Garuda Dragonized version high CPU usage

When few number of programs are opened, the system keeps lagging and te system hangs, with high CPU usage shown in System Monitor and nohang notification keeps popping up.
Here's a screenshot of applications open and cpu usage.

Could you post

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as text, no pic's please.

System:    Kernel: 5.9.11-zen2-1-zen x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.0 
           parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen 
           root=UUID=d3bb8e07-9084-43e0-9259-de6b498bfd1c rw [email protected] quiet splash 
           rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0 
           systemd.unified_cgroup_hierarchy=1 loglevel=3 
           Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.20.4 tk: Qt 5.15.2 info: latte-dock wm: kwin_x11 dm: SDDM 
           Distro: Garuda Linux 
Machine:   Type: Laptop System: HP product: HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15-ec0xxx v: N/A 
           serial: <filter> Chassis: type: 10 serial: <filter> 
           Mobo: HP model: 86D5 v: 96.44 serial: <filter> UEFI: AMI v: F.10 date: 08/25/2020 
Battery:   ID-1: BAT0 charge: 16.3 Wh condition: 44.0/44.0 Wh (100%) volts: 10.8/11.6 
           model: Hewlett-Packard Primary type: Li-ion serial: N/A status: Discharging 
           cycles: 395 
CPU:       Info: Quad Core model: AMD Ryzen 5 3550H with Radeon Vega Mobile Gfx bits: 64 
           type: MT MCP arch: Zen+ family: 17 (23) model-id: 18 (24) stepping: 1 
           microcode: 8108109 L2 cache: 2048 KiB 
           flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm 
           bogomips: 33536 
           Speed: 1659 MHz min/max: 1400/2100 MHz boost: enabled Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1251 
           2: 1314 3: 1283 4: 1256 5: 1222 6: 1450 7: 1221 8: 1358 
           Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: Not affected 
           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: Full AMD retpoline, IBPB: conditional, STIBP: disabled, RSB filling 
           Type: srbds status: Not affected 
           Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected 
Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA TU117M [GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile / Max-Q] vendor: Hewlett-Packard 
           driver: nvidia v: 455.45.01 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus ID: 01:00.0 
           chip ID: 10de:1f91 
           Device-2: AMD Picasso vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: amdgpu v: kernel 
           bus ID: 05:00.0 chip ID: 1002:15d8 
           Device-3: Luxvisions Innotech Limited HP TrueVision HD Camera type: USB 
           driver: uvcvideo bus ID: 3-1:2 chip ID: 30c9:0013 serial: <filter> 
           Display: x11 server: 1.20.10 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: amdgpu,nvidia 
           unloaded: modesetting alternate: ati,fbdev,nouveau,nv,vesa 
           resolution: <missing: xdpyinfo> 
           OpenGL: renderer: AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics (RAVEN DRM 3.39.0 5.9.11-zen2-1-zen 
           LLVM 11.0.0) 
           v: 4.6 Mesa 20.2.3 direct render: Yes 
Audio:     Device-1: AMD Raven/Raven2/FireFlight/Renoir Audio Processor 
           vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: N/A alternate: snd_pci_acp3x, snd_rn_pci_acp3x 
           bus ID: 05:00.5 chip ID: 1022:15e2 
           Device-2: AMD Family 17h HD Audio vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: snd_hda_intel 
           v: kernel bus ID: 05:00.6 chip ID: 1022:15e3 
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.9.11-zen2-1-zen 
Network:   Device-1: Realtek RTL8822CE 802.11ac PCIe Wireless Network Adapter 
           vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: rtw_8822ce v: N/A modules: rtw88_8822ce port: e000 
           bus ID: 03:00.0 chip ID: 10ec:c822 
           IF: wlo1 state: up mac: <filter> 
           Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet 
           vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: r8169 v: kernel port: d000 bus ID: 04:00.0 
           chip ID: 10ec:8168 
           IF: eno1 state: down mac: <filter> 
           IF-ID-1: docker0 state: down mac: <filter> 
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 1.03 TiB used: 340.24 GiB (32.4%) 
           SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required. 
           ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 vendor: Western Digital model: PC SN520 SDAPNUW-128G-1006 
           size: 119.24 GiB block size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 15.8 Gb/s 
           lanes: 2 serial: <filter> rev: 20120006 scheme: GPT 
           ID-2: /dev/sda vendor: Western Digital model: WD10SPZX-60Z10T0 size: 931.51 GiB 
           block size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s rotation: 5400 rpm 
           serial: <filter> rev: 1A04 scheme: MBR 
Partition: ID-1: / raw size: 96.00 GiB size: 96.00 GiB (100.00%) used: 14.98 GiB (15.6%) 
           fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda2 
           ID-2: /home raw size: 96.00 GiB size: 96.00 GiB (100.00%) used: 14.98 GiB (15.6%) 
           fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda2 
           ID-3: /var/log raw size: 96.00 GiB size: 96.00 GiB (100.00%) 
           used: 14.98 GiB (15.6%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda2 
           ID-4: /var/tmp raw size: 96.00 GiB size: 96.00 GiB (100.00%) 
           used: 14.98 GiB (15.6%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda2 
Swap:      Kernel: swappiness: 10 (default 60) cache pressure: 75 (default 100) 
           ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 4.00 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: -2 
           dev: /dev/sda3 
           ID-2: swap-2 type: zram size: 734.5 MiB used: 170.6 MiB (23.2%) priority: 32767 
           dev: /dev/zram0 
           ID-3: swap-3 type: zram size: 734.5 MiB used: 189.5 MiB (25.8%) priority: 32767 
           dev: /dev/zram1 
           ID-4: swap-4 type: zram size: 734.5 MiB used: 163.9 MiB (22.3%) priority: 32767 
           dev: /dev/zram2 
           ID-5: swap-5 type: zram size: 734.5 MiB used: 178.9 MiB (24.4%) priority: 32767 
           dev: /dev/zram3 
           ID-6: swap-6 type: zram size: 734.5 MiB used: 166.9 MiB (22.7%) priority: 32767 
           dev: /dev/zram4 
           ID-7: swap-7 type: zram size: 734.5 MiB used: 179.2 MiB (24.4%) priority: 32767 
           dev: /dev/zram5 
           ID-8: swap-8 type: zram size: 734.5 MiB used: 177.0 MiB (24.1%) priority: 32767 
           dev: /dev/zram6 
           ID-9: swap-9 type: zram size: 734.5 MiB used: 190.9 MiB (26.0%) priority: 32767 
           dev: /dev/zram7 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 51.8 C mobo: N/A gpu: amdgpu temp: 51.0 C 
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A 
Info:      Processes: 315 Uptime: 2h 54m wakeups: 1 Memory: 5.74 GiB used: 4.17 GiB (72.7%) 
           Init: systemd v: 247 Compilers: gcc: 10.2.0 Packages: 1186 pacman: 1180 lib: 311 
           flatpak: 6 Shell: fish v: 3.1.2 running in: konsole inxi: 3.1.09

Please use ~~~ in first and last line. :wink:

Buy more RAM :wink:

No problem :slight_smile:

Sorry :sweat_smile: I am new to the forum.

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I applied a swap of 4GB won't that work? My ram is actually of 8 gigs but 2 is used by integrated graphics

Take 16 GB its fast (ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1) but I am not an expert for this.

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I noticed that whatever is the usage of ram and swap (even at the extremities like the aforementioned) it never exceeds 5.7GB which is my ram capacity i.e.I am assuming the swap memory is never used. Is that so? And also the Stats in the System monitor shows my ram is 5.7 and swap is 9.7(i.e. 5.7+4) is this normal?

Yes, we use zram for cpu


A Gaming Laptop with less RAM (and -2 GB for GPU) is really ...

If possible buy RAM, BIOS seems fresh, how old is the Laptop?

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Yes the RAM for a Gaming laptop is just minimal :sweat_smile:, the laptop is 4 months old.

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What happens when you run fewer applications?

6GB RAM is not very much now - just a browser with a few tabs open will easily use 2-4GB.


When running fewer apps it works fine without any issue


So I guess the issue is with the ram capacity.....

Yup - you're seeing the result of running out of RAM and how Garuda uses ZRAM rather than plain swap.

Normally, your PC would slowly grind to a halt as memory was swapped to the disk-based swap file. Disks are slow (even SSDs) compared to RAM.

With how Garuda uses ZRAM, memory is compressed to try and avoid writing to disk. It's definitely faster than swapping to disk, but will use a lot of CPU if it's being used heavily.

Without swap, your PC would simply freeze (or crash, depending) when it ran out of available RAM (which is why having some swap is generally a good idea).

Unfortunately there's only two real solutions to not having enough RAM:

  1. run fewer applications
  2. buy more RAM



Thanks a lot for pin pointing the reason and the solution @SGS @jonathon, and yes this btrfs, zen linux and zram and not forgetting to mention the best part - the overall UI of the dragonzed version is the reason for me shifting to Garuda from stalk Archlinux running alongwith KDE Plasma, love the overall performance :heart: :100:


Perhaps Xfce or one of the Window Managers may provide you better efficiency? The available artwork, theming, etc., while not quite as stylized as @dr460nf1r3's release, might fill some of those holes while not running on your resources razor's edge?



Yes this does the work thankyou @c00ter but with limited scope as opening a few more tabs in browser or apps reinitiates the problem as ram gets filled up :sweat_smile:


Yeah, the thing with Garuda is it is built to sacrifice RAM to increased optimization + services. It really demands a higher amount of RAM to provide the most efficient usage of the system. But, hey, it shouldn't be difficult to add a bit more, assuming it is in your budget at this time. I note the 12 gigs on my desktop machine and the 8 gig laptop both run efficiently.

If that is not the case, perhaps you might be able to eliminate say, unneeded systemd services?

And, as someone else already stated, even in cases where RAM is nearly/fully consumed, Garuda is built to handle OOM problems in a more elegant manner than your run of the mill distribution. I tell ya, these folks know how to make a hip 'n' slick distro. :smiley:



A new 8gb ram is affordable for me rn, but the problem is that my laptop's ram are placed in dual channel, thus blocking both the slots with 4 gigs each. For upgradation I have to discard one stick for the new one :sweat_smile:. Dont't know what to do of the old one.:cry: