re: Problems with LM Cinnamon on an Asus Zenbook

Post by Rehdon » Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:07 pm

Well that sounds like good news :) Is the FAILED message the hint?

Yes I clicked on the link but it seemed like an ironic site LOL

Thank you,

R

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Re: Problems with LM Cinnamon on an Asus Zenbook

Post by Moem » Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:11 pm

Rehdon wrote:
Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:07 pm
Is the FAILED message the hint?
Exactly. I can't do anything with that but there are others here who can. Good luck!
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Re: Problems with LM Cinnamon on an Asus Zenbook

Post by Rehdon » Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:16 am

A few weeks later, I wonder how that may happen ... perhaps I should open an issue on GitHub? Has any developer opened one, or noted the problem?

In the meanwhile, my shiny new laptop continues to freeze randomly, and all the other problems I mentioned I still there. Please don't make me go back to Gnome or (ugh!) Windows ... this is a working tool for me, and I can't afford for it to be unreliable :(

Thank you,

R

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