525.89 brings back Thunderbolt 3 connected displays flicker and suspend issues

From 51xx Up until 525.85 this issue disappeared and i was not having problems with intermittent flicker or suspend, as soon as i upgraded to 525.89 the issue came back with a bite as the flicker is considerably worse.

As this post: External Monitor not available after Suspend/Sleep - #45 by amrits

The issues are exactly the same and the only difference is the monitor brand, in any case, i reverted to 525.85 to be able to work.

Please have a look into any changes in the driver re-introducing this issue.


I have been plagued with something similar issue. For me the monitors attached to the PC through the thunderbolt, the screen keeps going blank every few mins. SOmetimes they blink rapidly. I have another connection from gpu’s hdmi port going to the TV, and that works fine.
I have a 3080TI card. Do u know of a windows driver that has this issue resolved?

I’m really not sure about windows, because i haven’t used it in decades as a desktop OS. However, what i do know is that this issue went away around 7 or 8 release cycles ago and i was not having issues, as yourself, using the HDMI port didn’t show this behaviour, but, unfortunately, using a thunderbolt connection, directly or thru a dock (and moreover on optimus laptops, like mine) had all kinds of issues “detecting” displays, so, the flicker came and went.

This is also NVIDIA’s fault in the sense that the GPU cannot share outputs with the integrated video card and when you use a thunderbolt output you have to force the laptop to use the integrated GPU. This is by design, regretfully.

Are you also using a Thinkpad P1 Gen2 with T2000?

A close relative, X1E Gen2. In any case, it seems that the issue is widespread for refresh rates > 120hz. Let’s wait for NVIDIA to issue a patch.

Thanks for the info. So you have a Nvidia GTX 1650 MaxQ, right?

So far I have not experienced this issue any longer since driver version 515.57.
But I do not have any screen supporting >60Hz refresh rate.
Does it help to reduce the refresh rate to 60Hz?

In addition, are you experiencing diagonal tearing as well when running at 4k 60Hz on an external monitor?

Since the X1 Extreme Gen2 is also running a Turing TU117 chip, as the quadro T2000, but to T2000 is more performant, it would be interesting to see, since user generix suggested to set it to maximum performance mode.

Haven’t had a 4k display so really can’t tell.

I’ve confirmed, as others in other threads, that the issue starts happening with refresh rates over 120hz. And this is an issue that was introduced on 525.89

I’ve updated to 530 and i’m still facing the same issue (is not as worse as >=525.89, but it still exists) @aplattner is there further work in fixing this issue?, i’ve reverted back again to 525.85. So i can work normally.

I think I have exactly the same problem as you have. Can you maybe try to reproduce the things I tested? [Bug] Serving 2 displays via Thunderbolt not working anymore with 530.41.03 under X11 & framebuffer - #3 by oroesler

I believe I am having a similar issue. My setup is an Asus G14 laptop running a GTX 1650 Ti connected to an external monitor supporting 3440x1440 @ 100Hz via usb-c to DP. The issue seems to occur only when going above 60Hz. My OS is Linux Mint 21.1 MATE. It seems to occur randomly every few minutes. I have tried different settings at Nvidia control panel without any improvement. My current drivers are 530.41.03-0ubuntu0.22.04.2.

Does the flickering look similar to this?

Youtube link

Yes, exactly what happens, totally random.

Sometimes there are artifacts while the screen recovers, or while a fast transition (like minimizing a full screen window) happens.

Well, at least now I know I am not the only one with this issue. Too bad I am awfully pessimistic about when this is going to be fixed. Manually installing 525.85 on mint has been a disaster so I am stuck with 530.41 for now.

Yes, exactly the same issue, already reported here that the latest version of drivers that works properly is 525.85.05. All later drivers are bugged and displays are going to suspend mode for a second, 10s second, or also permanently and must be re-enabled via system settings or OS restarted. I use it on my 2 working places, 2 a 3 displays and it behaves a bit differently.

  1. Thunderbolt HP G4 dock station + 2 DP displays (2x FHD) .
  2. Thunderbolt HP G4 dock station + 2 DP displays + 1 HDMI display (3x FHD)

Tested the latest version 535.43.02 and still the same issue. Actualy it works moreless ok for my setup no 2., displays are not going to suspend anymore, but after login, sometimes one of them is powered off (must be re-enabled in system settings) - but then it works a whole day. Regarding setup no 1., it still occurs periodicaly and one of display is going to suspend mode randomly which is very annoying.

Is there any another possibility how to report this issue? It is very annyoing and prevents me to use my laptop properly, for almost a half of year and still not fixed. It is Quadro RTX 3000 graphics card, and I expected that at least the Quadro shoud be supported much better.

Yes, https://developer.nvidia.com/nvidia_bug

I already filed in my issue and apparently it now shifted from “pending review” to “in progress” but they assigned low priority to it :(

If someone has had the opportunity to test if the issue has been dealt with on 535.54.03 i’ll appreciate your feedback in this thread. Thanks!

Hello, it is still the same on 535.54.03, displays are randomly going to suspend mode

@decimusmaximus Thanks for your feedback and help!

@aplattner This issue is about to reach it’s fifth month, and we see no feedback from the Nvidia team on addressing it or at least some status update on the issue, moreover, other threads in this forum show that the issue is widespread and doesn’t seem limited to our particular setup (TB connectivity).

I ask again your kind help to bump this issue internally with your team as this is now hindering me from doing important OS updates.

@decimusmaximus Have you had the opportunity to test it on 535.86 ?, is the issue still present?. thanks for your feedback.

Hello, I have just tested 535.104.05 and the issue is still there, displays go to suspend mode periodicaly. Sorry that I replied so late, currently I use integrated Intel graphic because of this issue and I plan to sell this laptop and buy something with AMD graphic card. The issue is there for very long time (since 525.85 ie for 8 months) and it not possible to work while displays are randomly switching off…