screen tearing in some games (fullscreen and windowed)

Bug #1791452 reported by jonas on 2018-09-08
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
xorg-server (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

examples of games where I extreme screen tearing:
- Cities: Skylines
- Crusader Kings II

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 18.04
Package: xserver-xorg-core 2:1.19.6-1ubuntu4
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.15.0-33.36-generic 4.15.18
Uname: Linux 4.15.0-33-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.9-0ubuntu7.3
Architecture: amd64
BootLog: Error: [Errno 13] Permission denied: '/var/log/boot.log'
CompositorRunning: None
CurrentDesktop: KDE
Date: Sat Sep 8 19:42:44 2018
DistUpgraded: Fresh install
DistroCodename: bionic
DistroVariant: ubuntu
ExtraDebuggingInterest: I just need to know a workaround
 Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller [1849:0412]
 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Hawaii PRO [Radeon R9 290/390] [1002:67b1] (rev 80) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
   Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd Hawaii PRO [Radeon R9 290/390] [1458:22bd]
InstallationDate: Installed on 2018-08-05 (34 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Kubuntu 18.04.1 LTS "Bionic Beaver" - Release amd64 (20180725)
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ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-4.15.0-33-generic root=UUID=c34f72e1-74aa-410a-a0c7-b7ce55ad8b93 ro quiet splash vt.handoff=1
SourcePackage: xorg-server
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install) 08/03/2015
dmi.bios.vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
dmi.bios.version: P2.20 H87 Pro4
dmi.board.vendor: ASRock
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version.compiz: compiz N/A
version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.91-2
version.libgl1-mesa-dri: libgl1-mesa-dri 18.1.7-0~b~padoka0
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version.xserver-xorg-core: xserver-xorg-core 2:1.19.6-1ubuntu4
version.xserver-xorg-input-evdev: xserver-xorg-input-evdev N/A
version.xserver-xorg-video-ati: xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:18.0.1-1
version.xserver-xorg-video-intel: xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.99.917+git20171229-1
version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 1:1.0.15-2

jonas (alljonasneeds) wrote :
Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Screen tearing with 2 or more monitors in Xorg is a known problem, unlikely to be fixed.

Using Wayland should solve this. Although for GNOME, Wayland doesn't yet perform well enough. And I don't know what the status of KDE with Wayland is.

tags: added: multimonitor
Changed in xorg-server (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged

Try the following:

xrandr --output DVI-D-0 --set TearFree 1

You may need a different output e.g. HDMI-A-0
You can list your outputs by just running "xrandr"

Apply the TearFree option to all of your monitors and try again

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