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"Mouse Droppings" in GIMP
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PupGeek

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PostPosted: Fri 01 Jul 2011, 20:35    Post subject:  "Mouse Droppings" in GIMP
Subject description: A very annoying problem
 

When using GIMP, especially with large files or those with several layers, I seem to be getting mouse droppings all over the image whenever i move my mouse.... Not only is this very annoying, but it also inhibits my ability to do any fine retouching of photos. This seems to happen whether I use gimp 2.6 in LucidPup or Ubuntu, so I know this is not just a puppy issue. For hardware, I am using a Dell Poweredge 1800 server (repurposed, of course) with a 2.8 GHz intel Xeon processor (800 MHz fsb) and 512 MB RAM. I know I am a bit low on Ram, but I also have at least 1 GB swap space. Can anyone help me out on this? Is this a RAM issue? Are there any settings in the preferences I can tweak to fix this?
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Aitch


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Jul 2011, 17:47    Post subject:  

Maybe a video driver/accelerator problem, as you have plenty cpu speed/cache compared to P111 desktops, even with only 512mb ram

datasheet, suggests ATI 7000m embedded video

http://tinyurl.com/6e6t97a

I hope you are using Xorg, not xvesa?

see

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=436174

maybe xorghigh/opengl/glxgears or somesuch will fix it?

xorg_high Very Happy ....see http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=436184#436184

memory for that box is cheap on ebay - DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2 (ECC)

It'll take up to 12Gb!!

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PupGeek

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PostPosted: Sun 03 Jul 2011, 07:57    Post subject:  

Im actually using L0wt3ch's puppy studio with the rt kernel (recompiled by me for LSI Fusion support), and I believe I do have the xorg-high package installed. I am definitely using xorg not xvesa. Its not just in puppy either.. it does the same in ArtistX (Ubuntu).

Speaking of a recompiled kernel, if there are any switches I can flip, I would have no problem recompiling again if I know which settings to make.
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Aitch


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PostPosted: Sun 03 Jul 2011, 11:55    Post subject:  

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Im actually using L0wt3ch's puppy studio with the rt kernel (recompiled by me for LSI Fusion support)


You're way cleverer than me, then....I'm just a ferret, really Wink

Perhaps there's a clue here?

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=542109

This would seem to suggest bios not handling mouse/interrupts...bios upgrade may or may not not fix it...apparently
It does suggest turning off any unused devices in bios....

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/617688

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bones01

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PostPosted: Sun 03 Jul 2011, 22:40    Post subject:
Subject description: are they green?
 

I had no end of trouble with Gimp leaving trails. But when I switched to Xvesa, it solved my problem.

Good luck.

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Jul 2011, 14:00    Post subject:  

I might have to try that.... Ill try it in a separate live session to see if it works.... Truth is, I don't like xvesa as much as xorg, when it comes to graphics, and I also work with blender occasionally for 3d stuff. I also should try it on my desktop, which has NVIDIA graphics and compare the results. No droppings on desktop should tell me, its a graphics adapter problem.


I have had this server up for months now and never really had any explicit IRQ problems. I also removed the RAID controller and use the 4 hard drives individually through the Fusion mtp controller. The only networking it does is with my desktop using VNC, ftp, samba, wol, and pxe... No internet access for it.
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PostPosted: Fri 08 Jul 2011, 07:45    Post subject:  

Curious, ...any luck?

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PostPosted: Mon 18 Jul 2011, 04:09    Post subject:  

GIMP can be really resource-demanding when you work with big files/resolutions
I have dri installed and 1.25 GB RAM + swap and when I worked with 30cmx40cm resolution I added several layers and each task lasted several seconds to minute to complete

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