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I mean video files on my hard drive. I get noticeable screen tearing on VLC, Totem, gnome mplayer and Mplayer. I have tried fglrx drivers and now the experimental AMD drivers.

I have a Radeon HD6950 and enabling 'tear free' mode in catalyst removes the tearing but makes my videos have a strange motion, like a stuttery framerate.

Any way to fix this?

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I'm afraid you will have to live with this for the most part. There are some tweaks out there (which others might be able to provide) but AMD graphics are notorious for bad 2D performance under linux. I am in the same boat as you :/ –  Glutanimate Jan 20 '13 at 14:51
    
That's a real shame, I like Linux, but if this can't be fixed I really will have to go back to Windows, I use this to watch all my shows and movies. –  neil Jan 20 '13 at 16:49
    
Why use the proprietary drivers in the first place? !! The open source drivers are good enough! –  Venki Jun 13 at 12:08
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