System slows down to a crawl

Hey there,
I'm really stumped with a problem that I'm experiencing for a few days now. I have a lot of problems, but I think they are all related. To keep it short, here is a list:

  1. Librewolf regularly slows down greatly. Tabs take ages to load, and it starts using more cpu cycles than I would expect. Even on browser-internal tabs
  2. FreeTube download speeds go from 30mbps down to a few kbps until I restart the application. Doing that also isn't as easy as it takes quite a while to even build the application window and stuff.
  3. Pacman is awfully slow (Yes I tried refreshing the mirrors). Pacman takes a few minutes to install the tiniest packages and the download speeds are also horrible. The pacman hooks like the foreign package notification are very slow. It does not spit out a huge block of text like it used to (because it was going so quick) but instead I can actually count the lines it prints out.
  4. Evolution (my mail application) takes very long to download mails and stuff. Sending is equally as worse, even freezing the application.
  5. My backup HDD is once again blocked by a weird kernel file sync daemon making it read-only until I reboot.
  6. Writing this, systemd-journald crashed, and failed to start like five times (log)

Any idea what's going on? I'm gonna try the LTS kernel, and downgrading zen, but there is not much more that I can do without some help.


  Kernel: 6.2.10-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64
    compiler: gcc v: 12.2.1
    parameters: root=PARTUUID=fec66b8f-995b-8043-94b0-fcc9535362ba
    rw add_efi_memmap [email protected]
    [email protected]\boot\amd-ucode.img
    systemd.unified_cgroup_hierarchy=1 loglevel=3
    sysrq_always_enabled=1 iommu=soft
  Desktop: Hyprland info: waybar vt: 1
    dm: greetd Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
  Type: Desktop System: Gigabyte
    product: AX370-Gaming 3 v: N/A
    serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: Gigabyte model: AX370-Gaming 3-CF v: x.x
    serial: <superuser required>
    UEFI: American Megatrends v: F50a
    date: 11/27/2019
  Info: model: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X bits: 64
    type: MT MCP arch: Zen+ gen: 2 level: v3
    note: check built: 2018-21 process: GF 12nm
    family: 0x17 (23) model-id: 8 stepping: 2
    microcode: 0x800820D
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 6 tpc: 2 threads: 12
    smt: enabled cache: L1: 576 KiB
    desc: d-6x32 KiB; i-6x64 KiB L2: 3 MiB
    desc: 6x512 KiB L3: 16 MiB desc: 2x8 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 2427 high: 3600
    min/max: 2200/3600 boost: enabled scaling:
    driver: acpi-cpufreq governor: schedutil
    cores: 1: 2163 2: 2200 3: 1938 4: 2200 5: 2200
    6: 2200 7: 2012 8: 2103 9: 3200 10: 3110
    11: 2200 12: 3600 bogomips: 86226
  Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3
    sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm
  Vulnerabilities: <filter>
  Device-1: AMD Baffin [Radeon RX 550 640SP /
    560/560X] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: amdgpu
    v: kernel arch: GCN-4 code: Arctic Islands
    process: GF 14nm built: 2016-20 pcie: gen: 3
    speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 8 ports:
    active: DVI-D-1,HDMI-A-1 empty: DP-1
    bus-ID: 08:00.0 chip-ID: 1002:67ff
    class-ID: 0300 temp: 41.0 C
  Device-2: Logitech Webcam C270 type: USB
    driver: snd-usb-audio,uvcvideo bus-ID: 2-3.4:6
    chip-ID: 046d:0825 class-ID: 0102
    serial: <filter>
  Display: wayland server: Xwayland v: 23.1.1
    compositor: Hyprland driver: X: loaded: amdgpu
    unloaded: modesetting,radeon
    alternate: fbdev,vesa dri: radeonsi
    gpu: amdgpu display-ID: 1
  Monitor-1: DVI-D-1
    model: Apple Cinema HD Display serial: <filter>
    built: 2003 res: 1920x1200 dpi: 99 gamma: 1.2
    size: 495x310mm (19.49x12.2")
    diag: 584mm (23") ratio: 16:10 modes:
    max: 1920x1200 min: 640x480
  Monitor-2: HDMI-A-1 model: Samsung SyncMaster
    serial: <filter> built: 2007 res: 1680x1050
    dpi: 90 gamma: 1.2
    size: 474x296mm (18.66x11.65")
    diag: 559mm (22") ratio: 16:10 modes:
    max: 1680x1050 min: 720x400
  API: EGL/GBM Message: No known Wayland
    EGL/GBM data sources.
  Device-1: AMD Baffin HDMI/DP Audio [Radeon RX
    550 640SP / 560/560X] vendor: ASUSTeK
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 1-1:2
    chip-ID: 0d8c:9700 pcie: class-ID: 0300 gen: 3
    serial: <filter> speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 8
    bus-ID: 08:00.1 chip-ID: 1002:aae0
    class-ID: 0403
  Device-2: AMD Family 17h HD Audio
    vendor: Gigabyte driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
    pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16
    bus-ID: 0a:00.3 chip-ID: 1022:1457
    class-ID: 0403
  Device-3: C-Media USB Microphone type: USB
    driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid
  Device-4: Logitech Webcam C270 type: USB
    driver: snd-usb-audio,uvcvideo bus-ID: 2-3.4:6
    chip-ID: 046d:0825 class-ID: 0102
    serial: <filter>
  API: ALSA v: k6.2.10-zen1-1-zen
    status: kernel-api tools: alsamixer,amixer
  Server-1: sndiod v: N/A status: off
    tools: aucat,midicat,sndioctl
  Server-2: PipeWire v: 0.3.68 status: active
    with: 1: pipewire-pulse status: active
    2: wireplumber status: active 3: pipewire-alsa
    type: plugin 4: pw-jack type: plugin
    tools: pactl,pw-cat,pw-cli,wpctl
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express
    Gigabit Ethernet vendor: Gigabyte
    driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: gen: 1
    speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: f000
    bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168
    class-ID: 0200
  IF: eno1 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps
    duplex: full mac: <filter>
  Device-1: Broadcom BCM20702A0 Bluetooth 4.0
    type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8 bus-ID: 2-4.2:7
    chip-ID: 0a5c:21e8 class-ID: fe01
    serial: <filter>
  Report: bt-adapter ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0
    state: up address: <filter>
  Local Storage: total: 2.96 TiB
    used: 1.93 TiB (65.2%)
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root
    privileges required.
  ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Samsung
    model: SSD 860 EVO 1TB size: 931.51 GiB
    block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B
    speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: SSD serial: <filter>
    rev: 4B6Q scheme: GPT
  ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Samsung
    model: SSD 860 EVO 250GB size: 232.89 GiB
    block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B
    speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: SSD serial: <filter>
    rev: 1B6Q scheme: GPT
  ID-3: /dev/sdc maj-min: 8:32
    vendor: Western Digital model: WD20EFRX-68EUZN0
    size: 1.82 TiB block-size: physical: 4096 B
    logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: HDD
    rpm: 5400 serial: <filter> rev: 0A82
    scheme: GPT
  ID-4: /dev/sdd maj-min: 8:48 type: USB
    vendor: Intenso model: Rainbow Line
    size: 7.5 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B
    logical: 512 B type: N/A serial: <filter>
    rev: 8.07 scheme: MBR
  SMART Message: Unknown USB bridge. Flash
    drive/Unsupported enclosure?
  ID-1: / raw-size: 195.03 GiB
    size: 195.03 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 60.73 GiB (31.1%) fs: btrfs
    dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1
  ID-2: /home raw-size: 736.18 GiB
    size: 736.18 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 183.19 GiB (24.9%) fs: btrfs
    dev: /dev/sda3 maj-min: 8:3
  ID-3: /var/log raw-size: 195.03 GiB
    size: 195.03 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 60.73 GiB (31.1%) fs: btrfs
    dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1
  ID-4: /var/tmp raw-size: 195.03 GiB
    size: 195.03 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 60.73 GiB (31.1%) fs: btrfs
    dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1
  Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60)
    cache-pressure: 100 (default)
  ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 31.3 GiB
    used: 3.9 MiB (0.0%) priority: 100
    dev: /dev/zram0
  System Temperatures: cpu: 39.2 C mobo: N/A
    gpu: amdgpu temp: 41.0 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: amdgpu fan: 1491
  Processes: 373 Uptime: 5h 42m wakeups: 1
  Memory: 31.3 GiB used: 5.86 GiB (18.7%)
  Init: systemd v: 253 default: graphical
  tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 12.2.1
  clang: 15.0.7 Packages: pm: nix-default pkgs: 0
  pm: nix-sys pkgs: 0 pm: nix-usr pkgs: 0
  pm: pacman pkgs: 1712 libs: 491 tools: yay
  Shell: Zsh v: 5.9 running-in: alacritty
  inxi: 3.3.26
Garuda (2.6.16-1):
  System install date:     2023-01-08
  Last full system update: 2023-04-11
  Is partially upgraded:   Yes
  Relevant software:       snapper NetworkManager dracut
  Windows dual boot:       No/Undetected
  Failed units:

Why does it say that I'm partially upgraded? I only installed a package, nothing more...

If you issue garuda-update again, what will it output?

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well that goes away.

Pacman also seems faster right now (with LTS). Maybe it's a kernel hiccup after all? It's been such a long time since I've last had issues with my kernel

It's fast with LTS but slow with ZEN?

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Yeah I genuinely think that this is one of those moments where I write a forum post, get an Idea mid-writing, send the post anyways because I think it's not the solution, and then it is in fact the solution.

So far absolutely zero issues. I think ZEN is acting up for me, for whatever reason. I'll reopen this in case anything changes.

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Yeah that happens from time to time on various machines, you might be one of those unfortunate to have it right now, next kernel update shouldn't be too far, you could retry then. Or wait for 6.3 which isn't that far anyway.

This confirms the good idea many people mention once in a while: always good to have a second kernel (like LTS) in the GRUB menu. :slight_smile:


Jokes on you I don't use grub

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