I've been wrestling with horrific screen tearing on my Windows XP machine ever since Flash 10 came out. My Vista laptop never had an issue, but I needed Flash to work with my desktop, since it was hooked up to my home theater (and nothing looks worse than screen tearing in 1080p).
After months of trying every possible driver/browser/Flash version combination, I finally found something that worked: I downgraded to Flash 9.0.280 from the Adobe archives (http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/142/tn_14266.html). Now YouTube looks as beautiful as I remembered it.
Here's my one remaining problem: The archives contain a version of 9.0.280 for Internet Explorer, but nothing for Firefox, and I've been unable to find a Flash 9.0.280 plugin for Mozilla. Does anyone know where I could find one, or do you have an old copy still saved somewhere on your hard drive?
Any help would be greatly appreaciated. Thank you.
If you download archive fp9r280_plus_archive.zip it contains
Ha! Thank you very much. I glossed over that file because the readme.txt says that it's for Netscape (Netscape, in 2011?!).
It worked just fine thanks, though now that I'm taking a good hard look at it, there are still very small tearing problems, just no where near what was originally happening.
Has anyone found a permanent fix for Flash VSYNC with Windows XP? It seems to be a recurring problem.
Just for laughs, here's a copy/paste from the readme:
The following files are available for your use:
Flash Player 9,0,280,0
- Internet Explorer: flashplayer9r280_winax.exe
- Netscape: flashplayer9r280_win.exe
- Standalone: flashplayer9r280_win_sa.exe
Mac OS PowerPC
- Plugin: flashplayer9r280_mac.dmg
Mac OS Intel
- Plugin: flashplayer9r280_ub_mac.dmg
- Standalone: flashplayer9r280_mac_sa.app.zip
- Plugin: flashplayer9r280_linux.tar.gz
- Standalone: flashplayer9r280_linux_sa.tar.gz
Netscape was the first plugin-based browser, now of course there are many (and no more Netscape). I think this is just a relic from that time.
I will check if newer readme files still mention Netscape.