If you're having the same problem I am with Google Chrome crashing while running the proprietary AMD Catalyst video driver in Fedora 20 (or any other version of Linux), I have a fix.
My thought was that I could play with command-line switches to "trick" Google Chrome into running.
(Note before we begin: I think different distributions have different commands to run Google Chrome or Chromium in the first place. In Fedora, calling
google-chrome runs the browser.)
I found a huge list of command-line switches for Chrome and Chromium from Peter Beverloo's web site and started looking it over and trying a few.
This one worked:
$ google-chrome --disable-gpu
Peter's page describes
--disable-gpu this way (and links to this portion of the content-switches code for Chromium):
Disables GPU hardware acceleration. If software renderer is not in place, then the GPU process won't launch.
This means that I'm back in the Google Chrome-running business. I'll have to add this modified command-with-switch to my Xfce panel so I can run Chrome without the terminal.
And now you can, too.
Am I really the only person having trouble with the Google Chrome web browser while running the propretary AMD Catalyst video driver in Linux?
I pulled the AMD Catalyst driver from my Fedora 20 system to do some tests. Among the things that started working: The Google Chrome web browser, which in recent weeks kills X while running under the proprietary driver.
It turns out that Google Chrome runs fine with the open Radeon driver.
As always, AMD Catalyst giveth (cooler operation, working suspend/resume) and taketh away (Google Chrome fails, trouble updating when driver doesn't support new kernels, general wonkiness).
A couple days ago, there was a Google Chrome update, and for some reason the browser began working once again on my Fedora 20 system.
Now it's broken again.
It could have been a Mesa update in Fedora. Or something completely different. It could be the dubious AMD Catalyst/fglrx installation I have going, using Fedora 19 packages in Fedora 20.
Whatever it is, Google Chrome is broken again.
I even tried Spot's Chromium repo for Fedora. Chromium crashes X just the same.
Is it just me, or is anybody else having a problem with Chromium/Google Chrome in Fedora?
Google Chrome (using the Google repository because Fedora doesn't package Chromium) is working once again on my Fedora 20 system.
It had been broken for a few weeks. Whenever I started the browser, it would segfault and kill X.
Google pushed a new stable version of the browser today to its Fedora repository. I did the update, started Chrome and am now running it with no crashes and no problems.