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0005820Kali Linux[All Projects] General Bugpublic2020-12-01 10:41
Reportert0x1c17y Assigned To 
Status closedResolutionopen 
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Summary0005820: Menu Screen flickering on 2019.4 VMWare Workstation Pro
DescriptionEvery version of 2019.4 I have tried on VMWare Workstation Professional seems to have the same flickering issue. The menu panel and terminal screen flicker whenever I move the mouse around the screen. I've done this on a 2019.2 that I've upgraded to .4 as well as a freshly downloaded 2019.4 VM with the same results.

I'm not sure which logs you would need, please let me know and I will happily attach the output.



2019-11-27 22:52

reporter   ~0011404

Can easily be recreated, on both VBox and VMware. Disabling 3D acceleration in the settings for the VM stops this issue however. Must be some sort of issue caused by 3D acceleration.

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2019-11-28 01:09

reporter   ~0011407

Changing the xfwm (compositor) vblank method to 'xpresent' or 'off' resolved this for me under VMware Workstation 15.5 with 3D acceleration enabled.

Restart xfwm with vblank set to 'xpresent':
$ xfwm4 --replace --vblank=xpresent &

Restart xfwm with vblank set to 'off':
$ xfwm4 --replace --vblank=off &

Permanently set the vblank method:
$ xfconf-query -c xfwm4 -p /general/vblank_mode -s xpresent

Documentation on xfwm vblank:


2020-12-01 10:41

administrator   ~0013830

This report has been filed against an old version of Kali. We will be closing this ticket due to inactivity.
Please could you see if you are able to replicate this issue with the latest version of Kali Linux (
If you are still facing the same problem, feel free to re-open the ticket. If you choose to do this, could you provide more information to the issue you are facing, and also give information about your setup?
For more information, please read:

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2019-11-26 23:00 t0x1c17y New Issue
2019-11-27 22:52 Himblez File Added: ss6054.PNG
2019-11-27 22:52 Himblez Note Added: 0011404
2019-11-28 01:09 iesplin Note Added: 0011407
2020-12-01 10:41 g0tmi1k Note Added: 0013830
2020-12-01 10:41 g0tmi1k Status new => closed