Hello, I have two machines that are the same hardware, one running Windows 7 and one running Manjaro KDE. They are old machines, HP G71-340US Notebook. There is a sticker on them that reads "Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500 MHD.
I notice that vertical and horizontal scrolling are both noticeably poor on the machine running Manajro. Windows 7 is much smoother and almost never has blurry areas when scrolling, even horizontally.
Is there something that I need to do to ensure the graphics drivers are correct? I’m pretty sure that when I installed Manjaro, I let the tool select the drivers instead of choosing proprietary.
Is KDE too much for a dual core 2.7 GHz processor and 4GB of RAM?
I would say: yes.
The specs are too low. I mean, it will run with 4GB, but you don’t want to run KDE only, but also run other applications? Also KDE uses OpenGL Effects which needs GPU Power.
On a dualcore CPU with 4GB RAM and an old GPU chipset I would rather install a Windows-Manager and not a full-featured Desktop Environment. The bottleneck here is RAM and GPU.
XFCE would be a better choice or something even smaller like DWM. Maybe I3, Budgie, Sway or Mate would be better.
that’s plenty for kde, but as gary1 said consider xfce to get the maximum performance with less overhead.
think like this:
kde = windows 10
xfce = windows 7
Thank you. What does it mean then when RAM usage is about 2GB of 4GB and nothing is opened except a web browser and the scrolling blurs? If it means that the GPU is too old, why does it scroll fine on Windows 7?
If it sounds like I’m attempting to start an argument, I’m not. I’m just trying to understand what is different. Everything else seems to work well, just not scrolling.