I had recently installed Ubuntu on my Sager Notebook Computer , and I noticed after a while that there was a LOT of screen tearing on my PC. I started researching the topic and found a lot of solutions. The first thing I tried was installing nvidia drivers using

sudo apt-get install nvidia-current

This did not fix my problem.

I then tried to change the settings in Nvidia X Server Settings, but it said that "PRIME Displays cannot be controlled by nvidia-settings and must be configured by an external RandR capable tool. The display is shown in the layout window for information purposes only"

Nvidia X Server PRIME Display Issue Screenshot

I then tried to install CompizConfig and change the refresh rate to >144 Hertz, but that also did not effect anything.

After some more research I tried to use the xrandr command to change the refresh rate, but that also had no effect.

I tried to disable Wayland and enable GDM3, yet that also yielded no change.

I then tried installing Bumblebee in hopes of fixing the sync, but that had no effect, and even Soft-Bricked my computer later.

Here are my specs : http://www.sagernotebook.com/Notebook-NP7870.html

  • Did you take a look at possible solutions like askubuntu.com/questions/941077/screen-tearing-on-nvidia-gtx960m
    – ubfan1
    Dec 3 '17 at 4:05
  • yes I did indeed Dec 3 '17 at 4:44
  • The Nvidia X Server Settings have no options Dec 3 '17 at 4:44
  • That's because you installed the wrong Nvidia drivers. The nvidia-current actually is 340, an old driver with extended support only to used for legacy hardware and that certainly isn't the case.
    – user692175
    Dec 3 '17 at 14:02
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    UPDATE I found the solution to my problem HERE : ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2365449 Don't worry if the file /etc/modprobe.d/zz-nvidia-modeset.conf is missing, just create it if it is. Dec 3 '17 at 21:50

I found the solution to my problem HERE.

Don't worry if the file /etc/modprobe.d/zz-nvidia-modeset.conf is missing, just create it if it is.

  • Note that starting in 18.04 you no longer specify driver version. Ex. of doing via a .conf here, otherwise one can add to grub's linix command line. ubuntuforums.org/… (-also note that users should note upgrade drom 17.10 to 18.04 with nvidia drivers installed, problems will occur. 18.04 is best served on a fresh install..
    – doug
    Apr 12 '18 at 1:35
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