Since I downloaded docker on my computer I get this strange behavior from chrome when I use it in another workspace. It's not updating the screen properly somehow and it's hard to explain so look it in the gif here. I have google-chrome-stable (86.0.4240.75-1) firefox seems fine. My ubuntu is 16.04. Also it's only if it's fullscreen.

UPDATE: updating my Ubuntu to 18.04 solved the problem. You can also downgrade your version of chrome to a working one as suggested bellow in the answers

  • I have a similar issue. Waiting for an update..... Oct 12, 2020 at 15:57
  • This new version of chrome is super buggy. I'm wondering if it is buggy on other Ubuntu distros Oct 12, 2020 at 16:09
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    So it's not only me. I am glad to hear that. I also found out now that it makes colorful stripes appear on youtube videos. Hope they fix it
    – Zeor137
    Oct 12, 2020 at 17:48

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Yeah. This is bad. It's basically unusable after update to 86.0.4240.75-1 . Here's what mine looks like. Note that there are only two Chrome windows open-- the one in the bottom right is a visual artifact, as is the portion of my desktop surrounding it-- those are actually being displayed as the contents of the second Chrome windows, which you can see the border of in the middle. Unfortunately, I don't have time to wait for an update. I need it to work today, so I can fix other people's issues. Lovely.


Only way I know to triage until they fix it in a future update is to uninstall and install an older version.

I need it to work now, like right now, so downloaded closest stable version I could find, closed Chrome and uninstalled buggy version using Synaptic; closed Synaptic, and installed older version (84.xxx).

This worked to squash the bug, at risk of recently known security exploits. Yay! Hopefully they'll have a patch soon.

Oh, yeah-- this is where I got the old version: https://www.slimjet.com/chrome/google-chrome-old-version.php

Specifically, this one: https://www.slimjet.com/chrome/download-chrome.php?file=files%2F84.0.4147.135%2FChromeStandaloneSetup.exe

And this is where I found the reference to SlimJim: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/11408325/download-older-versions-of-google-chrome-for-linux

  • Yes, this I have the same. Still no update however, and I can't even submit a bug report to chrome because it freezes while trying to open the bug report window ha! Oct 13, 2020 at 18:09
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    Actually, turning off hardware acceleration and rebooting chrome seems to work. Oct 15, 2020 at 0:23
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    Thank you, this worked. The problem was especially serious when using Google Drive. Oct 16, 2020 at 8:52
  • They didn't fix it in this last update. I figured it works almost fine without being fullscreen so I guess I can wait.
    – Zeor137
    Oct 28, 2020 at 21:51

I had a similar issue. For now I have gotten around it by disabling hardware acceleration. Hopefully the bug is fixed soon.

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    As for 87.0.4280.66 version, the bug still happens, and this solution fixes it.
    – revliscano
    Nov 22, 2020 at 2:28

I also see this. When Chrome goes to fullscreen it either flickers or stops rendering new content. Things are fine only by exiting fullscreen. As a result fullscreen is basically not usable.

This seems to be an interaction between Chrome and 16.04, because I tried Chrome Dev (newer Chrome) and it still had the issue, and I just upgraded my machine from 16.04 to 18.04 and normal Chrome (same version that showed the issue on 16.04) works fine.

  • Interesting... if I user@onyx ~ $ cat /etc/issue, I'm on Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia . My problem was not just in full-screen though, but maximized and "restored" windows as well, and if I minimized got even worse. Worked okay, mostly, with only 1 window open, till I did the retrograde and been fine since. I am sure they will have another update soon though, so not too worried about it. Maybe they only tested on **.4 version?
    – jdmayfield
    Oct 16, 2020 at 23:58

Turning off hardware acceleration fixes this for me. Ubuntu 16.04. Problem was only in full screen/maximized and I would get a normal screen refresh if my mouse passed over the title bar. If you moved it quickly back and forth over the title bar, even video could look somewhat normal.

Hopefully a fix comes soon... totally hijacked my workflow.

  • Wokrs fine with hardware acceleration since version 89.0.4389.82 Mar 16, 2021 at 14:23

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