Upon startup in Ubuntu 14.04 on my Asus Ux32vd laptop, I get the following error:

"[drm:intel_dp_start_link_train], too many voltage retries, give up"

The computer boots fine otherwise, but I don't know what the issue is.

  • Same laptop here with same error message. By the way @brandex, do you also have the occasional freezing of the screen like I do? [ctrl+alt+f1] then [ctrl+alt+f7] then [alt+tab] is the only thing that helps it -- maybe the gpu support is bogus?
    – Gabor
    Jun 25, 2014 at 16:34
  • See also askubuntu.com/questions/502761/…
    – donquixote
    Jan 14, 2016 at 5:36

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I have UX32VD laptop and found same problem. This realy comming up when switched to Nvidia. Same freezes to me, so I do like ber4444 said Ctrl+Alt+F1 then Ctrl+Alt+F7 then Alt+Tab. Related bug seems to be fixed https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=74931 already by patch.

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    After upgrading to 14.10, still the same bug. Filed a report here: bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xorg/+bug/1387134, please comment there if you have a workaround.
    – Gabor
    Oct 29, 2014 at 15:49
  • Confirm same issue on Asus U36SD laptop with Nvidia 520 GT, not fixed yet in 14.10.
    – Demontager
    Dec 30, 2014 at 4:32
  • Also on UX32VD. Who is ber4444?
    – donquixote
    Jan 14, 2016 at 5:38
  • Happens to me all the time with graphics freeze, especially now with external monitor connected (via micro vga). Switching Ctrl+Alt+F* and back helps - for a while.
    – donquixote
    Jan 14, 2016 at 5:40
  • @donquixote Guy who posted this error on launchpad bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xorg/+bug/1387134
    – Demontager
    Jan 15, 2016 at 12:34

I see these occasionally on my Dell XPS 15 (L322X) it doesn't seem to hurt anything and I can't pinpoint a specific cause for it.

I doubt it's anything to worry about.


FWIW. I used to get "drm:intel_* give up" messages coinciding with actual and frequent screen blanking, i.e. monitor goes black for a few seconds, comes back, blanks again...

My solution was to replace my Display-port (DP) cable+adapter with a good quality DP cable with latching (about $10 online). A good DP cable locks into the socket and maintains good electric connections between the graphics chip and the monitor.

Update: since replacing the cable a few months back, I haven't experienced any screen blanking nor any drm:intel_* errors.

The monitor cable replacement fix has proved to be a complete success.

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