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  • Getting this as well from today - will do it whenever I perform most actions (new tab, load page, click link etc.) Also failed to load Twitch for a bit, but now it can again - no idea what's going on.

  • Same problem. Makes and completely unusable. has this problem too but it's less intense.

    Problem seems to be connected to loading new data, and while it happens opera's task manager goes insane with tasks flickering all over the place. Flickering stops when everything is loaded, but comes back when new information needs to be loaded i.e. new map region or new song.

    Bug only appeared in newest version. Never had this problem before.

    Edit: hardware acceleration was off. enabling it fixed the problem

  • Attempted to check hardware acceleration, but after a complete clean uninstall and reinstall from an offline package, Opera won't even start.

    A blank window is loaded before the process stalls at around ~30-50mb memory usage, along with the original flickering cursor problem.

  • Same thing here. Kind of annoying , but, seemingly, not serious.

  • Hi,

    I am also getting this issue. It definitely has to do with loading new info. Aside from Soundcloud I am also getting the issue on and (this is escpecially apparent on the ordering menu. Clicking another topping completely freezes the browser for me). I've tried the same stuff on Waterfox and am not getting these issues.

    Another thing I noticed was that when it's flickering like this it is impossible to close the tab. In some extreme cases when I had 4 or 5 tabs of Soundcloud open it froze the entire browser and stopped the music playing.

  • Had this problem, but turned Hardware Acceleration ON, it went away

  • Is there any way to turn hardware acceleration on outside of the browser window? I currently can't launch Opera at all, or at least get past the resulting white screen when I try.

  • Is there any way to turn hardware acceleration on outside of the browser window?

    Did you disable it before? It should be enabled by default.

    I guess there is a command line but I don't remember it now. Try searching for Chromium command lines.

  • leo, on my Opera, HA was turned off even after the last update. I have since turned it on.

    What I find troubling about HA is the fact that someone reports a problem and the experts say turn ON/OFF HA.

    I really wish Opera would get their act together on this issue.

  • Im getting the same thing on google maps UK with both HA on and off.

    Just come back to Opera after years. I gave it up because it was so hopelessly buggy. Looks like its still in that awful state.

  • What I find troubling about HA is the fact that someone reports a problem and the experts say turn ON/OFF HA.

    Disabling hardware acceleration is/should be just a workaround and not the final solution.

    I really wish Opera would get their act together on this issue.

    I guess that most probably Chromium would need to do it.

  • I'm almost certain I left HA enabled prior to the latest update.

    Clearly if this is a bug, it's not exclusive to me either, given the other instances brought up in this thread.

    For lack of any recent updates or accessible workarounds, I've gone over to Firefox for time being.

  • I had this too. Enabling HA seems fix it. But this is kind of bad, i have for now super bad gpu, and watching any video stream in high quality is slowing it down hard, just cpu is much faster and i can watch on it without any problem. Could be good to fix it.

  • Same thing for me after the latest update, and as described above, turning hardware acceleration back ON made it go away. Bit wary of what is actually going on in the background though, for this to just start outta nowhere.

  • I am having this issue as well. I have HA turned on. It is especially bad when I try to use Zillow to look for a house or apartment. Normally the house page will load over Google Maps and to show pictures, etc. However, in it's present state, the page will never stop loading, I get a blue circle that keeps spinning. the loading indicator on the tab continues to spin and it basically freezes the browser. It takes numerous clicks to close the tab. None of this happens in Edge or Firefox. Opera has been my browser of choice for the last year of so due to its speed. But this is very annoying. Hopefully, this can get corrected soon.

  • Hardware Acceleration = ON

    • Dropped frames and stuttering on YouTube
    • Randomly can't move the window and switch tabs using a Wacom tablet. (Windows 10 only - Windows 7 and 8.1 are OK)

    Hardware Acceleration = OFF

    • YouTube is OK.
    • Wacom driver is OK.
    • This problem appears - Flickering / Flashing pointer

    So, I either can't use my Wacom tablet, or I'm getting this Flickering / Flashing pointer.

    Currently I'm testing Vivaldi. But it doesn't have portable version by default (which I really need), and turning Hardware Acceleration OFF is only via command line when starting.

  • In my case it appears to be any extension related to blocking ads. After disabling all of them, there is no more flickering of the mouse pointer / cursor.

    Tested the following:

    • AdBlock
    • AdBlocker Ultimate
    • Adguard AdBlocker
    • Ghostery
  • This is not adblocking issue... Disabling AdBlock didn't change anything...

  • Hi opera-or-vivaldi,

    I don't think it has much to do with adblocking. The only extension I had blocking stuff was uMatrix and even after I removed it the cursor still flickered. Google Maps is downright unsuable. I have no extensions enabled right now and the flickering is still occuring.

  • This is major bug... look at the number of threads about this issue...