Diagonal screen tear when using prime-run on any application

as the title suggests, whenever using prime-run to use my dedicated GPU to run any application I get huge diagonal screen tears whenever scolling/moving. This happens for example in games like Minecraft or anything launched by steam, but also in productivity apps like VSCode. I’m unsure where to start troubleshooting so I’d appreciate some help. Let me know if there’s anything I can provide.

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mhwd -li

Installed PCI configs:
                  NAME               VERSION          FREEDRIVER           TYPE
     video-modesetting            2020.01.13                true            PCI
video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-prime            2023.03.23               false            PCI
           video-linux            2018.05.04                true            PCI

Warning: No installed USB configs!

Thanks in advance for the help!

I’ve seen some very recent threads likely related to this topic. It might pay to search the forum. Cheers.

I had a good look before posting this but didn’t find anything, do you have some pointers?

add the kernel parameter mentioned in this link:

if it doesnt work, switch from wayland to xorg and test

No, sorry. I only remember seeing them, not the actual thread titles. However, including ‘prime-run’ and ‘screen tearing’ in your searches might be a good place to start.


Thanks for the answer:
the kernel parameter doesn’t help unfortunately. It’s worth noting that my issue is different from the one described in the post, my tearing is diagonal (top-left to bottom-right) and spans the full length of the screen.

Switching to X11 does fix this, but this isn’t really a viable solution for me. I’m working with a 4K laptop screen and a 1920x1080 external monitor and so I need Wayland for my setup.

Something I also tried following NVIDIA Optimus - ArchWiki is setting the DRM modeset parameter (NVIDIA - ArchWiki) by making a tearing.conf file in /etc/modprobe.d with options nvidia_drm "modeset=1" inside, but this resulted in my system not booting and I had to remove the file via tty.

The system boots !
nvidia wayland requires nvidia_drm.modeset=1 ! (grub-commandline)
Also works great. The problem is sddm
sddm does not manage to find a screen.
I am currently doing this as follows.
I have deactivated sddm. I log into the terminal and start wayland with

/usr/lib/plasma-dbus-run-session-if-needed /usr/bin/startplasma-wayland

I see, thanks! Could you describe this in a bit more detail? For example, did you disable sddm simply with sudo systemctl stop sddm or is there anything else? Just in case, would you just re-enable it normally with sudo systemctl start sddm from tty?

Also, do you type the command manually (or run it from a script file I guess) at boot every time or is there any way to automate it?

Thanks again for the help!

deactivate sddm with

systemctl disable sddm

the next time you start the pc you will be taken directly to the terminal
log in and with

/usr/lib/plasma-dbus-run-session-if-needed /usr/bin/startplasma-wayland

to start wayland.
Next time you can scroll through the command history using the up and down arrow keys.

A little more detailed
in /etc/mkinitcpio.conf add i915 to Modules and delete kms from Hooks
then execute

sudo mkinitcpio -P

Add in the file /etc/default/grub

nvidia_drm.modeset=1 nvidia_drm.fbdev=1


sudo update-grub

do not add the nvidia modules in the mkinitcpio.conf ! Otherwise the power saving function will not work !
You can check this with

cat /sys/bus/pci/devices/0000:01:00.0/power/runtime_status

If the card is not used it must be suspended
If everything works so far activate

systemctl enable nvidia-persistenced.service
systemctl enable nvidia-powerd.service

Under wayland it is not enough to simply add prime-run !
The card must be addressed separately with DRI_PRIME
I assume that it is set to 0000:01:00.0.

DRI_PRIME=pci-0000_01_00_0 __VK_LAYER_NV_optimus=NVIDIA_only __GLX_VENDOR_LIBRARY_NAME=nvidia


DRI_PRIME=pci-0000_01_00_0 prime-run

for steam game over nvidia

DRI_PRIME=pci-0000_01_00_0 prime-run %command%

I used Forspoken Demo to check if everything works including raytracing

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PRIME - ArchWiki