[openbox] Video overlay / nvidia-drivers weirdness

Dana Jansens danakj at orodu.net
Sat Apr 19 08:30:48 EDT 2014

On Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 6:44 AM, <meino.cramer at gmx.de> wrote:

> Hi,
> I am runnig Gentoo Linux on a AMD64 machine using openbox
> as my preferred windowmanager.
> Recently with an update of the system beside other things
> the nvidia-drivers and the xorg-server were updated.
> Versions:
> (tried all of them)
> x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-304.121
> x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-337.12
> x11-wm/openbox-3.5.2-r1
> x11-wm/openbox-9999 (Gentoo nameing for "developper snapshot)
> Openbox is started via slim (login manager), which executes
> autostart.sh, which (beside other things) mutt in a urxvt
> terminal.

Do you run a compositor in your autostart like xcompmgr or anything like

> Openbox is configure to have 8 desktops, throw which one can
> circle back and forth :)
> The the problem arises after starting applications, which uses
> opengl/direct rendering/cuda or such things:
> For example: After mutt starts, I switch von desktop to the left
> (going from desktop 1 to 8).
> There I start me-tv, a dvb-t tv application.
> When I switch back to 1 (going to the right), the window decorations
> of me-tb remain on desktop 8 but the video itsself does not disappear
> even mutt becomes the focus.
> Now I click on mutt, go back to 8 (desktop with me-tv running) and
> back to 1 (mutt) and the problem "has gone" (the effect is no longer
> visible).
> Then I go to desktop 2 (to the right).
> I start Blender (another heavy opengl/rendering user) and start
> rendering. Regardless which window has the focus and to what desktop
> I will change: As soon Blender updates the rendering window, I got
> fragments of it thrown onto the current desktop makeing it complete
> graphical garbage. ^L unfortunately does not work on graphical
> displays... ;(
> I recompiled everything I could find which is dependant of the
> nvidia-drivers and does not help. Since I tried very old and very new
> versions of that driver I dont think, that this driver is "guilty"...
> As a test I installed fluxbox and the problem went away.
> But I dont want fluxbox and want my openbox back.
> Any ideas what I can do further to eliminate that problem?
> Thanks a lot for any help!
> Best regards,
> mcc
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