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Google admits Chrome browser culprit in MBA crashes

updated 03:29 am EDT, Fri June 29, 2012

Problem may also involve Flash, reported to Apple

A member of the Apple Support forums posted yesterday that an employee of the company had told him that "the specific combination" of Google's Chrome browser, it's built-in version of Flash and the Intel HD 4000 chip found in the latest MacBook Airs was causing a problem that Apple was working to fix, with some owners reporting frequent crashes and even kernel panics as a result of the issue.

Later Thursday, Google issued a statement admitting responsibility for the problem, blaming the issue on a "graphics resource leak" in the Chrome brower, and would issue an automatic update temporarily disabling some GPU acceleration features in Chrome. Google said its engineers would "find and fix" the cause, but that the problem was also being reported to Apple since "it should not be possible for an application to trigger such behavior."

The statement from Google, which first appeared on Gizmodo, added that the company expected to further issue patches to re-enable the graphic acceleration once the problem had been identified and isolated. Apple has not issued a formal comment on the matter. The problem will not affect Google's launch yesterday of the Chrome browser for iOS.

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  1. facebook_Adam

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    Between copying iOS and this latest stunt it is like the 80s all over again except instead of Microsoft being evil, it is Google.

  1. durosity

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2008


    I'll just blame flash..

    I rather dislike how it's bundled with Chrome now.

  1. cgc

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    Joined: Mar 2003


    Mixed feelings

    Google is evil but Chrome (and really Chromium) is unbeatable in terms of speed and extendability.

  1. Grendelmon

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Dec 2007


    At least they

    admitted it, unlike Apple, who never would. I think Chrome is still by far the fastest and most efficient browser out there. I just wish it had better history/cookie management.

  1. simdude

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2004


    Flash again

    So glad they bundle flash in Chrome now. I don't see the huge speed ups in Chrome over Safari either. They both use Webkit for rendering so I'm not sure how either will end up with a huge advantage over the other.At least for now, I guess Safari is infinitely faster because anything is quicker than a kernel panic.

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Jan 2007


    "Our poopie

    code messed things up. We blame Apple, since it shouldn't be possible for our poopie code to mess things up."

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: Our poopie

    code messed things up. We blame Apple, since it shouldn't be possible for our poopie code to mess things up."

    Yeah, let's mock Google for saying "Yeah, Chrome is causing the error, so we're going to issue a quick 'fix' to stop the crash from happening while we work with Apple on addressing the issue at hand."

    And ignore the truth in the statement. There should be NO WAY that a bug in an app should crash the entire system. Doesn't matter if it's Google's, Microsoft's, Apple's, or mine. Applications run on top of the OS, not within it. Crashing isn't something they should do.

    But I'm sure you would be laughing at Apple if using Safari could blue-screen windows. You wouldn't say how windows is the culprit, since the OS shouldn't crash like that. Nope, not you all....

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