[PlanetCCRMA] GUI Issues with Dell Vostro

Fernando Lopez-Lezcano nando at ccrma.Stanford.EDU
Mon Mar 26 09:21:13 PDT 2012

On 03/26/2012 11:13 AM, Peter Adamson wrote:
> I have tried both Fedora 15 and 16 and discovered Gnome 3. Very sad for
> Linux. After 12 years as a user and staunch supporter of Red Hat/Fedora
> I have no choice but to move on. I find Gnome 3 simply unusable.

You are not alone. I found this article very informative:


As mentioned in the thread you can always try out other window managers...
-- Fernando

>> On 03/25/2012 02:35 PM, Peter Adamson wrote:
>>> Jeff,
>>> If I understand correctly, one person recording one track at a time does
>>> not need to be concerned with latency, so I just don't need the
>>> low-latency kernel?
>>> If I lay a midi drum track and then record the bass while listening,
>>> won't latency be an issue?
>> No, it shouldn't. I presume you will use Ardour, it compensates for
>> that. So, if 2x1024 works reliably for you with the normal kernel you
>> should be fine.
>> -- Fernando
>>>> Peter,
>>>> It is probably not the graphics hardware with the intel chipset.
>>>> fedora 14 is past end of life, you should install fedora 15 or 16
>>>> instead,
>>>> this might fix your problem.
>>>> If you are just recording you don't need really low latency.
>>>> Same for playing back MIDI files, low latency is not necessary.
>>>> However if you are playing a MIDI keyboard into a soft-synth, you
>>>> may want a latency proportional to your keyboard skills. Same
>>>> thing for recording using effects in real time, you want the latency
>>>> in proportion with your ability to react.
>>>> For recording with Audacity or playing back MIDI files with Timidity
>>>> the standard kernel with 1024x3 (bytesxbuffers JACK setting) plays
>>>> with no xruns on my equivalent laptop and is adequate for my piano
>>>> skills using a MIDI keyboard and a Bristol synth.
>>>> -- Jeff
>>>> From: Peter Adamson
>>>> Subject: [PlanetCCRMA] GUI Issues with Dell Vostro
>>>> I have just installed FC14 with the low latency kernel on a Dell
>>>> Vostro
>>>> 1710.
>>>> The GUI freezes after anywhere from 10 minutes to a few hours. This
>>>> usually happens when a dialogue box or application window opens.
>>>> Occasionally it happens when clicking a button.
>>>> The mouse moves around the screen ok but the GUI does not respond to
>>>> clicks or keystrokes. No way to get into a console to see what's going
>>>> on, so a hard reboot is the only solution.
>>>> It does not appear to happen with the unmodified kernel.
>>>> I have tried using KDE instead of Gnome but the problem is
>>>> actually worse.
>>>> Questions:
>>>> Are there any ideas about what is causing this and what might be a
>>>> workaround?
>>>> What information would be useful to post here? (hardware? which log
>>>> files?...)
>>>> I have tried recording with the basic kernel. Latency seems to be
>>>> exactly the same as with the modified kernel. However midi playback is
>>>> not as smooth (clicks at start/end of midi segments).
>>>> Cheers,
>>>> Peter

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