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I'm using ubuntu 11.10 as my HTPC OS on ION board. Tearing was always a big problem but this guide ( used to solve it in previous versions. I mean it used to because it doesn't solve it anymore.

I tried making same changes (although compiz config is little different and same options are in different panels) but with no success. I also tried to manually set resolution and refresh rate of HDTV in nvidia settings - no changes at all.

I know that open source drivers would solve a problem but it's not an option because I need VDPAU acceleration.

I've also read that completely disabling of Composite solves the problem - can't do that because compizconfig-settings-manager crashes on attempt.

More info about setup:

  • Ubuntu 11.10 64bit
  • Nvidia ION board
  • newest official version of proprietary driver
  • SMplayer with vdpau settings
  • Full HD HDTV
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I follow this question and can say even more - switching video outputs in player, 'unredirect fullscreen video' 'legacy fullscreen video' and so on didn't help. Killing compiz or running xfce helps. Switching to unity 2D doesn't help. – Barafu Albino Nov 16 '11 at 12:46
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Thanks to Barafu Albino I found temporary solution to problem. In my case it's HTPC so I use it only for playing movies. Therefore I can use any desktop enviroment... including XFCE mentioned by Barafu.

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

This will install Xubuntu deksktop enviroment including XFCE.

Logout from ubuntu. Choose XFCE session

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Enjoy tearless playback!

(make sure you've taken steps with vertical synchronisation and refresh rate settings as mentioned in guide)

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