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It is coming in through a style sheet and only occurs in Opera & Netscape. No server-side code or anything. Is this due to the file size?
Have you tried using an include or placing it on the page to see if the flicker stops? I usually go through this whole process of elimination. Change something here, see what happens over there, you know.
I think the image size is the problem. Have you experimented with slicing the image into two pieces? How about 3 or 4?
P.S. Degrades somewhat gracefully in NS4.73. I almost thought I was in Opera with my css turned off. The beauty of content positioning!
[edited by: pageoneresults at 5:43 am (utc) on Sep. 24, 2002]
Although I was using ie 5.5 on a 400 mhz pc, I did notice the background tile loading up from left to right, followed by everything else that was layered on top of it.
I would think that this is the normal way for it to behave, dependent upon the computer processor's ability to render the images, especially the 3k blue background image. Rendering images takes processing power.
The background image seems a bit heavy, considering it's just a block of color. Try squishing it down to a 300 byte 1 pixel WIDE image and see how that works (1 px wide by 1800 height). Or better yet, try SPECIFYING the background color without an image.
I've also found the use of multiple background images to have an effect on browser display. The big culprits are 1x1 pixels that are colored and then tiled to create the background. Ever try working on a site in a WYSIWYG like FP with 1x1 pixel background images all over? Its a nightmare!