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Linux problem - Heavy graphical programs don't run

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Distro: Mandrake Linux 10

 

Card: NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4200

 

I'm using the NVIDIA drivers but graphical intensive programs (NWN, America's Army, even ZSNES) use a TON of cpu power thus making my system lag and the programs skip (almost on a regular beat???).

 

I can't find anything on google and I can't figure out how to fix this. The fact that it's eating so much CPU power makes me think there's something bugged with the NVIDIA drivers not being called/working properly.

 

This is really hard to explain.

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# File generated by XFdrake.

 

# **********************************************************************

# Refer to the XF86Config man page for details about the format of

# this file.

# **********************************************************************

 

Section "Files"

# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)

# By default, Mandrake 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of

# the X server to render fonts.

FontPath "unix/:-1"

EndSection

 

Section "ServerFlags"

#DontZap # disable <Crtl><Alt><BS> (server abort)

AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse doesn't work

#DontZoom # disable <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)

EndSection

 

Section "Module"

Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension

Load "v4l" # Video for Linux

Load "extmod"

Load "type1"

Load "freetype"

Load "glx"

EndSection

 

Section "InputDevice"

Identifier "Keyboard1"

Driver "Keyboard"

Option "XkbModel" "pc105"

Option "XkbLayout" "en_US"

Option "XkbOptions" ""

EndSection

 

Section "InputDevice"

Identifier "Mouse1"

Driver "mouse"

Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"

Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"

Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

EndSection

 

Section "Monitor"

Identifier "monitor1"

VendorName "Generic"

ModelName "1024x768 @ 70 Hz"

HorizSync 31.5-57.0

VertRefresh 50-70

 

# Sony Vaio C1(X,XS,VE,VN)?

# 1024x480 @ 85.6 Hz, 48 kHz hsync

ModeLine "1024x480" 65.00 1024 1032 1176 1344 480 488 494 563 -hsync -vsync

 

# TV fullscreen mode or DVD fullscreen output.

# 768x576 @ 79 Hz, 50 kHz hsync

ModeLine "768x576" 50.00 768 832 846 1000 576 590 595 630

 

# 768x576 @ 100 Hz, 61.6 kHz hsync

ModeLine "768x576" 63.07 768 800 960 1024 576 578 590 616

EndSection

 

Section "Device"

Identifier "device1"

VendorName "NVidia"

BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce4 (generic)"

Driver "nvidia"

Option "NvAGP" "3"

Option "DPMS"

Option "IgnoreEDID" "1"

EndSection

 

Section "Screen"

Identifier "screen1"

Device "device1"

Monitor "monitor1"

DefaultColorDepth 24

 

Subsection "Display"

Depth 8

Virtual 1024 768

EndSubsection

 

Subsection "Display"

Depth 15

Virtual 1024 768

EndSubsection

 

Subsection "Display"

Depth 16

Virtual 1024 768

EndSubsection

 

Subsection "Display"

Depth 24

Virtual 1024 768

EndSubsection

EndSection

 

Section "ServerLayout"

Identifier "layout1"

InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"

InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"

Screen "screen1"

EndSection

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That seems okay unless I'm missing something. What version of the nvida driver are you using, and how did you install it?

 

You should be using the binary installer from http://www.nvidia.com NOT any of the damn rpms that are out there.

 

And of course, it's always possible that there was a problem durring the instalation. Have you tried re-isntalling the driver?

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That seems okay unless I'm missing something.  What version of the nvida driver are you using, and how did you install it?

 

You should be using the binary installer from http://www.nvidia.com NOT any of the damn rpms that are out there.

 

And of course, it's always possible that there was a problem durring the instalation.  Have you tried re-isntalling the driver?

 

 

Yes, I'm using latest, yes, I used binary. And yes, I reinstalled a lot of times!

 

:juggle:

 

There should be no reason why ZSNES starts sucking all my CPU power the second I hover my mouse over its window...

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is it only znes or is it 'really' other stuff....

that is NWN/Americas army etc. are they really worse than whatever metric you use... what glxgears frame rate do you get ?

 

I tried UT and its quite intensive... and sucks up CPU ?? so im just wondering if say znes has a real prob but the others are half expectation...

 

reason I say this is you prolly dont wanna waste time and hack about on the driver unless your sure its the driver...not the settings in znes?

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I found out what the problem was after trying stuff in other desktop environments.

 

The problem was the sysinfo gdesklet which polls your cpu usage, ram, etc...

 

Golly. What a silly problem. At least it's fixed. And I'm happy. :D

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