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Windows 10 2004 (May 2020 update) causes guest video flickers

Workstation Player version 15.5.6, build 16341506

Host OS: Windows 10 Pro, 1909

Guest OS: Windows 10 Pro, 1909

The guest VM was upgraded from 1909 to 2004 via Windows Update.

After the update, the guest video is erratic.

Programs like Chrome or Edge seem to work fine.

But if I access something that is part of the OS like the start menu, it pops up with a transparent background.  And then, the video rapidly flickers between the start menu and the underlying window (i.e. Chrome).  This also happens with any system window like Control Panel.

I tried uninstalling and reinstalling VMware tools in the guest OS.  No change.

Any ideas?

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I had the exactly the same problem.

Shutdown the VM and then edit the .vmx file (using Notepad or similar)

Change the enable 3d to false:

     mks.enable3d = "FALSE"

Restart the VM.

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!! This is vmware 16 only issue !!

That will not work. 

Added the entry in the .vmx file, checked the settings into the machine, 3D is off, and the problem persists.

Windows Server 2016/2019 VM has the same issue.

See attachment.

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Coming back on this issue: i have updated the video card's drivers from 20.0.9 to 20.0.11 on AMD.

The issue seems to have gone away for a bit, but returned.

 

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Hi bunnies,

What version of virtual hardware does the VM have?

eg. in the .vmx file, what is on the line:

virtualHW.version = "18"

is the virtualHW.version set to 18 as well?

That's what it should be with Workstation/Player 16 in order to work as expected.

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Hi Wil, 

the line states: virtualHW.version = "18"

I thought initially that it was an outdated graphics card driver that was causing the issue. Updated and it seems to be stable, but after a few minutes it went back in flickering and the log on screen appeared again, sometimes black and i can't see what is going on.

From my perspective right now, only Ubuntu seems to work, no Windows version (server or otherwise) though.

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I have the exact same issue. Bunnies have you been able to resolve this issue?

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I'm afraid i did not. I did not investigate further.

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