Google Chrome has a hardware acceleration. This feature uses your computer's GPU to speed up processes and unlock important CPU time. Driver incompatibilities, however, may cause this feature to behave incorrectly. Turning them off may save you some headaches.
What is Hardware Acceleration
Hardware acceleration is understood to mean that a program that supports some functions uses the hardware of a computer efficiently as capable in the software. The hardware was designed to allow some functions to run faster than software running on the CPU.
In Chrome, hardware acceleration uses the graphics processing unit (GPU) of your computer to solve graphics-intensive tasks such as playing videos, games, or the like, requiring faster mathematical calculations. As you hand over certain tasks, your CPU can work tirelessly on everything else while the GPU handles the processes for which it was designed.
While this sounds great in most cases, hardware acceleration can sometimes cause delays or crashes ̵
Turning Hardware Acceleration On and Off
Hardware acceleration is enabled by default in Chrome. Let's look first at the deactivation.
Start Chrome, click the menu icon, and then click Settings. Alternatively, you can type
chrome: // settings / into the omnibox to go right there.
. On the Settings tab, scroll down and click Advanced.
Scroll down to the System section and look for the "Use hardware acceleration if available" setting. Set the switch to the "Off" position and click "Relaunch" to apply the changes.
Warning: Save everything you're working on. Chrome opens the tabs that were opened before the relaunch, but does not save any of its data.
If you prefer to wait for Chrome to restart and close the process, just close the tab. Chrome will apply the change the next time you close and reopen it.
To confirm that it has been completely disabled, enter
chrome: // gpu / in the omnibox and press Enter. If hardware acceleration has been disabled, most of the items under "Graphics Feature Status" will show "Software Only, Hardware Acceleration Disabled."
If you want to enable or re-enable hardware acceleration, go back to
chrome: // settings and enable it Hardware acceleration check box if available "to" On "check box. Then click Relaunch to apply the change.