Ubuntu – Screen Tearing while scrolling chrome xubuntu


Scrolling through pages with lots of images cause a distortion about 2/3 down the screen. I've tried enabling/disabling smooth scroll and in chrome. I've also tried toggling compositor settings on device. I'm not really sure what the best bet solution here is. I'm at a loss, any help would be appreciated!

Here's a device info dump:


  • Processor : 4x Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-5200U CPU @ 2.20GHz
  • Memory : 8075MB (3935MB used)
  • Operating System : Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS
  • User Name : nick-bbytes (Nick-BBytes)
  • Date/Time : Mon 06 Feb 2017 01:03:12 PM EST


  • Resolution : 3840×1080 pixels
  • OpenGL Renderer : Mesa DRI Intel(R) HD Graphics 5500 (Broadwell GT2)
  • X11 Vendor : The X.Org Foundation


  • Audio Adapter : HDA-Intel – HDA Intel HDMI
  • Audio Adapter : HDA-Intel – HDA Intel PCH

-Input Devices-

  • Lid Switch
  • Sleep Button
  • Power Button
  • AT Translated Set 2 keyboard
  • Video Bus
  • USB Optical Mouse
  • USB-HID Keyboard
  • USB-HID Keyboard
  • ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad
  • HDA Intel PCH Mic
  • HDA Intel PCH Headphone
  • HDA Intel HDMI HDMI/DP,pcm : 3=
  • HDA Intel HDMI HDMI/DP,pcm : 7=
  • HDA Intel HDMI HDMI/DP,pcm : 8=
  • Asus WMI hotkeys
  • USB2.0 HD UVC WebCam

-SCSI Disks-

  • ATA Micron_M600_MTFD

Best Answer

This may be caused by Chrome falling back to software rendering which is not vsync'ed.

Check chrome://gpu/ and see if hardware acceleration is enabled (shows green for all features). If it's not, enable the chrome://flags/#ignore-gpu-blacklist flag. Check chrome://gpu/ again to see if hardware acceleration is enabled now.