Some videos I watch on Netflix under Linux are show horizontal flicker. How do I fix it?

I have a on-board ATI Radeon graphics chip (specifically a AMD A8-7600 Radeon R7) using the open source Radeon driver. I'm viewing Netflix in Chrome (stable, ver 52.0.2743.116) and am using Widevine Content Decryption Module (version to view Netflix. My OS is Fedora 24 (kernel 4.6.5) and my desktop is KDE.

  • Do the same videos appear OK on a different computer? What is your graphics adapter? What is your operating system and which video driver are you using? Is the issue related to the resolution of the video or anything that could be constant? This is a quick overview of what should be included in your question. Aug 15, 2016 at 15:55
  • Since I was doing this Q&A style, answering my own question, I thought it would be okay to put that sort of info into the answer. Aug 15, 2016 at 16:07
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  • Think of a question that went "I have a movie file with funny characters in it that I can't remove; how do I fix it?" The actual problem could be any number of things, so narrowing down the actual problem helps everyone.
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If you have a Radeon video card, you can turn on the "TearFree" Xorg option. To determine if you have a Radeon video card, trying lsmod | grep radeon should get you something like:

radeon               1507328  13

Or do grep -i radeon /var/log/Xorg.0.log | more and the first few lines should be something like:

[478553.078] (**) |   |-->Device "Radeon"
[478553.091] (II) LoadModule: "radeon"
[478553.091] (II) Loading /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers/radeon_drv.so
[478553.091] (II) Module radeon: vendor="X.Org Foundation"

Having determined that you're using a Radeon card, go to directory /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d and, as root, create a file named 20-radeon.conf containing the following lines.

Section "Device"
    Identifier "Radeon"
    Driver "radeon"

    Option "TearFree" "on"

Finally restart the Xorg server by logging out of your desktop session and logging back in.

(NOTE: A similar solution might work for those with an Intel graphics card, though keep in mind that the Driver argument will have to be different and the Option value will have to be true rather than on).

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