[Solved](GPU) Geforce 210 Screen Tearing

#1

Hello all,

I have a pretty old GPU, and I am wondering if there is a way to remove screen tearing. So far I have tried to use two tutorials to solve them, but none of them have worked.

Youtube (Got stuck on nvidia-settings)
Screenshot on why:

Manjaro Wiki

I just want to consult you guys before I try more settings.

#2

Add this to the Section "Device" right under BoardName

    Option         "TripleBuffer"  "On"
    Option  "ConnectToAcpid"    "Off"

Add to /etc/profile.d/kwin.sh this lines

export KWIN_TRIPLE_BUFFER=1
export __GL_MaxFramesAllowed=1

In that Nvidia X config set the resolution from Auto to the native one and the same for the refresh rate. When you save to X make sure you keep the last 3 Sections and only add your custom one. Then modify where the resolution is set in the config to be:
1920x1080_60 +0+0 {ForceCompositionPipeline=On}

Always keep the original config just in case.

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#3

Thanks for your fast response. Can you go into more detail please? I tried following your instructions, but I somehow managed to stop KDE plasma from booting :P. I’ll try to fix it in the meanwhile

Edit: Got Plasma running again. For some reason kwin.sh doesn't exist in my machine. Should I just create a file and add those two commands? Where do I put the "1920x1080_60 +0+0 {ForceCompositionPipeline=On}"? Screenshot on where I put it (guessing this was why it crashed):
image
And I add

Option         "TripleBuffer"  "On"
    Option  "ConnectToAcpid"    "Off"

to /etc/X11/mhwd.d/nvidia.conf and /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/95-mhwd.conf?

#4

I think my GPU is too old? Just tried the legacy solutions on this site, and it didn't work... Oh well. Guess I'll live with it, unless you can find a solution I can't. Thanks for your help though.

#5

95-mhwd.conf is a symlink to nvidia.conf
The lines you mentioned you add them

From your screenshot is to where the red line is

image

Yes, you create it if is not present :slight_smile:

#6

Tried your suggestions... sadly they did not work. Here is a screenshot of a screen tearing test on YouTube


Edit: Here's a video of screen tearing as well:

#7

Did you try using Compton?

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#8

Oh, no it didn't even appear in my searches to be honest. Should I follow this guide, even though I am using KDE? It seems like a old program so it might work with my gpu.

#9

Your biggest problem is memory back in the day 512mb was really just adequate for a GPU today 2gb is just about the same if possible do a upgrade you can get a gt710 for $40 and it runs on the latest drivers.

#10

I had tearing with Intel (I have Intel and Nvidia). After installing compton and using just default config I fixed the tearing.

I am not sure if it will help on KDE (it helped on xfce and i3). I guess KDE has its own compositor.

Just an opinion to check the compositor not only nvidia settings.

#11

That's a good idea, but I was planning to save up to buy a new computer altogether (This computer is about 10 years old :P). Just want to use Manjaro on what I have right now, and hopefully do a huge upgrade soon.

#12

Alrighty, thanks for your input. I'll see what I can do on KDE, or if need be, I'll just switch to XFCE for the time being.

#13

I would recommend you Xfce then, it very lightweight and with small effort it could look really good (although without some animation and fancy styles).

#14

Well many users have old gear 10 year old is not old, a SDD, a bit of ram, a modern GPU that does the rendering, it will outperform most modern laptops as they are throttled down and a lot of desktops.

#15

True, but I rather just upgrade the whole thing to be honest.

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#16

Compton worked! Thanks so much!

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