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Tested on openSUSE

Warning: Use the information presented on this page at your own risk!

This article tries to document various tweaks in applications which may help remedy graphical glitches. The tricks are listed here by application.


You are experiencing graphical glitches, but after extensively testing your graphics card, you find out that your hardware is not faulty.


This article describes several solutions:


Disable compositing in kwin

Disabling compositig in kwin is known to fix glitches such as parts of windows being displayed in random places, seemingly corrupted framebuffer, and similar. It is also known to improve general system performance for systems with graphic cards that don't have sufficient support in Linux, forcing kwin to use software emulation.

By editing a configuration file

Use your favorite plain text editor to edit ~/.kde4/share/config/kwinrc.
In KDE Plasma 5.8.7, the configuration file is in ~/.config/kwinrc.
In the end of the section that reads [Compositing], add the following line:


By changing KDE's System Settings

From the favorites tab in klauncher, open "Configure Desktop", select "Desktop Effects", then uncheck the checkbox that is called "Enable desktop effects at startup". From the same screen, you can define a shortcut to enable/disable compositing anytime.

Mozilla Firefox

Disable smooth scrolling

This tweak is known to fix font corruption/tearing while scrolling.

Open the Firefox preferences dialog (Edit>Preferences), select the Advanced tab. Select the General subtab,then untick Use smooth scrolling.

Disable hardware acceleration

This tweak is known to resolve font corruption and general graphics issues.

On the Firefox preferences dialog (Edit>Preferences), select the Advanced tab. Select the General subtab,then untick Use hardware acceleration when available.

Try using the latest X11 from the X11 repository

Warning: This repository might contain unstable code which may crash often, be buggy or interfere with the machine's normal booting process. The author is not responsible if anything happens to your machine.

Adding the repository

As root, run the following:

zypper ar
Replace with Version with your own OpenSUSE version

Changing vendor for X-related packages and updating

As root, execute the following command:

zypper dup --from X11_XOrg

Wait for the update to finish, then reboot.

Try installing the proprietary driver for your GPU

In some systems with Nvidia graphics cards, users are known to have a better experience in hardware accelerated applications, because the proprietary drivers usually have functions which support the acceleration circuit embedded in your GPU. If you want to install them, it is recommended you use the instructions at SDB:NVIDIA_drivers .

If everything fails

Check the troubleshooting article which applies to your GPU

Try following the instruction on the troubleshooting section/article applicable to your Graphics Card (check the recommended articles for this article).

Check whether your GPU is faulty

Try using benchmark/stress test tools in order to determine if your Graphics Card is faulty. It is recommended you run a demanding video game with hardware acceleration enabled and on the "Ultra" settings/profile. If any artifacts are displayed, then there is a great possibility your Graphics Card is faulty.