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Manjaro with Mate 1.18 mhwd Package Error

Guys,

 

I thought that I would go ahead and post this as this is still a problem. I am seeing this primarily in the Manjaro Mate release while trying to install the initial set of updates. The following error keeps showing up in Manjaro Mate which keeps me from initially updating the operating system. This issue has been going on since a rogue set of video driver were introduced into the Arch repo system. It seems to only affect the Manjaro Arch distro. I have installed Materevenge without the dependency issues that were found.

 

https://forum.manjaro.org/t/strange-dependency-error-for-lib32-glu-and-mhwd/20931

 

could not satisfy dependencies:

lib32-glu: installing mhwd (0.6.0rc1-4)

 

Here is a way to get this to work but there still seems to be a dependency issue that occurs. See the update below which I did prove to work and to fix the problem. Ultimately, the developers will need to fix the problem upstream.

sudo pacman -R mhwd-tui
sudo pacman -S lib32-mesa
Answer yes to remove mhwd
sudo pacman -Syu mhwd

 

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Update:

Here is a way that I have verified to work to get the updates to complete. This forces the install of the correct libraries.

 

sudo pacman -S mhwd mesa libglvnd lib32-mesa lib32-libglvnd –force

sudo pacman -Syu

Posted in Desktop Environments, Multimedia

Manjaro Cinnamon DE and Intel Video

Hey guys,

I decided to post a question on the Manjaro forums about the issue that I was seeing between Manjaro Cinnamon and the Intel Video drivers that I have installed in my laptop. It was mentioned by a user known as muvvenby to uninstall the xf86-video-intel driver using the mhwd command and see how that works. Well the following commands allowed me to find the driver used by my card and remove it. So far so good as I am able to use simplescreenrecorder to record my laptop screen with out any major issues.

 

mhwd -li
mhwd -li -d
mhwd -li -d –pci
sudo mhwd -r pci video-intel

 

  • Remove the intel drivers by using the above commands.
  • It may not be necessary but go ahead and reboot your machine.
  • Install compton in Cinnamon to help with any screen tears if they are showing themselves

 

You will notice some difference in performance with the compositor but the differences should not make be that drastic. I am able to finally use cinnamon on my laptop with barely if any issues at all at this time. If I see anything drastic, I will post them here.

 

Below shows an example of a recording that I did yesterday after the changes with the Intel Video drivers. I am using simplescreenrecorder to test this out. So we know that this works with the Intel Video drivers and it works well. The only issue is that there are missing cosmetic stuff no actual application issues that I can see so far. Now the only OS that I have tested this in is Manjaro. I am assuming that the same capabilities will exist in other linux operating systems as well.

 

 

Tim

 

There is a user known as jsbach on the Manjaro forum that passed along the following information on this issue as well.

 

“I removed the Intel driver. I was experiencing screen tearing and other problems. With the modesetting driver everything works perfectly for me (on the three different notebooks). How to do it:”

1) Check:

mhwd -l -d

2) Do

sudo mhwd -r pci video-intel

3) Create /etc/X11/mhwd.d/intel.conf with the following content:

Section "Device"
        Identifier  "Intel Graphics"
        Driver      "modesetting"
EndSection

4) Reboot.

 

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[kf4bzt@tim-laptop ~]$ mhwd -l -d
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> PCI Device: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:02.0 (0300:8086:0f31)
Display controller Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series Graphics & Display
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> INSTALLED:

NAME: video-intel
ATTACHED: PCI
VERSION: 2017.03.12
INFO: X.org intel video driver. Standard open source driver for intel graphic cards.
PRIORITY: 2
FREEDRIVER: true
DEPENDS: –
CONFLICTS: video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nouveau-bumblebee
CLASSIDS: 0300
VENDORIDS: 8086

> AVAILABLE:

NAME: video-intel
ATTACHED: PCI
VERSION: 2017.03.12
INFO: X.org intel video driver. Standard open source driver for intel graphic cards.
PRIORITY: 2
FREEDRIVER: true
DEPENDS: –
CONFLICTS: video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-bumblebee video-hybrid-intel-nouveau-bumblebee
CLASSIDS: 0300
VENDORIDS: 8086

NAME: video-vesa
ATTACHED: PCI
VERSION: 2017.03.12
INFO: X.org vesa video driver.
PRIORITY: 0
FREEDRIVER: true
DEPENDS: –
CONFLICTS: –
CLASSIDS: 0300
VENDORIDS: *

 

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[kf4bzt@tim-laptop ~]$ sudo mhwd -r pci video-intel

We trust you have received the usual lecture from the local System
Administrator. It usually boils down to these three things:

#1) Respect the privacy of others.
#2) Think before you type.
#3) With great power comes great responsibility.

[sudo] password for kf4bzt:
> Removing video-intel…
Using default
Has lib32 support: true
Sourcing /var/lib/mhwd/local/pci/video-intel/MHWDCONFIG
Processing classid: 0300
Sourcing /var/lib/mhwd/scripts/include/0300
checking dependencies…

Packages (2) libxvmc-1.0.10-1 xf86-video-intel-1:2.99.917+772+gc72bb27a-1

Total Removed Size: 2.29 MiB

:: Do you want to remove these packages? [Y/n]
:: Processing package changes…
removing xf86-video-intel…
removing libxvmc…
:: Running post-transaction hooks…
(1/1) Arming ConditionNeedsUpdate…
‘/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/90-mhwd.conf’ symlink is invalid! Removing it…
> Successfully removed video-intel

 

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OBRevenge – An Awesome Arch OS

Hey Guys,

I am trying to not be a distro hopper but there are so many different distros out there that it is hard to choose from. Everyone has their own ways of handling common tasks to the way the underlying system works in general. I have become more and more of an Arch user as the apps that I want to use are readily available where in distros such as Ubuntu, and Mint, even though the are nice operating systems, can make it hard to find what I want.

 

I wanted to do this post as I have started using an awesome OS on my desktop called OBRevenge. This arch based OS is created around the open box desktop environment which appears to have a lot of capabilities built in. Open box, like Mate and XFCE are light weight but still carry a lot of punch. So far, I am highly impressed with how well it works on my system. I am a big Mate fan especially between version 16 and 17 but this is nice for something different to play with.

 

I took a few screen shots to show some of the main points of the OBRevenge system. All in all it is like most arch releases with some nice addons. The fist screen shot shows what the main screen looks like right now. There are several wallpapers to choose from using an app called nitrogen, but I like the transitions in the one that I have chosen. I have enabled the mate desktop style as this is what I am used to seeing. You can choose from OBR Styles such as Tint2, LXPanel, XFCE4 and Mate. If the dock is not showing, you can add it from a click of a button and use preconfigured layouts.

 

 

 

 

The docky panel is pre-installed which I think is a great idea. I use a dock all the time to bring my most used apps to the desktop and docky just works and appears to be less resource intensive than some others that I have tried. The developers also integrated an awesome conky display with some shortcut keys to help with some simple everyday items.

 

 

The main desktop view:

 

 

 

 

 

Nitrogen Wallpaper selector:

 

 

 

 

 

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OBRevenge has a nice OS Control Panel with some options that will help everyone. The first screen shot is for configuring the panel with such options like a Panel Switcher with will change the panel look to match something that you are used to using as well as changing wallpapers ,etc.

 

 

 

 

The second tab is for more system related settings such as display, networks and power settings.

 

 

 

 

The third tab is for software related items. Here you can manage the Mirrorlists, install software of your choice as well as download OBRevenge Wallpapers and work with Software Updates.

 

 

 

 

The last tab is used for installing things such flash, codecs, nvidia drivers and virtualbox drivers. You can also create a Live USB device from an ISO.

 

 

 

 

If you click on the System Info button at the bottom, you will be presented with the following terminal screen which will give you information about your system.

 

 

 

 

And last but not least, if you click on System Monitor, you will be presented with a nice layout of top. This has quite a bit of information to help you troubleshoot potential issues.

 

 

 

 

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The overall performance is fast and efficient and works well with my Acer laptop. That says a lot. There are some things to get used to though. I am not sure if the new thumb drive that I got was having issues initially or just needed to be formatted, but it could not be seem at all. My older thumb drive was working just fine as it was already formatted. I loaded a live media, formatted the new thumbdrive and am able to see it now, but there are still some weird things happening which is non related.

 

There is quite a bit of room to grow within this operating system and with it being based primarily on Open Box, then it is lighter than most. I really like XFCE and Mate and this fits right in. KDE and Gnome appear to be too heavy on resources. Even though my laptop has 8 gig of ram and a quad core CPU, I am still feeling some pains with KDE and Gnome. I try them from time to time to see what has changed and to be able to keep up with the latest desktop environments.

 

As you can see from the small video clip that I created below, there is a lot of capability that comes with OBRevenge. I like when I right click, a new set of menus pop up with all of the applications.

 

 

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One thing of interest that I found which once I get used to using it is a search bar called Albert. Albert is a keyboard launch very similar to the the MacOS Alfred. You can setup a key sequence such as CTRL – SPACE to bring up the search bar. In the search bar, you have access the applications installed on the desktop as well as search engine results. Below in the plugins tab, you can see the available options.

 

Albert General Tab:

 

 

 

Albert Plugins Tab:

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Desktop Environments

New Mate Desktop Environment (1.18) Update

Hey Guys,

— As of March 22, 2017, the new Mate 1.18 release has been sent out to the Manjaro repositories —

Over the past week there have been talks of a new release of the Mate Desktop Environment. Currently Manjaro is on 1.16.1 stable release and the  dev teams are working to get the new 1.18 release added to the repositories. Ubuntu Mate picked up the new desktop environment release since it came out. Below are two videos that Len at Don’t Call Me Lenny put together on the new Mate 1.18.

For information on the release, go to the URL below. The biggest change that came out of this one is that it is completely GTK3 only!!

https://mate-desktop.org/blog/2017-03-13-mate-1-18-released/

 

You can download the latest and greatest from the URL below:

http://pub.mate-desktop.org/releases/1.18/

 

For the latest Manjaro Mate build, click the link below:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/manjarotest/files/mate/17.0/

 

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From the Manjaro Mate Team:

Hi community ,
MATE 1.18 is in our unstable repo . Check it :wink:

to perform the update before do this :

sudo pacman -Rdd mate-panel-gtk3
sudo rm /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/org.mate*.xml

Test ISO can be found at the URL below:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/manjarotest/files/mate/17.0/

 

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Just an update

Manjaro released their OS with Mate 1.18 on March 25, 2017. There are several changes that came out. You can see these from the forum site listed below. I would recommend doing a full install as there are many packages that are not showing in the live media. This is to keep the iso small for download. But there are a lot which can be added during the install process.

https://forum.manjaro.org/t/manjaro-mate-17-0/20380

 

From the Manjaro Mate Team:

This Isos ship with MATE 1.18 series , full ported on GTK3 .

No other relevant improvement after last our mate test iso only one note , you can select the extra pkgs to install during installation .

Enjoy
Downloads85

Stefano Capitani
Manjaro Team

 

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In order to see what all had changed on the Mate side, the following URL will explain everything that was done. The biggest change was the removal of GTK2 and the strict usage of GTK3.

https://mate-desktop.org/blog/2017-03-13-mate-1-18-released/

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Another Look at the Latest Manjaro Cinnamon

Hey Guys,

In my last post on Manjaro I mentioned how I may not be able to use the Manjaro Cinnamon on my laptop which is an Acer E1-510P-2671. Well this is partially true but I have to be careful on what I use within it. If I use the regular Cinnamon that includes the hardware compositor, I start having issues with screen rendering and video rendering. There are issues with the Intel video drivers that I am using for the Intel HD series mobile video cards. The screen recorders do not render properly while using hardware rendering and I am seeing slow performance with some of the compositors toys. If I don’t use the toys or the screen recorders then this will work just fine. Now on my desktop, I am using an Nvidia card with Cinnamon and have no problems like this at all. I can work with screen recording with no rendering issues.

All in all, the Cinnamon Desktop Environment works on my laptop from within Manjaro. On my desktop, it is awesome and all applications that I have installed on my laptop work on my desktop. But I still think another test is in order to make sure that Manjaro is not the problem. I think I will try a live version of Mint Cinnamon to see if that has a different effect on the laptop and as well as screen recording software performance. This doesn’t mean that I am switching. I am just testing to see of there is a difference or not. I have grown very fond of XFCE and Mate and those are what are keeping me on Manjaro. :0)

Well, I am not seeing simple screen recorder in the repository under Mint. There were some other packages that I wanted to use as well that I believe are not under Mint at least natively. There is an app called vokoscreen which is similar that I have tried under Manajaro so I will give this a try. Ok, I have found out something interesting. While running a live version of Mint Cinnamon, the vokoscreen recorder, worked just fine. I am not sure what the difference is between Manjaro and Mint when it comes to drivers, but when I went back to Manjaro and tested vokoscreen I ran into the original rendering problems as before. This makes no since.

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As shown below, both operating systems are showing the same hardware in lspci and the system info panel.

Manjaro – Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z27xxx Series Graphics & Display

Mint – Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z27xxx Series Graphics & Display

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Currently Installed Package

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Mint Intel Packages:

intel-microcode

intel-gpu-tools

xserver-xorg-video-intel

iucode-tool

libmpx0

libcilkrts5

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Manjaro Intel Packages (Community):

intel-opencl

intel-ucode

xf86-video-intel

ipw2100-fw

ipw2200-fw

lib32-mesa

mesa

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Manjaro Intel Packages (AUR):

intel-opencl

 

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So what does this mean for my usage of Manjaro right now? I am still a die-hard arch user now, but I’m not 100% sure about my laptop because if there is a driver issue in Cinnamon then there may be a driver issue in the other desktop environments as well. As far as my desktop, I will keep it as is and run Manjaro on it since it runs Nvidia drivers. There are actually three Arch based released which have Cinnamon natively installed, the first being Manjaro, the second being Antergos, and the third being Apricity. Manjaro is a full up Arch operating which Antergos seems to be an Arch installer and Apricity is a full up Arch distro as well.

Just an update on Apricity, it appears that it has the same issue which tells me that this could be an Arch related issue and not just Manjaro is general. Apricity is an Arch distro which uses the ICE application to allow users to create launchers for common internet web sites. It is a cool package and has its place if you are looking to create a way to launch sites faster without all of the overhead. In most Arch releases, I am seeing the flickering in the screen preview of the screen recorder applications, and none of the menus are showing in the recordings. This is disappointing as I really like Manjaro and I really like the Cinnamon desktop for its smooth rendering and nice themes.