I have video tearing with compositing enabled in KWin.

I have 2 monitors in twinview, VBlank is set to sync with one of them. I have some tearing on that monitor anyway, and it's much worse on the other one.

The horizontal tearing occurs everywhere on the desktop, I can see it when dragging windows and such.

I'm on 12.04 with the proprietary 302.17 drivers. VSync is enabled everywhere (in KWin and nvidia-settings). I have nvidia-settings --load-config-only in startup.

The only way I can get rid of the tearing is to disable compositing, and I don't want to do that. Compiz can run with no tearing, so should KWin.

I have tried everything, I don't know what to do anymore. I've been googling for weeks. I am at my wit's end.


I have the same problem. Nvidia 660ti KDE 4.8 and 304 drivers.

I ran some tests with different configurations (Nvidia settings and KWin) and it is related to the PowerMizer settings. On adaptive, I get tearing both on desktop and video (both with VDPAU and without). On max performance, tearing is gone.

Hope it helps.


There is a very good tutorial on how to fix video tearing in Ubuntu on OMG! Ubuntu.

I hope this link can solve your question.

  • I cannot utilize Compiz Config under KDE.
    – Nick
    Jul 15 '12 at 10:15
  • Maybe this could help?
    – slashcrack
    Jul 15 '12 at 10:34
  • I'm using KDE, not Compiz. Compiz is not running on my system.
    – Nick
    Jul 15 '12 at 10:55

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