Users of Google’s Chrome browser have been stuck with a finicky issue as of late: According to reports, some Web surfers are experiencing frequent browser crashes whenever they try to navigate away from a Youtube page.
The crash typically occurs after a Youtube video (viewed on YouTube.com) has fully buffered within the browser and a user goes to close the tab or navigate to another page either by clicking a link on the YouTube page or typing a new address into Chrome’s Omnibar. Chrome locks up completely and forces the user to restart the browser and restore all previous pages and frantically close the reopened YouTube page before the browser crashes again.
While some users have suggested that the problem’s related to Adobe Flash specifically, the two allegedly competing Flash .DLL files often listed within a user’s “chrome://plugins” window (type that into the Omnibar to see them) a Google representative has indicated that the YouTube crash issue isn’t related to Flash versioning.
Or, in other words, performing the much-described trick of disabling one Flash .DLL within the “chrome://plugins” window isn’t going to fix the YouTube crash problem for all users. Uninstalling Flash within Chrome and reinstalling the plugin doesn’t appear to address the problem, nor does switching YouTube over to HTML5 viewing mode protect against future browser crashes.
“Everyone else – We’ve been able to reproduce this now, and are actively working on a fix,” writes Google employee “Toni” on a related Chrome support thread. “It’s not specific to updating Flash or not. Please sit tight while we work on the fix and I’ll update this thread as we know more. Thanks!”
So what can a Chrome user do to keep the browser alive and still get in one’s daily dose of cat videos? It seems that right-clicking on a YouTube video and selecting “Stop Downloading,” even if the video has already loaded fully within the browser window, prevents Chrome from crashing. The problem? It’s tough to remember, especially if you’re just firing up your browser (or a single new tab) to check out a funny link your friend sent you real quick.
Other than that, and a plethora of suggested fixes one can try (to great or little success) within forum threads, it’s going to be a waiting game. Provided the Chrome-YouTube issue is something that Google address within the browser, Chrome should auto-update and pull down the correct fix once Google’s figured out the solution.
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