Ask Your Question

[Intel Gemini Lake] White lines flickering at top of the screen

asked 2019-04-24 14:50:51 -0600

Valenciano gravatar image

Greetings everyone,

I recently bought a new laptop, an Acer Swift 1 SF114-32.

CPU : Intel Pentium N5000 (Gemini Lake) iGPU : Intel UHD 605

With GNU/Linux (in my case Fedora 29 MATE), I'm experiencing black/white lines flickering at top of the screen.

Here is a link of what I posted (photos mainly) :

It is not an hardware malfunction (Screen or hardware) :

  • No issue at all with WIndows 10 1809, everything is smooth and OK

It is not related to the Distro

  • The same problem occurs on Ubuntu MATE, Linux Mint MATE and Fedora MATE, even with LxQT

Other people are concerned :

One of them is also using a Gemini Lake Intel processor (Ezbook x4).

Here is my inxi -G output :

Device-1: Intel UHD Graphics 605 driver: i915 v: kernel 
Display: x11 server: Fedora Project 1.20.4 driver: intel 
resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz 
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel UHD Graphics 605 (Geminilake) 
v: 4.5 Mesa 18.3.6

And here the xrandr output :

Screen 0: minimum 8 x 8, current 1920 x 1080, maximum 32767 x 32767
eDP1 connected primary 1920x1080+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 310mm x 170mm
1920x1080     60.05*+  59.93  
1680x1050     59.88  
1400x1050     59.98  
1600x900      60.00    59.95    59.82  
1280x1024     60.02  
1400x900      59.96    59.88  
1280x960      60.00  
1368x768      60.00    59.88    59.85  
1280x800      59.81    59.91  
1280x720      59.86    60.00    59.74  
1024x768      60.00  
1024x576      60.00    59.90    59.82  
960x540       60.00    59.63    59.82  
800x600       60.32    56.25  
864x486       60.00    59.92    59.57  
640x480       59.94  
720x405       59.51    60.00    58.99  
640x360       59.84    59.32    60.00  
HDMI1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
VIRTUAL1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)

As my laptop works perfectly with WIndows 10 Home 1809, the problem is on the GNU/Linux side.

=> So, my guess would be that there is a problem either with the Intel Gemini Lake driver and/or xrandr

I would be grateful if someone could help me solve this issue :smiley:

Best Regards

edit retag flag offensive close merge delete

3 Answers

Sort by » oldest newest most voted

answered 2019-04-26 02:53:49 -0600

Kernel 5.0.9 has an important fix for intel gfx chips. So pls try updating

edit flag offensive delete link more

answered 2019-04-25 10:30:35 -0600

sixpack13 gravatar image

more to read:

=> "Screen flickering"

edit flag offensive delete link more

answered 2019-04-24 15:26:44 -0600

sixpack13 gravatar image

Did you read the comment in the 4 hidden comments too ?

cit: " Well I added the custom resolution of 1920x1070 and the line has gone. – Maka Daka Dec 10 '18 at 9:03"

  • BIOS update ?
  • Exchange ?

I guess exchange will somewhat difficult cause the vendor supports Windows ONLY

edit flag offensive delete link more


Hello @sixpack13,

Thanks for your answer and for taking to time to help me :)

Yes you are right, he fixed the problem by setting a custom resolution. But 19201070 is not available directly on my screen (1920x1080 60.05+ 59.93).

  • BIOS UPDATE : Well, knowing that everything works perfectly with Windows 10, I wonder if a BIOS update is really relevant ?

  • Exchange : No, honestly the problem comes from GNU/Linux, the i915 driver more preciselly and/or MATE desktop.

Valenciano gravatar imageValenciano ( 2019-04-25 01:32:51 -0600 )edit


I'm not sure: I mean I have read to set 19201070 via xrandr, don't know.

- BIOS: you could give it a try cause mostly they fix/update VGABios too.

- Exchange: I read a little at Amazon User comments and I got the impression that only a few people mentioned flickering. I wasn't able to see or didn't read enough to discover if they are running windows/linux !
According to that it seems to me it might be a hardware problem too

- you might check this sites for your device or for Intel UHD 605 only
sixpack13 gravatar imagesixpack13 ( 2019-04-25 09:53:01 -0600 )edit

Question Tools

1 follower


Asked: 2019-04-24 14:50:51 -0600

Seen: 620 times

Last updated: Apr 26 '19