Is your new Macbook Air Crashing? We may have the answerDamien Moye
As I often do I try to keep up with trending topics and issues to talk about on this blog. Well I found a really interesting one that could help you as a Mac user not have to bang your head against the keyboard trying to figure out why something is going wrong with a product you most likely feel should not have any problems what so ever. Apple’s support communities have reported that the new Macbook Airs have been crashing frequently and for the most part the main culprit has been Google Chrome. Google did confirm this to be the case on Macs featuring the Intel HD 4000 graphics chip which are only in the new Macbook Airs. Google is currently working diligently on the fix for this and has temporarily disabled some of the Chromes GPU acceleration through an autoupdate. Below is the companies full statement on the matter.
“We have identified a leak of graphics resources in the Chrome browser related to the drawing of plugins on Mac OS X. Work is proceeding to find and fix the root cause of the leak.
The resource leak is causing a kernel panic on Mac hardware containing the Intel HD 4000 graphics chip (e.g. the new Macbook Airs). Radar bug number 11762608 has been filed with Apple regarding the kernel panics, since it should not be possible for an application to trigger such behavior.
While the root cause of the leak is being fixed, we are temporarily disabling some of Chrome’s GPU acceleration features on the affected hardware via an auto-updated release that went out this afternoon (Thursday June 28). We anticipate further fixes in the coming days which will re-enable many or all of these features on this hardware.”