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Fedora 20 graphics (?!) slow, no matter if gnome 3, gnome classic, KDE, Mate

Hi there,

As a first note: This question might be related to https://ask.fedoraproject.org/en/question/37783/solved-installed-fedora-20-on-new-computer-and-it-is-very-slow-need-help/ but since the title of that one says "solved" although it was never explictly mentioned how I am reposting here. Please feel free to give me hints on how I can "link" this to the other one.

So now to my problem: I have recently upgraded from Fedora 17 to Fedora 20 doing a full fresh install (remove everything, install from scratch). Prior to the upgrade everything ran snappy. After the upgrade the system runs slow so that it is hard to really work with it. Let me define this slow a bit more:

  • When I e.g. switch from one window to another or switch desktops, having to wait 3-5 seconds is usual.
  • When I am writing an email with e.g. Thunderbird I can write faster than the words will be displayed in the mail (talking seconds here) If I have to remove characters or put my cursor at a different spot in the same mail, it takes up to 5 seconds to finally be there.
  • Skype used to be working easily, but now all voice transmission from the peer I talk to is getting to me in broken up pieces (the other side can understand me fine though). I am sure this is not to the bandwidth for my downstream or their upstream - since a) it used to work with Fedora 17, and b) (sorry to say that ;-) ) it works fine with both iOS and Windows 7.

First of all - I though this is maybe due to Gnome 3, but I tried, Gnome 3, Gnome classic, KDE, Mate and they are all more or less showing a similar behavior.

I am running a fairly decent HP laptop (EliteBook 2570p) with an 4-core Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3520M CPU @ 2.90GHz and 8 GB RAM, so I am pretty confident this problem is not due to not enough system resources. The CPU also does not show up to be too busy. As before I have a /boot a / and a swap partition (on the same disk). I use luks as before on / and swap. swap is 4GB as before (and also far from being full).

So I feel that this might be a graphic driver issue. Actually the only thing that I did different from last installs was leaving my laptop in a docking station with a 24 inch monitor attached when I did the install. No errros btw in the install itself.

I did all the recent system updates that were published but now I really don't have a clue why this problem is happening and/or how to track it down and I am hoping someone here can help. I am using my laptop for business purposes and this is the last try before I would probably have to roll back to an older version of Fedora to make the laptop "usable" again.

Any help is appreciated and I am happy to post any logs that might be required if you instruct how to obtain them (I am rather familiar with the general mechanics of Linux/Fedora but e.g. don't have a clue how to track down this issue).

Thank you very much in advance, your help is greatly appreciated!

hh

Fedora 20 graphics (?!) slow, no matter if gnome 3, gnome classic, KDE, Mate

Hi there,

As a first note: This question might be related to https://ask.fedoraproject.org/en/question/37783/solved-installed-fedora-20-on-new-computer-and-it-is-very-slow-need-help/ but since the title of that one says "solved" although it was never explictly mentioned how I am reposting here. Please feel free to give me hints on how I can "link" this to the other one.

So now to my problem: I have recently upgraded from Fedora 17 to Fedora 20 doing a full fresh install (remove everything, install from scratch). Prior to the upgrade everything ran snappy. After the upgrade the system runs slow so that it is hard to really work with it. Let me define this slow a bit more:

  • When I e.g. switch from one window to another or switch desktops, having to wait 3-5 seconds is usual.
  • When I am writing an email with e.g. Thunderbird I can write faster than the words will be displayed in the mail (talking seconds here) If I have to remove characters or put my cursor at a different spot in the same mail, it takes up to 5 seconds to finally be there.
  • Skype used to be working easily, but now all voice transmission from the peer I talk to is getting to me in broken up pieces (the other side can understand me fine though). I am sure this is not to the bandwidth for my downstream or their upstream - since a) it used to work with Fedora 17, and b) (sorry to say that ;-) ) it works fine with both iOS and Windows 7.

First of all - I though this is maybe due to Gnome 3, but I tried, Gnome 3, Gnome classic, KDE, Mate and they are all more or less showing a similar behavior.

I am running a fairly decent HP laptop (EliteBook 2570p) with an 4-core Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3520M CPU @ 2.90GHz and 8 GB RAM, so I am pretty confident this problem is not due to not enough system resources. The CPU also does not show up to be too busy. As before I have a /boot a / and a swap partition (on the same disk). I use luks as before on / and swap. swap is 4GB as before (and also far from being full).

So I feel that this might be a graphic driver issue. Actually the only thing that I did different from last installs was leaving my laptop in a docking station with a 24 inch monitor attached when I did the install. No errros btw in the install itself.

I did all the recent system updates that were published but now I really don't have a clue why this problem is happening and/or how to track it down and I am hoping someone here can help. I am using my laptop for business purposes and this is the last try before I would probably have to roll back to an older version of Fedora to make the laptop "usable" again.

Any help is appreciated and I am happy to post any logs that might be required if you instruct how to obtain them (I am rather familiar with the general mechanics of Linux/Fedora but e.g. don't have a clue how to track down this issue).

I ran the command sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda per suggestion in comments below and the results can be found in following link:

http://fpaste.org/72932/13910378/

Thank you very much in advance, your help is greatly appreciated!

hh

[Solved] Fedora 20 graphics (?!) slow, no matter if gnome 3, gnome classic, KDE, Mate

Hi there,

[Solved - see bottom of the question for summary and answers to the question for details]

As a first note: This question might be related to https://ask.fedoraproject.org/en/question/37783/solved-installed-fedora-20-on-new-computer-and-it-is-very-slow-need-help/ but since the title of that one says "solved" although it was never explictly mentioned how I am reposting here. Please feel free to give me hints on how I can "link" this to the other one.

So now to my problem: I have recently upgraded from Fedora 17 to Fedora 20 doing a full fresh install (remove everything, install from scratch). Prior to the upgrade everything ran snappy. After the upgrade the system runs slow so that it is hard to really work with it. Let me define this slow a bit more:

  • When I e.g. switch from one window to another or switch desktops, having to wait 3-5 seconds is usual.
  • When I am writing an email with e.g. Thunderbird I can write faster than the words will be displayed in the mail (talking seconds here) If I have to remove characters or put my cursor at a different spot in the same mail, it takes up to 5 seconds to finally be there.
  • Skype used to be working easily, but now all voice transmission from the peer I talk to is getting to me in broken up pieces (the other side can understand me fine though). I am sure this is not to the bandwidth for my downstream or their upstream - since a) it used to work with Fedora 17, and b) (sorry to say that ;-) ) it works fine with both iOS and Windows 7.

First of all - I though this is maybe due to Gnome 3, but I tried, Gnome 3, Gnome classic, KDE, Mate and they are all more or less showing a similar behavior.

I am running a fairly decent HP laptop (EliteBook 2570p) with an 4-core Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3520M CPU @ 2.90GHz and 8 GB RAM, so I am pretty confident this problem is not due to not enough system resources. The CPU also does not show up to be too busy. As before I have a /boot a / and a swap partition (on the same disk). I use luks as before on / and swap. swap is 4GB as before (and also far from being full).

So I feel that this might be a graphic driver issue. Actually the only thing that I did different from last installs was leaving my laptop in a docking station with a 24 inch monitor attached when I did the install. No errros btw in the install itself.

I did all the recent system updates that were published but now I really don't have a clue why this problem is happening and/or how to track it down and I am hoping someone here can help. I am using my laptop for business purposes and this is the last try before I would probably have to roll back to an older version of Fedora to make the laptop "usable" again.

Any help is appreciated and I am happy to post any logs that might be required if you instruct how to obtain them (I am rather familiar with the general mechanics of Linux/Fedora but e.g. don't have a clue how to track down this issue).

I ran the command sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda per suggestion in comments below and the results can be found in following link:

http://fpaste.org/72932/13910378/

Thank you very much in advance, your help is greatly appreciated!

2014-01-30 Update: The root cause of this problem has to be identified to have NOTHING at all to do with Fedora itself. Some sectors of my harddisk are corrupt and the relocation search actions related to write and read do slow down the harddisk and thus apparently impact the whole system. With the help of analysis by @Gileade and his suggestion to run the SMART tools I was able to provide helful logs, that @NikTh has nicely explained and pointed out the issues. Please see the two answers to this question of the two. Thanks again for your support - you were a great help!

hh

[Solved] Fedora 20 graphics (?!) slow, no matter if gnome 3, gnome classic, KDE, Mate

Hi there,

[Solved - see bottom of the question for summary and answers to the question for details]

As a first note: This question might be related to https://ask.fedoraproject.org/en/question/37783/solved-installed-fedora-20-on-new-computer-and-it-is-very-slow-need-help/ but since the title of that one says "solved" although it was never explictly mentioned how I am reposting here. Please feel free to give me hints on how I can "link" this to the other one.

So now to my problem: I have recently upgraded from Fedora 17 to Fedora 20 doing a full fresh install (remove everything, install from scratch). Prior to the upgrade everything ran snappy. After the upgrade the system runs slow so that it is hard to really work with it. Let me define this slow a bit more:

  • When I e.g. switch from one window to another or switch desktops, having to wait 3-5 seconds is usual.
  • When I am writing an email with e.g. Thunderbird I can write faster than the words will be displayed in the mail (talking seconds here) If I have to remove characters or put my cursor at a different spot in the same mail, it takes up to 5 seconds to finally be there.
  • Skype used to be working easily, but now all voice transmission from the peer I talk to is getting to me in broken up pieces (the other side can understand me fine though). I am sure this is not to the bandwidth for my downstream or their upstream - since a) it used to work with Fedora 17, and b) (sorry to say that ;-) ) it works fine with both iOS and Windows 7.

First of all - I though this is maybe due to Gnome 3, but I tried, Gnome 3, Gnome classic, KDE, Mate and they are all more or less showing a similar behavior.

I am running a fairly decent HP laptop (EliteBook 2570p) with an 4-core Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3520M CPU @ 2.90GHz and 8 GB RAM, so I am pretty confident this problem is not due to not enough system resources. The CPU also does not show up to be too busy. As before I have a /boot a / and a swap partition (on the same disk). I use luks as before on / and swap. swap is 4GB as before (and also far from being full).

So I feel that this might be a graphic driver issue. Actually the only thing that I did different from last installs was leaving my laptop in a docking station with a 24 inch monitor attached when I did the install. No errros btw in the install itself.

I did all the recent system updates that were published but now I really don't have a clue why this problem is happening and/or how to track it down and I am hoping someone here can help. I am using my laptop for business purposes and this is the last try before I would probably have to roll back to an older version of Fedora to make the laptop "usable" again.

Any help is appreciated and I am happy to post any logs that might be required if you instruct how to obtain them (I am rather familiar with the general mechanics of Linux/Fedora but e.g. don't have a clue how to track down this issue).

I ran the command sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda per suggestion in comments below and the results can be found in following link:

http://fpaste.org/72932/13910378/

Thank you very much in advance, your help is greatly appreciated!

2014-01-30 Update: The root cause of this problem has to be identified to have NOTHING at all to do with Fedora itself. Some sectors of my harddisk are corrupt and the relocation search actions related to write and read do slow down the harddisk and thus apparently impact the whole system. With the help of analysis by @Gileade and his suggestion to run the SMART tools I was able to provide helful logs, that @NikTh has nicely explained and pointed out the issues. Please see the two answers to this question of the two. Thanks again for your support - you were a great help!

hh