Which release of your OS (Operating System)? Debian 12 (Bookworm)
What desktop manager are you using? task-xfce-desktop
Framework laptop (11th or 12th generation Framework laptop) are you asking for support with? Framework Intel 13th Gen
So I have been having this issue that has been driving me nuts for a couple of days since getting my Framework laptop (thou mind you I love my framework laptop ).
When using the computer or not, I am getting what is best described as a “display freeze”. Everything will working fine and then the panel just stops updating.
System is still responsive, I can actually work around the issue by Ctrl + Alt + Fn + F1 (virtual tty 1) then Ctrl + Alt + Fn + F7 (graphical “tty”).
A likely related issue is that sometimes the display will freeze for a moment, the display will jump around like I am getting desync and then will come back fine a second or so later.
Steps taken thus far:
I’ve turned off power management for PCIE while on AC power as well as disabling USB power management (thinking this was causing it when i was on eGPU)
I’ve tried with and without the eGPU, happens randomly so at one stage it felt like it was happening more frequently on eGPU but today it has been a real pig which rules out the eGPU. I am not charging of the eGPU either (to rule out some weird “half working over too long lead” issue)
I’ve checked the logs to the best of my ability (I am not use to journalctl so I might have missed something, but sudo journalctl and journalctl seem to not be showing anything)
I do have Nvidia drivers installed for the eGPU
I did find at one stage scrolling would cause lockups but that is not consistent.
I do have redshift enabled but it’s not been active when the issues were happening.
Intel package versions
dpkg -l | grep intel
ii intel-gpu-tools 1.27.1-1 amd64 tools for debugging the Intel graphics driver
ii intel-media-va-driver:amd64 23.1.1+dfsg1-1 amd64 VAAPI driver for the Intel GEN8+ Graphics family
ii intel-media-va-driver:i386 23.1.1+dfsg1-1 i386 VAAPI driver for the Intel GEN8+ Graphics family
ii intel-microcode 3.20230512.1 amd64 Processor microcode firmware for Intel CPUs
ii libdrm-intel1:amd64 2.4.114-1+b1 amd64 Userspace interface to intel-specific kernel DRM services -- runtime
ii libdrm-intel1:i386 2.4.114-1+b1 i386 Userspace interface to intel-specific kernel DRM services -- runtime
ii xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.99.917+git20210115-1 amd64 X.Org X server -- Intel i8xx, i9xx display driver
Had problems posting and seems like it nuked my note about kernel version Linux max-framework 6.1.0-10-amd64 #1 SMP PREEMPT_DYNAMIC Debian 6.1.38-1 (2023-07-14) x86_64 GNU/Linux
Same happened to me today, had Debian 12 installed for a week, running great until tonight just started freezing. conky on my desktop shows a load of 100+, I thought on a 8 thread machine 8 was the maxium. But im a bit of a linux noob. sorry. CPU and mem usage is fine.
Have an AMD ryzen 3700u with vega gfx. Will try the suggestion to change display driver. BTW im using gnome.
Here is a screenshot of my conky with a load graph at the bottom.
Yup no worries, I knew I was entering into less supported waters when I chose to stick to Debian I did find that post when I was doing initial setup, found it very helpful for avoiding a lot of the traps I’ve been trying to keep track of all the changes I’ve made so I can cook up an ansible playbook to make the Debian journey for others less fought, at least until Debian gets better support for 13th gen (they do already have decent-ish looking support for 11th and 12th gen)
That sounds like a fantastic idea, I didn’t think to check whether Redshift was active so I will start with that as thinking on it more it did feel like I had more problems in evenings rather than during the day. Whether that is proportional to amount of usage vs time of day I don’t know. (usage during the days is pretty much just having music playing while using a different device, where is in evenings when I finish work I of course then start using the laptop more)
Doing some reading unfortunately it seems that I can’t move over to Wayland as neither desktop manager that I like (XFCE or KDE) support Wayland yet. I am not that big of a fan of Gnome’s UI and still somewhat scarred from the whole Gnome 3 ordeal all those years back.
I haven’t noticed high CPU (fan profile is set to aggressive so laptop makes a racket at the slightest of provocation) during the issue except for when I had an unrelated zombie process.
But yeah the other’s suggestion of using Wayland in lieu of X11 maybe a winner, at least as a Gnome user you have the option to use it. However those load averages suggest your lighting up all of your cores. Most I have ever seen which was when I had the zombie was it pegging only 1 of the like 12 cores.
tl;dr for others who find this thread later on:
I am going to disable Redshift once troubles return (as of writing this reply it’s behaving itself without me changing anything) to see if it improves the situation. I will provide a progress update once new information comes to hand
edit 1: finished off a train of thought (the bit about time of day == anything or just proportional to how much I use the device)
Interesting, thanks for that. I will be honest I didn’t read into KDE too much, I just quickly googled it, saw that they have a “list of problems” similar to that of XFCE, albeit a bit shorter and assumed it was a similar situation to XFCE.
Yep im Gnome+wayland here. I have a felling that the load ramped when gnome was set to turn on my nightlight setting. So will monitor it tonight to see if the same thing happens at the exact same time.