My averaged laptop Lenovo T61 is the home of two Linux systems — Linux Mint Petra and Peppermint Five (actually there are three more systems installed, but that’s not the point here). “Petra” and “Five” are the two most used ones. I use Chromium, Opera and Firefox on the Five, and Firefox and Chrome on Petra.
Recently I started to experience a strange issue on both of my favourite systems. Whenever I went to the Chrome webstore with the Chrome, Chromium or Opera, the system freezed and showed a black blank screen becoming totally unusable — I couldn’t even switch to a CLI terminal via CTRL+ALT+Fkey. Pretty annoying. I couldn’t figure out any solution for quite a long time.
Today, I learned one — the magic is in the Hardware acceleration option which is ON by default. Turn it OFF, restart the browser… and the issue disappears!