How to Fix AMD GPU Radeon Screen Tearing in Debian, Linux Mint and Ubuntu



How to remove those horizontal lines tearing your screen when playing a video file or 3D game on AMDGPU / Radeon graphics.

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lspci -nnk | grep -i -EA3 “3d|display|vga”

ls -l /etc/X11

mkdir ~/xorg-backup
sudo mv -v /etc/X11/xorg.conf ~/xorg-backup/
sudo mv -v /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d ~/xorg-backup/

sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

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22 thoughts on “How to Fix AMD GPU Radeon Screen Tearing in Debian, Linux Mint and Ubuntu

  1. Hello this is exactly what I looking for. Although I managed to fix that issue, now I cannot turn off my computer. Screen turns off but the led on the laptop stays on. It's a ryzen 3200u.

  2. I found this video trying to get my fucking Linux Mint 19.2 brightness working. Obviously it still isn't working. I fucking hate Linux being so fucking stupid with drivers and shit. FUCK

  3. In my Case i have Intel i915 & Radeon both active and facing screen tearing.

    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller [8086:0166] (rev 09)
    Subsystem: Sony Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller [104d:9096]
    Kernel driver in use: i915
    Kernel modules: i915

    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Thames [Radeon HD 7500M/7600M Series] [1002:6840]
    Subsystem: Sony Corporation Thames [Radeon HD 7500M/7600M Series] [104d:9096]
    Kernel driver in use: radeon
    Kernel modules: radeon

  4. Thanks for this. The tearing I've been getting on my laptop since switching to Linux was starting to really bother me. I can't believe I waited so long to fix it.

  5. I have become somewhat jaded about these videos that promise a fix to a problem I have been having for quite some time, only to end up leaving me disappointed. Imagine my surprise when I actually got my screen tearing fixed by following your steps! You have yourself another subscriber. God bless you, my friend.

  6. Can someone explain to me the difference between amdgpu and radeon graphics drivers? I'm trying to determine what's best for my computer (I'm running Ubuntu with an AMD RX 540)

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