I've been getting screen tearing that is only present in Ubuntu (MATE 16.04).

Often when scrolling on pages, I get a horizontal line that tears through, and the same goes for games, particularly Minecraft (whenever I look around there is a horizontal tear)

It is extremely frustrating because the issue is not present in Windows.

I am using an i5-3570k with a NVIDIA GTX 670. Currently using the NVIDIA 361.42 proprietary drivers available through the driver options.

I tried the solution here by putting a configuration file in /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d as well as this solution to no avail.

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    Try opening "MATE Tweak" from the preferences menu. What is selected as your compositor? Try the other options one-by-one to see what works best May 31, 2016 at 0:09

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I might be a little late here, but since you are using a NVIDIA graphics card the problem can be solved by editing nvidia-settings (make sure nvidia-settings is installed):

  • Open nvidia-settings (as root, via sudo).

  • Go to XServer Display Configuration.

  • Click on Advanced.

  • Enable Force full composition pipeline or Force composition pipeline (depends on what feels best for you).

  • Make sure to hit Save to x configuration file.

This solves almost all screen-tearing related problems with proprietary NVIDIA drivers.

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    There is no ' force full composition pipeline' or any other similar option in the UI. Jul 23, 2018 at 19:59
  • I do the 'force full composition pipeline' on Nvidea Settings app, but not change nothing. Aug 15, 2018 at 3:31
  • After switching GPUs, I also encountered tearing. This answer immediately helped.
    – Dunkelkoon
    May 16, 2022 at 21:33

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