Google Admits Chrome Causes MacBook Air Machines To Crash

June 29, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Many have hinted to us about an instability issue with their MacBook Air machines which seemed to be caused by the Google Chrome browser. We have also found many users making the same complaint in Apple’s discussions forums. Now, an official response from Google has confirmed our doubts.

According to Google, the issue is found in Mac machines with an Intel HD 4000 graphics chip. It is usually found in new MacBook Air and similar machines.

The trouble shooting team at Google has found that the crash is caused by a ‘leak of graphics resources in the Chrome browser related to the drawing of plug-ins on Mac OS X’ with the Intel HD 4000 graphics chip.

Though the real cause and fix for this flaw is still under investigation, it is believed that the resource leak triggers a kernel panic in the affected Mac machines causing the crash, indicates Google’s official response.

In order to control the damage and to stop continuous crashes on affected systems, Google has released an auto update to disable some of the GPU acceleration functions of Chrome. The auto update was issued on June 28, so we hope it has reached the affected systems by now.

Google is busy finalizing a fix which will reportedly restore the disabled GPU acceleration and other related features of Chrome on affected Mac OS X machines.

If any of you experience the crash, please update your Chrome. If the issue persists, please report it to Google.

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