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I just tested the standalone OpenGL compositor fbcompose
from this site
... on a i5-3550, Debian wheezy, xf86-video-intel-2.20.7 using SNA,
By just starting fbcompose without any arguments I got rid of tearing
in non-fullscreen(!) mplayer2, mplayer-vaapi, smplayer2, totem and vlc/rvlc windows.
The latter three used to tear in fullscreen mode, too.
Since I was too lazy to compile it, I faked the unmet dependency on
libGLEW.so.1.6 by symlinks in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu
ln -s libGLEW.so.1.7.0 libGLEW.so.1.6.0
ln -s libGLEW.so.1.7.0 libGLEW.so.1.6
This seems to be the home of the project:
Before stumbling across fbcompose I tried Cairo-compmgr and dcompmgr,
both are unusable as they simply screw up the display.
The only side-effect of fbcompose I've spotted so far is
upscaling instead of tiling of the background bitmap.
This workaround can become a valueable comment to
for all users of "vintage" window managers.
Please note that this is the equivalent of Option "TearFree", with the
extra latency of going through an external process.
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[sandybridge] Graphics tearing when playing video
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