I am experiencing some severe screen tearing on Chrome on 16.04. My PC has an AMD APU (A4-3400 with Radeon HD 6000 graphics) and I am not able to install proprietary drivers for it because it causes the login screen to reset, so I prefer to stick with open-source drivers.

I tried to turn-off hardware acceleration, which was indicated here

sudo lshw -c video output:
description: VGA compatible controller product: Sumo [Radeon HD 6410D] vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] physical id: 1 bus info: pci@0000:00:01.0 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm pciexpress msi vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom configuration: driver=radeon latency=0 resources: irq:28 memory:c0000000-cfffffff ioport:f000(size=256) memory:fef00000-fef3ffff memory:c0000-dffff

  • I don't think the AMD drivers have been ported over to 16.04 and I think the open source drivers are not the best. My genuine advice would be to install an nvidia card and don't look back. Failing that, take a look at using Compton as your compositor, I have had pretty good results regarding screen tearing with it.
    – hatterman
    Jun 20, 2017 at 7:34
  • The latest driver version for my APU was 15.9 and, YES, it is NOT been ported to 16.04 LTS as they are only available for 12.04.4 LTS and 14.04.2. Jun 20, 2017 at 11:08
  • ... And I don't think also that my CPU can bottleneck a GT 1030 or GT 730. Jun 20, 2017 at 11:10

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I have three suggestions for you:

Install updated open source video drivers

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:oibaf/graphics-drivers
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install amd64-microcode

This will update open source video AMD driver to more recent version and install CPU microcode

Disable DRI3 acceleration for Chromium based browsers

echo 'export LIBGL_DRI3_DISABLE=1' >> ~/.profile
# restart after doing this

Try the most recent optimized kernel from XanMod

echo 'deb http://deb.xanmod.org releases main' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/xanmod-kernel.list
wget -qO - http://deb.xanmod.org/gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install linux-xanmod-4.11
  • Disabling DRI3 acceleration dosen't help. I am not able to update the microcode since our Internet speed here in the Philippines is very, very slow. Jun 20, 2017 at 12:37
  • Linux without internet is just something impossible. The only major distribution that has complete set of packages on DVD is CentOS. Jun 20, 2017 at 18:48

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