Sunday, 9 October 2016

Screen tearing with Intel HD 5500 on HP ZBook 15 G2 and Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 2

I've been suffering some screen tearing with the discrete Intel HD5500 on my HP ZBook 15 G2 laptop and Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 2.

Found various posts stating to create the file /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf containing the following information:

Section "Device"
Identifier  "Intel Graphics"
Driver      "Intel"
Option      "TearFree"    "true"

Note: When I created this files with tabs, it hung the X startup so probably best not to include any extra spaces or tab characters.

This video now plays fine. :)

Thanks to this post and this post.

I've now looked at this again in Ubuntu 17.04 beta 2, and added the following two lines to sort out issues with the Chrome address bar flickering:

Option "AccelMethod" "sna"
Option "DRI" "3"

I did not have to change any switches used to startup Chrome 57.

This thread helped a lot.

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