Unable to click on icons on screen

I just installed manjaro KDE plasma v18.1.5, on my surface laptop 3, by following this awesome guide: [HowTo] Dual-boot Manjaro - Windows 10 - Step by Step

Everything is pretty straightforward and after installing the OS and rebooting, I realised that I'm unable to hit on some icons on the screen. Seems to be some scaling issue. I'm unable to select "leave" by directly clicking on the icon, but instead able to only do so by trying to click somewhere above. I have also noticed that the taskbar is flashing a couple of times in some occasions. I have rebooted a couple of times. There's lots of flashing and jumping of icons in the taskbar, but when I do happen to select the wifi menu, I'm unable to connect to a network. Which is frustrating because I can't even install my laptop's touchpad drivers.

Here is my hardware:
Kernel: 5.4.6-2-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 9.2.0
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.4-x86_64
root=UUID=3ef30b9f-9137-4230-9cba-ba304c02db81 rw quiet apparmor=1
security=apparmor resume=UUID=bbf87931-8297-4ced-9684-8cc30975a62b
Desktop: Xfce 4.14.2 tk: Gtk 3.24.13 info: xfce4-panel wm: xfwm4
dm: LightDM 1.30.0 Distro: Manjaro Linux
Type: Laptop System: Microsoft product: Surface Laptop 3
v: 124I:00036T:000M:0300000D:0B:07F:1C:05P:48S:01E:0Y:1K:0U:00
serial: Chassis: type: 9 serial:
Mobo: Microsoft model: Surface Laptop 3 serial: UEFI: Microsoft
v: 6.19.140 date: 08/21/2019
Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i7-1065G7 bits: 64 type: MT MCP
arch: Ice Lake family: 6 model-id: 7E (126) stepping: 5 microcode: 46
L2 cache: 8192 KiB
flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
bogomips: 23968
Speed: 856 MHz min/max: 400/3900 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 975 2: 692
3: 1035 4: 669 5: 808 6: 686 7: 1083 8: 709
Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: Split huge pages
Type: l1tf status: Not affected
Type: mds status: Not affected
Type: meltdown status: Not affected
Type: spec_store_bypass
mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp
Type: spectre_v1
mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Enhanced IBRS, IBPB: conditional, RSB filling
Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Device-1: Intel vendor: Microsoft driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0
chip ID: 8086:8a52
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.6 driver: intel unloaded: modesetting
alternate: fbdev,vesa resolution: 2256x1504~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Iris Plus Graphics (Ice Lake 8x8 GT2)
v: 4.6 Mesa 19.3.2 compat-v: 3.0 direct render: Yes
Device-1: Intel driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1f.3
chip ID: 8086:34c8
Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.4.6-2-MANJARO
Device-1: Intel driver: iwlwifi v: kernel port: 3000 bus ID: 00:14.3
chip ID: 8086:34f0
IF: wlp0s20f3 state: up mac:
Local Storage: total: 476.94 GiB used: 6.94 GiB (1.5%)
ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 vendor: SK Hynix model: HFM512GDGTNG-87A0A
size: 476.94 GiB block size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B
speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 serial: rev: 80041C00 scheme: GPT
ID-1: / raw size: 62.50 GiB size: 61.27 GiB (98.03%)
used: 6.84 GiB (11.2%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p7
ID-2: /home raw size: 62.50 GiB size: 61.27 GiB (98.03%)
used: 99.7 MiB (0.2%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p8
ID-3: swap-1 size: 2.00 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap
swappiness: 60 (default) cache pressure: 100 (default) dev: /dev/nvme0n1p6
System Temperatures: cpu: 44.0 C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Processes: 214 Uptime: 23m Memory: 15.25 GiB used: 1.57 GiB (10.3%)
Init: systemd v: 242 Compilers: gcc: 9.2.0 Shell: bash v: 5.0.11
running in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.0.37

So, are you asking for help with the scaling issue or are you just going to go ahead and install xfce?

I would like to be able to fix the scaling issue in KDE plasma. If it can't be resolved, then I can go with xfce. I don't see any scaling issues with xfce. Help is appreciated thanks :slight_smile:

And also, I've seen that there are people who are not able to get their touchpad on the laptops to work.

Is there already a default touchpad driver that's installed with the manjaro graphical installer? I can't get my keyboard and touchpad to work on my laptop. I had to connect an external keyboard and mouse.

That's hard to say without knowing anything about your hardware. Can you edit your first post to include the output of

inxi -Fxxxza --no-host

I'm in the middle of something right now but I'll take a look at it later on if nobody else comes along

I thought it was KDE you was having trouble with? If you've already installed xfce then there's nothing left to troubleshoot. If you do have KDE installed then I need the inxi from that installation.

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Well - I don't think Surface is well support on Linux - After all it is build for Windows.

KDE is probably the desktop which works best with scaling - even fractional scaling works on my Lenovo but I feel it needs to be repeated - Surface is build for Windows.

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I managed to get the keyboard and touchpad to work by booting into a custom kernel.

I'm using xfce now since it seems to work better right out of the box. Chrome still doesn't seem to work properly. Will be testing other apps, so far so good.

I'm able to get gpu-accelerated programs to work properly, such as chromium apps, after installing "intel-media-driver" and removing "xf86-video-intel". I'm using intel 10th gen CPU with iris iGPU. This might be able to fix the KDE issues I encountered earlier on. Might give it a try.

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