Icons and text are not sharp and screen flickering from time to time on Void Linux


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Oct 3, 2022
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I installed Void Linux on QEMU/KVM and I notice screen flickering from time to time. And also, icons and text are not sharp looking always.
Everytime screen refreshes things get back to normal for a second and then again same thing happens.

Host machine runs Artix Linux OpenRC on a Thinkpad T450.

I should mention that after installing hundreds of distros, this is the first time I ever experienced something like this, so I am wondering whether I messed up settings while installing void linux.

VM details:

$ inxi -r

  Active xbps repos in: /usr/share/xbps.d/00-repository-main.conf
    1: https://repo-default.voidlinux.org/current
  No active xbps repos in: /usr/share/xbps.d/void-virtualpkgs.conf
  No active xbps repos in: /usr/share/xbps.d/xbps-arch.conf
  No active xbps repos in: /usr/share/xbps.d/xbps.conf
[void@void ~]$ inxi -Fxxxrz
  Kernel: 5.19.10_1 arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.1
    Desktop: Xfce v: 4.16.1 tk: Gtk v: 3.24.34 info: xfce4-panel, cairo-dock
    wm: xfwm v: 4.16.1 vt: 7 dm: LXDM Distro: Void Linux
  Type: Kvm System: QEMU product: Standard PC (Q35 + ICH9, 2009)
    v: pc-q35-7.1 serial: <superuser required> Chassis: type: 1 v: pc-q35-7.1
    serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: N/A model: N/A serial: N/A BIOS: SeaBIOS v: Arch Linux 1.16.0-3-3
    date: 04/01/2014
  Info: 2x 1-core model: Intel Core i5-5300U bits: 64 type: SMP
    smt: <unsupported> arch: Broadwell level: v3 rev: 4 cache: L1: 2x 64 KiB
    (128 KiB) L2: 2x 4 MiB (8 MiB) L3: 2x 16 MiB (32 MiB)
  Speed (MHz): avg: 2295 min/max: N/A cores: 1: 2295 2: 2295 bogomips: 9178
  Flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
  Device-1: Red Hat QXL paravirtual graphic card driver: qxl v: kernel ports:
    active: Virtual-1 empty: Virtual-2,Virtual-3,Virtual-4 bus-ID: 00:01.0
    chip-ID: 1b36:0100 class-ID: 0300
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.4 compositor: xfwm v: 4.16.1 driver:
    X: loaded: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa gpu: qxl display-ID: :0.0
    screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1680x1050 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 445x278mm (17.52x10.94")
    s-diag: 525mm (20.66")
  Monitor-1: Virtual-1 res: 1680x1050 hz: 60 size: N/A modes: max: 1024x768
    min: 640x480
  OpenGL: renderer: llvmpipe (LLVM 12.0.1 256 bits) v: 4.5 Mesa 22.1.7
    direct render: Yes
  Device-1: Intel 82801I HD Audio vendor: Red Hat QEMU Virtual Machine
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:293e
    class-ID: 0403
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.19.10_1 running: yes
  Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: yes
  Device-1: Red Hat Virtio network driver: virtio-pci v: 1 pcie:
    speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: N/A bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 1af4:1041
    class-ID: 0200
  IF-ID-1: eth0 state: up speed: -1 duplex: unknown mac: <filter>
  Local Storage: total: 60 GiB used: 3.78 GiB (6.3%)
  ID-1: /dev/vda model: N/A size: 60 GiB speed: <unknown> type: N/A
    serial: N/A scheme: MBR
  ID-1: / size: 58.27 GiB used: 3.78 GiB (6.5%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/vda2
  Alert: No swap data was found.
  Missing: Required tool sensors not installed. Check --recommends
  Packages: pm: xbps pkgs: 615
  Active xbps repos in: /usr/share/xbps.d/00-repository-main.conf
    1: https://repo-default.voidlinux.org/current
  No active xbps repos in: /usr/share/xbps.d/void-virtualpkgs.conf
  No active xbps repos in: /usr/share/xbps.d/xbps-arch.conf
  No active xbps repos in: /usr/share/xbps.d/xbps.conf
  Processes: 175 Uptime: 1h 16m wakeups: 8210 Memory: 1.93 GiB used: 1.36 GiB
  (70.1%) Init: runit v: N/A Compilers: gcc: N/A Shell: Bash v: 5.1.16
  running-in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.3.21

Any help is very much appreciated. Thanks

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