Ubuntu Host Visual Studio Outlining Issue

I've run into somewhat of an annoying issue where the Code Outlining function in Visual Studio does not respond properly to mouse position/clicks when using VMWare Workstation Pro 16.2.2 on an Ubuntu 18.04 Host.

The image below shows the mouse cursor over the expand/collapse icon. Normally clicking on this icon toggles the expand/collapse of the code; however, on an Ubuntu 18.04 Host running Workstation 16.2.2 this Windows 10 Guest VM needs to move the mouse about a 1/4 inch to the right (off the icon, approximately where the letter 'd' is in the image) for the expand collapse to take effect - very frustrating.  Its as if VS2019 is having trouble measuring where the mouse is positioned.


I've tested the following permutations;

Ubuntu 18.04 / 15.5.7 / No Problem
Ubuntu 18.04 / 16.2.2 / Problem
Windows 10 / 15.5.7 / No Problem
Windows 10 / 16.2.2 / No Problem

So the problem seems to be specific to Ubuntu as the Host OS when running 16.2.2.

I've also tested both Visual Studio 2019 and 2022 - both yielded the identical results.

Since my main development system uses Ubuntu 18.04 as the host my temporary solution has been to roll back to using Workstation 15.5.7 - however it would be nice to get this fixed/patched as I have 3D modelling VM's that need to use the new OpenGL functionality available in version 16.x.

When running 16.2.2, I also tried changing the hardware compatibility level but the problem is the same whether its 15.x or 16.x.

Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions welcomed.


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Same annoying problem here on Debian 11 with all VMWare Workstation versions > 16.1.2.

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Ok this is getting to be a larger problem.

I need to upgrade to Ubuntu 22.04 however 22.04 use Kernal 5.8 which VMWare Workstation 15 can not run on.

So VMWare Workstation 16 can run on Kernal 5.8 (Ubuntu 22.04 - with some quirky certificate signing hacks for vmmon) however all versions of VMWare Workstation 16 break the mouse input for VM's running Windows 10 / Visual Studio.

So I'm stuck running Ubuntu 18.04 with VMWare Version 15.

Help Please!