Strange issue with Google Chrome

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by odinsride, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. odinsride macrumors 65816

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    Not sure if anyone else has experienced this or not, but whenever I open Google Chrome, the entire color profile of my MBP display seems to change. It noticeably becomes more blue. When I quit Chrome, it goes back to normal. This doesn't happen with Safari or any other apps.

    I have tried calibrating my display with a Spyder3 but it did not help.
     
  2. superriku11 macrumors member

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    This happens for me when launching certain games. Team Fortress 2 and Halo seem to do it. I don't play many games though so I can't say if anything else does it.

    The oddest part is, the game remains normal looking compared to the game in YouTube videos or on other computer's I've seen, only non-game elements become blueish. And, every once in a while, it actually won't do it.

    I have no idea why this happens. I never liked Chrome anyways, for many reasons, most primarily being Safari has a better looking interface and Chrome is a borderline invasion of privacy. But if it causes bugs I suggest switching to a different browser. Just like how a while ago, there was a bizarre thing that Chrome was somehow able to cause kernel panics, while normally the worst that applications can do is crash themselves, not the whole system.

    I tell ya man, nothing good can come of using that Chrome browser.
     
  3. odinsride thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well I've never had any problems with Chrome until using ML. I mainly like Chrome for the bookmark and addon syncing because I use a lot of computers/devices, not all of which run OSX. I don't have this problem with Chrome on my Mac Pro running Lion, and have only noticed it since trying ML on my MBP. Hopefully Google (or Apple?) will fix this soon!
     
  4. Sneakz macrumors 65816

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    It's the GPU. When the graphics card changes from Intel Integrated Graphics, either the Intel HD, HD 3000 or HD 4000 graphics, some users are experiencing a change in hue, color temperature, whatever you want to call it.

    Whenever you open chrome, if your graphics are set to change automatically, opening chrome will activate the discrete GPU. Same with playing a game of course.

    It seems to be affecting any MBP with dual GPUs except the 9400M/9600M GT MBPs.
     
  5. odinsride thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Makes sense - thanks so much! I'll try the gfxCardStatus program to see if that helps.
     
  6. Sneakz macrumors 65816

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    gfxCardStatus doesn't help. It only helped me identify what was causing it.
     
  7. superriku11 macrumors member

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    Can you explain why I play Minecraft more frequently than TF2 then, and it never happens with Minecraft?

    I have the new mid-2012 non-Retina 15-inch. When I start Minecraft I know it switches to the 650M (discrete). When I start TF2 it does as well. Also during normal application use, of things like Blender or Photoshop, it'll switch as well.

    The screen never, and I repeat, never changes color with Minecraft, Blender, Photoshop, GIMP, or anything else I've known to make the GPUs switch.

    I open TF2 or Halo, the GPU will switch, and the screen turns blue nearly every time.

    I'm also not convinced that it's because of GPU switching. I also have a MacBook 4,1 with only one GPU, an Intel GMA X3100 integrated card. That computer doesn't really run TF2 but it does run Halo. I start Halo, screen turns blueish just the same as it will on my new computer.

    In the MacBook 4,1 there is no GPU switching, only one GPU. It shows the same thing that my new computer does with certain games.




    This leads me to believe it has something to do with how the application implements it's graphics. It may be somehow through some non-standard methods I don't even know of.

    Also, how I mentioned that the game stays normal looking but everything else gets the blueish tint? This also leads me to believe it has to do with the game itself, not the GPU switching. If it was the GPU switching, the whole screen should change. Also if it was the GPU switching, things like Minecraft or Photoshop should trigger it too, and I use them all the time. Hasn't happened once.






    So whatever bit of coding causes TF2 and Halo and probably some other games as well to mess with the display or graphics, Chrome must have it too.

    In my opinion, it's fine if a game does it because the game stays normal looking. And when you play a game, you're only playing the game, not really doing anything else. So it's not a bother when you're playing a game. But for web browsing, at least I typically multitask with many other things running. I'd find it very annoying if my browser made my screen turn blue.



    So again, pretty sure it's a problem with Chrome.
     
  8. MarcBook macrumors 6502a

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    I sometimes see a slight flicker as my Mac changes graphics settings, but the colour temperature shouldn't change. While some games (such as those made by Valve, notably) do trigger a change in colour profile, but Chrome certainly shouldn't.

    I'm not sure whether it's an issue with Chrome or Mountain Lion, but a noticeable change in colour temperature is definitely not normal.
     
  9. odinsride thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I confirmed the issue using gfxCardStatus, and was able to set it to use integrated graphics only which fixed the problem with Chrome (kinda), however I had frequent corrupted graphics on my screen using it so I had to uninstall it. Not sure if it's a Mountain Lion issue or what.

    I'm thinking of going back to Lion until this gets straightened out since I don't remember having any issues with the colors changing in Lion. I use my MBP for photography mostly so having accurate colors is important to me.
     
  10. BigJohno macrumors 65816

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    Getting the same issue. about 10 min ago I had a corrupted video card issue. All of a sudden the screen went blank then on the upper left corner there was a small line indicating a graphics issue. I also use Gfxcardstatus. i'm running the 2010 i7 mBp. Hopefully they come out with a fix for this when it is released.
     
  11. Headgrunt macrumors newbie

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    Same with most current Opera Browser + VMWare Fusion ?.?.?

    Current Opera: Triggers "Cool Temp"
    Current Chrome: ditto
    Current VMWare Fusion: ditto
    "Toggle" Automatic Graphics Switching: ditto

    MBP 15" Mid 2010
    Intel HD Graphics - Built In
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M - PCIe
     
  12. odinsride thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Went back to Lion and while Chrome still triggers discrete graphics, I do not see any noticeable shift in the color space. Still not sure if that was a bug with ML itself or with Google Chrome in ML.
     
  13. odinsride thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Can anyone that has upgraded to the official release of Mountain Lion on a machine that has switchable graphics report in on this issue?

    When your GPU automatically switches over to discrete, is there a noticeable shift in colors on your screen?
     
  14. mwhities macrumors 6502a

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    When I restarted after the install, I noticed the splash screen looked more blueish. Another Mac friend noticed it on my Macbook too.

    Anyone else notice that?

    Ohh and youtube (for myself) doesn't work in Chrome.
     
  15. rfreschner macrumors newbie

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    No noticeable color shift in Chrome on my MBP going back and forth between discrete and integrated. IIRC, Chrome is not a color-managed browser though and I wouldn't expect to see a shift like I might in Firefox depending on what I was viewing.
     
  16. odinsride thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I know that Chrome is not color-managed, but at this point I don't think it's a Chrome issue. I think it's an issue with Mountain Lion, because the entire screen shifts colors (not just the browser). It's good to hear that you aren't having the issue - I will try upgrading to the official ML release and if I still have the problem I can always restore from a backup.
     
  17. walex19 macrumors newbie

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    iphoto seems to trigger this on my macbook pro.
     
  18. parapup macrumors 65816

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    Came here to say me too - VLC triggers GPU change and whenever there is GPU change to discrete, the screen turns bluish.

    Wonder if Apple doesn't test these sort of things?
     
  19. TRIFORCE666, Jul 26, 2012
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    i have the same problem. never experienced this on snow leopard or lion. whenever firefox switches to the discrete GPU (confirmed with gfxcardstatus) the screen turns blueish. (early 2011 macbook pro, latest firefox, mountain lion)

    update: photobooth, iphoto, VLC trigger this aswell

    wth apple !?
     
  20. aaronlam macrumors newbie

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    My color shifts if I toggle the graphics button in the Energy Settings Tab... UGH.

    So far, Chrome and Toast trigger it.
     
  21. Sylon macrumors 68020

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    I'm not having the same issue on my MBP running Chrome. I even tried in full screen, no change. Very weird.

    I haven't tried VLC though.
     
  22. odinsride thread starter macrumors 65816

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    You have the 13" MBP according to your sig? I don't believe those have switchable graphics. The issue only seems to be happening when the GPU switching is triggered.
     
  23. Sylon macrumors 68020

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    I've seen the switch when I changed the resolution on COD4 and Dirt 2 from low res (800x600) to full res (1280x800).
     
  24. onemesh macrumors newbie

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    Did a PRAM reset and for now problem is gone.
     
  25. weslan macrumors newbie

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    Same Problem!!!

    Google Chrome is GREAT but triggers this same problem. A general "blue-ish" / washed out color for EVERYTHING (all programs, finders, different programs previously opened, everything).

    Problem goes away when I close Google Chrome.

    Actually, to be more accurate, it seems some (most) WEBSITES trigger the change. If you start Google Chrome with a blank slate (no windows/tabs open), the problem doesn't appear. You can browse some websites, but MOST it seems will trigger the change, and then the change is permanent until you re-start Chrome.

    A bummer because I was really starting to get into the Chrome features. This pretty much makes it unusable -- back to Firefox.

    Any solutions? 2010 Macbook Pro -- Mountain Lion.
     

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