Chromium slowdown

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Chromium slowdown

I have noticed in the last week or so that Chromium on all of my Ubuntu 15.10 installations takes 10-15 seconds to start up, whereas before it would start up almost immediately. Initially I now get a black window, and then it fills in many seconds later. Turning off all extensions speeds this up slightly, but not that much. Very annoying; Firefox now starts up much faster so I've almost completely stopping using Chromium. Anyone else notice this? Possible cures?

Edited by: mfox on 2015-12-19 07:21
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I don't really know. I use Chrome, which although based on Chromium isn't the same. It starts up reasonably fast for me, faster in Linux than in Windows. The only thing I can think (the black screen made me think of it) is that it might be trying to use hardware acceleration (or not using it) and you were playing with different video drivers.

If it's there in Chromium (it could be just a Chrome-only thing), go to the Settings, click Show Advanced Settings, and under System, toggle Use Hardware Acceleration when available.

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Thanks, Jason. I went ahead and did that, and it did improve somewhat. It booted faster (now 6 sec) and the black screen never showed after changing this setting. However, it is still slower at startup than Firefox (4 sec), which I'm pretty sure wasn't the case at some point in the recent past. Once it does boot up, however, it's pretty fast at accessing websites.

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Hi Mike!
I booted up my Chromixium Distro from the USB bootable flash drive and started the Chromium browser and it started up, instantly.
I don't know if the Chromixium Distro has had an update, since I installed my version on the USB flash drive.

Bill

Edit, Dec 20 - The Chronixium Distro that is on my USB flash drive is using the Chromium Browser Version 45.0.2454.101 Ubuntu 14.04 (64-bit)

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I know that in Windows Chrome has a background feature so that it stays running even when you're not using it and can start with Windows. Then when you click on it, it starts instantly because it's essentially around loaded. Microsoft does the same thing with Office so it starts faster. I don't know if this is a Chromium thing, too, or not. And I haven't really noticed it in Linux. In any case, once you've started it the first time after a reboot, any program will start faster for a certain amount of time as it is retained in memory. Sorry that I can't think of anything else that might be delaying it.

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I just tested loading Chrome after a fresh boot in elementary and it came up in 6 seconds, too (with 11 extensions). Even though you're using Chromium, Chrome is based off it so maybe it's related to a recent update. Do you have "Continue running background Apps when Google Chromium is closed" ticked? It's under Advanced in Settings, too (if it's there at all). Chrome and Chromium sandboxes apps and tabs so every time you start up either of them, it has to start all the tabs and every extension gets its own process, too. Having the background apps option on keeps a couple of processes running so it starts up faster.

You could try Chrome instead of Chromium to see if it makes any difference, too. Probably not, though.

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Firefox starts up faster for me, too, but I don't have any extensions for it.

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Checking the "running background applications" box made no difference in startup. Based on your comments, it looks like something has changed in Chrome/Chromium. (I'm guessing that Bill is running an older version in Chromixium.) Hopefully it will be fixed in a future release, or someone will post a fix. Meanwhile, I'll use Firefox as my first choice; I have them both installed anyway.

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In older Windows laptop, first boot of Chrome 8 seconds Subsequent boots 2 seconds, or almost instantaneous for this computer. And that's right to the point where I can start typing in Google.

Firefox is 4 to 5 seconds, which is well within my acceptance tolerances.

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An extra 2 seconds the first time you bring up the browser is game-killer for you, Mike? And I thought *I* was impatient :) I totally get it. I don't really see much difference between Chrome and Firefox. I'm just more used to Chrome. I was originally attracted to its sandboxing ability, but now it's just what I'm used to. I do like that it has built-in Flash though and in Linux, it seems to be of the same version as that in Windows.

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Chrome starts up almost instantaneously (within 2 sec) in OSX on my Macs, just as Chromium used to on Ubuntu. The delay is annoying, just because I know what it is capable of. And I have no particular reason to prefer Chrome/ium over Firefox, so if Firefox does the same thing but faster, why wouldn't I use it? I still have the feeling that this is related to a setting; I just haven't been able to find out what setting is causing the delay.

Incidentally, there is no speedup on Ubuntu 15.10 by booting up Chromium a second time. However on my Toshiba running 14.04, there is.

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

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