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CS:GO has become unplayable for me due to stuttering since a week or two ago
scr0llbaer 16 Nov
Hi all,

I have been playing CS:GO just fine for over a year, but suddenly it has become unplayable for me, due to stuttering since a week or two ago. I can play fine for 2-3 single rounds (i.e. maybe 5 minutes) and then sudden stutters, lags and freezes appear, often complete freezes for more than 1 second.

It doesn't seem to be related to these issues:

- https://github.com/ValveSoftware/csgo-osx-linux/issues/3044
- https://github.com/ValveSoftware/csgo-osx-linux/issues/2887

Although I have the problems mentioned in those issues too, it seems to be a new problem, as it happens with or without Vulkan.

I have already tried all kinds of hints, tricks, startup parameters and settings on and off you find floating around on the internet.

I deleted various shader caches and freed up enough hard disk space.

I already run Steam "beta experience" and use "Proton experimental".
I'm running on Arch Linux, makes no difference if I use GNOME or Xfce desktop manager.

Processor AMD Ryzen 7 4800H with Radeon Graphics
Memory 32268MB
Machine Type Notebook
Resolution 3840x1600 pixels
OpenGL Renderer NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060/PCIe/SSE2
Session Display Server The X.Org Foundation 21.1.4
Kernel Linux 6.0.8-zen1-1-zen (x86_64)
Version #1 ZEN SMP PREEMPT_DYNAMIC Thu, 10 Nov 2022 21:14:22 +0000
C Library GNU C Library / (GNU libc) 2.36
Distribution Arch Linux

I haven't found anyone else on the internet reporting this yet, so maybe anyone here with a similar configuration wants to give CS:GO a try again? Maybe someone more experienced with such issues than me can give some help or hints into some direction, thanks!
dvd 17 Nov
Might be something to do with arch, i recently updated to the same kernel version (and have the same libc) on debian, and haven't noticed any stutters in the 2-3 long matches i played since. Only difference i can see in your post is that i'm running wayland although i don't think that should make that big of a difference.
scr0llbaer 17 Nov
Ok reverting to Linux-LTS seems to "fix" this.

Latest kernel versions seem to be the culprit, curious if I'm the only one affected by this.
scr0llbaer 17 Nov
I have to take that back, LTS did not "fix" this.

Apparently it's just that randomly and rarely when booting up the game, the mentioned problem doesn't appear, and the game works like it used to for a few hours.

I've also found that in NVIDIA Settings, setting the "PowerMizer" "Preferred Mode" to "Prefer Maximum Performance" mitigates the issue, making it *almost* playable, but doesn't completely remove the problems, there are still occasional stutters, but fewer of them. So the cause is yet something else.
dvd 17 Nov
Might be Nvidia, i have an amd card.
scr0llbaer 21 Nov
thanks for the hint.

instead of reverting to older drivers i installed the newer nvidia-beta-dkms and related drivers and modules from the AUR, i.e. currently 4.6.0 NVIDIA 525.53

to get steam working again i had to do a steam-runtime --reset — i had forgotten about this.

and lo and behold, it's working again! *most* of the time at least, in one session the problems came back, but that is what's the rare case now as it seems, most of the time it's working again.

*maybe* the steam reset alone would have sufficed though, who knows, i won't bother to reinstall the other drivers again for now.
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