Before you storm me with links to other threads, I'm a novice Linux user and this is my foray into the Linux world. I do like to fix things myself but I've been trying various things for ages and I still can't figure this one out and it's pissing me off since I never imagined setting up an OS can be this chaotic.
My laptop runs Ubuntu 16.04, NVIDIA driver version 367.27 and whenever I switch
nvidia-settings to performance mode, tearing occurs. The solution I lived with for quite some time was to simply switch to Intel which solves the tearing but the performance is horrible. Simply dragging something from Dash to desktop is horribly slow which for performance mode was a breeze but with the added tearing.
So, I'm looking for a fix to this problem. I did notice a few issues I was having while trying out the workarounds in the internet:
- Edits to
xorg.confkeeps on resetting to default ones whenever I logout and log back in. I once tried to make it read-only but then I never got to see welcome screen.
- Some workarounds were related to the OpenGL Settings but I only have one option
Use Conformant Texture Clampingwhich is checked by default. So, there are no options pertaining to VSync there.
- Changing the display-manager was also put forth but last time I tried doing that, I couldn't even log back in.
So, is there a fix? I don't mind going back through the same things I already did because I could've made a mistake as long as it's not something that could totally wreck the OS. If not, is there a distro out there (Ubuntu based preferrably) where these problems might not exist? Also, can using another set of drivers fix the issue?
Edit #1: I have the
graphics-drivers ppa installed and that's how I get the latest nvidia drivers. Even though it didn't show any problems while installing, the Additional Drivers section of Software & Updates has Nouveau selected still. Could this be causing any issues? I never took not of it since the install seemed to have went smooth.