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[Intel UHD 620 on Linux i915] "HDMI GMBUS EDID read failed"


Dear all,

Problem: no signal on multiple external monitors via HDMI port, see this thread on Gentoo forums with a moderator here.

Interesting: DisplayPort and Thunderbolt/USB-C work.

Hardware: Intel UHD 620 on-board graphics,

Software: Linux Kernel 5.11.0 + Gentoo Linux + i915 firmware, Gnome Display Manager + Wayland compositor "sway"

lspci -nnk pastebin:

Kernel .config: 


Approaches for a solution:

  1. Which Kernel parameters are necessary for the HDMI port? As miniDisplayPort works, there must be a problem with the bridge?
  2. drm : two interesting erros occur, see bold text:
[drm:i915_hotplug_work_func] Connector HDMI-A-2 (pin 6) received hotplug event. (retry 0) 
[drm:intel_hdmi_set_edid] HDMI GMBUS EDID read failed, retry using GPIO bit-banging
[drm:drm_do_probe_ddc_edid] drm: skipping non-existent adapter i915 gmbus dpc [drm:intel_gmbus_force_bit] disabling bit-banging on i915 gmbus dpc. force bit now 0 [drm:do_gmbus_xfer] GMBUS [i915 gmbus dpc] NAK for addr: 0040 w(1) [drm:do_gmbus_xfer] GMBUS [i915 gmbus dpc] NAK on first message, retry [drm:do_gmbus_xfer] GMBUS [i915 gmbus dpc] NAK for addr: 0040 w(1) [drm:drm_dp_dual_mode_detect] DP dual mode HDMI ID: (err -6)

complete file:


Thanks for any ideas on how to proceed.

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