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I just got a new laptop, and installed narwal on it. Things like youtube videso play fine, however "system graphics" (for lack of a better term) are extremely jerky, for example closing a tab will take several seconds, or even typing in this text box gets several seconds behind where I am typing. My system hardware is pretty beefy, so it's not a hardware issue: Intel Quad core 2GHz, 8GB of RAM, and a radeon 6570M with 1GB (running the proprietary driver).

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Not an answer to your question, but usually things like this happens in a freshly released distribution. Since you just got the laptop, try installing 10.04 LTS instead or wait until 11.04 becomes stable. (Patches are submitted overtime to solve problems like this) – Dananjaya Apr 26 '11 at 20:32
I've run Ubuntu alphas for the last few releases, so I'm used to the gradual stabilization. I'm trying to establish if this is known bug (that I could follow), something I should report, or a case of "twiddle these settings". – Alex Gaynor Apr 26 '11 at 20:37
A different ATI VGA but symptoms are somewhat similar… – Dananjaya Apr 26 '11 at 20:40
What about the opensource driver? My nvidia runs better with nouveau. – wojox Apr 26 '11 at 20:43
You might consider "upgrading" to the latest build of Natty Narwhale later today when it gets released. What theme are you using? – alexy13 Apr 28 '11 at 10:24
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try the latest amd-ati-catalyst-114

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This seems to have helped, though not solved the problem completely. The problem also appears to be minimized by using Chromium in place of Firefox. – Alex Gaynor Apr 28 '11 at 14:30

In compizconfig settings manager, go into openGL (under general options) and uncheck the option that says "Sync To VBlank". This is what worked for me, and a friend of mine.

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Disable Detect Refresh Rate, and Sync To Vblank

  • Install CompizConfig SettingsManager by running the following command in a terminal:

    sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

  • Launch it by searching from the dash in Unity, or find it under Preferences > CompizConfig Settings Manager in Ubuntu Classic.
  • Click on the Composite tab, and un-check Detect refresh rate. enter image description here enter image description here
  • Click on the OpenGL tab, and un-check Sync to Vblank. enter image description here enter image description here
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