Body background: Makes my page scroll slowwww

Every time I put an image as a background on the body,

body {background-image:url(‘background.png’; background-repeat:repeat-x;}

The page scrolls very, very slow. The sluggishness intensifies the larger the image I use as a background, but is there some technique to mitigate this?

Thanks in advance.

Which browser are you using? Firefox has had problems with this in the past. There is a [url=http://www.technipages.com/firefox-3-fix-for-slow-or-choppy-scrolling.html]fix but you would probably want to put that rule into the CSS file that you are serving visitors.