This is what I see in some places on my Ubuntu 22.04 with Wayland and GNOME in a VirtualBox VM:

VS Code with weird characters

It's particularly bad in VS Code: the dialog window (which is supposed to be about settings sync) and the main window's title bar are totally garbled.

What causes this? And how to fix it?

EDIT: It's not just a problem with VS Code. This window's title should (probably) say "Report a problem…". There are two of them, both garbled (after waking the host system up from sleep; it's another problem, happens often, and no details are given, just a suggestion to report the problem, which one of the buttons does). There was a third one, not garbled. And windows like this ("Report a problem…") used to not be garbled, this is the first time. system window

EDIT: I'll paste the other one as well. It's slightly different. Has something in the title bar. system window with some title

  • Maybe it's Arabic?
    – ByteEater
    Commented Feb 21, 2023 at 13:02
  • The problem doesn't occur when I switch to X.Org. So I'm retagging to #wayland.
    – ByteEater
    Commented Feb 21, 2023 at 13:38
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    Thanks for reporting it. That's the only way problems like this will get fixed.
    – karel
    Commented Feb 21, 2023 at 13:41

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I was able to fix this issue by unchecking "Enable 3d Acceleration" in my virtual machines settings.

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  • I can't confirm or deny. The problem has since disappeared for me.
    – ByteEater
    Commented Apr 30, 2023 at 3:40

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