USB 3.0 displays are black on Ubuntu after update to 1.18.3 or newer

Bug #1720133 reported by Szymon Kunc on 2017-09-28
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
xorg-server (Ubuntu)
Timo Aaltonen

Bug Description


 * This impacts all Ubuntu releases which received an update of to 1.18.3 or newer, i.e. Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10, 17.04 & 17.10

 * End users are unable to use their USB displays unless they workaround the problem which currently involves disabling pageflip for modesetting in file

 * The fix which has been submitted to extends blacklisting mechanism so the EVDI kernel module which is essential for DisplayLink USB 3.0 devices to work is correctly recognised by Then the PRIME sync is disabled in such case; The patch can be found here:

[Test Case]

1. On a PC device with Ubuntu install DisplayLink SW for Ubuntu v1.3.54 downloaded from Detailed requirements and instructions can be found here:
2. Plug in a DisplayLink USB 3.0 compatible device, e.g. Dell D3100 docking station
3. Plug in an external monitor (HDMI or DisplayPort) to the docking station

Expected result:
The external monitor should light up and show the desktop

Actual result:
The monitor remains black or shows frozen desktop.

[Regression Potential]

 * The patchset extends number of modules for which changes its functionality. It checks if "evdi" string is in the syspath so it is quite unlikely there would be any impact on anything else then USB 3.0 displays which use EVDI module.

[Other Info]

 * The patch has been applied to Ubuntu source code built and tested.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in xorg (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Christopher M. Rogers (cajhne) wrote :

Same result on Ubuntu 17.10 - black screen with cursor on USB monitor running on displaylink driver as mentioned above.

Timo Aaltonen (tjaalton) wrote :

I've proposed to add the patch to upstream 1.19 branch, 1.19.4 is about to be released.

affects: xorg (Ubuntu) → xorg-server (Ubuntu)
Changed in xorg-server (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Timo Aaltonen (tjaalton)
importance: Undecided → High
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Szymon Kunc (spkunc) wrote :

Hi Timo,

Thanks for the actions taken so far.
Any chance to port this patch to branch 1.18 as well?


Mario Limonciello (superm1) wrote :

16.10 is EOL already, so it won't be possible to fix there. I've nominated it for the other releases though that got 1.18.3.

Christopher Carr (cacarr) wrote :

Please excuse me if this is not the appropriate place to report this.

A heads-up for current versions of xorg-server: there appears to be an additional or separate issue with DisplayLink and xorg-server > 1.19.6. 1.20+ doesn't work at all. A display plugged in prevents logging in, and plugging in kills the session and drops you back to login -- at least on Arch.

Timo Aaltonen (tjaalton) wrote :

fixed upstream

no longer affects: xorg-server (Ubuntu Zesty)
no longer affects: xorg-server (Ubuntu Artful)
Changed in xorg-server (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
Timo Aaltonen (tjaalton) wrote :

and the patch is in -hwe-16.04 backport for xenial

Changed in xorg-server (Ubuntu Xenial):
status: New → Fix Released
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