NVIDIA's Latest Binary Driver Is Causing Problems For Some Skylake Linux Users

Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA on 26 September 2015 at 09:16 AM EDT. 10 Comments
It seems that NVIDIA's proprietary Linux graphics driver is having some bad interaction issues with the newest Intel Skylake systems.

A Phoronix reader raised the fact that many Intel Skylake Linux users seem to be running into various segmentation faults when using the NVIDIA 352/355 series drivers. However, if downgrading the NVIDIA binary blob prior to the 352 series, there is no longer any segmentation fault issues reported.

Some of the references cited to Skylake + NVIDIA's 352/355 drivers yielding seg faults can be found here, here, and here, among other locations. As of this weekend I've yet to see NVIDIA officially comment on this regression. The problem doesn't seem to come up with Haswell or Broadwell processors.
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