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How disable GPU acceleration in IE9 and Firefox 4

I experienced crashing of Intel HD vga driver in Windows 7 x64 on my Elitebook 8440p. It happen in Firefox 4 and IE9 , screen start blinking, message “video driver has crashed” appear and laptop freeze.

Lates drivers, no help at all. Finally I figure out that new GPU acceleration in Firefox 4 and IE9 is crashing. So, here is how to disable it in IE9 .

Internet Explorer 9

1. Open Internet Explorer 9.

2. Click the Tools icon (the gear) on the far right side of the toolbar (or use the keyboard command, Alt+x) and select Internet options.

IE 9 Settings - Internet Options

IE9 Internet Options

3. When the Internet Options window appears, select the Advanced tab.

4. Under Accelerated graphics, check the Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering checkbox.

IE9 GPU Acceleration disable

IE9 GPU Acceleration disable

5. Click the OK button.

6. Restart Internet Explorer.

Firefox 4 Final or Beta

1.From Firefox button,select Options menu>Options

2.Click Advanced Tab,select General tab under Browsing, uncheck for “Use hardware acceleration when available “.

Click Ok to Save changes.

disabling hardware acceleration in Firefox 4

disabling hardware acceleration in Firefox 4

Or you can also disable Direct2D in Firefox 4 through about:config also.

 

Type about:config in address bar and press enter.

Click “I’ll be careful,I promise”

Type direct2d in Filter and set gfx.direct2d.disabled value to true (if its value already set to true you don’t need to change anything).

disabling hardware acceleration in Firefox 4

disabling hardware acceleration in Firefox 4

ALTERNATIVE for FIREFOX: In Windows 7 enable compatibility with Windows XP for firefox.exe

 

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  1. ming
    March 24th, 2011 at 02:32 | #1

    thanks…this was the only solution to the lagging problem with flash games from facebook using firefox after upgrading to ff4. the ie9 still does not work though.

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