KDE + Picom + NVIDIA = Choppy Movement of Windows and still didn't fix refresh rates

Hello everyone,

first of all: inxi

I have two displays. One with 60Hz one with 144Hz. Whenever the compositor is enabled, it will default to the 60Hz refresh rate. Currently, whenever i play a game, i will have to disable the compositor to get my 144Hz.

I already did everything that was written on Reddit and the KDE Bug report page that's linked in there

Now i thought about switching to another compositor...Everyone is talking about picom. So i play around with it a bit and now i need some help.

  1. It still didn't solve my issue....Even with picom (doesn't matter which fork) it still goes down to 60Hz for my big screen and 144Hz when picom is disabled.

  2. Whenever i move a window around, the framrate drops significantly. Like down to 5-10 fps. That's isn't suuuper bad because i use Bismuth, therefore i don't really move windows around that much. But i do like the meta+mouse movement and this is really ugly...So if that would be fixable that would be great.

To clarify; Currently i use Arian8j2's Fork with this picom.conf because of those super neat animations of windows moving that get triggered by moving the windows in Bismuth. Sadly rounded corners and shadows don't play along here and give me those ugly triangular "cutouts" in the shadows...guess there isn't a picom fork that has everything i want in it.

So, if anyone here could help me figuring out how to solve that annoying refresh-rate bug. That would be awesome!


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AFAIK the fix of this is to use Wayland, but that may not be feasible with Nvidia GPU. To switch to Wayland, install plasma-wayland-session and egl-wayland, log out and choose Plasma (Wayland) as your session. You may also wish to disable Picom before switching. Good luck.
Also please paste your inxi right here, I can't open pastebin.com for some reason..


i know how to switch to wayland, but i won't do that.

Sorry, this is no solution.

The pastebin link works perfectly fine, don't know why you can't open it.

Previously nothing happened when I opened a pastebin.com link but now I know why it isn't working: pastebin.com is blocked in my region :rofl:

Why? Did you try it?

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Well, this is sad

Yup, and as for many others, it's wonky. Too wonky for my taste. I'm very comfortable with X11 and i believe that i can get these issues of mine fixed within the boundaries of X11.

No need to post the short inxi in paste bin. I edit your post :wink:
If you check upper right, Garuda have their own private bin. :smiley:

Is partially upgraded: Yes

Didn't see that - good to know.

I check after an upgrade...But i upgrade quite often. And i have those exact same issues wether or not i upgrade.

I'm the kind of person that always reboots after an upgrade. So i wouldn't say this is the issue.

So - after the upgrade and reboot. No change at all.

Have you achieved your expected result (each monitor in a different frequency) in any other Linux distro (not WinOS)? IIRC this is not practically possible on Xorg, but I am not sure.

I would first try nvidia-settings for a solution.

picom, nvidia, Xorg and multi-head are too many, and their Archwiki pages include several troubleshooting advices to test. That's the second path to try.

Gaming applications are not like normal applications, with display performance, because they usually act directly on hardware. Have you confirmed the issue happens even when there is no gaming application included?

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No, i have not. But i haven't tried many other Distros yet. And only since the last couple months i would consider myself somewhat of a poweruser. Up until that point i was on Ubuntu and i didn't even think it would be possible to "harnish" the full potential of my NVidia GPU in Linux as everyone has told me.

Only since i first went to Manjaro and now Garuda, did i learn that there appears to be a way for that as many others claim.

I have the feeling that i already tested everything there... Could be that i missed something. But i was hoping to be lucky and have someone here stumble across this post and think "Hey, i just had that exact same issue the other day, here is how i fixed it!". Because KDE and NVidia aren't that rarely used :smiley:

What exactly do you mean with that? My issue is that everything is locked to 60Hz until i disable the compositor. That includes games, that's why i have to disable the compositor everytime i want to play something.

As an update to that last statement; I now have changed Picom forks, and experimented with that a bit. Now i do have 144Hz performance in games WHILE Picom is running. However i still don't have 144Hz without any games...That's something i can live with i guess. As i said, i was just hoping to stumble across an easy fix. I don't plan to tinker around in the depths just to fix this minor inconvenience.

But thanks to everyone nonetheless.

Another interesting update - maybe you can make something out of it.

So i just played around with some colors etc. and accidentally crashed my plasmashell. Not Kwin or anything else; Only the plasmashell.

So Picom runs, KWin with Bismuth still runs. So everything works perfectly fine, but i don't have my wallpaper and the KDE Panel on my other display isn't there anymore - And lo and behold! I have perfect and tearfree 144Hz on my main display, perfect and tearfree 60Hz on my other display and everything is still running....

So the issue lies within plasmashell i suppose...Maybe there is some settings / config i can do there? Does someone know of anything like that?

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