Ubuntu – Chrome Slow in 16.10 with multiple windows in different workspaces


To reproduce:

  1. open chrome,
  2. open a new window (ctrl-n),
  3. move that window to a different workspace,
  4. use chrome normally (i.e. open and close new tabs, type into omnibar).

Google Chrome will behave extremely slowly.

This is only after upgrade to Ubuntu 16.10. However Chrome Version 55.0.2883.75 (64-bit).

Happy to dig deeper and post logs, etc., but don't really know where to start.

EDIT: Just upgraded Chromium to Version 55.0.2883.87, now Chromium also has the same problem.

Best Answer

I recently had a similar issue after updating and upgrading. The problem for me was related to CPU clocking speed. You might give this a try.

  1. Disable intel_psate. You can do this by modifying /etc/default/grub and adding intel_pstate=disable parameter to the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT line. It should look like this: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash intel_pstate=disable". Then save the file and run sudo update-grub.
  2. Install cpufrequtils package: sudo apt-get install cpufrequtils.
  3. Edit /etc/init.d/cpufrequtils file and set the following line to the governor you need (performance in my case): GOVERNOR=”performance”
  4. reboot
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