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Issue 139504 Chrome "blank screen" on certain pages; requires full chrome restart!
Starred by 10 users Project Member Reported by, Jul 28 2012 Back to list
Status: Duplicate
Merged: issue 118149
Closed: Sep 2012
EstimatedDays: ----
NextAction: ----
OS: Mac
Pri: 0
Type: Bug

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I've been having this problem for a few months now.  It is intermittent.  But when it happens, its horrible!

Over time - the browser just gets confused, and some pages  (not all of them!) will simply not load.  You click on a link, you see a flash of the page, and then the whole screen goes white!  Trying new tabs, reloads, or anything else will not fix it.  You have to completely kill the entire browser, and then you can load the page again.

As I write this, I can't load in Chrome.  I know that if I restart this browser it will work.  Each time I press reload, I see it for a half second, then it disappears and the screen goes white again.

I have this reproducing now, let me know if there are diagnostics you want me to run.

I know if I kill the browser it will be fixed; but then it will start happening again in a couple of days.

Selfishly marking as a P0, after all what is more important than browsers loading pages?

Google Chrome	20.0.1132.57 (Official Build 145807)
WebKit	536.11 (@122148)
JavaScript	V8
Flash	11.3.300.265
User Agent	Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_7_4) AppleWebKit/536.11 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/20.0.1132.57 Safari/536.11
Command Line	 /Applications/Google Chrome -psn_0_8251358 --flag-switches-begin --flag-switches-end
Executable Path	/Applications/Google Chrome
Profile Path	/Users/mike/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default

Comment 1 by, Jul 29 2012
Same problem here.

Has been happening for a few months.

Restarting Chrome temporarily fixes the problem
Comment 2 by, Jul 30 2012
Do you get the same gray-blue image as in  issue 139499 ?  This happened once to me, too.  Restarted Chrome, and never happened to me since.
Comment 3 by, Jul 31 2012
Same thing, starting about a week ago.
Comment 4 by, Jul 31 2012
#2 - no, page just loads and then instantly goes blank (all white). Very strange. I've never seen this problem with any other browser.
#2 - no, same as what #4 said.  Glad to hear I'm not the only one!

same issue here
mbelshe:  Have you checked if the Javascript console still works when this happens?  Or  tried killing the affected renderer process and reloading the page, to see if that fixes the problem without restarting Chrome?  My completely uneducated guess is it's some sort of graphics issue.
Comment 9 by Deleted ...@, Aug 4 2012
Been getting these for a while now, and I'm not sure when it started.  Tonight, after yet another such "crash", I noticed that the page rendered fine until it suddenly went "blank" as I was scrolling down.  After refreshing the page, I took note of when the screen flickered to blank and then viewed the source.  It looked like the element that was causing it was an embedded showave/flash video, so I went poking around for a flash-based chrome crash, and came across , which mentions using Adobe's "Settings Manager" to clear the flash cache, and directed the user to .  When I went to that page, the screen immediately flickered to blank, so I tried the "inspect element" mode, at which time (surprisingly!) the page rendered properly, albeit in a smaller section of the screen.  I was also able to communicate with the swf that is the Settings Manager, and when I tried to clear the cache (by performing a "Delete all sites" action), it mentioned that a script was running for a while and if I wanted to wait or stop.

Hope this helps someone else, possibly to even determine what might be going on here.

Comment 10 by Deleted ...@, Aug 21 2012
23.0.1241.0 canary
All web tabs are just white. Restarting the browser or the machine (macos 10.6.8) doesn't change it.
chrome:// pages and the inspector are normal. Page resources have loaded but aren't displayed.
I submitted "feedback" from a blank (but if the confirmation page needed a response I didn't do it.)

21.0.1180.81 beta
Running at the same time is normal.
Labels: -Area-UI Area-WebKit OS-Mac
Looks like this has only been seen on Mac, please update if seen on another platform.

Possibly a dupe of issue 118149? ccing Ken as current owner of 118149.
Comment 12 by, Sep 6 2012
Labels: Action-FeedbackNeeded
are you still seeing this issue on mac canary?
Comment 13 by Deleted ...@, Sep 9 2012
I am seeing this with Chrome on Fedora 16.
Comment 14 by, Sep 12 2012
Mergedinto: 118149
Status: Duplicate
This does sound like the same symptoms as Issue 118149 so I'm dup'ing this into the other bug.

Comment 15 by Deleted ...@, Sep 19 2012
I am thinking of switching browsers. The blank screen problem happens to often. I am on a mac running Chrome Version 21.0.1180.89 (latest).

I am seeing it happen right now with this blog:

Comment 16 by, Oct 1 2012
Since friday (sep28) same happens to me with Chrome 22.0.1229.79 on windows 7.
[the page upload ( I can see the source-code ) but become black]
please let me know if there's any solution :(
Labels: Restrict-AddIssueComment-Commit
Mergedinto: 118149
Restricting comments on this issue.  This issue has been marked a duplicate of issue 118149.  If you have information to add, add it there.
Project Member Comment 18 by, Mar 9 2013
Labels: -Action-FeedbackNeeded Needs-Feedback
Project Member Comment 19 by, Mar 11 2013
Labels: -Area-WebKit Cr-Content
Project Member Comment 20 by, Apr 6 2013
Labels: -Cr-Content Cr-Blink
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