Garuda KDE Freezes and Laggy

Hello, I am new to KDE and Garuda (Garuda Blackarch). I am having some freeze issues(Randomly, like everything goes smooth but when I dragging the applications suddenly freezes and comes back etc etc.)

I heard about sometimes its happens because of swap, so I tried to reduce vm.swappiness(which is set to 133 by default.) But I didn't used zram before so I failed.

I was using GNOME before without any issues, you can find my system info below.

I don't know what to do please help me, thanks.

System Specs (Garuda Assistant)

System:    Kernel: 5.13.12-zen1-1-zen x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0 
           parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen 
           root=UUID=82035f25-a138-4480-8585-1cb740611763 rw [email protected] quiet splash 
           rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0 systemd.unified_cgroup_hierarchy=1 
           Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.22.4 tk: Qt 5.15.2 info: latte-dock wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM 
           Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux 
Machine:   Type: Desktop System: ASUS product: All Series v: N/A serial: <filter> 
           Mobo: ASUSTeK model: H81M-PLUS v: Rev X.0x serial: <filter> UEFI: American Megatrends 
           v: 2205 date: 05/26/2015 
CPU:       Info: Quad Core model: Intel Core i5-4570 bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Haswell family: 6 
           model-id: 3C (60) stepping: 3 microcode: 28 cache: L2: 6 MiB 
           flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 bogomips: 25598 
           Speed: 3200 MHz min/max: 800/3600 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 3200 2: 3212 3: 3269 
           4: 3201 
           Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX unsupported 
           Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion 
           Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT disabled 
           Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI 
           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 generic retpoline, IBPB: conditional, IBRS_FW, STIBP: 
           disabled, RSB filling 
           Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode 
           Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected 
Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA GP106 [GeForce GTX 1060 6GB] vendor: ZOTAC driver: nvidia v: 470.63.01 
           alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1c03 class-ID: 0300 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.13 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: loaded: nvidia 
           display-ID: :0 screens: 1 
           Screen-1: 0 s-res: 3840x1443 s-dpi: 101 s-size: 967x363mm (38.1x14.3") 
           s-diag: 1033mm (40.7") 
           Monitor-1: HDMI-0 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 102 size: 477x268mm (18.8x10.6") 
           diag: 547mm (21.5") 
           Monitor-2: DP-2 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 102 size: 476x268mm (18.7x10.6") 
           diag: 546mm (21.5") 
           OpenGL: renderer: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 470.63.01 
           direct render: Yes 
Audio:     Device-1: Intel 8 Series/C220 Series High Definition Audio vendor: ASUSTeK 
           driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:8c20 class-ID: 0403 
           Device-2: NVIDIA GP106 High Definition Audio vendor: ZOTAC driver: snd_hda_intel 
           v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:10f1 class-ID: 0403 
           Device-3: JMTek LLC. USB PnP Audio Device(EEPROM) type: USB 
           driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus-ID: 3-8:5 chip-ID: 0c76:161f 
           class-ID: 0300 
           Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.13.12-zen1-1-zen running: yes 
           Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.19 running: no 
           Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no 
           Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.33 running: yes 
Network:   Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet vendor: ASUSTeK H81M-C 
           driver: r8169 v: kernel port: d000 bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200 
           IF: enp3s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 703.79 GiB used: 29.39 GiB (4.2%) 
           SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required. 
           ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: GOODRAM model: SSDPR-CL100-240-G3 size: 223.57 GiB 
           block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: SSD serial: <filter> 
           rev: 1A0 scheme: GPT 
           ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: HGST (Hitachi) model: HTS725050A7E630 
           size: 465.76 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s type: HDD 
           rpm: 7200 serial: <filter> rev: A3C0 scheme: GPT 
           ID-3: /dev/sdc maj-min: 8:32 type: USB vendor: Toshiba model: TransMemory 
           size: 14.45 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B type: N/A serial: <filter> 
           rev: 1.00 scheme: GPT 
           SMART Message: Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure? 
Partition: ID-1: / raw-size: 70 GiB size: 70 GiB (100.00%) used: 29.37 GiB (41.9%) fs: btrfs 
           dev: /dev/sda5 maj-min: 8:5 
           ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 100 MiB size: 96 MiB (96.00%) used: 25.8 MiB (26.9%) fs: vfat 
           dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 
           ID-3: /home raw-size: 70 GiB size: 70 GiB (100.00%) used: 29.37 GiB (41.9%) fs: btrfs 
           dev: /dev/sda5 maj-min: 8:5 
           ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 70 GiB size: 70 GiB (100.00%) used: 29.37 GiB (41.9%) 
           fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda5 maj-min: 8:5 
           ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 70 GiB size: 70 GiB (100.00%) used: 29.37 GiB (41.9%) 
           fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda5 maj-min: 8:5 
Swap:      Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default) 
           ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 7.7 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: 100 dev: /dev/zram0 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 29.8 C mobo: 27.8 C gpu: nvidia temp: 62 C 
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 14% 
Info:      Processes: 214 Uptime: 5m wakeups: 0 Memory: 7.7 GiB used: 2.22 GiB (28.8%) 
           Init: systemd v: 249 tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 11.1.0 Packages: pacman: 1765 
           lib: 325 Client: Unknown Client: garuda-assistant inxi: 3.3.06

Balance the btrfs filesystem from Garuda assistant.

Then reboot


Okay starting right now.

Sadly nothing changed as I can see. Still freezes and laggy.

Install ananicy-cpp from assistant and enable it.

Then reboot see if it makes a difference


Installed and rebooted, no difference at all.
Is there anything I should do after installing and rebooting "ananicy-cpp" like any settings?

Well another thing to try is change kernel and see which one works


Current kernel is linux-zen (5.13.12-zen1-1-zen) any suggestion don't know which one to install or should I just go for linux-lts?

Linux-lts is usually a good choice for troubleshooting.

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Installed linux-lts via "Garuda Settings Manager" > "Kernel", tried to boot via GRUB its won't boot at all stuck on "Loading kernel linux-lts"

I'm not an expert of GPU stuff, but maybe freezes and lags could be due to the relevant driver.
How did you install it?
As far as I know, the best thing is to use the Garuda assistant.
Maybe you can check also how it goes with the free drivers?


Installed via "Gruda Settings Manager" > "Hardware Configuration".
Now installing open source drivers to test it out.

I see from the Nvidia site you have the correct driver, I think.
Maybe you could try updating your BIOS, since it seems very old?
I'm not sure this will help, but that would be good anyway, in my opinion.


BIOS is latest version, but open source drivers works perfectly good.
Will there be performance loss for apps that need good GPU like hashcat (for brute-forcing passwords) since I'm on Nouveau?

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No thanks, I am not doing illegal things.


And huge thanks for everyone who tried to help I really appreciate!


What exactly is the link to this particular topic?

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Again, I must admit I've not enough experience on high-performance tasks (like the one you mentioned or gaming, which has a lot of fans here), but I assume at a certain point you could find a bottleneck in the nouveau driver...
If that happens, in my opinion you could:

  • try again with proprietary drivers (maybe there'll be an update)
  • try as many kernels as possible (e.g. it seems to me that many gamers use linux-tkg, but I might be wrong)
  • ask again in the forum :slight_smile: (as mentioned, there are many Nvidia users and gamers)

Try using gamemode as well, I have seen it help before.

Try remove latte-dock-git. I had terrible lags and memory leaks in KDE.