Ubuntu 18.04 LTS GUI is unusably slow with Matrox G200eR2 (Dell r720xd server).

The gui during install was working smoothly. Also if I boot into safe graphics mode ( https://askubuntu.com/a/901327/299013 ) the GUI just works.

However booting normally the login screen is unusably slow. I get maybe 1 frame every 5 seconds. Then as soon as I log in I get a corrupt picture. Every line in the picture is successively shifted to the right. I can't decipher what is shown.

If I try to run sudo X -configure I get

.Org X Server 1.19.6
Release Date: 2017-12-20
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
Build Operating System: Linux 4.4.0-119-generic x86_64 Ubuntu
Current Operating System: Linux markus-PowerVault-DL2300 4.15.0-29-generic #31-Ubuntu SMP Tue Jul 17 15:39:52 UTC 2018 x86_64 Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-4.15.0-29-generic root=UUID=6c37f246-2ca0-4c5d-94c6-ae2a320a0c11 ro quiet splash vt.handoff=1
Build Date: 13 April 2018 08:07:36PM
xorg-server 2:1.19.6-1ubuntu4 (For technical support please see http://www.ubuntu.com/support) Current version of pixman: 0.34.0
Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org
to make sure that you have the latest version.
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Sat Jul 28 23:25:09 2018
(EE) Backtrace:
(EE) 0: /usr/lib/xorg/Xorg (xorg_backtrace+0x4d) [0x558b05e108ad]
(EE) 1: /usr/lib/xorg/Xorg (0x558b05c58000+0x1bc649) [0x558b05e14649] (EE) 2: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpthread.so.0 (0x7f1e2d349000+0x12890) [0x7f1e2d35b890] (EE) 3: /usr/lib/xorg/Xorg (0x558b05c58000+0xb2294) [0x558b05d0a294]
(EE) 4: /usr/lib/xorg/Xorg (xf86BusProbe+0x9) [0x558b05ce2229]
(EE) 5: /usr/lib/xorg/Xorg (InitOutput+0x7f1) [0x558b05cf0e51]
(EE) 6: /usr/lib/xorg/Xorg (0x558b05c58000+0x56cd3) [0x558b05caecd3]
(EE) 7: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 (__libc_start_main+0xe7) [0x7f1e2cf79b97] (EE) 8: /usr/lib/xorg/Xorg (_start+0x2a) [0x558b05c98b8a]
(EE) Segmentation fault at address 0x50
Fatal server error:
(EE) Caught signal 11 (Segmentation fault). Server aborting
Please consult the The X.Org Foundation support
at http://wiki.x.org
for help.
(EE) Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" for additional information. (EE)
(EE) Server terminated with error (1). Closing log file.

Next I tried to install sudo apt install xserver-xorg-video-mga ( https://askubuntu.com/a/875698/299013 ) but that doesn't exist.

Next I tried to remove all apt remove xserver-xorg-video-\* packages and only apt install xserver-xorg-video-vesa. (https://www.systutorials.com/241655/ubuntus-gui-response-is-very-slow/) But that didn't seem to make any difference.

What can I do to fix the graphics output?


2 Answers 2


Everything "works" if you uncomment WaylandEnable=false in /etc/gdm3/custom.conf.

Source: https://linuxconfig.org/how-to-disable-wayland-and-enable-xorg-display-server-on-ubuntu-18-04-bionic-beaver-linux

I still however get some server-xorg-core crashes.


In addition to putting WaylandEnable=false in /etc/gdm3/custom.conf as user643011 said, I was able to make it work by installing Debian 9 package:

wget ftp.debian.org/debian/pool/main/x/xserver-xorg-video-mga/xserver-xorg-video-mga_1.6.5-1_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i xserver-xorg-video-mga_1.6.5-1_amd64.deb

and adding blacklist mgag200 to the blacklisted kernel modules in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf then running update-initramfs -u

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