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Intel Skylake graphics flicker on Arch Linux

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Recently, I had the opportunity to install Arch Linux on a brand new laptop based on the Intel Skylake architecture. Immediately after installing Google Chrome, I began to experience intense screen flicker. I came across a post on the Arch Linux forums where someone suggested the following solution to this problem:

  1. (As root), create a file named 20-intel.conf in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d.
  2. Open the file in your favorite editor (I use vim, so steps 1 and 2 can be combined) and enter the following lines in the file
    Section "Device"
       Identifier  "Intel Graphics"
       Driver      "intel"
       #Option      "AccelMethod"  "sna"
       Option      "TearFree"    "true" 
       Option      "DRI"    "3" 

Now, restart X Windows, and the flicker should go away.


Written by Vivek

April 10, 2016 at 10:34

Posted in Linux

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