Solve video tearing on Intel + Ubuntu (Unity and GNOME Shell)

Video tearing has been the bane of Linux’s existence on desktops and laptops, but the situation is vastly better than what it was a year ago. This post is related to fixing issues with the Intel HD3000 and HD4000 (Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge) series of graphics cards in Ubuntu. This is a clean fix that doesn’t involve any PPAs or experimental drivers, and has been tested on my HP Pavilion G4 running Ubuntu 12.04 on an Ivy Bridge i5. Continue reading

Solve video tearing on nVidia/ATI + Unity

Well almost. The solution I’m gonna be talking about today will almost get you there, but won’t quite solve the problem entirely. Before we begin though, here’s a quick rundown of my system specs –

Dell Inspiron 1520
2GB DDR2 RAM
nVidia GeForce 8600M GT
nouveau drivers (the default ones that ship with Ubuntu)
Ubuntu 11.10 x86_64 Continue reading