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#1 2019-08-16 13:03:50

From: Canada
Registered: 2011-06-02
Posts: 5,830

Xfwm 4.14 Compositor Troubleshooting Guide

There have been numerous reported issues with the 4.14 release of xfwm related to transparency issues, compositing problems and blank screens. This post will provide some troubleshooting information to get the issue resolved.

There have been significant changes in the vblank code between 4.12 and 4.14 to help address and hopefully solve the screen tearing issues. xfwm4 now supports 3 vblank modes:

  1. glx - this is the default. Anecdotally, this seems to work well with intel cards and some nvidia/ati cards

  2. xpresent - uses the xpresent libraries. Anecdotally, this seems to work well with newer ati/amd cards.

  3. off - this disables the vblank code. Anecdotally, this seems to work well with nvidia cards.

To test which vblank mode works best for your system, simply restart xfwm and specify as a parameter which vblank mode to use:

xfwm4 --vblank=MODE --replace

...where "MODE" is one of: glx , xpresent , or off.

If this fixes your problem, you can make it permanent via a vblank_mode setting:

xfconf-query -c xfwm4 -p /general/vblank_mode -t string -s "MODE" --create

...where "MODE" is one of: "glx", "xpresent", "off".


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