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Fix for Firefox Graphics Problems in Windows 8

Mozilla Firefox - disable hardware acceleration in Win 8If you’re using Firefox on Windows 8, particularly on an nVidea graphics card, you may have seen a lot of graphics problems, glitches where images are blurry or even completely unrecognisable.

Here’s a possible fix for that which has worked for me and quite a few folks online: disable Hardware Acceleration in Firefox.

Here’s where to find it:

The broken images problem should now be gone – if it’s still there then it’s another problem – please let me know in the comments if you know of any other potential cause and/or solution for that!

38 responses to “Fix for Firefox Graphics Problems in Windows 8”

  1. Rohin says:

    Thank you for this great tip, it worked perfect! :)
    Have a nice weekend.

  2. amd says:

    Glad to help :)

  3. Ahmad says:

    Thank you, this works!

  4. efesar says:

    Awesome fix! Firefox was garbled and ridiculously slow. Much improved. Thanks!

  5. Jonah' says:

    Worked like a charm. Thanks very much.

  6. Adam says:

    Thanks! Do you know why hardware acceleration causes problems though?

  7. amd says:

    Well, not the very detailed precise technical reasons, but at a higher level I’d guess it’s because nVidia didn’t test every hardware configuration with Windows 8 and there’s an obscure bug in there somewhere.

  8. Andy says:

    Thankyou! this had been annoying me for ages.

  9. Raj says:

    It worked flawlessly. Thanks for the help.

  10. It worked fine. Thanks for sharing the solution. … Waqar (Karachi, Pakistan)

  11. Mystic Force says:

    thanks , that tip helps me a lot and i was about to consider using Google Chrome bur i’m in love with FF
    thanks again

  12. ishan khan says:

    Thank you sir it was Awesome trick …windows 8 really good I don’t want go back to 7 …….iam fr (india,maharastra,nanded)

  13. Frosby says:



  14. […] Und weiter gingen die Probleme: Der Firefox leidete unter Darstellungsproblemen. Die Schrift zuckte regelmäßig beim Scrollen, Anklicken oder Markieren, was mich doch schnell nervte. Der Bug ist seit langem bekannt, Workaround ist allerdings nur das Abstellen der Hardwarebeschleunigung, beschrieben hier. […]

  15. Dark Shades says:

    dude you are a life saver thanks \m/

  16. Yasin says:

    Thank you, works perfect!

  17. Fabry says:

    6 un grande grazie

  18. omar says:

    soooooooooooooo thanks ur great man that’s help me thank u sooooooooo much :)

  19. Ramin says:

    Thanks, worked even without a restart!

  20. Jim S says:

    Awesome! FF was unusable before this fix. Thanks so much.

  21. Natty says:

    Doesn’t solve the problem for me.
    Tried even updating GPU driver.

    The only thing that fixed it (but the problem came back next day..) is the help in Firefox menu->Troubleshooting Information then reset firefox at the web page that opens.
    But as I said, it only helped for a day (tried several times)

    Any other suggestions?

    -NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M

  22. John says:

    I have a nvidia g210m fixed my firefox issues instantly, I thought it was a windows 8 issue and waited for mozilla to update their software

  23. bakr says:

    many thanks
    that was Awesome

  24. matt says:

    Wow, it works!! Thanks!!!

  25. husam says:

    thank you very much …. it’s work … great post man ;)

  26. adunby says:

    I still have the problem in a brand new samsung notebook, i have Nvidia Geforce Gt – any help ?

  27. Alex Leonard says:

    Thanks! Totally sorted it out for me. Things were behaving very oddly altogether.

  28. Rz says:

    tnx , it works ;)

  29. ss says:

    thank you very very …. much :))

  30. fmcg says:

    thanks for the tip!!!

  31. Xal says:

    I had also Problems with just installed new AMD Radeon HD 7870 under Win8 with the current FF 20.0.1
    I got many wrong pixel inside of the Favorite Bar.
    The solution fixed the problem.

    This looks like FF having a problem and not nVidea /AMD.

  32. pleigh says:

    This worked for me.

  33. Lorraine says:

    Hi. I have a windows 8 laptop and I need to disable my hardware acceleration but I can’t find it anywhere, any ideas where it is please?
    Many thanks

  34. amd says:

    Are you talking about disabling it in Firefox? Does the option not appear in Firefox as described above?

  35. brendon says:

    Works a treat videos load much faster was crashing and really slow before i have windows 8 and ati graphics thankyou very much

  36. Ali Bagheri Shakib says:

    Great! tnx … :)

  37. John says:

    This problem has been bugging me since I started using Win 8.1… Unfortunately, it did not resolve the problem for me…
    Thanks anyway! Was worth trying…

  38. Jason says:

    Thanks a mill! This recently started happening on my Windows 7 machine after the latest spate of windows updates. Couldnt quite place why the error was occurring, but I was getting random lines of text looking blurry about half way through the line. I couldnt find any resolution myself or struggled to find anything using google search about the problem. Then I stumbled upon this fix for Windows 8 when I was infact trying to fix another issue you posted about, Skype click in call screwing up css designs. What a great website – full of useful tid-bits. Keep it up!

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