My machine has Ubuntu 18.04 installed.

I use Google Chrome and I often work with Jupyter Notebooks.

When I launch the browser everything seems to work fine. After some time (~ 1-2 hours) the address bar and the tabs part turn black as shown below.

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Not happy.

Graphics Card: NVIDIA Quadro M4000

The problem persists both when I use the NVIDIA proprietary driver and when I use the open source X.Org X server driver.

  • Check if disabling chrome "hardware acceleration" in settings changes this behavior. – Michal Przybylowicz Sep 7 '18 at 15:56
  • What would be the side effects? – Sandu Ursu Sep 28 '18 at 11:17
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    @SanduUrsu It uses more CPU power. – Chai T. Rex Oct 2 '18 at 21:50

I have exactly the same issue with Chromium and Quadro M4000M (ThinkPad P70) on Arch Linux (xmonad, nouveau). So my conclusion is, that there is a bug in chromium that was introduced in the last year. Probably Quadro / M4000 related. It worked before with Nouveau and Nvidia driver.

I am not aware of any solution to fix it, but there are some workarounds:

  • You can drag and drop the tabs to another browser window and recover them manually.

  • You can use a browser plugin like OneTab to save and close all affected tabs. Then open a new window and restore all saved tabs (use mouse hover to find the OneTab button).

  • Disabling hardware acceleration in chrome settings could work, but you will lose some rendering performance.

Check results of chrome://gpu - It reports some issues for my system, not sure if it is related.

Could be related to GL ERROR :GL_OUT_OF_MEMORY : GLES2DecoderImpl::DoBindTexImage2DCHROMIUM: <- error from previous GL command

Update 1: I have created a bug report here: Issue 893117


It appears that there's an issue with the default display drivers on Ubuntu 18.04. I ran into the same issue ever since I installed (and reinstalled) Chrome and a possible work around is to use an alternative display driver.

I followed instructions from this page: https://www.linuxbabe.com/ubuntu/install-nvidia-driver-ubuntu-18-04

To summarize:

  • Search for Software & Updates:

Software & Updates

  • Navigate to Additional Drivers (it might take a few seconds to load):


  • Select something other than the default X.Org.X server. This might require a reboot but since making the change I haven't had the Chrome issue happen again.

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