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Hello,

Just recently, I have experienced this error. It appears to occur randomly.

Tried to reinstall chrome and initially it worked fine, but the error came back. Reinstalled it again today.


I tried to find some info on the subject, but apparently it's a decade old bug that could be caused by numerous factors and there is no single solution to it.

Any tips?


PS. My machine is running on Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Google Chrome version 49.0.2623.112.

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You could try updating your graphics drivers, and if there is a setting for hardware acceleration in Chrome, try changing the option and restarting Chrome to see if that fixes it.  Other than that I'm not sure, and since it's XP it might just be an old bug with no fix, at least if it only applies to older operating systems/older Chrome versions.

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Hi Exile,

Thank you for the quick reply.

My graphics drivers are up-to-date, I believe. Should I consider doing a clean reinstall of them?

Sure, I can do that; it won't be much of a problem, but it brings another question to my mind --- is there a good way to clean up the junk files NVIDIA tends to leave after each installation?

Yes, there is a hardware acceleration option in Chrome. It's ticked by default. I will try to turn it off, if the error happens again.

PS. Is it possible that my bookmarks are part of the problem? It's one big bloated file, almost 5mb. Should I try reducing it? Or there's no way it could possibly be connected to that?

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You can run DDU; it will remove all remnants of your NVIDIA drivers; just be sure to run it from Safe Mode, then reboot and reinstall the latest driver package.

I doubt your bookmarks have anything to do with it, however since I'm also not a Chromium developer I really cannot say for certain either way.  It just doesn't seem to me that it would be related.

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By the way, if you use G-Sync, that too might be the issue if the older build of Chrome isn't compatible with it or if the version of the driver available for XP causes the issue.  I suspect disabling hardware acceleration will eliminate it though, as that tends to fix these types of issues where an app uses hardware acceleration for rendering (I've seen rendering issues with browsers, email clients and other applications occasionally in the past and that setting was often the cause, though not always).

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22 minutes ago, exile360 said:

You can run DDU; it will remove all remnants of your NVIDIA drivers; just be sure to run it from Safe Mode, then reboot and reinstall the latest driver package.

I doubt your bookmarks have anything to do with it, however since I'm also not a Chromium developer I really cannot say for certain either way.  It just doesn't seem to me that it would be related.

Just tried running DDU 18.0.2.5.

I got the error message saying it's not a valid Win32 application; can't run it.

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22 minutes ago, exile360 said:

By the way, if you use G-Sync, that too might be the issue if the older build of Chrome isn't compatible with it or if the version of the driver available for XP causes the issue.  I suspect disabling hardware acceleration will eliminate it though, as that tends to fix these types of issues where an app uses hardware acceleration for rendering (I've seen rendering issues with browsers, email clients and other applications occasionally in the past and that setting was often the cause, though not always).

How to check if my graphics card uses G-Sync?

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Yes, you'll need to use a version compatible with XP; it sounds like the version you downloaded was an x64 build for 64-bit operating systems.

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15 hours ago, exile360 said:

Yes, you'll need to use a version compatible with XP; it sounds like the version you downloaded was an x64 build for 64-bit operating systems.

Tried the earlier version. Sadly, I couldn't get DDU to work in either Safe nor Normal mode.

The tool starts itself fine, but it always crashes when prompted to perform any of its clean actions. Bummer.

But I guess that's a subject for another thread.


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Next time I reinstall my graphics drivers, perhaps I could limit the installation by deselecting stuff like GeForce Experience? What do you think?

Thank you for your help so far.

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If you don't use it, sure, there's no need to install it (I always use the custom install option myself and don't install the optional stuff I don't use).

I guess DDU isn't working with XP these days.  Oh well, hopefully the issue will be fixed by one of the other suggestions.

By the way, did you ever try toggling the hardware acceleration setting and restarting the browser to see if it makes any difference?

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29 minutes ago, exile360 said:

If you don't use it, sure, there's no need to install it (I always use the custom install option myself and don't install the optional stuff I don't use).

I guess DDU isn't working with XP these days.  Oh well, hopefully the issue will be fixed by one of the other suggestions.

By the way, did you ever try toggling the hardware acceleration setting and restarting the browser to see if it makes any difference?

I see. Thank you. What about things like PhysX, HD Audio Driver and nView?

I may try posting on wagnardsoft forums later.

No, never tried it. Never had to. Reinstalled Chrome yesterday and haven't encountered the error again so far.

Just turned off the hardware acceleration now, I'll keep you posted if I notice any change.

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Well that's good, maybe it was just a corrupt Chrome installation.  PhysX is optional and most games don't use it (and if they do, they'll install it anyway) and as for nView, if you don't have a multi-monitor setup, you don't need it.  Install the HD Audio Driver.

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On 6/24/2020 at 10:54 AM, exile360 said:

Well that's good, maybe it was just a corrupt Chrome installation.  PhysX is optional and most games don't use it (and if they do, they'll install it anyway) and as for nView, if you don't have a multi-monitor setup, you don't need it.  Install the HD Audio Driver.

Thank you.

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