Google Chrome Failing

I use Google’s Chrome. Recently I’ve been gettin lots of “Oops Chrome Crashed” and “Unresponsive Page” errors. Also my browser seems to go into slow motion. It seems event my New Tab pages crash. So, whatsup?

Chrome Dying

A bit of Googling and I find others are having the same problem. there is a thread titled: I can’t kill a chrome process that has become unresponsive. Then I realize this problem started in 2009.

For most this is a problem that occurred when using Windows 64-bit. I’m using Vista 32-bit. Both Vista and Win7 users seem to encounter the problem. The problem runs from 2009 to late 2011. I’m having it now, so I suppose I could say it runs to now.

The original fix is to reboot the computer. Initially it was not possible to kill the Google Chrome process. Now the Task Manager or System Explorer can kill the process. Close Chrome and use System Explorer to find and close the broken Chrome process. You can recognize it because it shows as Google Chrome running even after you closed the browser.

It is unclear whether Flash is involved or not. My Flash recently updated and after that I started to have  problems with Chrome. I seem to have more problems after being in Facebook and Backyard Monsters.

You can go through and disable all your plugins. Type in chrome://plugins/. You’ll get a list of plug-ins. You can disable them. With all of them disabled Chrome is amazingly faster. It also works. You can enable your plug-ins one by one until you find the problem plug-in.

Of course nVidia is known to be having some problems now too. So, some combination of things may be causing the problem. I understand there is a new nVidia driver out (296.10).

Chromium is the development version of Chrome. I have version 19.0.1042.0 and it seems to work fine.

I’ll update this as I learn more.

Update: I am using the new nVidia driver. No problems. SL runs OK. I haven’t done extensive testing, but it seems to be working the 3.3.1 Dev Viewer and Dolphin 3 and Firestorm. I have yet to try other viewers with it. I suspect they are OK with it.

There is some news that people are having problems with this driver in Battlefield 3.


2 thoughts on “Google Chrome Failing

  1. I’d be interested to hear your experience with the new nVidia driver if and when you try it. I’m too nervous to install it yet, so I’m now two versions out of date (560Ti card).

  2. Thanks for the update. I’ve now installed the new driver and it’s fine so far here with Firestorm and Dolphin 3. Also Skyrim.

    It did fail to install the first time round, with a near-useless generic error message, and left me with an 800×600 screen and no taskbar or Start menu (Win7), but a cold reboot and a second run of the installer fixed that.

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