Garuda Linux GNOME freezes temporarily

I just installed the GNOME version of Garuda Linux. Every 20 to 40 seconds, the screen will freeze for a couple of seconds. With these freezes also comes a spike in activity from 1 thread (according to system monitor). If you want, I can try to take a video to show you. The only thing that seems to freeze is the screen. I'm listening to music and it doesn't stop.


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System:    Kernel: 5.12.1-zen2-1-zen x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.0
           parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
           root=UUID=d679223a-8ffb-4fca-a57b-1f8f6801d3f7 rw [email protected] quiet splash
           rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0 systemd.unified_cgroup_hierarchy=1
           Desktop: GNOME 40.1 tk: GTK 3.24.29 wm: gnome-shell dm: GDM 40.0 Distro: Garuda Linux
           base: Arch Linux
Machine:   Type: Laptop System: Dell product: G5 5500 v: N/A serial: <filter> Chassis: type: 10
           serial: <filter>
           Mobo: Dell model: 0D1G65 v: A02 serial: <filter> UEFI: Dell v: 1.7.1 date: 12/04/2020
Battery:   ID-1: BAT0 charge: 48.8 Wh (100.0%) condition: 48.8/51.0 Wh (95.7%) volts: 13.0
           min: 11.4 model: BYD DELL M4GWP01 type: Li-poly serial: <filter> status: Full
CPU:       Info: 6-Core model: Intel Core i7-10750H bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Comet Lake
           family: 6 model-id: A5 (165) stepping: 2 microcode: E2 cache: L2: 12 MiB
           flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 62399
           Speed: 3714 MHz min/max: 800/5000 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 3714 2: 4802 3: 4800
           4: 4802 5: 4338 6: 4472 7: 4782 8: 4803 9: 4802 10: 4801 11: 4801 12: 4507
           Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
           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: Enhanced IBRS, IBPB: conditional, RSB filling
           Type: srbds status: Not affected
           Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Graphics:  Device-1: Intel UHD Graphics vendor: Dell driver: i915 v: kernel bus-ID: 00:02.0
           chip-ID: 8086:9bc4 class-ID: 0300
           Device-2: NVIDIA TU117M [GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile] vendor: Dell driver: nvidia
           v: 465.27 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1f95
           class-ID: 0300
           Device-3: Realtek Integrated_Webcam_HD type: USB driver: uvcvideo bus-ID: 1-5:4
           chip-ID: 0bda:5678 class-ID: 0e02 serial: <filter>
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.11 compositor: gnome-shell driver:
           loaded: modesetting,nvidia display-ID: :1 screens: 1
           Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x286mm (20.0x11.3")
           s-diag: 583mm (23")
           Monitor-1: eDP-1 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 142 size: 344x194mm (13.5x7.6")
           diag: 395mm (15.5")
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel UHD Graphics (CML GT2) v: 4.6 Mesa 21.1.0
           direct render: Yes
Audio:     Device-1: Intel Comet Lake PCH cAVS vendor: Dell driver: sof-audio-pci-intel-cnl
           alternate: snd_hda_intel,snd_soc_skl,snd_sof_pci_intel_cnl bus-ID: 00:1f.3
           chip-ID: 8086:06c8 class-ID: 0401
           Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.12.1-zen2-1-zen running: yes
           Sound Server-2: JACK v: 0.125.0 running: no
           Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 14.2 running: no
           Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.28 running: yes
Network:   Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet vendor: Dell
           driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 3000 bus-ID: 04:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
           IF: enp4s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Device-2: Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter vendor: Dell
           driver: ath10k_pci v: kernel port: 3000 bus-ID: 05:00.0 chip-ID: 168c:003e
           class-ID: 0280
           IF: wlp5s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Bluetooth: Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8 bus-ID: 1-14:5
           chip-ID: 0cf3:e007 class-ID: e001
           Report: bt-adapter ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: up address: <filter>
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 238.47 GiB used: 16.78 GiB (7.0%)
           SMART Message: Required tool smartctl not installed. Check --recommends
           ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: SK Hynix model: BC511 NVMe 256GB
           size: 238.47 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4
           rotation: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 11004101 scheme: GPT
Partition: ID-1: / raw-size: 238.22 GiB size: 238.22 GiB (100.00%) used: 16.78 GiB (7.0%)
           fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
           ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 256 MiB size: 252 MiB (98.46%) used: 546 KiB (0.2%)
           fs: vfat dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
           ID-3: /home raw-size: 238.22 GiB size: 238.22 GiB (100.00%) used: 16.78 GiB (7.0%)
           fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
           ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 238.22 GiB size: 238.22 GiB (100.00%) used: 16.78 GiB (7.0%)
           fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
           ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 238.22 GiB size: 238.22 GiB (100.00%) used: 16.78 GiB (7.0%)
           fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
Swap:      Kernel: swappiness: 10 (default 60) cache-pressure: 75 (default 100)
           ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 1.29 GiB used: 15.3 MiB (1.2%) priority: 32767
           dev: /dev/zram0
           ID-2: swap-2 type: zram size: 1.29 GiB used: 13.8 MiB (1.0%) priority: 32767
           dev: /dev/zram1
           ID-3: swap-3 type: zram size: 1.29 GiB used: 14 MiB (1.1%) priority: 32767
           dev: /dev/zram2
           ID-4: swap-4 type: zram size: 1.29 GiB used: 14.1 MiB (1.1%) priority: 32767
           dev: /dev/zram3
           ID-5: swap-5 type: zram size: 1.29 GiB used: 13.8 MiB (1.0%) priority: 32767
           dev: /dev/zram4
           ID-6: swap-6 type: zram size: 1.29 GiB used: 13.6 MiB (1.0%) priority: 32767
           dev: /dev/zram5
           ID-7: swap-7 type: zram size: 1.29 GiB used: 11.2 MiB (0.9%) priority: 32767
           dev: /dev/zram6
           ID-8: swap-8 type: zram size: 1.29 GiB used: 11.6 MiB (0.9%) priority: 32767
           dev: /dev/zram7
           ID-9: swap-9 type: zram size: 1.29 GiB used: 12.6 MiB (1.0%) priority: 32767
           dev: /dev/zram8
           ID-10: swap-10 type: zram size: 1.29 GiB used: 10.6 MiB (0.8%) priority: 32767
           dev: /dev/zram9
           ID-11: swap-11 type: zram size: 1.29 GiB used: 13.2 MiB (1.0%) priority: 32767
           dev: /dev/zram10
           ID-12: swap-12 type: zram size: 1.29 GiB used: 12.7 MiB (1.0%) priority: 32767
           dev: /dev/zram11
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 59.0 C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info:      Processes: 375 Uptime: 13h 59m wakeups: 2480 Memory: 15.42 GiB used: 3.56 GiB (23.1%)
           Init: systemd v: 248 tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 11.1.0 clang: 11.1.0 Packages:
           pacman: 1487 lib: 373 Shell: fish v: 3.2.2 running-in: alacritty inxi: 3.3.04

Here's the output of the command.

Try another kernel.
Try another DE.
Which GPU is in use?

Laptop with 2 GPU is not my world :wink:


The Intel inttegrated graphics is the main one. I only use the dedicated one (GTX 1650 Ti Mobile) for games using NVIDIA Prime.

Also, how do I change the kernel that's used? And how do I change the DE? It's GNOME, so don't I have to use GDM?

Pick another DE from the list of the many Garuda offerings and reinstall. I would personally recommend KDE, but that's a matter of user preference. Do not try to simply install an alternate DE on top of (or swich DE's) this can cause major issues that are very difficult to troubleshoot remotely.

The Kernel is easily switched through the Garuda Settings Manager. You can use more than one kernel with Garuda. It is best to always have two installed. I would suggest testing the following kernels:


I would test them in that order.

Also double check that your bios is up to date.


Before anything else, update your system. There have been many updates since the installer was prepared and - correspondingly - many fixes.


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