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I've just installed Ubuntu GNOME 13.04 on my nvidia powered laptop and I'm experiencing some ugly grafic tearing when watching videos or scrolling pages in firefox for instance...

Vsync's activated in the nvidia settings software and I tried both nouveau and proprietary drivers (304, 310 and 313) with no luck so far.

I'm pretty sure it's a known (and old...) issue but I couldn't find the reason nor the cure.

Any ideas?

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The "standard" solution to this problem is to do the following (This helped me with gnome 3 and unity on the same PC):

  • Install compiz settings manager, e.g. with sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
  • Start ccsm and go to "composite".
  • Set the refresh rate to the double of you monitors refresh rate (standard TFT monitor uses 60Hz, so take 120Hz here)

This helped me with tearing. Additionally, some people advise to use the "maximum performance mode" in the nvidia-settings tool, but I am not sure if this is what you want to do on your laptop.

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