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    Google Chrome freezes Ubuntu

    I have been experiencing frequent, random freezes when using Google Chrome in Ubuntu 12.04. The entire desktop freezes, the mouse won't move, the audio loops, and Ctrl-Alt-F1 does nothing. I've googled the problem multiple times and checked this forum, but to no avail. I really like Chrome when it's not freezing on me, so if y'all could give me some pointers on how to fix it, I'd appreciate it!

    Here's my graphics controller, though I'm not confident it's a graphics problem:
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    lspci | grep VGA
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Ivy Bridge Graphics Controller (rev 09)
    I've been using Ubuntu less than a year, so I'm not proficient with the terminology yet.

    Thanks!
    Last edited by JSF1992; March 5th, 2013 at 07:33 PM. Reason: Clarified version of Ubuntu

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    Re: Google Chrome freezes Ubuntu

    Hello and Welcome

    You may want got to the menu > history and clear your cache and browsing history from the beginning of time to eliminate that possibility.
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    Re: Google Chrome freezes Ubuntu

    I cleared the cache, cookies, and browsing history. It was good for a while, but it's freezing again now.

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    Re: Google Chrome freezes Ubuntu

    How is your free memory ?
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    Re: Google Chrome freezes Ubuntu

    Here's what I've got now:

    Code:
    free -m
                 total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
    Mem:          7889       2252       5636          0        101        821
    -/+ buffers/cache:       1328       6560
    Swap:         8091          0       8091
    I'm far from an expert, but I would think RAM's probably not the issue, if I'm only using 1/3 of it. Of course, Ubuntu isn't frozen at the moment either. Is there any chance I can get a real time readout of my RAM usage so I can see what it looks like next time it crashes?

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    Re: Google Chrome freezes Ubuntu

    Did you install any Chrome addon? If you do try disabling them and see if the problem persists.

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    Re: Google Chrome freezes Ubuntu

    I find Chromium less problematic.

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    Re: Google Chrome freezes Ubuntu

    as of the late chrome and flash player are fighting each other
    chrome uses pepper flash
    and it turns off flash player

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    Re: Google Chrome freezes Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by offgridguy View Post
    I find Chromium less problematic.
    Yeah, I may switch to that if the problem can't be resolved. I kind of like Chrome's flash support, though - if I remember correctly, Chromium doesn't do such a good job of that.

    Chrome hasn't crashed since I turned off all my extensions, but we'll see how long that lasts - if Chrome behaves for a few days, I'll mark this as solved. I'll miss Adblock in the interim, though.

    Quote Originally Posted by no2498 View Post
    as of the late chrome and flash player are fighting each other
    chrome uses pepper flash
    and it turns off flash player
    I ran into that problem a few days ago. I went to chrome://plugins and disabled the plugin labeled "Shockwave Flash 11.5 r31", and it started working again.

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    Re: Google Chrome freezes Ubuntu

    Chrome froze my machine again this morning.

    Disabling all my extensions does appear to decrease the frequency of the events, but it hasn't eliminated the problem. Do y'all have any other suggestions? I'm thoroughly baffled.

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