VERY slow scrolling on radeon graphics card: debugging a timing issue?

Michael Tokarev mjt at
Tue Jan 4 14:50:45 PST 2011

02.01.2011 12:00, Pavel Machek wrote:
> Hi!
>> The thing is: that same scrolling becomes much faster
>> when I "do something" else while it scrolls up.  First
>> I noticed this when I wanted to switch to another vt
>> while it were scrolling -- I held down Ctrl key on my
>> keyboard, and out of the sudden the scroll speed up
>> dramatically.
>> It turned out I can speed the thing to about 10 times
>> by generating some load: hit and hold a key on the
>> keyboard (generates interrupts?), run kernel compile
>> in the background (generates disk interrupts?), move
>> mouse...
> Try "irqpoll"?

It turned out to be a bit less easy than I thought.

The thing is, it appears the issue is not triggered
on fresh boot - scrolling is reasonable fast there.
But slowness returns back after suspend-to-RAM cycle
(not suspend-to-disk).  I'm still trying ;)

> Will cpu load speed it up, too? (Like yes > /dev/null)?

Yes, CPU load fixes the issue immediately.  But switching
from ondemand to performance CPU governor does not fix it.

>> Any hints on where to go from there are apprecated.
>> The hardware is an AMD780g-based motherboard with
>> and Athlon CPU, I've seen the same behavour from
>> many other similar boards.  Kernels - all up to
>> the current, sine the old days when kms
>> for radeon first appeared in staging.
> Watch /proc/interrupts to see if radeon uses them and if they appear
> to work?

I don't see any change in radeon interrupt numbers during the
scrolling, so it's difficult to say.  The IRQ is shared between
several devices:

$ grep radeon /proc/interrupts
  18:  510439  370  IO-APIC-fasteoi ohci_hcd:usb3, ohci_hcd:usb4, ohci_hcd:usb5, radeon

The counter changes but very slowly (and not during the scroll
test when I don't touch anything), I see on correlation between
it any my actions.



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