Thanks. Your link confirms that I'm sort of screwed for the time being.
6i5 has Skylake graphics. From your link
i915Intel DRM driver suffers from various bugs that can result in kernel errors, GPU crashes and even complete system freezes.
There are no pending fixes for DRM bugs in latest kernel versions (last tested on
The suggested workaround is to disable hardware graphics rendering in chrome and such. :/
I certainly experienced crashes on a vanilla mint 17.3 + 4.3.3 kernel (the 4.3.3-040303-generic build).
Are you using any extra boot params like that i915.enable_rc6=0 ?
Trying that under 4.5.0rc4. Not crashing, but the graphics are super glitchy. Everytime I change window focus, I see all kinds of speckley shakeys flickering everywhere.
I take it that the screen does not flicker so badly when you use this option?
I find this machine to be unusable, even though it is no longer crashing so often. I can't read text on it for sure. Sigh.
I actually expected "OS Supported: Linux Mint" to mean that it would work out of the box, like it has on a number of other machines.
Jeebers. Going to try ubuntu 15.10 next, see if that's any different. I hope that it works, but even if it does, that is a compromise for me.
Plus all of the time spent trying different kernel versions, and so on.
Sorry, don't mean to be ranting at you, yuvadm, but I am quite frustrated with this purchase.
Yes, all of the attempts I have tried to get this thing working have been made with both BIOS versions 28 and 33.
I love how the download links on the graphics installer for linux page all 404. Reminiscent of the care and testing put into creating this NUC6i5.
Linux Kernel - 4.2
Mesa - 10.6.7
xf86-video-intel - 2.99.917
Libdrm - 2.4.64
Libva - 1.6.1
vaapi intel-driver - 1.6.1
Cairo - 1.14.2
Xorg Xserver - 1.17.2
Intel-gpu-tools - 1.12
Linux Kernel for Upcoming Platforms (SKL) - drm-intel-testing
That's a lot of software to install in hopes of getting a working system. Looks like maybe a nice set of debs is provided to automatically upgrade these packages for a working ubuntu 15.10 system. Too bad that I'm unable to install ubuntu 15.10 on this thing. Believe me, I've tried. And by tried, I don't just mean repeatedly running the automagic installer, I mean lots of reading log messages, chatting with ubuntu, mint, debian folks on IRC.
I am completely fed up with the lack of support for this thing.