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I am using the proprietary nvidia drivers in KDE (Debian Testing) and as many others experience issues with performance. I noticed that it gets a bit better if I run:

nvidia-settings -a InitialPixmapPlacement=0

at least with Google Chrome.

How can I add this to the standard start-up configuration? I tried adding an option to xorg.conf and I tried adding this line to a newly created .xinitrc, but it didn't work. Where should I have it added?

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In ~/.nvidia-settings-rc, add a line (or change it, if it is there with a different value) like this:


and have

nvidia-settings --load-config-only`

executed on your session startup (some details). How to set this is desktop environment-dependent and only in the basic case (say, using a minimal or self-configured desktop environment) done via ~/.xinitrc.

I don't know about the details with KDE, but here's some blog post describing it, it's somewhere under system settings.

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