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For some time already I face a problem with Google Chrome. I really love this browser, but on Windows 7 on a pretty decent machine (i5, 4GB RAM) it gets REALLY slow when I open for instance 10 techcrunch.com pages. Once I do that it becomes virtually difficult to scroll through pages and the general responsiveness of the browser gets down.

And if I open 20+ or 30+ tabs there is a good chance all of them will crash.

Does anyone got an idea? This happens to me on several PCs with Windows 7 64bit.

At 10 tabs there is 600-700MB memory used by Chrome.

Two systems have the issue are both laptops with integrated graphics. One by Intel, the other an nVidia GeForce 310M.

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32bit or 64bit OS? Having that many tabs is memory intensive. –  ChrisF Jan 27 '12 at 19:56
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Opening all at once or one by one? –  random Jan 27 '12 at 20:00
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It's JavaScript & Flash eating up CPU cycles. I have the same issue. It's happens when you open many tabs out of 1 originating page. –  dnbrv Jan 27 '12 at 21:45
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I'm surprised this hasn't been asked: Which version of Google Chrome are you running? ... Do you have any plugins and/or extensions installed? If so, which versions? ... Do you experience the same problems when you use Google Chrome Portable with default settings? –  iglvzx Jan 28 '12 at 1:05
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Now there is stable version 18 available try it and then please post back here to know us the performance on your hand. –  avirk Apr 6 '12 at 2:16

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Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate can run programs in a virtual copy of Windows XP. Try running Chrome in 'Windows XP' mode. I have had the same problem happen to me (Windows 7 Professional 64bit, AMD, 16GB RAM).

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Do you have any other programs running while trying to open 10 or more tabs in Chrome? Go to task manager and stop any processes that may be taking up memory. If that doesn't work, I found the following on these URLs:

Chrome Help Forum - open multiple tabs without warning message

There's something called "TooManyTabs" for Chrome

Suggests using the beta version of Chrome among other things

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Your two links where the same, see the history. Which one of the two was intended to be different? Can you correct that? –  Tom Wijsman Jan 30 '12 at 17:59
    
Thanks for catching that, my fault. Here's the other link: google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/… While reading further into that forum, it stated that some users could open many tabs at once but certain sites slowed down/froze Chrome –  Christopher Chipps Feb 1 '12 at 5:52
    
@ChristopherChipps thanks, the link you provided indeed describes the problem I observer. However the thread doesn't have any useful suggestion. So I'm still looking for an answer here... –  Anton Feb 2 '12 at 13:20

Anton, I open 20-30 tabs at a time, too, so I hear you. Some poorly-coded sites do consume resources like there's no tomorrow; for example, sites that never open new pages when you click their links.

Have you tried creating a new user profile? It is step #4 of fixing "Aw, Snap" errors.

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This slow down issues may be because of insufficient memory. Also Chrome's *memory management seems can be another reason.

Some explanation about the issue can be found here and one of the remarks is :

When Chrome slows down, close all but one tab then reopen them all

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closing/reopening of tabs doesn't help me –  Anton Jan 27 '12 at 21:14

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