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0003792Kali LinuxTool Upgrade Requestpublic2017-07-07 10:02
ReporterBuggy Assigned Torhertzog  
Status closedResolutionduplicate 
Product Version2016.2 
Summary0003792: Kali Linux 2.0 Screen Permanently Inverted Upon Startup

Installed newest Kali Linux 2.0 (x64) on a new Touchscreen Laptop (an ASUStek TP500LA x64. Found 2 other cases with this problem occurring in touchscreen laptops (?all manufactured by asus?). I believe this to be a relatively new bug as all forum posts about it are from 2016...
Bug: Screen, cursor, and screen content all inverted/flipped and out of sync with one another almost immediately upon boot (grub is fine, bug arises at login screen). For example, moving the mouse up and left will move onscreen cursor down and right, entire screen is flipped upside down/inverted by default.
So even though the problem shouldn't exist, xrandr should fix, right?
After tinkering with xrandr orientations:
"xrandr -o normal": Should work in theory, does for some but not for all, in my case the screen stayed inverted as well as the cursor. Moving on.
"xrandr -o inverted": Flipped the screen back to normal! However! From here any actual content onscreen doesn't match up with what is shown (for example, clicking on terminal button onscreen doesn't do anything, you have to go to where the button would be onscreen as if the screen were still inverted and then guess where it would be and click). Oh, and the mouse cursor is still flipped upside down and inverted direction-wise. (Moving physical mouse left makes cursor go right and etc)
apt updated upgraded and installed successfully, problem still here, unable to get rid of it...even tinkering with xrandr doesnt solve the problem well enough, makes Kali completely unusable on touchscreen laptops I'll have to wait until its fixed to resume using my beloved Kali again. (had kali on a desktop around a year ago, worked 100% fine)
I assume the problem originates within xrandr being confused about the added screen hardware (10 point Multi-Touch touch screen) as when you physically touch the screen sometimes the display will flip back to normal all of a sudden and then immediately go back regardless of whether you keep touching it. Therefore I marked as a tool upgrade and not a package glitch, although its present natively. Affects a relatively small portion of users as most people have Kali installed on a desktop, and the portion that have laptops most likely don't have touchscreen hardware, and so marked as normal priority. But who knows, it could be another factor entirely, the common denominator among people experiencing the bug seems to be certain touchscreen laptop models. (2 of which are made by ASUS). Known affected Model Numbers: TP500LA and TL500LN.

Steps To Reproduce

Installed Kali 2.0 onto hard drive of an ASUStek Touchscreen Laptop (model TP500LA) via LiveUSB, 80gb partition. Followed dual boot installation steps perfectly.
Booted successfully upon restart into Kali 2.0 (from hard disk not USB). Grub bootloader stage is fine.
Reached user login screen, screen immediately goes black for one second and then the entire screen image inverts itself. Mouse cursor inverts itself as well! (so it appears normal onscreen even though its inverted), and inverts direction input from physical mouse.
Screen content does not match up to what is shown on screen even when inverted, (clicking on any button or icon does nothing, you have to go to where it would be if the screen were inverted in the opposite direction and click where you'd think it would be there for it to open).
Restarting presents the same bug upon login.

Additional Information

People having the problem (one being myself)
Virtual machines running the exact same hardware do NOT present this bug. Live USB image running Kali 2.0 presents this bug, hard disk installation presents this bug as well.
Using Kali 2.0 from a virtual machine is a temporary fix, however VM's are unable to take full control of wireless network card and so are unable to take advantage of wireless tools even if presently connected to a wifi network. So the actual use of Kali is extremely limited in that regard. Looking forward to a fix. This is a UEFI laptop, however secure boot has been fully disabled and legacy mode has been enabled to allow to install of unsigned software. PXE environment also enabled.


duplicate of 0003793 closedrhertzog Kali Linux 2.0 Screen Permanently Inverted Upon Startup 




2017-07-07 10:02

administrator   ~0006871

Duplicate of 0003793.

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2016-12-22 17:02 Buggy New Issue
2017-07-07 10:02 rhertzog Assigned To => rhertzog
2017-07-07 10:02 rhertzog Status new => closed
2017-07-07 10:02 rhertzog Resolution open => duplicate
2017-07-07 10:02 rhertzog Note Added: 0006871
2017-07-07 10:02 rhertzog Relationship added duplicate of 0003793
2021-05-31 13:37 rhertzog Category Tool Upgrade => Tool Upgrade Request