Slow xorg after upgrade

Chris Hill chris at
Sat Oct 21 19:26:51 UTC 2017

Thanks to all who replied; it's fixed.

Adam, you hit the nail on the head. It turns out that xorg was looking 
for, which is correct, but that driver had "somehow" 
vanished from /usr/local/lib/xorg/modules/drivers. Failing to find the 
Intel driver, xorg fell back to the modesetting driver.

I didn't expect a previously-working driver to be deleted like that, so 
it wasn't the first thing I looked for. Anyway, the fix turned out to be 
as simple as
   # pkg install xf86-video-intel

Thanks again.

On Tue, 17 Oct 2017, Adam Schaefers wrote:

> Hello Chris, I have had a similar problem myself in the past. I too 
> believe it is due to misconfiguration and not the newer Xorg version 
> you have recently installed. It turned out in my case I was using the 
> wrong video driver. If your proper video driver is not in use, then 
> Xorg will fall back to using a generic (less performant) driver. I 
> hope this helps you look in the right direction.
> Adam Schaefers
> Chris Hill <chris at> writes:
>> Hello list,
>> Two days ago I had to upgrade xorg (long story). Since then, it seems 
>> that text entry is laggy, as if the xterm - or any application, for 
>> that matter - can't keep up with my typing. It feels like the old 
>> days of typing on an ASR-33; there is a lag of less than one second 
>> between typing a character and it appearing on screen. Sometimes when 
>> text draws, I see a moment of raster-looking junk. This is especially 
>> visible in text that updates from a program, such as the in-progress 
>> statistics from fetch. Or even when pasting text via middle-click. Or 
>> even when moving the cursor with the arrow keys while writing this 
>> email.
>> Is this just an example of new software being more more bloated? It 
>> seems to me that under the old regime things were snappy-quick.
>> Before: xorg-7.7_1
>> After: xorg-7.7_3
>> Both: fvwm-2.6.5_7
>> Both:
>> $ uname -mriKv 10.3-RELEASE-p11 FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE-p11 #0: Mon Oct 24 18:49:24
>> UTC 2016     root at
>> amd64 GENERIC 1003000
>> Thank you.
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