I have just installed Ubuntu 17.10 under VirtualBox on a MacbookPro OS 10.13.1. The screen blinks at random intervals. I repeated the installation twice, with a new .iso, and both failed the same way. Although 17.10 does several things better than 16.04.3, 16.04 does not blink. Is this a known bug in 17.10? Does anybody know how to fix it? Should I try 17.04?

  • I never experienced issues with any Ubuntu version as host and guest regarding blinking the last years. Maybe a VirtualBox bug on MacOSX. What version of VirtualBox are you using? Why can't you stick with 16.04? – Karl Richter Nov 24 '17 at 22:31
  • I too am seeing this blinking issue. Have turned off 3D acceleration and have 16GB set for display memory. My VM is not running full screen and there is plenty of memory available on the physical machine. – Dashdrum Nov 26 '17 at 14:32
  • Since I posted this, I installed Ubuntu 17.04 and there is absolutely no blinking. – Robin Verdier Nov 27 '17 at 19:47
  • Consider accepting the answer - as it is a simple straight forward solution ( I am running High Sierra 10.13.3 ... and with the last 17.10 and virtual box 5.28 ... still blinks ... until switching on xorg ) – GhostCat Mar 15 at 20:16

I had this problem too with Ubuntu 17.10 on Mac OS High Sierra.

The solution listed here https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=85110 is to switch to XOrg mode, instead of Wayland.

  • Worked in November 2017, and still helps/works with latest greatest mac os and virtual box 5.28 and 17.10 in March 2018. Thanks for the simple, straight forward solution to a very annoying problem! – GhostCat Mar 15 at 20:16

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