I using fluxbox as my window manager and I'm experiencing tearing when viewing videos. Tearing does not happen under Gnome or Unity. I primarily use VLC to play videos in full-screen (1920x1080). Tearing happens regardless of the player I use, as long as I'm in fluxbox and full-screen.

I have an Intel on-board video card.

I've tried following the instructions at Screen tearing in 11.10 with intel graphics but it has no effect.

My questions are:

  • What is different about how fluxbox handles tearing? It seems like compiz isn't having any effect -- what setting should I tweak?
  • What can I do to reduce/remove tearing when viewing videos under fluxbox?

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Try this. Also, If you are using Chrome disable the pepperflashplugin and use the official flashplayer instead.

  • Thanks for the suggestion. I don't have an /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf file (I've got /etc/X11, but that's it) -- where should I put the tear-free option?
    – mpenkov
    Commented Mar 12, 2013 at 13:40

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