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The setup: I've got an NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti run by nvidia-dkms 378.13-5 using modeline 3840x2160 60.00*+ 59.94 50.00 29.97 25.00 23.98 on an up-to-date Arch Linux. This is connected via HDMI to a TV receiver. The TV receiver is connected via S/PDIF to an amplifier and a proprietary cable to a 4K TV.

The symptom: Every so often the HDMI signal is "broken" for about 1-2 seconds: the screen goes black and the sound via the amplifier cuts out.

Some tweaks/data from nvidia-settings:

  • Force Composition Pipeline / Force Full Composition Pipeline in nvidia-settings.
  • Setting PowerMizer to Adaptive rather than Auto.
  • Setting colour space to RGB rather than YCbCr444.
  • The GPU temperature never seems to go above 60C.
  • While the colour range is set to full the "Current Color Range" still says "Limited". Could it be that the driver keeps trying to change the colour range?

It just happened again (twice in a minute, not running any video or fullscreen applications), and there's nothing in dmesg or /var/log/Xorg.0.log.

$ uname --kernel-name --kernel-release --kernel-version --machine --processor --hardware-platform --operating-system # anonymized 
Linux 4.10.9-1-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Sat Apr 8 12:39:59 CEST 2017 x86_64 unknown unknown GNU/Linux

Reducing the frame rate to 30 Hz seems to fix it (no glitches for about an hour), but that's not exactly to spec.

As a side note, with the latest drivers in Windows 7 I can run 3840x2160 @ 60.00 with maximum colour depth settings and YCbCr444 having no glitches, but sound doesn't get through.


I've been in contact with Nvidia, and they have escalated to their Linux team. Will keep this updated.

  • Anything written to dmesg while that happens? – pfnuesel Apr 15 '17 at 17:29

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