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Fedora 25 chrome freezes (GPU related problem)

asked 2016-12-20 18:48:54 -0600

shurikdima gravatar image

So I've been using Fedora 25 Mate for the last couple of days, and i'm experiencing the same problem i had with the XFCE version. when i launch Chrome, it tends to freeze. only the browser itself stops responding, everything else works, but i need to kill processes in order for the browser to close. I managed to fix the problem with using the --disable-gpu command, and although the CPU usage spiked noticeably, i was ok with it until I've noticed that i can't do anything that is WebGL related, and that is a problem for me. I have the AMD Radeon 5850 which is a very old card. i tried to mess with the fglx drivers, but the last time i did that i had to reinstall the operating system because i couldn't even launch it. plus, it seems that whenever i install the fglx drivers, one of my monitors is not recognized by the OS. i'm using the default drivers that came with the installation at the moment. any help would be appreciated.

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answered 2016-12-21 15:05:04 -0600

CAI Qian gravatar image

That is really an old card for cutting-edge distro like Fedora. You might get some of better support on distros that tend to work relative better for old hardware using distros like debian stable, slackware. Unfortunately, Fedora was not designed with work well on those old ones.

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Fedora being cutting-edge doesn't necessarily mean that it stops supporting older hardware with each new release... besides, the same problem occurs on Ubuntu 16.04 Mate. I've been trying to dig deeper into the problem, and it seems that there is something wrong with the gpu-process which spawns with chrome. every time chrome freezes, i kill the gpu process and then it keeps working. the same thing happens with chromium and opera, but they both use the same engine so that's not surprising

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answered 2016-12-30 09:50:08 -0600

mikioma gravatar image

Take a look at https://ask.fedoraproject.org/en/ques...

As shurikdima points out, it's an issue with Chrome's GPU usage or maybe the driver itself (I believe its the latter as Chrome works right in Fedora 24).

Try following his advise and use --disable-gpu until a proper fix comes from Google or the drive mainteiners, whoever side this issue is into.

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