GUI Lagging on fresh Mint 19.1

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GUI Lagging on fresh Mint 19.1

Post by lfm » Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:50 pm


since switching from an ancient Mint 16 (or as it 17?) to a brand-new Mint 19.1 MATE (complete re-install from scratch including manually restoring the relevant parts of /home from backup), my system is lagging continually. I notice these lags during

- scrolling (mildly), e.g. in Firefox, but also in LibreOffice Writer and other software
- while typing (severely), for instance in LibreOffice Writer, Firefox (e.g. Google Mail, Whatsapp Web), Thunderbird - quite often, I can type the characters of a complete line before anything is displayed (but then again, for the next half minute, everything is instantaneous). Especially annoying are the lags occuring during note entry in MuseScore.

Switching between nvidia-390 and nouveau does not seem to make any difference. Should it be true that my poor notebook is too old for a smooth desktop experience?

Output of inxi -Fxz:

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  Host: Aquarium Kernel: 4.15.0-43-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc 
  v: 7.3.0 Desktop: MATE 1.20.1 Distro: Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa 
  base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic 
  Type: Laptop System: Acer product: Aspire E5-574G v: V1.11 
  serial: <filter> 
  Mobo: Acer model: Zoro_SL v: V1.11 serial: <filter> UEFI: Insyde v: 1.11 
  date: 12/23/2015 
  ID-1: BAT1 charge: 21.7 Wh condition: 25.6/37.0 Wh (69%) 
  model: SANYO AL15A32 status: Discharging 
  Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Core i5-6200U bits: 64 type: MT MCP 
  arch: Skylake rev: 3 L2 cache: 3072 KiB 
  flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 19200 
  Speed: 2600 MHz min/max: 400/2700 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 2600 2: 2637 
  3: 2600 4: 2659 
  Device-1: Intel HD Graphics 520 vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI Skylake GT2 
  driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 
  Device-2: NVIDIA GM108M [GeForce 940M] vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI 
  driver: nvidia v: 390.77 bus ID: 01:00.0 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: modesetting,nvidia 
  unloaded: fbdev,nouveau,vesa resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz 
  OpenGL: renderer: GeForce 940M/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 390.77 
  direct render: Yes 
  Device-1: Intel Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1f.3 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.15.0-43-generic 
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet 
  vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: 3000 
  bus ID: 02:00.0 
  IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter> 
  Device-2: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter 
  vendor: Foxconn driver: ath10k_pci v: kernel port: 3000 bus ID: 03:00.0 
  IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: <filter> 
  Local Storage: total: 931.51 GiB used: 786.25 GiB (84.4%) 
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Western Digital model: WD10JPVX-22JC3T0 
  size: 931.51 GiB temp: 28 C 
  ID-1: / size: 93.37 GiB used: 18.35 GiB (19.7%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2 
  ID-2: /home size: 813.91 GiB used: 767.89 GiB (94.3%) fs: ext4 
  dev: /dev/sda3 
  ID-3: swap-1 size: 9.08 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda4 
  System Temperatures: cpu: 53.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: 49 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A 
  Processes: 185 Uptime: 13m Memory: 7.66 GiB used: 1.93 GiB (25.2%) 
  Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 7.3.0 Shell: bash v: 4.4.19 
  inxi: 3.0.27

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Re: GUI Lagging on fresh Mint 19.1

Post by lfm » Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:56 pm

I just noticed something that might be related: The system is continually firing cpu 4 at maximum load and almost not using the first three cores.


Is this a known problem?

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Re: GUI Lagging on fresh Mint 19.1

Post by Hoser Rob » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:44 am

WHere did you get that Nvidia driver from? Driver Manager is the best place to find such drivers, almost always.

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Re: GUI Lagging on fresh Mint 19.1

Post by lfm » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:28 am

That's where I obtained them. Why do you ask - is there something strange about the version number?

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Re: GUI Lagging on fresh Mint 19.1

Post by Pheeble » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:05 pm

I can't offer much of a solution in Mate. I experienced the same thing - particularly the lag in displaying typed text in any window (Xed, terminal, whatever).

Eventually I got so fed up with it I wiped the installation and replaced it with Linux Mint 19.1 XFCE. No problem so far.

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Re: GUI Lagging on fresh Mint 19.1

Post by trytip » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:20 pm

just open top in Terminal while you are lagging. the system monitor quite often uses a lot of cpu on it's own just showing you what's going on

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Re: GUI Lagging on fresh Mint 19.1

Post by moretocome » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:23 pm

I bit of a guess, but since LibreOffice uses Firefox themes, most of the software you mention is Mozilla related, and their software changed fundamentally since LM16/17. If you restored your profiles from your previous home folder it might be incompatible settings or themes.

Did you try removing the relevant hidden configuration folders from your home folder to start with fresh profiles to see if that makes a difference?

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Re: GUI Lagging on fresh Mint 19.1

Post by Chrisj01 » Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:49 pm

Whilst the lagging is occurring, run "top" command (or "htop" if you have that installed), and see what is using the 100% of one of your cores. That is what is causing the lagging, it is normal for some programs to only use one core, depends how the program was coded, but whatever program it is is causing the lagging.

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