I am almost done using elementary OS due to all of the little issues setting it up. I have used between 40 and 50 different Linux distros in the last couple of years but elementary OS seems to be the single most difficult distro that I have used.

My current issue is screen tearing. It is not a new issue, this issue has been present since the minute that I installed elementary OS, but it is the newest issue that I tackling. The screen tearing in elementary OS is the worse that I have experienced in any Linux distro, and I do not know how to fix it. My system is very basic;

Intel i5 4690 Haswell CPU Asus Z-170A motherboard Crucial SSD that elementary uses all by itself Evga G2 550 power supply

If anybody can help me to completely eliminate this terrible screen tearing that I experience while scrolling through web pages on Firefox, I would appreciate it. Unfortunately I can not use Epiphany web browser because it was not compatible with my hardware and refused to work at all.

Thank you all. From reading this other post How do I install the latest Intel Linux Graphics? I see that I am not alone in this situation.

Rocky Bennett

  • Just out of curiosity, how did you installed a 4690 into a 170 mobo
    – cydia2020
    Commented Sep 9, 2017 at 10:49

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Although the cause might of course be different, your description matches an issue I have resolved on my Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC186R by installing a more up-to-date kernel from here. Instructions:

  1. Select the folder corresponding to the kernel version you want to use (in my case 4.10.2 is working fine).
  2. From the amd64 build download (* is the version number placeholder):
    • linux-headers-*_all.deb
    • linux-headers-*-generic_*_amd64.deb
    • linux-image-*-generic_*_amd64.deb
  3. Install all three packages and reboot.

Note that in case the new kernel causes difficulties, you can still use Grub to reboot into the original one.

  • Thank you very much for your suggestion but unfortunately elementary OS Loki 0.4 comes with Linux Kernel 4.4, which is already more recent than Kernel 4.10.2. Commented Mar 17, 2017 at 10:51
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    I think you are confusing the version numbering. Split it as follows: MAJOR VERSION NUMBER . MINOR VERSION NUMBER . (and so on). In other words 4.4 and 4.10 correspond to the same major version with 4.10 having a more up-to date minor version (10 > 4). See kernel.org for details.
    – R.G.
    Commented Mar 17, 2017 at 10:57
  • This is meant a reply to your answer below. I see. In this case I agree that a kernel update might be the best way to tackle this. In case you are still on elementary, could you provide the following pieces of information: Your Xorg log and the outputs of lspci and dmesg?
    – R.G.
    Commented Mar 18, 2017 at 15:26

OK, I was just looking at the link that you provided, thank you. I am reluctant to update my Kernel because my CPU is almost 3 years old and the installed Kernel that I am using is only a few months old. According to the release notes for elementary OS 0.4 Loki, the Kernel has been updated for support up to the 6th generation Skylake processor, and I am only running the 4th generation Haswell. I have recently used much older distros that used much older Kernels, but it was quite easy to update the graphics driver to support the Intel core architecture, but I have not figured out how to update the driver in elementary OS. Like I said in my first post, elementary OS is actually the most difficult distro that I have ever used, it is not intuitive at all. Thank you for the link because I did learn a lot.

P.S. I had to choose the answer option because my response had ran over the limit allowed by over 200 characters. Sorry, but I still need guidance on this.


I am so sorry, I have a Z 97 A motherboard. I do not know what I was thinking or how I wrote the above. My apologies.

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