Weird text display in gnome apps (nautilus, settings, …)

Hello everyone,

since a few weeks I get weird text display in gnome’s apps like nautilus or settings. When the window is displayed first, most of up to all text is missing. Hovering the mouse cursor over the window lets the text appear; switching between virtual screens for example lets the text disappear again.

Putting a nautilus window to one side (half) of the screen will make it work properly…

… but many small dialogs are just a guess on where to click.

I have no idea how to repair this, any help is highly appreciated. I’m running Gnome 46 and have all up-to-date updates installed. For an inxi output pls see below.

Best regards,

~ inxi -v 5                                                                                                                            

  Host: red Kernel: 6.6.34-1-MANJARO arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc
    v: 14.1.1
  Desktop: GNOME v: 46.2 Distro: Manjaro base: Arch Linux
  Type: Desktop Mobo: ASRock model: B550 PG Velocita
    serial: <superuser required> uuid: <superuser required>
    UEFI: American Megatrends v: P1.00 date: 05/21/2020
  Device-1: hid-0003:256F:C652.0005-battery model: 3Dconnexion Universal
    Receiver charge: N/A status: N/A
  Device-2: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400
    Plus charge: 55% (should be ignored) status: discharging
  System RAM: total: 64 GiB available: 62.72 GiB used: 5.08 GiB (8.1%)
  Array-1: capacity: 128 GiB slots: 4 modules: 2 EC: None
    max-module-size: 32 GiB note: est.
  Device-1: Channel-A DIMM 0 type: no module installed
  Device-2: Channel-A DIMM 1 type: DDR4 size: 32 GiB speed: 2667 MT/s
  Device-3: Channel-B DIMM 0 type: no module installed
  Device-4: Channel-B DIMM 1 type: DDR4 size: 32 GiB speed: 2667 MT/s
  Info: 12-core model: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Zen 2
    rev: 0 cache: L1: 768 KiB L2: 6 MiB L3: 64 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 2378 high: 4364 min/max: 2200/4672 boost: enabled cores:
    1: 2196 2: 2112 3: 2200 4: 2200 5: 2200 6: 4364 7: 2200 8: 2196 9: 2196
    10: 3800 11: 2800 12: 1932 13: 2196 14: 2200 15: 2290 16: 2200 17: 2200
    18: 2200 19: 2195 20: 2196 21: 2200 22: 2200 23: 2200 24: 2412
    bogomips: 182125
  Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm
  Device-1: NVIDIA GP107 [GeForce GTX 1050 Ti] driver: nvidia v: 470.256.02
    arch: Pascal bus-ID: 09:00.0
  Display: x11 server: v: with: Xwayland v: 24.1.0 driver:
    X: loaded: nvidia gpu: nvidia resolution: <missing: xdpyinfo/xrandr>
  API: EGL v: 1.5 drivers: kms_swrast,nvidia,swrast platforms:
    active: gbm,x11,surfaceless,device inactive: wayland,device-1
  API: OpenGL v: 4.6.0 compat-v: 4.5 vendor: nvidia mesa v: 470.256.02
    glx-v: 1.4 direct-render: yes renderer: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti/PCIe/SSE2
  Device-1: NVIDIA GP107GL High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
    v: kernel bus-ID: 09:00.1
  Device-2: AMD Starship/Matisse HD Audio vendor: ASRock
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 0b:00.4
  API: ALSA v: k6.6.34-1-MANJARO status: kernel-api
  Server-1: JACK v: 1.9.22 status: off
  Server-2: PipeWire v: 1.0.7 status: off
  Server-3: PulseAudio v: 17.0 status: active
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8125 2.5GbE vendor: ASRock driver: r8169 v: kernel
    port: f000 bus-ID: 07:00.0
  IF: enp7s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: a8:a1:59:2e:87:e8
  Local Storage: total: 5.01 TiB used: 2.3 TiB (46.0%)
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 vendor: Samsung model: SSD 980 PRO 1TB size: 931.51 GiB
    temp: 32.9 C
  ID-2: /dev/sda vendor: Samsung model: SSD 870 QVO 4TB size: 3.64 TiB
  ID-3: /dev/sdb vendor: Samsung model: SSD 860 EVO 250GB size: 232.89 GiB
  ID-4: /dev/sdd vendor: Generic model: MassStorageClass size: 238.5 GiB
    type: USB
  Optical-1: /dev/sr0 vendor: ASUS model: DRW-24B1ST rev: 1.01
    dev-links: cdrom
  ID-1: / size: 915.52 GiB used: 47.94 GiB (5.2%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/dm-0
    mapped: luks-560f7311-caa3-47f2-8046-6212959dbfc7 label: N/A
    uuid: 71a1ea19-cdc9-4312-be10-de6c2cf3f779
  ID-2: /boot/efi size: 299.4 MiB used: 448 KiB (0.1%) fs: vfat
    dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 label: N/A uuid: 40DE-5199
  Alert: No swap data was found.
  System Temperatures: cpu: 56.4 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: 44 C
  Fan Speeds (rpm): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 20%
  Processes: 463 Uptime: 17m Init: systemd
  Packages: 1431 Compilers: clang: 17.0.6 gcc: 14.1.1 Shell: Zsh v: 5.9
    inxi: 3.3.35


The theme doesn’t look like the original - which is fine
but a theme that is not fully supported (perhaps it was - but not anymore) might cause such things.
Change your theme.

Gnome is (in)famous for these kind of issues while the release numbers rise.

One major reason why I don’t use it.

It’s quite fine on a fixed release distro - nothing changes too much and they keep track of it.
Quite different with a rolling release like Manjaro.


Sadly I can not include an image or a link to an image here. :frowning:

Unter Settings / Appearance I have the Default (switching to Dark changes nothing) and in Tweaks / Appearance it’s Adwaita which I’ve been using for ages and never had such issues. Is there any way to reset (only) appearance to “factory default”?

resetting gnome w/ dconf and gnome tweaks had no effect on the problem.


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Thanks for the hint. I used the NVidia 470xx driver.

I just installed a Radeon RX6500XT and all problems are gone.
Thank you.

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