VMware Fusion 5.0.2, Office 2013 and Strange Flashes and Artifacts

I’m a happy VMware Fusion user except for sometimes.  As I said in my previous post.


There is a nasty bug that happens if you apply the latest OSX patches for my Macbook Retina.  The way to avoid the problem is to turn Graphics Acceleration off inside of VMware setup.  Turns out, after upgrading to the latest Microsoft Office 2013, there is another bug which causes the screen to make funny flashes while you are working.  I contacted VMware and they logged into my system and added the following two magic parameters to my vmx file for my windows 8 VM.  It seems to have solved the problem.

vmgl.GL_ARB_map_buffer_range = "FALSE"
vmgl.GL_APPLE_flush_buffer_range = "FALSE"

* the vmx file is located where you launch your vm from.  on my system, it is

/Users/macwinguy/Documents/Virtual Machines/win8rtm/Windows8x64R.vmwarevm

3 Responses to “VMware Fusion 5.0.2, Office 2013 and Strange Flashes and Artifacts”

  1. Paul Says:

    But how does one edit their vmx file, oh MacWinGuy?

  2. MacWinGuy Says:

    Hi Paul,
    I updated the post to show where that file exists on my system. substitute macwinguy for your personal directory.

  3. Gabriel Says:

    Thanks! I was stuck with that for 2 months lol

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