Xorg & high cpu usage (SOLVED)

Hi guys

I has a very similar issues a short while ago with another PC after installing Peppermint 5 which is Xorg is eating the cpu at idle Xorg is using anything between 30 and 60% and seems to be slowing the whole system down

Changing the graphics card solved the problem with the last PC I had this issue with but I’m hoping there’s another solution in this case as I don’t have another card that works any better .

This PC has onboard graphics but there’s no output so I have a seperate card installed, anyway here’s some info that will hopefully shed some light

laura-paul@OurPC ~ $ lshw -c display
WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
  *-display:0             
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: RV280 [Radeon 9200]
       vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
       version: 01
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 66MHz
       capabilities: vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=radeon latency=32 mingnt=8
       resources: irq:16 memory:d0000000-d7ffffff ioport:a800(size=256) memory:dfef0000-dfefffff memory:dfec0000-dfedffff
  *-display:1 UNCLAIMED
       description: Display controller
       product: RV280 [Radeon 9200] (Secondary)
       vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
       physical id: 0.1
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.1
       version: 01
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 66MHz
       capabilities: bus_master cap_list
       configuration: latency=32 mingnt=8
       resources: memory:c8000000-cfffffff memory:dfee0000-dfeeffff
WARNING: output may be incomplete or inaccurate, you should run this program as super-user.
laura-paul@OurPC ~ $ 

Any help would be much appreciated

Graeme

I have one other card that will work but the cpu usage is no better and it’s much more buggy


laura-paul@OurPC ~ $ lshw -c display
WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
*-display UNCLAIMED
description: VGA compatible controller
product: Rage Fury/Xpert 128/Xpert 2000 AGP 2x
vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
version: 00
width: 32 bits
clock: 66MHz
capabilities: vga_controller bus_master cap_list
configuration: latency=32 mingnt=8
resources: memory:d8000000-dbffffff ioport:a800(size=256) memory:dfefc000-dfefffff memory:dfec0000-dfedffff
WARNING: output may be incomplete or inaccurate, you should run this program as super-user.
laura-paul@OurPC ~ $


Does disabling the compositor help ?

Does disabling the compositor help ?

I tried turning off desktop effects in the Peppermint Control Centre and it’s made no difference

can you post the output from:

groups
laura-paul@OurPC ~ $ groups
laura-paul adm cdrom sudo dip plugdev lpadmin sambashare
laura-paul@OurPC ~ $ 

See if adding yourself to the video group helps.

Sorry Mark it’s not really made any noticable difference :frowning:

I found this card lying around in the attic and it’s brought the cpu usage down from 30% approx to 10% approx but the resolution is far too low

laura-paul@OurPC ~ $ lshw -c display
WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
  *-display UNCLAIMED     
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: ViRGE/GX2
       vendor: S3 Graphics Ltd.
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
       version: 06
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: vga_controller bus_master
       configuration: latency=32 maxlatency=255 mingnt=4
       resources: memory:d8000000-dbffffff memory:dfef0000-dfefffff
WARNING: output may be incomplete or inaccurate, you should run this program as super-user.
laura-paul@OurPC ~ $ 

Yuk … S3 :o

Yeah I know I’m only looking for options, I got the onboard working the problem was an ethernet card wasn’t pushed fully into it’s slot however the cpu usage is down by only about 5% but the resolution is too high and the colours aren’t right and guess the chipset

S3 VT8675 (ProSavage8 KM266/KL266 :frowning:

So what do you think is the best way to go from here ?

Graeme

Dunno … get a better GFX card ?

Dunno .. get a better GFX card ?

ok :slight_smile:

Any suggestions what i should look for ?

AGP or PCIe ?

AGP

Here’s a shortlist that I’ve been looking at if you care to have a look, but I’m still open to suggestions

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GeForce-MX4000-128MB-DDR-VGA-TV-Out-AGP-Graphics-Card-/331287326197?pt=UK_Computing_Computer_Components_Graphics_Video_TV_Cards_TW&hash=item4d22436df5

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ABIT-Siluro-128-MB-GF4TI4600-Graphics-Card-Geforce-4Ti-4600-AGP-/121399793386?pt=UK_Computing_Computer_Components_Graphics_Video_TV_Cards_TW&hash=item1c43fdd6ea

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PC-Graphics-Card-MSI-8911-VER-200-GeForce-FX-5200-128MB-DDR-AGP-Video-DVI-VGA-/380971145101?pt=UK_Computing_Computer_Components_Graphics_Video_TV_Cards_TW&hash=item58b3a6578d

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ATI-Radeon-9200SE-128M-DDR-TVO-1024-HC26-02-SA-agp-graphics-card-R83-/310983942148?pt=UK_Computing_Computer_Components_Graphics_Video_TV_Cards_TW&hash=item4868166004

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PC-Graphics-Card-Gigabyte-GV-R9200NF-Rev-1-0-128MB-VGA-AGP-Computer-Video-/400756480826?pt=UK_Computing_Computer_Components_Graphics_Video_TV_Cards_TW&hash=item5d4ef29b3a

None of the above.

You don’t want a Geforce 4, or an FX5200 … neither of those are covered by the nvidia proprietary drivers any more.

You want at least a geforce 6 (say 6200 … or better 6600GT / 6800GT)

As for old AGP radeon … I can make little sense out of the AMD website for what’s supported and what’s not.

Maybe this:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PC-Graphics-Card-PNY-G606200A8E24L-OTE-GeForce-6200-DDR2-256MB-AGP-VGA-DVI-/400755156429?pt=UK_Computing_Computer_Components_Graphics_Video_TV_Cards_TW&hash=item5d4ede65cd
or maybe:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PNY-GeForce-6200-DDR2-128-MB-AGP-VGA-Video-Out-DVI-Graphics-Card-/261560567924?pt=UK_Computing_Computer_Components_Graphics_Video_TV_Cards_TW&hash=item3ce6398874

the nVidia site suggests the Geforce 6200 is supported by the 304 driver which is in the repos.

I’m fairly certain AMD(ATI) don’t support any of their AGP cards on the propriatory driver anymore. The open-source driver should work, but it may not even allow enough performance to run the compositor :frowning:

Hi chemicalfan

I’ve ordered the first card on Marks post it’s a bit dearer than the other but I really need this PC to play video as fluently as possible mainly for my grand-daughter who enjoys playing music videos and other content,

At the expense of sounding a bit stupid when it says a card is 256 mb what does that mean and how does that relate to performance, presumably a 256mb card will perform better than a 128mb card ?

Graeme

If it’s the same spec (i.e. a Geforce 6200), then normally yes it does follow. However, a Geforce 7xxx might outperform it, even if the RAM is lower. Also, a Geforce 6300/6400/etc would be faster.

Should be fast enough to play YouTube videos and the like, I believe these are still mostly decoded by the CPU anyway?