Bask in the glow

Disable hardware acceleration to fix Google Chrome slowness

Chrome has been running slower and slower on this Ubuntu Linux desktop and it was driving me nuts. Any complex website would turn the entire browser into molasses.

Today, I find a post from December of 2015 about a bug in hardware acceleration. With updates every couple of years saying, “Yup, it’s still a problem.”

Here we are in 2023 and it fixed my issues!

Step 1: Open this in your Chrome Address Bar: chrome://settings/?search=hardware or go to Settings -> System
Step 2: Use hardware acceleration when available slide this to off.
Step 3: Restart Chrome.

Here’s a link to the original thread with pictures for those visual learners.