Google Acknowledges Chrome Bug In New MacBook Air

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Some people on the Apple Support Communities forum that their new MacBook Airs have been crashing frequently and the blame is being pinned on the Google Chrome browser.  Google has acknowledged that Chrome is the issue behind the kernel panics for Macs featuring an Intel HD 4000 graphics chip.  Google is working on fixing the issue and has temporarily disabled some of the Chrome’s GPU acceleration on the new MacBook Air.  Below is a statement that Google sent over to Gizmodo.

We have identified a leak of graphics resources in the Chrome browser related to the drawing of plugins on Mac OS X. Work is proceeding to find and fix the root cause of the leak.

The resource leak is causing a kernel panic on Mac hardware containing the Intel HD 4000 graphics chip (e.g. the new Macbook Airs). Radar bug number 11762608 has been filed with Apple regarding the kernel panics, since it should not be possible for an application to trigger such behavior.

While the root cause of the leak is being fixed, we are temporarily disabling some of Chrome’s GPU acceleration features on the affected hardware via an auto-updated release that went out this afternoon (Thursday June 28). We anticipate further fixes in the coming days which will re-enable many or all of these features on this hardware.