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My fresh install of ubuntu 13.10 is not giving me a smooth desktop experience. Every time I minimize windows, I get an animation delay/lag. Showing all open windows results in tearing.

I am using the intel hd graphics 4600. Anyone got ideas? isn't intel graphics the best for Linux?

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Not really an answer, but, IMO gnome and unity can be a bit laggy. I suggest you try kubuntu or xubuntu. –  bodhi.zazen Feb 22 at 22:11
    
same result in kubuntu; screen tearing –  user158170 Feb 23 at 0:25
    
Try adding this line to your boot options (in grub) "i915.i915_enable_rc6=1 acpi_osi=Linux acpi_backlight=vendor video=1366x768-24@60" See ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2191109 If it works I will add the information as an answer. –  bodhi.zazen Feb 23 at 2:35

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Ubuntu and Kubuntu are a bit overkill for a low powered computer. Try Lubuntu or Xubuntu.

If you still want to use Ubuntu, try disabling it's effects using CCSM.

  • First install CCSM by typing in the terminal

    sudo apt-get install ccsm
    
  • Launch ccsm

    ccsm
    
  • Deselect all effects enter image description here

    Here you can deselect all three options from the effects section.

  • close and save.

Use of CCSM can break your system,use it at your own risk.(though changes I have told are safe).

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low powered? An i5 4670 and 8 gb ram is low powered? Nah that's not the case. thanks anyway –  user158170 Feb 23 at 18:35
    
@user158170 did you try CCSM? –  Registered User Feb 25 at 9:49

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