Windows "burns" into desktop wallpaper

Hi there,
I am observing occasionally a very nasty bug that I don’t understand fully so far and not found in reports so far. So I hope that someone here might provide some help to further investigate it.

After working fine for days (maybe even weeks) it happens that a user window seems to “burn” into the wallpaper. Its difficult to explain, so here is an example:

You see at the left the actual background of my desktop and at a first glance it looks like there is a VLC window over it. However there is actually no VLC instance running anymore and all processes related to VLC are actually killed. For some reason the last image of VLC is actually used to draw into the desktop. When right clicking onto it, I get the context menus of widget that are placed on the desktop and I can use them.

My first thought was that “plasmashell” does have somekind of bug and tried to recover from it, by restarting it using: kquitapp plasmashell && plasmashell --replace
The shell is actually restarting, I see that the taskbar is getting closed and opens up again, but the issue is still there.

The second thought was that it might be something related to Kwin, so I did restart it as well without any success.

As it really just happens very rarely, it might be just bad luck, but I observed it so far just on the seconary screen of the system and never on the main one.

Only option so far to fix this is to log out and login again being quite nasty.

KDE PLASMA 5.27.8, Framework 5.109.0, Qt 5.15.10 on a Fedora 38 system running a NVIDIA card (prop) with two monitors. Any ideas what this might be or how to further debug it, so I can open some useful bug for it? Or at least a wild guess what component might be causing it as plasma and kwin seems not to be the root cause?

is this related to suspend/resume in anyway?

click on the background and type “about” then go the settings page it shows and click on the copy button… paste that clipboard contents here

Hi, thanks for your answer.

No, this doesn’t seems to be related to suspend/resume scenario. It also happens when the system is running all the time. Of course there is a setting for the screen lock and I have to enter the password, but no hibernate/suspend is used. I observed the issue also right when using the desktop.

Betriebssystem: Fedora Linux 38
KDE-Plasma-Version: 5.27.8
KDE-Frameworks-Version: 5.109.0
Qt-Version: 5.15.10
Kernel-Version: 6.5.5-200.fc38.x86_64 (64-bit)
Grafik-Plattform: Wayland
Prozessoren: 24 × AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12-Core Processor
Speicher: 62,7 GiB Arbeitsspeicher
Grafikprozessor: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080/PCIe/SSE2

Bump, this is still occuring an a nuisance, because it is just fixable with restarting the system. Happy for any ideas how to debug or fix it. :slight_smile:

my best bet is the classical: wayland +nvidia combo…

What happens if you check against xorg?

I switched about a year ago to Wayland. Never observed this kind of behaviour there before. I am having ower another system using the prop. nvidia and another system that is managed by me and never observed it there. Its fair to say, that I am not that often in front of these system like my main system.

Any possibility to “restart” some part without lossing the active session? When restarting Plasmashell and kwin this issue seems to “survive”

Meanwhile the NVIDIA card was switched by a AMD one running the OSS driver. I still suffer the same issues from time to time. I find it interesting that it seems just to happen with VLC, but just having it again that a VLC window burned into the background. When clicking arround, the background is fully usable, it just not display what it should.

Nobody else with a dual-head setup running into this kind of issues? O_o