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Unwanted transparency in some menu/title bars...

Post by ght_web » Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:44 am

Hello, I'm using Cinnamon on a Ubuntu guest and experiencing some unwanted transparency issues in the menu/title bars. Note that the issue does not appear when using Unity or gnome. Here are some details:

Host: VMWARE Worktstation
Cinnamon 2.8.6 (note: also tried latest version of Cinnamon)
Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS
Theme: Cinnamon with Ambiance Borders, Humanity Icons, Ambiance Controls, Adwaita Pointer.

Problem Description:
- Most Application titlebars have some degree of transparency.
- Sometimes fonts in overlapping windows apprear jagged and rough
Please see attached image...Note that the terminal window does not posses the problem where as the nemo window does - but it's not limited to nemo....
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Re: Unwanted transparency in some menu/title bars...

Post by austin.texas » Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:02 pm

Are you using the original Ambiance or an updated version? The original has not been updated for a couple of years, and you can expect problems with that.
Mint 18.2 Cinnamon, Quad core AMD A8-3870 with Radeon HD Graphics 6550D, 8GB DDR3, Ralink RT2561/RT61 802.11g PCI
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Re: Unwanted transparency in some menu/title bars...

Post by sysrage » Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:39 am

I suspect this has something to do with VMware Workstation. I just installed Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.1 in VMware Workstation. With the default install, I am encountering these incorrectly transparent windows. It's more than just the menu/title bar, too. Some windows are partially transparent in the middle of the window.

Please post if you find a solution. I'd like to stick with Cinnamon, but it's not very user friendly at the moment.

EDIT: I just found the following, which indicates the issue is resolved with VMware Workstation 12. I only have version 10, so I can't confirm.


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Re: Unwanted transparency in some menu/title bars...

Post by byggwir » Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:46 pm

I can confirm this. I had Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.1 on a VMware Workstation Player with the problem.
Manually setting virtualHW.version="12" in the *.vmx solved it for me. Player was version 12 but the vmx had the line with version 11.

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Re: Unwanted transparency in some menu/title bars...

Post by kuzja » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:05 am

I am afraid the above does not fully solve the problem.

I experience the same behaviour as described by ght_web, with the following configuration:
VMware Workstation Player 12.5.7
Host: Linux Mint 17.1 (64 bit), Cinnamon 2.4.8
Guest: Linux Mint 18.2 (64 bit), Cinnamon 3.4.3
VMware Tools 10.1.6 successfully installed
*.vmx file for the Guest contains virtualHW.version = "12" (no need to edit, was already there)

For now, the only way I found to remove the problem is to run Guest without HW acceleration. But it is of course not the desirable solution...
Any ideas welcome.

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Re: Unwanted transparency in some menu/title bars...

Post by dozham » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:17 am

Facing the same issue over here. Running on Software Rendering mode solves the issue but the GUI becomes a bit laggy.

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in .vmx file didn't help neither.
Guest: Linux Mint 18.2 64bit
VMWare 11.0.0 build-2305329

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