[SOLVED] Bad performance Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3

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[SOLVED] Bad performance Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3

Post by mrflash3 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:41 pm

Hello,

I need your help. I just installed Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3, but the graphical experience is a little bit bad. Dragging windows(especially with Google Chrome) is pretty laggy. Also, from time to time, it seems like my cursor freezes for a second and after that continue to work normally. User experience, in comparison to Windows 10, is worse, I am a very big fan of Linux Mint so this situation makes me sad. Here is the inxi -Fszr output:

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System:    Host: MrFlash Kernel: 4.10.0-38-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
           Desktop: Cinnamon 3.6.6  Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia
Machine:   System: Dell (portable) product: Latitude E7470
           Mobo: Dell model: 0T6HHJ v: A00
           Bios: Dell v: 1.15.4 date: 05/12/2017
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5-6300U (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB 
           clock speeds: max: 3000 MHz 1: 499 MHz 2: 499 MHz 3: 499 MHz
           4: 499 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Sky Lake Integrated Graphics
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 2560x1080@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 520 (Skylake GT2)
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.0.7
Audio:     Card Intel Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-38-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel Ethernet Connection I219-LM driver: e1000e
           IF: enp0s31f6 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Intel Wireless 8260 driver: iwlwifi
           IF: wlp1s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 256.1GB (5.6% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: INTEL_SSDSCKKF25 size: 256.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 227G used: 5.9G (3%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 8.40GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 45.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Repos:     Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list
           deb [arch=amd64] http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list
           deb http://packages.linuxmint.com sylvia main upstream import backport #id:linuxmint_main
           deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial main restricted universe multiverse
           deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates main restricted universe multiverse
           deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-backports main restricted universe multiverse
           deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial-security main restricted universe multiverse
           deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ xenial partner
Info:      Processes: 204 Uptime: 22 min Memory: 939.1/7801.5MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.3
I applied intel-microcode driver from driver manager(I don't not if I should do that) and I checked 'Disable compositing for full-screen windows' from Preferences->General menu, but there is no difference.

Does anyone has the advice on what I could try? I really hope that there is some solution for this situation.

All the best and have a nice day :)
Last edited by mrflash3 on Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:25 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Bad performance Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3

Post by ClixTrix » Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:03 pm

I would update the BIOS on that laptop to most current (instead of the Intel microcode update).

Then, try update to latest 4.13 kernel with all service from Update Manager applied. The old 4.10 Kernel you have is no longer receiving patches/updates.
Linux Mint 18.3 x64 Cinnamon Kernel 4.15.0-23-generic
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Re: Bad performance Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3

Post by mrflash3 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:19 pm

Thank you so much for the reply!

I didn't realized that. Is there any simple way to update bios using Linux Mint? I did that only on Windows system, so I don't want to break something :D

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Re: Bad performance Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3

Post by ClixTrix » Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:51 pm

You need to following BIOS update instructions from the manufacturer/Dell at their download site.
Linux Mint 18.3 x64 Cinnamon Kernel 4.15.0-23-generic
Gigabyte GA-AB350M-D3H (F20) / Ryzen 5 1600 / Micron Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400 2x8GB / XFX HD5450-1GB
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Re: Bad performance Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3

Post by mrflash3 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:04 am

Thank you sooo much, you are amazing!

I did everything you said, updated bios version to the latest 1.18.5 and kernel to 4.13 version. I also updated all of the drivers from driver manager, and the performance is so much better! It is still a little bit laggy in situation where I have one window over another(especially when I have my browser opened and open files window for example), so I need to find a way to fix that, but still this is a very big improvement, thank you again! :)

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Re: Bad performance Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3

Post by Laurent85 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:21 am

From the release notes https://www.linuxmint.com/rel_sylvia_cinnamon.php
If your Intel GPU is recent enough (2007 or newer) it is recommended to remove the legacy Intel driver "xserver-xorg-video-intel" and to use the built-in modesetting driver instead:

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apt remove xserver-xorg-video-intel
sudo reboot
Not only will the modesetting fix the freeze issue when changing resolutions, it should also work better with Cinnamon and produce better performance.
Remove the intel driver as explained and use the built in modesetting driver with your hardware.
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Re: Bad performance Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3

Post by mrflash3 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:20 am

Thank you so much for the reply!

I removed xserver but I don't see any progression, actually now is a little bit worse because, I see that it has periods when it is pretty laggy, it lasts some time and after that it returns to normal. That situation repeats every once in awhile. So now I don't know what to do :/

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Re: Bad performance Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3

Post by Pjotr » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:24 am

Disable all visual effects in Cinnamon:
https://sites.google.com/site/easylinux ... n-Cinnamon
(item 7.1, right column)
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Re: Bad performance Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3

Post by mrflash3 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:48 am

Thank you for the reply!

I don't know if that is the problem, my laptop has 8GB DDR4 ram memory, 256GB SSD and Intel I5 6300U, in my opinion it would be strange if that isn't enough to run Linux Mint normally with effects. Windows 10 worked without any problem, and I think Windows 10 is more hardware demanding, right? :/

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Re: Bad performance Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3

Post by Pjotr » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:54 am

mrflash3 wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:48 am
Thank you for the reply!

I don't know if that is the problem, my laptop has 8GB DDR4 ram memory, 256GB SSD and Intel I5 6300U, in my opinion it would be strange if that isn't enough to run Linux Mint normally with effects. Windows 10 worked without any problem, and I think Windows 10 is more hardware demanding, right? :/
You're absolutely right. But it's a practical workaround nevertheless.... Until the fixed kernel with the right graphical driver arrives (you'll probably need the 4.14 or even the 4.15 kernel series). :wink:
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Re: Bad performance Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3

Post by mrflash3 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:03 am

I disabled all of the effects and reboot system, the situation is the same :/ Hire is my inxi -G output, is that how it should looks like?

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Graphics:  Card: Intel Sky Lake Integrated Graphics
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 2560x1080@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 520 (Skylake GT2)
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.2.8

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Re: Bad performance Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3

Post by mrflash3 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:24 am

I ended up installing Linux Mint 18.3 KDE, because there everything works pretty great out of the box. It is a shame because Cinnamon is my favorite flavor of Linux Mint, but never mind, I will wait until new kernel is released and test that. Thank you all for you effort, it was really helpful :)

All the best and have a nice day :)

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