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After installing the ATI proprietary driver, I disabled the Tear Free option because it causes laggy windows and general slowdown of everything.

But now I want to enable it again, to see whether it improves my video playing (which has lots of screen tearing). The problem is whenever I try to enable the option, it gives me "Tear Free Desktop cannot be enabled due to insufficient graphics memory".

I don't understand, as I could enable and disable it before no problems. I'm running on an ATI 4670.

Thank you in advance!

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Run this in a terminal, if you get any faults please add them to the question:

sudo aticonfig --set-pcs-u32=DDX,EnableTearFreeDesktop,1

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It gives: "sudo aticonfig --set-pcs-u32=DDX,EnableTearFreeDesktop,1" but in amdccc it's still disabled. Is it done? – James Oct 20 '11 at 14:18
if you got no faults yeah, it should be done. – Bruno Pereira Oct 20 '11 at 14:27
maybe run amdccc as sudo will give you extra options? – Bruno Pereira Oct 20 '11 at 14:27
did your tear go away? – Bruno Pereira Oct 20 '11 at 14:28
I'm not really sure actually. Dragging windows does seem like there is no more tearing though! But playing videos still does...... hmmm :/ well thanks for your help! Good answer. I'll have to bookmark this page just in case. – James Oct 20 '11 at 14:39

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