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Image tearing in Mint 14
« on: January 26, 2013, 07:42:24 am »
Hi guys

I'm not sure if this should be posted here or in the official Mint forums or maybe the Gramps mailing lists, but I've posted here for initial advice

I use a genealogy program called Gramps  that I have installed on 2 pc's one running Mint 14 the other peppermint 3, the program works fine on both PC's except for one thing, In Mint 14 the ancestry view is a mess, some images are greyed out until I hover a mouse over them  and some of the text is torn (for want of a better word), it  seems that this is some kind of windows compositing issue but I'm not sure, It's not really a big deal but it would be nice if it was fixable because it does spoil the enjoyment of using the program.

I've attached 2 screenshots one showing the view in peppermint and the other in Mint


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Re: Image tearing in Mint 14
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2013, 10:31:14 am »
You may be right .. it may be an issue with compositing (which peppermint doesn't do by default) but it's ikely a graphics driver issue.

Which graphics drivers are you using:
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Re: Image tearing in Mint 14
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2013, 11:16:06 am »
Hi Mark

Thanks for your help

graeme@Linux1 ~ $ sudo lshw -C display
[sudo] password for graeme:
  *-display               
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: 82945G/GZ Integrated Graphics Controller
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 2
       bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
       version: 02
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
       resources: irq:16 memory:fe980000-fe9fffff ioport:dc00(size=8) memory:d0000000-dfffffff memory:fe940000-fe97ffff
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Re: Image tearing in Mint 14
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2013, 11:56:15 am »
Have you tried going into Cinnamon settingss and turning OFF "Desktop Effects" ?

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You might be better off with Mints MATE desktop +/- Compiz

Or Peppermint  <--- Sorry couldn't resist that ;)

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Re: Image tearing in Mint 14
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2013, 12:37:46 pm »
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Have you tried going into Cinnamon settingss and turning OFF "Desktop Effects" ?

I tried that it makes no difference

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You might be better off with Mints MATE desktop +/- Compiz

That's not really a route I want to go down I know cinnamon has it's issues but i like the mindset behind it's development and where I see it going and In my view cinnamon will be the best desktop around given time, although I think E17 looks good don't you ?

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Or Peppermint  <--- Sorry couldn't resist that

Mark you are peppermints greatest advocate and I too like peppermint, I have it installed as a second OS on this PC, on my grand-daughters PC and on my old laptop, but I do like the polish of Mint / cinnamon although I have to say that Mint 14 is the only version I've been a little disappointed in

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Re: Image tearing in Mint 14
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2013, 12:42:46 pm »
Is this a desktop ?

If so, have you got another graphics card you can try ?
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Re: Image tearing in Mint 14
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2013, 02:35:59 pm »

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Is this a desktop ?
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If so, have you got another graphics card you can try ?

I have a few options for graphics cards but I'm not sure if I have any spare PCI or AGP slots but I'll check it out out and get get back to you if you think it will help


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Re: Image tearing in Mint 14
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2013, 02:42:51 pm »
Your onboard Intel graphics chip isn't very powerful and *may* be struggling with compositing and desktop effects.

So worth a shot if you have something better ;)

At the very least it'll tell us if it's a graphics card/driver issue.

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Re: Image tearing in Mint 14
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2013, 07:17:10 pm »
Hi again

I have 1 spare AGP slot on my motherboard and 3 graphics cards

(1) Rage  XL 21SR3LASB22

(2) SIS305 W/32MB

(3) Radeon 9250 256MB

Can you tell me which one you wouls suggest ?

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Re: Image tearing in Mint 14
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2013, 07:58:21 pm »
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Can you tell me which one you wouls suggest ?

Do not know the other cards, but would suggest the Radeon to try ( I got a 9600 in mine) :)

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Re: Image tearing in Mint 14
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2013, 08:56:02 pm »
Hi SeZo
Thanks for your advice , unfortunately I've given completely wrong information I don't have a spare AGP slot as I thought, but I freed up a PCI slot but I only have 1 PCI graphics card which is a Creative CT735-VBQ, so I've installed that , do you think that will serve the purpose ?


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Re: Image tearing in Mint 14
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2013, 10:52:11 pm »
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I only have 1 PCI graphics card which is a Creative CT735-VBQ, so I've installed that , do you think that will serve the purpose ?

I doubt the Creative CT735-VBQ card will do much with Cinnamon, but hey, there is one way to try it ;D

Have you tried switching themes, to see if they make any difference?

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Re: Image tearing in Mint 14
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2013, 10:59:09 pm »
Hi SeZo

Sorry i took a while to respond I was called out to work, I'll try the card anyway and see if it makes a difference tomorrow and if that fails I'll try changing themes as you suggest and let you know


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Re: Image tearing in Mint 14
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2013, 12:48:28 pm »
No point in a PCI card (unless it's PCIe), it will be slower than what you already have onboard.

I don't think there's much you can do .. Mint Cinnamon is just too heavy for your graphics card :(

Is there a 2D fallback mode for Cinnamon ?
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Re: Image tearing in Mint 14
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2013, 04:54:30 pm »
Hi Mark

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Is there a 2D fallback mode for Cinnamon ?

I'm pretty sure there isn't a fallback mode for Cinnamon, to be honest I'm getting pretty fed up with Mint with this latest version (14 Nadia) it's just been one annoying issue after another since I installed it, which is a shame because all the previous versions I've used have been bullet proof, so I'm finding myself using Peppermint more and more, It's not as shiny and polished as Mint but it works, and I can wait till Mint 15 arrives and maybe then try Mint again


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