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  Major screen flickering in Chromium and Google Chrome

Status in OEM Priority Project:
  Fix Released
Status in X.Org X server:
  Fix Released
Status in linux package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released

Bug description:
  On a fresh installation of Ubuntu 16.04 I noticed major screen
  flickering issues in Chromium and Google Chrome browsers. Since this
  never happened in Ubuntu 15.10 with exactly the same Google Chrome
  binary, I believe, bug is caused by something that was added/updated
  in 16.04. I came across some discussions where different people
  suggested that it is related to new X.Org version.

  Here's a video to show what is happening:

  I could fix this flickering with --disable-gpu-compositing switch, but
  this slows down page drawing significantly so it can't be considered a
  workaround. There is also a Chromium bug report:, but I
  don't think they will fix an Ubuntu-specific bug.

  Update: this indeed happens only when browser window is maximized.


  1. sudo apt-get purge xserver-xorg-video-intel
  2. sudo rm /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf (for those who created 
this file before)
  3. reboot

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.04
  Package: xorg 1:7.7+13ubuntu3
  Uname: Linux 4.6.0-040600-generic x86_64

  ApportVersion: 2.20.1-0ubuntu2.1
  Architecture: amd64

  CompizPlugins: No value set for 
  CompositorRunning: compiz
  CompositorUnredirectDriverBlacklist: '(nouveau|Intel).*Mesa 8.0'
  CompositorUnredirectFSW: true
  CurrentDesktop: Unity
  Date: Sat May 28 00:01:20 2016
  DistUpgraded: Fresh install
  DistroCodename: xenial
  DistroVariant: ubuntu
   vboxhost, 5.0.20, 4.4.0-22-generic, x86_64: installed
   vboxhost, 5.0.20, 4.6.0-040600-generic, x86_64: installed
  EcryptfsInUse: Yes
  ExtraDebuggingInterest: Yes, if not too technical
   Intel Corporation Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0a2e] 
(rev 09) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
     Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics 
Controller [1043:13bd]
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2016-05-01 (26 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS "Xenial Xerus" - Release amd64 
  ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-4.6.0-040600-generic 
root=UUID=172b2d49-444a-466b-ab91-b74605125b29 ro quiet splash rootfstype=ext4 
  SourcePackage: xorg
  UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install) 06/05/2015
  dmi.bios.vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
  dmi.bios.version: UX301LAA.211
  dmi.board.asset.tag: ATN12345678901234567 UX301LAA
  dmi.board.vendor: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
  dmi.board.version: 1.0
  dmi.chassis.asset.tag: No Asset Tag
  dmi.chassis.type: 10
  dmi.chassis.vendor: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
  dmi.chassis.version: 1.0
dmi:bvnAmericanMegatrendsInc.:bvrUX301LAA.211:bd06/05/2015:svnASUSTeKCOMPUTERINC.:pnUX301LAA:pvr1.0:rvnASUSTeKCOMPUTERINC.:rnUX301LAA:rvr1.0:cvnASUSTeKCOMPUTERINC.:ct10:cvr1.0: UX301LAA
  dmi.product.version: 1.0
  dmi.sys.vendor: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
  version.compiz: compiz 1:
  version.ia32-libs: ia32-libs N/A
  version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.67-1
  version.libgl1-mesa-dri: libgl1-mesa-dri 11.2.0-1ubuntu2
  version.libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental: libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental N/A
  version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx 11.2.0-1ubuntu2
  version.xserver-xorg-core: xserver-xorg-core 2:1.18.3-1ubuntu2
  version.xserver-xorg-input-evdev: xserver-xorg-input-evdev 1:2.10.1-1ubuntu2
  version.xserver-xorg-video-ati: xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:7.7.0-1
  version.xserver-xorg-video-intel: xserver-xorg-video-intel 
  version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 
  xserver.bootTime: Sun May 22 23:28:15 2016
  xserver.configfile: default

  xserver.logfile: /var/log/Xorg.0.log
   product id                                5126
   vendor                                     SHP
  xserver.version: 2:1.18.3-1ubuntu2

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