Running Linux 5.19.2 on an Intel Laptop May Damage the Screen

A recent version of the Linux kernel can create an unpleasant flickering effect on Intel-powered laptops, to the point that the issue can damage the screen.

The issue involves a bug in Linux kernel version 5.19.2. On Monday, an Intel software engineer named Ville Syrjälä Noted(Opens in a new window) the software contains “potentially false panel power sequencing delays, which may damage the LCD panel”.

“I recommend the immediate return of this thing and a new stable version as soon as possible. Also, a recommendation that no one using laptops with Intel GPUs run 5.19.12,” Syrjälä wrote in the Linux kernel mailing list.

The good news is that the Linux team quickly deployed(Opens in a new window) version 5.19.3, which seems to fix the problem. Users can also downgrade their Linux version to 5.19.11 to avoid flickering.

The bug in version 5.19.2 can apparently cause an Intel laptop screen to go black and then flicker with an all-white screen. Another Intel engineer named Tapani Pälli job(Opens in a new window) a video of the bug in action, which he describes as similar to the lighting effects of a “90s rave party”.

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“This issue occurs on an ICL Lenovo laptop (i7-1065G7) running Fedora 35 (Workstation Edition), kernel 5.19.12-100.fc35,” Pälli wrote, adding, “I cannot change VT (virtual terminal ) or do something else since the display is just blinking.

The issue has also affected users of the Intel-powered Framework laptop, which can be installed with Linux. One user said he meet(Opens in a new window) the bug six days ago.

We have upgraded the Framework laptop motherboard to “Alder Lake”. Here’s how it went
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