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gnome-shell very high cpu usage on a clean install F21

asked 2015-01-25 09:53:17 -0600

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updated 2015-04-01 18:45:04 -0600

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I've just installed fedora 21 and gnome-shell is constantly on 35-60% of my cpu (using a thinkpad T400 with a c2d P8600).

glxinfo | grep OpenG
OpenGL vendor string: Intel Open Source Technology Center
OpenGL renderer string: Mesa DRI Mobile Intel® GM45 Express Chipset 
OpenGL version string: 2.1 Mesa 10.4.1
OpenGL shading language version string: 1.20
OpenGL extensions:
OpenGL ES profile version string: OpenGL ES 2.0 Mesa 10.4.1
OpenGL ES profile shading language version string: OpenGL ES GLSL ES 1.0.16
OpenGL ES profile extensions

$ lspci | grep -i vga

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)

What can I do? This takes my battery life from 6 hours on Debian to 2 hours on Fedora

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I have the same problem. Laptop Dell E6400, however CPU usage is 21-23% constantly. I had it on fedora 20 and 21.

Sergey gravatar imageSergey ( 2015-03-03 14:08:09 -0600 )edit

What Kernel version are you using? Have you tried installing the Intel graphics drivers ( )? Also, have you looked into installing TLP and the Thinkpad TLP add-ins ( )? Just a thought.

idrodebush gravatar imageidrodebush ( 2015-03-03 15:25:59 -0600 )edit

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answered 2015-03-25 12:21:44 -0600

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I've had this problem as well. My solution was to disable the extention "Background Logo", which draws the fedora logo on top of your background. This extention doesn't seem to work well with Intel GM cards.

My CPU usage is back to 2% right now.

To disable the extention: Install gnome-tweak-tool

sudo yum install gnome-tweak-tool

Start the tweak tool and disable the extention "Background Logo" in the overview "Extentions"

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Same here, this fixed the issue with my MacBook Pro (mid 2014).

mtoh gravatar imagemtoh ( 2015-03-30 10:12:34 -0600 )edit

answered 2015-03-03 15:19:27 -0600

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I managed to fix the problem by installing proprietary drivers for my videocard (NVidia in my case). Now gnome-shell does not eat any CPU when idle.

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