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It will be really inconvenient for users when Chrome keeps crashing in between some important tasks. There are different types of Chrome crashes such as Aw, Snap!, Chrome shockwave flash crash, Google Chrome not responding, and many more. Below is a quick look at Google Chrome GPU acceleration crash, and how to fix it.
If you are running an upgraded version of an application that features GPU acceleration on an old version operating system with an outdated graphics card driver, the web graphics may run slowly or not run at all. This is technically known as Chrome GPU acceleration crash.
Note that if you are using Google Dev Chanel of Chrome on your computer, chances for GPU acceleration crash is high. You can fix this by changing the GPU accelerated canvas selection, but you will not be able to reach there as Chrome keeps crashing. To tackle this problem and troubleshoot GPU acceleration Chrome crashes, try out the solutions that are given below.
In most cases, Chrome keeps crashing if you run a Google Dev Channel version on your computer. Hence, this is the obvious solution; uninstall Dev Channel when you encounter any Chrome crashes and install the Beta version from the Channel Releases Page.
Another easier method to troubleshoot GPU acceleration crash is by using a command line to disable it temporarily. For this, you will have to add – -disable-accelerated-compositing at the end of the dev command. You can do this by using either the shortcut or the command prompt. After this, go to about: flags in Chrome and select Remove the Experiment.
Open Windows Explorer using Win + E key combo and type in %localappdata%\Google\Chrome\Application in the address bar. This will take you to the folder where you have installed Chrome. Then, you will be able to see two folders that are named using numbers such as 9.0.587.0. Out of the two, choose the latest one and rename it something else or just move it out of the directory. After this, follow the steps given below.
Open Windows Explorer and head to the %localappdata%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default folder that contains all the settings that comprise of the option to enable or disable GPU acceleration. Once you open the folder, find the preference file and delete it. Else, you can also open the preference file in a notepad and remove the gpu-canvas-2d part from the file.