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Currently running Fedora, but my issue is not exclusively pointed to this distribution!

enter image description here I have been experiencing this issue of my screen colors inverting/distorting from time to time. And this bug is not exclusive to a single Linux distro, as I have experienced this in other distros (in some more and in some less often).

If I snap a screenshot it will not capture the inverted/distorted colors, rather they appear normal (once dealt with an issue through a temporary "solution", which was:

  1. To lock the screen, and wait till screen turns off

  2. Suspend

  3. Close my laptop lid (This however works only with KDE Desktop, not in Gnome Or Cinnamon)

  4. Restart / Shutdown

I believe it is not a hardware issue, because after experiencing this bug I went back to Windows and did not experience anything of the sort.

My laptop model is HP Elitebook 840 G1 without any discrete/dedicated GPU in my model; verified in BIOS/UEFI.


sudo inxi --verbosity 8 --filter output:

System:
  Kernel: 5.15.6-200.fc35.x86_64 x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc
  v: 2.37-10.fc35
  parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=(hd0,msdos1)/vmlinuz-5.15.6-200.fc35.x86_64
  root=UUID=e88fc516-1afa-4467-af98-bd1837c33b05 ro rootflags=subvol=root
  rhgb quiet
  Console: pty pts/0 wm: gnome-shell DM: GDM 41.0
  Distro: Fedora release 35 (Thirty Five)
Machine:
  Type: Laptop System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP EliteBook 840 G1
  v: A3009DD10203 serial: <filter> Chassis: type: 10 serial: <filter>
  Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 198F v: KBC Version 15.59 serial: <filter>
  BIOS: Hewlett-Packard v: L71 Ver. 01.49 date: 02/24/2020
Battery:
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 26.5 Wh (89.2%) condition: 29.7/29.7 Wh (100.0%)
  volts: 12.5 min: 11.1 model: Hewlett-Packard Primary type: Li-ion
  serial: <filter> status: Charging
Memory:
  RAM: total: 7.19 GiB used: 2.21 GiB (30.7%)
  Array-1: capacity: 16 GiB slots: 2 EC: None max-module-size: 8 GiB
  note: est.
  Device-1: Bottom-Slot 1(left) size: 4 GiB speed: 1600 MT/s type: DDR3
  detail: synchronous bus-width: 64 bits total: 64 bits
  manufacturer: Hynix/Hyundai part-no: HMT351S6EFR8A-PB serial: <filter>
  Device-2: Bottom-Slot 2(right) size: 4 GiB speed: 1600 MT/s type: DDR3
  detail: synchronous bus-width: 64 bits total: 64 bits
  manufacturer: Samsung part-no: M471B5173DB0-YK0 serial: <filter>
PCI Slots:
  Slot: 1 type: 32-bit PCI PCI SLOT1 status: Available length: Long
CPU:
  Info: Dual Core model: Intel Core i5-4300U socket: BGA1168 (U3E1)
  note: check bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Haswell family: 6
  model-id: 45 (69) stepping: 1 microcode: 26 cache: L1: 128 KiB
  L2: 512 KiB L3: 3 MiB bogomips: 19953
  Speed: 973 MHz min/max: 800/2900 MHz base/boost: 1900/2500 volts: 0.8 V
  ext-clock: 100 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 973 2: 1781 3: 2046 4: 1387
  Flags: abm acpi aes aperfmperf apic arat arch_perfmon avx avx2 bmi1
  bmi2 bts clflush cmov constant_tsc cpuid cpuid_fault cx16 cx8 de ds_cpl
  dtes64 dtherm dts epb ept ept_ad erms est f16c flexpriority flush_l1d
  fma fpu fsgsbase fxsr ht ibpb ibrs ida invpcid invpcid_single lahf_lm
  lm mca mce md_clear mmx monitor movbe msr mtrr nonstop_tsc nopl nx pae
  pat pbe pcid pclmulqdq pdcm pdpe1gb pebs pge pln pni popcnt pse pse36
  pti pts rdrand rdtscp rep_good sdbg sep smep smx ss ssbd sse sse2
  sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 stibp syscall tm tm2 tpr_shadow tsc tsc_adjust
  tsc_deadline_timer vme vmx vnmi vpid x2apic xsave xsaveopt xtopology
  xtpr
  Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
  Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes,
  SMT vulnerable
  Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
  Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
  Type: spec_store_bypass
  mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp
  Type: spectre_v1
  mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, IBPB: conditional,
  IBRS_FW, STIBP: conditional, RSB filling
  Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Graphics:
  Device-1: Intel Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics vendor: Hewlett-Packard
  driver: i915 v: kernel bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:0a16
  class-ID: 0300
  Device-2: Cheng Uei Precision Industry (Foxlink) HP HD Webcam type: USB
  driver: uvcvideo bus-ID: 2-7:3 chip-ID: 05c8:0369 class-ID: 0e02
  Display: server: X.Org 1.21.1.3 compositor: gnome-shell driver:
  loaded: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa display-ID: :0 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1366x768 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 361x203mm (14.2x8.0")
  s-diag: 414mm (16.3")
  Monitor-1: XWAYLAND0 res: 1366x768 hz: 60 dpi: 112
  size: 310x170mm (12.2x6.7") diag: 354mm (13.9")
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel HD Graphics 4400 (HSW GT2)
  v: 4.6 Mesa 21.2.5 compat-v: 3.1 direct render: Yes
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel Haswell-ULT HD Audio vendor: Hewlett-Packard
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:03.0 chip-ID: 8086:0a0c
  class-ID: 0403
  Device-2: Intel 8 Series HD Audio vendor: Hewlett-Packard
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:9c20
  class-ID: 0403
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.15.6-200.fc35.x86_64 running: yes
  Sound Server-2: PipeWire v: 0.3.40 running: yes
Network:
  Device-1: Intel Ethernet I218-LM vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: e1000e
  v: kernel port: 3080 bus-ID: 00:19.0 chip-ID: 8086:155a class-ID: 0200
  IF: enp0s25 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Intel Wireless 7260 driver: iwlwifi v: kernel bus-ID: 02:00.0
  chip-ID: 8086:08b1 class-ID: 0280
  IF: wlo1 state: up mac: <filter>
  IP v4: <filter> type: dynamic noprefixroute scope: global
  broadcast: <filter>
  IP v6: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: link
  WAN IP: <filter>
Bluetooth:
  Device-1: Intel Bluetooth wireless interface type: USB driver: btusb
  v: 0.8 bus-ID: 2-3.2:4 chip-ID: 8087:07dc class-ID: e001
  Report: rfkill ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: down
  bt-service: enabled,running rfk-block: hardware: no software: yes
  address: see --recommends
Logical:
  Message: No logical block device data found.
RAID:
  Message: No RAID data found.
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 465.76 GiB used: 60.77 GiB (13.0%)
  SMART Message: Required tool smartctl not installed. Check --recommends
  ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: HGST (Hitachi)
  model: HTS725050A7E630 size: 465.76 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B
  logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: HDD rpm: 7200 serial: <filter>
  rev: B550 temp: 32 C scheme: MBR
  Message: No optical or floppy data found.
Partition:
  ID-1: / raw-size: 464.76 GiB size: 464.76 GiB (100.00%)
  used: 60.51 GiB (13.0%) fs: btrfs block-size: 4096 B dev: /dev/sda2
  maj-min: 8:2 label: fedora_localhost-live
  uuid: e88fc516-1afa-4467-af98-bd1837c33b05
  ID-2: /boot raw-size: 1024 MiB size: 973.4 MiB (95.06%)
  used: 268.6 MiB (27.6%) fs: ext4 block-size: 4096 B dev: /dev/sda1
  maj-min: 8:1 label: N/A uuid: cc92cd2f-d0e1-432d-8947-5451608067c9
  ID-3: /home raw-size: 464.76 GiB size: 464.76 GiB (100.00%)
  used: 60.51 GiB (13.0%) fs: btrfs block-size: 4096 B dev: /dev/sda2
  maj-min: 8:2 label: fedora_localhost-live
  uuid: e88fc516-1afa-4467-af98-bd1837c33b05
Swap:
  Kernel: swappiness: 60 (default) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
  ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 7.19 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: 100
  dev: /dev/zram0
Unmounted:
  Message: No unmounted partitions found.
USB:
  Hub-1: 1-0:1 info: Full speed or root hub ports: 3 rev: 2.0
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900
  Hub-2: 1-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 8 rev: 2.0
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 8087:8000 class-ID: 0900
  Hub-3: 2-0:1 info: Hi-speed hub with single TT ports: 9 rev: 2.0
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900
  Hub-4: 2-3:2 info: Microchip (formerly SMSC) Hub ports: 4 rev: 2.1
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 0424:2134 class-ID: 0900
  Device-1: 2-3.2:4 info: Intel Bluetooth wireless interface
  type: Bluetooth driver: btusb interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s
  power: 100mA chip-ID: 8087:07dc class-ID: e001
  Device-2: 2-7:3
  info: Cheng Uei Precision Industry (Foxlink) HP HD Webcam type: Video
  driver: uvcvideo interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s power: 500mA
  chip-ID: 05c8:0369 class-ID: 0e02
  Hub-5: 3-0:1 info: Super-speed hub ports: 4 rev: 3.0 speed: 5 Gb/s
  chip-ID: 1d6b:0003 class-ID: 0900
  Hub-6: 3-3:2 info: Microchip (formerly SMSC) Hub ports: 4 rev: 3.0
  speed: 5 Gb/s chip-ID: 0424:5534 class-ID: 0900
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 38.0 C mobo: 0.0 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Repos:
  Packages: note: see --pkg flatpak: 8
  No active dnf repos in: /etc/dnf/dnf.conf
  Active yum repos in: /etc/yum.repos.d/_copr_phracek-PyCharm.repo
  1: phracek-PyCharm ~ https://copr-be.cloud.fedoraproject.org/results/phracek/PyCharm/fedora-$releasever-$basearch/
  Active yum repos in: /etc/yum.repos.d/brave-browser-rpm-release.s3.brave.com_x86_64_.repo
  1: brave-browser-rpm-release.s3.brave.com_x86_64_ ~ https://brave-browser-rpm-release.s3.brave.com/x86_64/
  Active yum repos in: /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-cisco-openh264.repo
  1: fedora-cisco-openh264 ~ https://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/metalink?repo=fedora-cisco-openh264-$releasever&arch=$basearch
  Active yum repos in: /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-modular.repo
  1: fedora-modular ~ https://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/metalink?repo=fedora-modular-$releasever&arch=$basearch
  Active yum repos in: /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-updates-modular.repo
  1: updates-modular ~ https://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/metalink?repo=updates-released-modular-f$releasever&arch=$basearch
  No active yum repos in: /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-updates-testing-modular.repo
  No active yum repos in: /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-updates-testing.repo
  Active yum repos in: /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-updates.repo
  1: updates ~ https://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/metalink?repo=updates-released-f$releasever&arch=$basearch
  Active yum repos in: /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora.repo
  1: fedora ~ https://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/metalink?repo=fedora-$releasever&arch=$basearch
  Active yum repos in: /etc/yum.repos.d/google-chrome.repo
  1: google-chrome ~ http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/x86_64
  Active yum repos in: /etc/yum.repos.d/megasync.repo
  1: MEGAsync ~ https://mega.nz/linux/MEGAsync/Fedora_$releasever/
  No active yum repos in: /etc/yum.repos.d/rpmfusion-free-updates-testing.repo
  Active yum repos in: /etc/yum.repos.d/rpmfusion-free-updates.repo
  1: rpmfusion-free-updates ~ https://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/metalink?repo=free-fedora-updates-released-$releasever&arch=$basearch
  Active yum repos in: /etc/yum.repos.d/rpmfusion-free.repo
  1: rpmfusion-free ~ https://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/metalink?repo=free-fedora-$releasever&arch=$basearch
  Active yum repos in: /etc/yum.repos.d/rpmfusion-nonfree-nvidia-driver.repo
  1: rpmfusion-nonfree-nvidia-driver ~ https://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/metalink?repo=nonfree-fedora-nvidia-driver-$releasever&arch=$basearch
  Active yum repos in: /etc/yum.repos.d/rpmfusion-nonfree-steam.repo
  1: rpmfusion-nonfree-steam ~ https://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/metalink?repo=nonfree-fedora-steam-$releasever&arch=$basearch
  No active yum repos in: /etc/yum.repos.d/rpmfusion-nonfree-updates-testing.repo
  Active yum repos in: /etc/yum.repos.d/rpmfusion-nonfree-updates.repo
  1: rpmfusion-nonfree-updates ~ https://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/metalink?repo=nonfree-fedora-updates-released-$releasever&arch=$basearch
  Active yum repos in: /etc/yum.repos.d/rpmfusion-nonfree.repo
  1: rpmfusion-nonfree ~ https://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/metalink?repo=nonfree-fedora-$releasever&arch=$basearch
  Active yum repos in: /etc/yum.repos.d/vscode.repo
  1: code ~ https://packages.microsoft.com/yumrepos/vscode
Processes:
  CPU top: 5 of 260
  1: cpu: 7.4% command: brave pid: 2597 mem: 123.7 MiB (1.6%)
  2: cpu: 5.3% command: brave pid: 2677 mem: 196.4 MiB (2.6%)
  3: cpu: 3.9% command: gnome-shell pid: 1621 mem: 257.4 MiB (3.4%)
  4: cpu: 3.8% command: brave pid: 2500 mem: 305.2 MiB (4.1%)
  5: cpu: 2.0% command: sudo pid: 4836 mem: 9.61 MiB (0.1%)
  Memory top: 5 of 260
  1: mem: 305.2 MiB (4.1%) command: brave pid: 2500 cpu: 3.8%
  2: mem: 291.4 MiB (3.9%) command: packagekitd pid: 1106 cpu: 0.8%
  3: mem: 257.4 MiB (3.4%) command: gnome-shell pid: 1621 cpu: 3.9%
  4: mem: 196.4 MiB (2.6%) command: brave pid: 2677 cpu: 5.3%
  5: mem: 193.5 MiB (2.6%) command: gnome-software pid: 1966 cpu: 0.4%
Info:
  Processes: 260 Uptime: 25m wakeups: 1 Init: systemd v: 249 runlevel: 5
  target: graphical.target tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 11.2.1
  Shell: Bash (sudo) v: 5.1.8 running-in: gnome-terminal inxi: 3.3.09

Notes:

  1. Not having any external or other internal disk drives (for testing purposes).

  2. My Reddit post with my video describing my problem.

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Original attempt to answer

If I snap a screenshot it will not capture the inverted/distorted colors, rather they appear normal

This inclines my thinking of recommendation to check your monitor cables and monitor exchange (if we are talking external display) or if laptop integrated display, have it repaired in a shop.

Unfortunately for you, neither of these suggestions is cost-free.


Edits section, (anyone can contribute)

You have a CPU with integrated GPU, formerly Haswell family (Intel® Core™ i5-4300U), and you should have also some dedicated GPU, at

GPU #1 snippets:

Device-1: Intel Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics vendor: Hewlett-Packard
...
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel HD Graphics 4400 (HSW GT2)
...

So, the integrated GPU is Intel HD Graphics 4400 which agrees with your laptop specs. But, in the same laptop specs I saw also a dedicated GPU (AMD Radeon HD 8750M) - the OP entered his/her BIOS/UEFI to re-check, but it is not showing there and the OP said this particular model of this laptop did not come with discrete GPU.

Recommendation

Please try out the live USB below, download, optionally verify ISO, and push it to some blank USB.

Please read the release notes before you try the Linux Mint 20.2 Cinnamon.

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