Terrible flickering with bzflag 2.4.2 on Gentoo

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Terrible flickering with bzflag 2.4.2 on Gentoo

Post by rhombus » Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:05 pm

I am running bzflag 2.4.2 on Gentoo with kernel 3.4.9:

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Linux thinkpad_T500 3.4.9-gentoo #12 SMP Sun Nov 18 10:10:03 CET 2012 x86_64 Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T9400 @ 2.53GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux
bzflag runs just fine, but there is constant flickering that is very distracting, and this turns me into a sitting duck, which is also very annoying :)

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name of display: :0
display: :0  screen: 0
direct rendering: Yes
server glx vendor string: SGI
server glx version string: 1.4
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OpenGL vendor string: Intel Open Source Technology Center
OpenGL renderer string: Mesa DRI Mobile Intel® GM45 Express Chipset 
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OpenGL shading language version string: 1.20
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Re: Terrible flickering with bzflag 2.4.2 on Gentoo

Post by blast » Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:11 pm

What desktop environment are you using? Are you using desktop composition/effects?
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Re: Terrible flickering with bzflag 2.4.2 on Gentoo

Post by rhombus » Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:13 pm

I'm running KDE 4.9.3 with desktop compositing, yes.

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Re: Terrible flickering with bzflag 2.4.2 on Gentoo

Post by blast » Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:53 pm

My guess is that issue will go away if you disable the desktop effects.
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Re: Terrible flickering with bzflag 2.4.2 on Gentoo

Post by mahem1 » Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:33 pm

Blast is right, when I was using unity 3d desktop effects on Ubuntu I was also jittery and I only had like 8 FPS. But then when I downgraded to unity 2d graphics it was back to normal.
Also turning down my screen resolution has helped me with problems like this in the past...
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Re: Terrible flickering with bzflag 2.4.2 on Gentoo

Post by rhombus » Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:25 am

Isn't that a bit of a pain, having to turn off desktop effects every time you run bzflag?

I also built it with SDL support, thinking that would be better -- was that a mistake, or does that not make any difference here?

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Re: Terrible flickering with bzflag 2.4.2 on Gentoo

Post by rhombus » Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:30 am

Ok, turning off compositing does indeed fix this problem, and I have discovered a hotkey salute that toggles it on and off, so this isn't the big pain I thought it was going to be.

Thanks for the tip. After a four year hiatus, I am back playing bzflag again, it looks very nice :)

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Re: Terrible flickering with bzflag 2.4.2 on Gentoo

Post by blast » Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:21 am

SDL is recommended on Linux since the native Linux platform code is rather old.

I'm not sure where the real issue lies. It may just be a compatibility issue with some of our OpenGL calls and desktop compositing, or just some wackiness with some of the graphics drivers when desktop compositing is enabled. I don't use Linux with a GUI very often, so I haven't been able to test it much.
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