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Skylake (Intel HD530/HD520) video fix for Linux

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Sky Lake Integrated Graphics (rev 06)

The problem :

  • skype video calls become unusable.
  • blue lines
  • vlc, openshot, skype video always on top
  • video does not resizable
  • etc..

Tested on:
* ubuntu trusty tahr (14.04)
* ubuntu wily (15.10)
* ubuntu xenial (16.04) (4.3.5 kernel)
* ubuntu xenial (16.04) (4.6 kernel)
* ubuntu xenial (16.04) (4.7.6 kernel)
* deepin linux (15.3) (4.4 kernel)


  • Copy 20-intel.conf from repository to /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf
  • Restart / reboot the system

Lazy fix:

cd /tmp
sudo cp 20-intel.conf /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf

And restart system then.

Kernel 4.2.0-x - 4.3.x issues

  • Very unstable driver when using opengl or playing games.
  • With 4.2 system can stuck even watching youtube videos.

Kernel - 4.4.x issues

  • Looks like very unstable, sometimes freeze whole system without any reason. I don't use it anymore, 4.3.x is more stable.
  • Monitor flickering at boot time, before it start Xorg server it blinks. (4.4.x only problem)
  • Firefox webgl rendering crush

W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/i915/skl_guc_ver4.bin for module i915 issue.

Download and install firmware.

cd /tmp
tar xf sklgucver43.tar.bz2
cd skl_guc_ver4_3/ ; sudo ./
sudo update-initramfs -u -k all

Kernel - 4.6.X

  • 4.6 kernel from the Ubuntu kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.6-yakkety seems very stable with no system hangs/video freeze.

  • Some graphic glitches remain which are fixed by adding Option "XVideo" "Disable" in the Extensions Section of your xorg.conf file.

  • Installation:

    • Download and install linux-headers-4.6.0-xxx_all.deb , linux-headers-4.6.0-xxx-generic_xxx_i386/amd64.deb
      and linux-image-4.6.0-xxx-generic_xxx_i386/amd64.deb from kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.6-yakkety
    • You also might want to prevent Installation of future 4.4 kernel updates
      with sudo apt-mark hold linux-image-generic linux-headers-generic

Kernel - 4.7.6

  • 4.7.6 kernel from kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.7.6/ fixed all issues that I had with video on Ubuntu 16.04. All other solutions described here didn't work for me.

  • Installation:

    • Download and install linux-headers-4.7.6-xxx_all.deb , linux-headers-4.7.6-xxx-generic_xxx_i386/amd64.deb and linux-image-4.7.6-xxx-generic_xxx_i386/amd64.deb from kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.7.6

Kernel - 4.8 - Ubuntu 16.04.2

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  • Testing results and fixes contribution are highly appreciated.


Intel hd HD530/HD520 , skylake (6th generation of intel cpus) video card problems list and solutions/quick fixes for linux.





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