Chrome/Chromium Instability/Hangs

I'm using Manjaro 18.0.4 Gnome with the 5.2 kernel. I have a Threadripper 2950X with NVidia 1080Ti GPU. Chrome/Chromium has been very unstable the last few months. I get frequent browser hangs, particularly with pages like Twitter, Discord. Actions will hang for several seconds and other tabs will before unresponsive during that time. I'll have to refresh the page or close the browser for it to return to normal. I've tried both Chrome and Chromium as well as Chromium-VAAPI with various flags. Also tried with hardware acceleration off. Nothing works, not sure what's going on here. I even had a rebuild plan and did a fresh install and still have the issues.

An article from october 2018 quotes google developers. This somewhat confusing when when I check my Chromium on Manjaro.

Accelerated video decode is unavailable on Linux: 137247
Disabled Features: accelerated_video_decode
Protected video decoding with swap chain is for Windows and Intel only
Disabled Features: protected_video_decode

If Google decides to ship Chrome with Linux GPU video acceleration enabled, this problem could be solved. But, as per Chrome engineers: “Our goal is to have a Stable and secure browser first, and a GPU-accelerated one second, when possible.”

In simple words, Google considers it a lot of work to maintain a GPU accelerated Chrome and finds it more challenging due to the “general lack of quality drivers.”

Chrome engineers have also listed the continuous flow of new hardware, distros, and drivers as the reasons behind this decision. To some Linux enthusiasts these reasons might make sense, to others they might not.

From my chrome://gpu using Intel GPU

Graphics Feature Status
Canvas: Hardware accelerated
Flash: Hardware accelerated
Flash Stage3D: Hardware accelerated
Flash Stage3D Baseline profile: Hardware accelerated
Compositing: Hardware accelerated
Metal: Disabled
Multiple Raster Threads: Enabled
Out-of-process Rasterization: Disabled
Hardware Protected Video Decode: Unavailable
Rasterization: Software only. Hardware acceleration disabled
Skia Renderer: Disabled
Surface Control: Disabled
Surface Synchronization: Enabled
Video Decode: Unavailable
Viz Service Display Compositor: Enabled
Viz Hit-test Surface Layer: Disabled
WebGL: Hardware accelerated
WebGL2: Hardware accelerated
Driver Bug Workarounds
adjust_src_dst_region_for_blitframebuffer
clear_uniforms_before_first_program_use
count_all_in_varyings_packing
disable_post_sub_buffers_for_onscreen_surfaces
exit_on_context_lost
msaa_is_slow
rely_on_implicit_sync_for_swap_buffers
scalarize_vec_and_mat_constructor_args
disabled_extension_GL_KHR_blend_equation_advanced
disabled_extension_GL_KHR_blend_equation_advanced_coherent
Problems Detected
Accelerated video decode is unavailable on Linux: 137247
Disabled Features: accelerated_video_decode
Protected video decoding with swap chain is for Windows and Intel only
Disabled Features: protected_video_decode
Clear uniforms before first program use on all platforms: 124764, 349137
Applied Workarounds: clear_uniforms_before_first_program_use
Mesa drivers in Linux handle varyings without static use incorrectly: 333885
Applied Workarounds: count_all_in_varyings_packing
Disable partial swaps on Mesa drivers (detected with GL_RENDERER): 339493
Applied Workarounds: disable_post_sub_buffers_for_onscreen_surfaces
Always rewrite vec/mat constructors to be consistent: 398694
Applied Workarounds: scalarize_vec_and_mat_constructor_args
On Intel GPUs MSAA performance is not acceptable for GPU rasterization: 527565
Applied Workarounds: msaa_is_slow
Disable partial swaps on Mesa drivers (detected with GL_VERSION): 339493
Applied Workarounds: disable_post_sub_buffers_for_onscreen_surfaces
adjust src/dst region if blitting pixels outside framebuffer on Linux Intel: 664740
Applied Workarounds: adjust_src_dst_region_for_blitframebuffer
Disable KHR_blend_equation_advanced until cc shaders are updated: 661715
Applied Workarounds: disable(GL_KHR_blend_equation_advanced), disable(GL_KHR_blend_equation_advanced_coherent)
Some drivers can't recover after OUT_OF_MEM and context lost: 893177
Applied Workarounds: exit_on_context_lost
Avoid waiting on a egl fence before swapping buffers and rely on implicit sync on Intel GPUs: 938286
Applied Workarounds: rely_on_implicit_sync_for_swap_buffers
Metal is only available on macOS.
Disabled Features: metal
Viz hit-test surface layer version is not enabled by default.
Disabled Features: viz_hit_test_surface_layer
Skia renderer is not used by default.
Disabled Features: skia_renderer
Version Information
Data exported	2019-08-13T10:28:39.080Z
Chrome version	Chrome/76.0.3809.100
Operating system	Linux 5.2.8-1-MANJARO
Software rendering list URL	https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/+/ed9d447d30203dc5069e540f05079e493fc1c132/gpu/config/software_rendering_list.json
Driver bug list URL	https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/+/ed9d447d30203dc5069e540f05079e493fc1c132/gpu/config/gpu_driver_bug_list.json
ANGLE commit id	unknown hash
2D graphics backend	Skia/76 f13f8690bede09ca97071e9786d68bc0758a24cc
Command Line	/usr/lib/chromium/chromium --flag-switches-begin --flag-switches-end
Driver Information
Initialization time	39
In-process GPU	false
Passthrough Command Decoder	false
Sandboxed	false
GPU0	VENDOR = 0x8086 [Intel Open Source Technology Center], DEVICE= 0x0412 [Mesa DRI Intel(R) Haswell Desktop ] *ACTIVE*
Optimus	false
AMD switchable	false
Driver vendor	Mesa
Driver version	19.1.4
Driver date	
GPU CUDA compute capability major version	0
Pixel shader version	4.50
Vertex shader version	4.50
Max. MSAA samples	8
Machine model name	
Machine model version	
GL_VENDOR	Intel Open Source Technology Center
GL_RENDERER	Mesa DRI Intel(R) Haswell Desktop
GL_VERSION	4.5 (Core Profile) Mesa 19.1.4
GL_EXTENSIONS	GL_3DFX_texture_compression_FXT1 GL_AMD_conservative_depth GL_AMD_draw_buffers_blend GL_AMD_multi_draw_indirect GL_AMD_query_buffer_object GL_AMD_seamless_cubemap_per_texture GL_AMD_shader_trinary_minmax GL_AMD_texture_texture4 GL_AMD_vertex_shader_layer GL_AMD_vertex_shader_viewport_index GL_ANGLE_texture_compression_dxt3 GL_ANGLE_texture_compression_dxt5 GL_APPLE_object_purgeable GL_ARB_ES2_compatibility GL_ARB_ES3_1_compatibility GL_ARB_ES3_compatibility GL_ARB_arrays_of_arrays GL_ARB_base_instance GL_ARB_blend_func_extended GL_ARB_buffer_storage GL_ARB_clear_buffer_object GL_ARB_clear_texture GL_ARB_clip_control GL_ARB_compressed_texture_pixel_storage GL_ARB_compute_shader GL_ARB_conditional_render_inverted GL_ARB_conservative_depth GL_ARB_copy_buffer GL_ARB_copy_image GL_ARB_cull_distance GL_ARB_debug_output GL_ARB_depth_buffer_float GL_ARB_depth_clamp GL_ARB_derivative_control GL_ARB_direct_state_access GL_ARB_draw_buffers GL_ARB_draw_buffers_blend GL_ARB_draw_elements_base_vertex GL_ARB_draw_indirect GL_ARB_draw_instanced GL_ARB_enhanced_layouts GL_ARB_explicit_attrib_location GL_ARB_explicit_uniform_location GL_ARB_fragment_coord_conventions GL_ARB_fragment_layer_viewport GL_ARB_fragment_shader GL_ARB_framebuffer_no_attachments GL_ARB_framebuffer_object GL_ARB_framebuffer_sRGB GL_ARB_get_program_binary GL_ARB_get_texture_sub_image GL_ARB_gpu_shader5 GL_ARB_gpu_shader_fp64 GL_ARB_half_float_pixel GL_ARB_half_float_vertex GL_ARB_indirect_parameters GL_ARB_instanced_arrays GL_ARB_internalformat_query GL_ARB_internalformat_query2 GL_ARB_invalidate_subdata GL_ARB_map_buffer_alignment GL_ARB_map_buffer_range GL_ARB_multi_bind GL_ARB_multi_draw_indirect GL_ARB_occlusion_query2 GL_ARB_parallel_shader_compile GL_ARB_pipeline_statistics_query GL_ARB_pixel_buffer_object GL_ARB_point_sprite GL_ARB_polygon_offset_clamp GL_ARB_program_interface_query GL_ARB_provoking_vertex GL_ARB_query_buffer_object GL_ARB_robust_buffer_access_behavior GL_ARB_robustness GL_ARB_sample_shading GL_ARB_sampler_objects GL_ARB_seamless_cube_map GL_ARB_seamless_cubemap_per_texture GL_ARB_separate_shader_objects GL_ARB_shader_atomic_counter_ops GL_ARB_shader_atomic_counters GL_ARB_shader_bit_encoding GL_ARB_shader_clock GL_ARB_shader_draw_parameters GL_ARB_shader_group_vote GL_ARB_shader_image_load_store GL_ARB_shader_image_size GL_ARB_shader_objects GL_ARB_shader_precision GL_ARB_shader_storage_buffer_object GL_ARB_shader_subroutine GL_ARB_shader_texture_image_samples GL_ARB_shader_texture_lod GL_ARB_shader_viewport_layer_array GL_ARB_shading_language_420pack GL_ARB_shading_language_packing GL_ARB_stencil_texturing GL_ARB_sync GL_ARB_tessellation_shader GL_ARB_texture_barrier GL_ARB_texture_buffer_object GL_ARB_texture_buffer_object_rgb32 GL_ARB_texture_buffer_range GL_ARB_texture_compression_bptc GL_ARB_texture_compression_rgtc GL_ARB_texture_cube_map_array GL_ARB_texture_filter_anisotropic GL_ARB_texture_float GL_ARB_texture_gather GL_ARB_texture_mirror_clamp_to_edge GL_ARB_texture_multisample GL_ARB_texture_non_power_of_two GL_ARB_texture_query_levels GL_ARB_texture_query_lod GL_ARB_texture_rectangle GL_ARB_texture_rg GL_ARB_texture_rgb10_a2ui GL_ARB_texture_stencil8 GL_ARB_texture_storage GL_ARB_texture_storage_multisample GL_ARB_texture_swizzle GL_ARB_texture_view GL_ARB_timer_query GL_ARB_transform_feedback2 GL_ARB_transform_feedback3 GL_ARB_transform_feedback_instanced GL_ARB_transform_feedback_overflow_query GL_ARB_uniform_buffer_object GL_ARB_vertex_array_bgra GL_ARB_vertex_array_object GL_ARB_vertex_attrib_64bit GL_ARB_vertex_attrib_binding GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object GL_ARB_vertex_shader GL_ARB_vertex_type_10f_11f_11f_rev GL_ARB_vertex_type_2_10_10_10_rev GL_ARB_viewport_array GL_ATI_blend_equation_separate GL_ATI_texture_float GL_EXT_abgr GL_EXT_blend_equation_separate GL_EXT_draw_buffers2 GL_EXT_draw_instanced GL_EXT_framebuffer_blit GL_EXT_framebuffer_multisample GL_EXT_framebuffer_multisample_blit_scaled GL_EXT_framebuffer_object GL_EXT_framebuffer_sRGB GL_EXT_packed_depth_stencil GL_EXT_packed_float GL_EXT_pixel_buffer_object GL_EXT_polygon_offset_clamp GL_EXT_provoking_vertex GL_EXT_shader_framebuffer_fetch_non_coherent GL_EXT_shader_integer_mix GL_EXT_shader_samples_identical GL_EXT_texture_array GL_EXT_texture_compression_dxt1 GL_EXT_texture_compression_rgtc GL_EXT_texture_compression_s3tc GL_EXT_texture_filter_anisotropic GL_EXT_texture_integer GL_EXT_texture_sRGB GL_EXT_texture_sRGB_R8 GL_EXT_texture_sRGB_decode GL_EXT_texture_shared_exponent GL_EXT_texture_snorm GL_EXT_texture_swizzle GL_EXT_timer_query GL_EXT_transform_feedback GL_EXT_vertex_array_bgra GL_EXT_vertex_attrib_64bit GL_IBM_multimode_draw_arrays GL_INTEL_performance_query GL_KHR_blend_equation_advanced GL_KHR_context_flush_control GL_KHR_debug GL_KHR_no_error GL_KHR_parallel_shader_compile GL_KHR_robust_buffer_access_behavior GL_KHR_robustness GL_MESA_pack_invert GL_MESA_shader_integer_functions GL_MESA_texture_signed_rgba GL_NV_compute_shader_derivatives GL_NV_conditional_render GL_NV_depth_clamp GL_NV_packed_depth_stencil GL_NV_texture_barrier GL_OES_EGL_image GL_S3_s3tc
Disabled Extensions	GL_KHR_blend_equation_advanced GL_KHR_blend_equation_advanced_coherent
Disabled WebGL Extensions	
Window system binding vendor	SGI
Window system binding version	1.4
Window system binding extensions	GLX_ARB_create_context GLX_ARB_create_context_no_error GLX_ARB_create_context_profile GLX_ARB_create_context_robustness GLX_ARB_fbconfig_float GLX_ARB_framebuffer_sRGB GLX_ARB_multisample GLX_EXT_create_context_es_profile GLX_EXT_create_context_es2_profile GLX_EXT_fbconfig_packed_float GLX_EXT_framebuffer_sRGB GLX_EXT_import_context GLX_EXT_libglvnd GLX_EXT_no_config_context GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap GLX_EXT_visual_info GLX_EXT_visual_rating GLX_MESA_copy_sub_buffer GLX_OML_swap_method GLX_SGI_make_current_read GLX_SGI_swap_control GLX_SGIS_multisample GLX_SGIX_fbconfig GLX_SGIX_pbuffer GLX_SGIX_visual_select_group GLX_INTEL_swap_event
Window manager	Openbox
XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP	XFCE
GDMSESSION	openbox
Compositing manager	Yes
Direct rendering version	DRI3
Reset notification strategy	0x8252
GPU process crash count	0
System visual ID	32
RGBA visual ID	264
gfx::BufferFormats supported for allocation and texturing	R_8: not supported, R_16: not supported, RG_88: not supported, BGR_565: not supported, RGBA_4444: not supported, RGBX_8888: not supported, RGBA_8888: not supported, BGRX_8888: not supported, BGRX_1010102: not supported, RGBX_1010102: not supported, BGRA_8888: not supported, RGBA_F16: not supported, YVU_420: not supported, YUV_420_BIPLANAR: not supported, UYVY_422: not supported
Compositor Information
Tile Update Mode	One-copy
Partial Raster	Enabled
GpuMemoryBuffers Status
R_8	Software only
R_16	Software only
RG_88	Software only
BGR_565	Software only
RGBA_4444	Software only
RGBX_8888	Software only
RGBA_8888	Software only
BGRX_8888	Software only
BGRX_1010102	Software only
RGBX_1010102	Software only
BGRA_8888	Software only
RGBA_F16	Software only
YVU_420	Software only
YUV_420_BIPLANAR	Software only
UYVY_422	Software only
Display(s) Information
Info	Display[1241651630863173] bounds=[0,0 1920x1080], workarea=[0,40 1920x1040], scale=1, external.
Color space information	{primaries:INVALID, transfer:INVALID, matrix:INVALID, range:INVALID}
Bits per color component	8
Bits per pixel	24
Refresh Rate in Hz	60
Info	Display[1241651630863174] bounds=[1920,0 1920x1080], workarea=[1920,0 1920x1080], scale=1, external.
Color space information	{primaries:INVALID, transfer:INVALID, matrix:INVALID, range:INVALID}
Bits per color component	8
Bits per pixel	24
Refresh Rate in Hz	60
Video Acceleration Information
Log Messages
[21804:21804:0813/115555.398437:ERROR:sandbox_linux.cc(369)] : InitializeSandbox() called with multiple threads in process gpu-process.
[21804:21804:0813/115555.628131:ERROR:buffer_manager.cc(488)] : [.DisplayCompositor]GL ERROR :GL_INVALID_OPERATION : glBufferData: <- error from previous GL command
[21804:21804:0813/115633.698614:ERROR:buffer_manager.cc(488)] : [.DisplayCompositor]GL ERROR :GL_INVALID_OPERATION : glBufferData: <- error from previous GL command
[21804:21804:0813/115635.453247:ERROR:buffer_manager.cc(488)] : [.DisplayCompositor]GL ERROR :GL_INVALID_OPERATION : glBufferData: <- error from previous GL command
[21804:21804:0813/115716.012260:ERROR:buffer_manager.cc(488)] : [.DisplayCompositor]GL ERROR :GL_INVALID_OPERATION : glBufferData: <- error from previous GL command
[21804:21804:0813/120554.189492:ERROR:buffer_manager.cc(488)] : [.DisplayCompositor]GL ERROR :GL_INVALID_OPERATION : glBufferData: <- error from previous GL command
[21804:21804:0813/122502.309680:ERROR:buffer_manager.cc(488)] : [.DisplayCompositor]GL ERROR :GL_INVALID_OPERATION : glBufferData: <- error from previous GL command
[21804:21804:0813/122545.953923:ERROR:buffer_manager.cc(488)] : [.DisplayCompositor]GL ERROR :GL_INVALID_OPERATION : glBufferData: <- error from previous GL command
[21804:21804:0813/122606.469748:ERROR:buffer_manager.cc(488)] : [.DisplayCompositor]GL ERROR :GL_INVALID_OPERATION : glBufferData: <- error from previous GL command
[21804:21804:0813/122629.300616:ERROR:buffer_manager.cc(488)] : [.DisplayCompositor]GL ERROR :GL_INVALID_OPERATION : glBufferData: <- error from previous GL command
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It's not really about hardware acceleration here. I've tried both making sure it's completely enabled and disabled. I actually had it off to begin with. As well as tried both hardware accelerated patch Chromium and without. They all do the same thing. It's only certain content, but when it happens it causes all the chrome processes to become unresponsive or other ones in general.

I suppose you have tried with e.g. Firefox or maybe Vivaldi?

Vivaldi is based on Chromium source - so if the issue can be reproduced using both Firefox and Vivaldi - then we clearly has a system issue which may or may not be related to Nvidia drivers.

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It doesn't happen with Firefox. I have not tried Vivaldi. I'll try that. I have no issues anywhere else in the system and everything runs fine all the time.

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I found another entry which may work - or don't

chrome://flags

Set Override hardware rendering list = Enabled

It made a surpring change in performance for my system. (Intel GPU)

That might work, --ignore-gpu-blacklist were suggested by the chromium-vaapi maintainer too if you ever planned to enable hardware video acceleration using VA-API. I see chromium blacklisted most of NVIDIA cards

I suggest using extension that limits site request from twitter or discords like uMatrix or adblocker like uBlock Origin

Btw, I use ungoogled-chromium. It just werks and no issues at all on my machine. You can try that I guess

Check for BIOS updates. It may not be related, but Ryzen systems are still getting firmware improvements.

Check with the Nvidia 430.40 driver. The Nvidia driver regularly has issues with Chromium (as well as other things).

If you can, try a different kernel and elevator too (e.g. cfg, deadline).

So far no luck. No new BIOS updates. Kernel changes didn't help. I updated to NVidia 430.40 which was come down the pike that day. But I think this might have to do with gdm. I'm going to try other DEs and see if it's any different.

So I tried KDE. There's something about the GL library and the compositor that's causing an issue. If I open streaming sites, etc now I get sddm or plasma shell going to 100% (only on 1 core) as opposed to gdm. In particular YouTube TV is bad. Just going to the page and loading the previews causes a hang. I'll see the X11 sddm or plasma shell take up 1 core and the whole DE hangs or sometimes just chromium and once it continues the process goes back to normal. Of course it should be nothing to this hardware. Frustrating. Any ideas?