Freezes and slow performance

Hey all,

Have been a happy Manjaro user since ~6 months. However since around 1 or 2 weeks, my system has had many issues. A few examples:

  • When copying a screenshot to the clipboard, flameshot crashes and freezes the UI
  • Adjusting brightness using the buttons has a ~30 second delay
  • Firefox freezes and crashes regularly
  • Opening anything from the tray takes around 1 minute (nm-applet, blueman, pamac, volicon, etc)
  • Starting a filemanager (nautilus or pcmanfm) takes around 30 seconds

The problem does not seem related to swapping (problems happen when I have lots of free RAM), nor to disk io (iotop shows low rates often).

Anyone an idea how to start fixing this?

System:    Kernel: 5.4.44-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.1.0 Desktop: i3 4.18.1 Distro: Manjaro Linux 
Machine:   Type: Laptop System: LENOVO product: 20AL007YMH v: ThinkPad X240 serial: <filter> 
           Mobo: LENOVO model: 20AL007YMH v: 0B98401 PRO serial: <filter> UEFI [Legacy]: LENOVO v: GIET77WW (2.27 ) 
           date: 10/02/2014 
Battery:   ID-1: BAT0 charge: 8.5 Wh condition: 8.5/23.2 Wh (36%) model: SONY 45N1111 status: Full 
           ID-2: BAT1 charge: 14.8 Wh condition: 15.3/23.5 Wh (65%) model: LGC 45N1127 status: Unknown 
CPU:       Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Core i5-4200U bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Haswell rev: 1 L2 cache: 3072 KiB 
           flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 18366 
           Speed: 998 MHz min/max: 800/2600 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 959 2: 959 3: 916 4: 933 
Graphics:  Device-1: Intel Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics vendor: Lenovo ThinkPad X240 driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.8 driver: intel unloaded: modesetting resolution: 1366x768~60Hz 
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 4400 (HSW GT2) v: 4.5 Mesa 20.0.7 direct render: Yes 
Audio:     Device-1: Intel Haswell-ULT HD Audio vendor: Lenovo ThinkPad X240 driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:03.0 
           Device-2: Intel 8 Series HD Audio vendor: Lenovo ThinkPad X240 driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.4.44-1-MANJARO 
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 484.07 GiB used: 280.80 GiB (58.0%) 
           ID-1: /dev/mmcblk0 model: SD128 size: 117.02 GiB 
           ID-2: /dev/sda vendor: Crucial model: CT250MX500SSD1 size: 232.89 GiB 
           ID-3: /dev/sdb vendor: A-Data model: SP600NS34 size: 119.24 GiB 
           ID-4: /dev/sdc vendor: SanDisk model: SSD U110 16GB size: 14.91 GiB 
Partition: ID-1: / size: 228.23 GiB used: 175.56 GiB (76.9%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/dm-0 
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 4.10 GiB used: 22.6 MiB (0.5%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sdc2 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 48.0 C mobo: 0.0 C 
           Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 3083 
Info:      Processes: 211 Uptime: 23h 22m Memory: 7.48 GiB used: 3.83 GiB (51.2%) Init: systemd Compilers: gcc: 10.1.0 
           clang: 10.0.0 Shell: zsh v: 5.8 inxi: 3.0.37

My view is that it does not happen by itself. You probably installed something what causes the problems.

Hmm, looking through my recently installed packages I'm not sure what i'm looking for. Since it seems so fundamental, would it be kernel related? I seem to be running an LTS kernel though.

I do not think it is kernel, it would be something like another DE or part of it, hard to say.

Oh my! Seems like you might be right. As part of installing kdenlive I somehow ended up installing KDE... Removing it seems to be the solution so far. Will report if not.


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