Jumbled wallpaper LM 17.3 32b XFCE

All Gurus once were Newbies
Forum rules
There are no such things as "stupid" questions. However if you think your question is a bit stupid, then this is the right place for you to post it. Please stick to easy to-the-point questions that you feel people can answer fast. For long and complicated questions prefer the other forums within the support section.
Before you post please read how to get help
Pastcal
Level 2
Level 2
Posts: 89
Joined: Tue May 07, 2013 12:06 pm

Jumbled wallpaper LM 17.3 32b XFCE

Postby Pastcal » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:31 am

I've just done a fresh install of LM 17.3 32 bit XFCE, to replace 17.0 32 bit XFCE on the same hardware. Everything works as expected except the wallpaper (or the plain colour) is jumbled on start up. If I change or adjust the wallpaper the jumbling goes away until the next boot. I've googled the problem and searched here and tried changing the compositor settings in Window Manager Tweeks and Window Manager to no avail.

The hardware is an ancient HP/Compaq SFF single core desktop. Any ideas? Thanks.

Hoser Rob
Level 9
Level 9
Posts: 2895
Joined: Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:57 am

Re: Jumbled wallpaper LM 17.3 32b XFCE

Postby Hoser Rob » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:45 am

You should provide more system info ... copy/paste this to the terminal and copy/paste the text output here ...

Code: Select all

inxi -Fxz


... but for old single core hardware the first thing I'd try is turning off the compositor altogether. The easiest way is to go to Settings > Desktop Settings > Windows. Change the selection in the drop down menu to just 'Xfwm4'. In fact I've installed Xfce on more powerful systems and that was still one of the first things I did.

Pastcal
Level 2
Level 2
Posts: 89
Joined: Tue May 07, 2013 12:06 pm

Re: Jumbled wallpaper LM 17.3 32b XFCE

Postby Pastcal » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:08 am

"try is turning off the compositor altogether. The easiest way is to go to Settings > Desktop Settings > Windows. Change the selection in the drop down menu to just 'Xfwm4'." Yes I tried that but no improvement.

Code: Select all

dallas@peckary ~ $ inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: peckary Kernel: 3.19.0-32-generic i686 (32 bit gcc: 4.8.2)
           Desktop: Xfce 4.12.2 (Gtk 2.24.23) Distro: Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa
Machine:   System: Hewlett-Packard product: N/A
           Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 0864h
           Bios: Hewlett-Packard v: 786B1 v2.43 date: 08/10/2004
CPU:       Single core Intel Celeron (-UP-) cache: 128 KB
           flags: (pae sse sse2) bmips: 3990 speed: 1995 MHz (max)
Graphics:  Card: Intel 82865G Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.17.1 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1440x900@75.0hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 865G x86/MMX/SSE2
           GLX Version: 1.3 Mesa 10.5.9 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 Intel 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller
           driver: snd_intel8x0 ports: 1000 1400 bus-ID: 00:1f.5
           Card-2 Logitech Quickcam 3000 For Business
           driver: USB Audio usb-ID: 001-002
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k3.19.0-32-generic
Network:   Card: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5782 Gigabit Ethernet
           driver: tg3 v: 3.137 bus-ID: 05:02.0
           IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 40.0GB (44.1% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST340014A size: 40.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 36G used: 16G (46%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 1.06GB used: 0.09GB (8%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   None detected - is lm-sensors installed and configured?
Info:      Processes: 147 Uptime: 2:08 Memory: 554.8/993.1MB
           Init: Upstart runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.4
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.111) inxi: 2.2.28
dallas@peckary ~ $
Last edited by karlchen on Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:56 am, edited 2 times in total.
Reason: [code] tags added around inxi screen output

Pastcal
Level 2
Level 2
Posts: 89
Joined: Tue May 07, 2013 12:06 pm

Re: Jumbled wallpaper LM 17.3 32b XFCE

Postby Pastcal » Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:20 am

Shameless bump

User avatar
karlchen
Level 18
Level 18
Posts: 8035
Joined: Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:21 am
Location: Germany

Re: Jumbled wallpaper LM 17.3 32b XFCE

Postby karlchen » Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:59 am

Hello, Pastcal.

I know it does not really explain why it did not happen on Mint 17 xfce, but why it only started on Mint 17.3.
But looking at your really old and powerless CPU in the inxi report

Code: Select all

CPU:       Single core Intel Celeron (-UP-) cache: 128 KB
           flags: (pae sse sse2) bmips: 3990 speed: 1995 MHz (max)
I am more amazed that this system runs any recent operating system at all. :?

Too late now, but perhaps instead of installing Mint 17.3 from scratch, doing an in-place upgrade from Mint 17 xfce to Mint 17.3 xfce through Update Manager - Edit - "Upgrade to Mint 17.3" would have spared you the problem.
In particular it would have spared you running a de-supported kernel 3.19.0. You would have continued using the still supported LTS kernel series 3.13.0.

Regards,
Karl
Image
Old bugs good, new bugs bad! Updates are evil: might fix old bugs and introduce no new ones.

Pastcal
Level 2
Level 2
Posts: 89
Joined: Tue May 07, 2013 12:06 pm

Re: Jumbled wallpaper LM 17.3 32b XFCE

Postby Pastcal » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:02 am

karlchen wrote:<snip>your really old and powerless CPU in the inxi report

Code: Select all

CPU:       Single core Intel Celeron (-UP-) cache: 128 KB
           flags: (pae sse sse2) bmips: 3990 speed: 1995 MHz (max)
I am more amazed that this system runs any recent operating system at all. :?

<snip>
Karl


Hello karlchen, thanks for the input. The system is indeed very old and slow, but surprisingly usable. The wallpaper issue isn't a huge problem really, but I thought there might be a simple solution. If not, well, 'no worries' as our Australian cousins say.


Return to “Newbie Questions”