Mac OS X Lion v 10.7.5 keeps crashing due to Chrome

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  1. macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2013

    I hope you all are having a great day and a lovely easter.

    I was hoping if any of you would be able to point me in the right direction. Note: This is a bit long!

    I bought my 13" MacBook Pro in Feb 2012, with OSX Lion installed. It has never really been stable since the day I bought it. I don't have AppleCare either.

    Basically, I keep getting the BeachBall spinning for ages, but I can click around a bit but nothing new will open nor will it actually do anything. It's just stagnent. The only way to resolve it is to force shutdown via holding down the power button for a while (which I absolutely hate doing).

    It never comes with a crash message, but I've once left it to maybe think about what it wants to do, and decided to stay that way for more than 40 minutes. I try to Force Quit, and that does not work at all. It lets me force quit, but nothing closes.

    I've noticed the crashes generally occur to Google Chrome. I've never uninstalled it or changed to using Safari or FireFox as I don't really like it. Basically my partner's Macbook from 2008 is even more stable than mine and can go for months without a shutdown. The most mine has ever done is: 4 days.

    Here's the specs I've got:

    Macbook Pro 13" early 2012 edition
    OSX version 10.7.5 (Lion)
    - 2.8 GHz i7
    - 4GB memory

    What I've done so far to tackle the problem:
    - Reinstalled OS Lion
    - Installed the Latest Java
    - Done a whole bunch of system/permission repairs via Disk Utility
    - Reset PRAM and SMC

    It's not like this computer uses heavy processes either. It freezes randomly, but always when I've got multiple tabs open on Chrome.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks a bunch and definitely thanks for reading!

  2. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Have you tried removing Java and see if the problem persists?

    10.7 (Lion) did not ship with Java, where did you download your version from?
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 21, 2013
  4. macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2009
    I had the same hassles with Chrome on my 2012 rMBP. I gave up on it and started using the webkit nightly browser instead and have had zero problems since. Chrome would lock up my whole system every few days.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2013
    Please help. I'm having exactly the same problem. I only had some peace when I uninstalled the chrome. Once I open chrome, my computer hangs for like 10-15 minutes and I can't even do anything reasonable on it. I just actually downloaded that version of chrome because I did a clean erase and install of my machine. So I'm thinking its something that has to do with that new version of chrome. I also run Lion 10.7.5 with 2.53 GHz Core i5 Processor and 4GB 1067 MHz DDR3.

    Please help us!!!
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2013
    I recently upgraded my Mac Mini from a Spring 2009 version to a brand new Oct 2012 model. I've been running the latest OS and apps all along.

    My new Mac Mini has a 2.1 GHz quad-core i7 CPU in it, with 16GB of RAM. The older machine had a 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo CPU.

    Ever since I got the newer Mac Mini, I've been experiencing frequent system freezes and crashes that always seem to be associated with Chrome.

    Chrome is also repeatedly displaying pages that say, "Oh, Snap! ______ crashed!" It's almost always one of the video codecs, like Shockwave, Silverlight, or something related.

    I'm wondering if there's an issue with Chrome running as a 64-bit app in an i7 CPU?

    This is getting really annoying, as it crashes 2, 3, sometimes 4 times PER DAY!

    My older machine only crashed 2-3 times PER YEAR.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Apr 13, 2011
  8. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    For those having issues with Chrome, first make sure you're running the latest version.

    If you still have issues, reapply the combo update for your system and then apply any patches that are available (10.7.5 will have at least a security patch available after the combo update is installed).

    And if that doesn't work, there's always Firefox or Safari.

    This does not sound like the issue that they're talking about at all.
  9. macrumors 65816


    Apr 13, 2011
    Beachballs are beachballs, they don't exactly tell you why they're there. The triggering by Chrome may simply indicate that the app is asking for something which the network cannot provide.
  10. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    You are right about beach balls in general, however from what the various people who are having issues said, I don't think it is a network issue for them.

    One of the people reporting issues is apparently on 10.8.?. There have been reports in the past of Chrome causing system crashes, so it may actually be a Chrome issue.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Apr 13, 2011
    Yeah, having fought beachballs in 10.7.5 I tossed the link in as a possibility, certainly not as a certainty.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2013
    Chrome on Mac causing excessive Inactive Memory -

    I have 2 versions of Chrome on my Mac. The 'normal' one is my goto browser, but it recently started using excessive inactive memory and it was showing very choppy performance. Just starting it, I saw inactive growing more and more. I deleted, reinstalled, cleared all cache, cleared local data, watched the console logs. I watched the Chrome Task Manager but didn't see a huge difference but something seemed to be starting every few seconds on Chrome (normal) then stopping and leaving Inactive Memory increase. The amount of the increase was 15Mb or so. In the console, there are some chrome messages there. However, I started the Canary version and its stable. It has the same messages as the Normal one.

    I used 'purge' to free up the inactive memory and had to manually kill Chrome to get it off line. The normal quit just hung up.

    Here's the current Chrome and Mac Os versions.
    Mac Os 10.7.5
    Chrome (normal) Version 27.0.1453.116

    Chrome (canary) Version 30.0.1552.0 canary
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2014
    Quincy, MA
    ReL Mac OS X Lion v 10.7.5 keeps crashing due to Chrome

    I've been having the same issues ever since I installed Chrome on my iMac 5, 2CD. I'll usually have Spotify and one other program running (usually iTunes or Mail.), and while I'm listening to a song, my iMac will lock up. I usually will have a couple tabs open, including Facebook with the Ponyhoof extension. I have 2 GB of DDR memory and a Intel Core 2 Duo processor. I remedied the problem after reading this post by deleting my copy of Google Chrome Canary and switched back to Opera, which hasn't locked up since I switched back to it. At the time, I was wondering if the programs I was running was causing it to lock up, but then it locked up earlier today while just Spotify, Chrome, and Finder were open. The point I'm trying to make is, was it just the fact that I had Chrome, or was it the programs I was running?
  14. macrumors regular


    Feb 17, 2011

    I'm wondering why you would keep OSX version 10.7.5 (Lion) on your 2012 MBP? Serious question!
    You can download and install 10.9.x (Mavericks) free of charge, your hardware can run it easily, it's a lot more stable than Lion and it won't slow down your machine.

    I've installed it on my 2010 iMac, which came with 10.6.x Snow Leopard and on my 2011 MBP which came with Lion...
    Technically, I first installed 10.8.x Mountain Lion when that came out and afterwards Mavericks. ML and M ran a lot smoother without slowing down anything and I will later upgrade both machines to 10.10.x Yosemite.

    Maybe that's an alternative route to consider instead of trying to get Lion to work smoothly...
  15. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2009
    This thread is over a year old.
  16. vkd
    macrumors regular


    Sep 10, 2012
    Simple answer: don't use Chrome. Use Opera, for instance, it is a good browser and frees you from Google.

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