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Aw Snap! This site is not meant for you!

September 6th, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Chrome, the new snazzy browser from Google is currently in everyone’s mouth and most people who had a look at it seem to be impressed so I decided to give it a go, after all it can’t be so bad, right?

Chrome installs right onto your system from the website and then takes over (or if you are cynical: steals) all the bookmarks, history, passwords etc. from Firefox (to make your life easier). It then opens with a slick and slender window that lacks all the tackiness of a plugin-convoluted Firefox. When opening a new tab it shows a neat history list with thumbnails of your most recent visited websites. Chrome starts up as fast as a finger snap! Maybe even faster! Can it get any better?

Starting to like what I see I went on to visit some of my favorite websites (the ones I usually have auto-opened in Firefox by using Tab Mix Plus). First let’s visit Lemon64! I’m a classic game nostalgican (hard to see by the look of this site huh?) so I like all those websites that are about old computers and old games. But what happens then? Chrome doesn’t seem to like that site very much but instead tells me that I should go visit other sites …

Ok, I thought, maybe some problem with the website. Let’s visit Lemon’s sister site Lemon Amiga

… no go says Chrome! Slightly disgruntled I walk on to check out some other important sites and open mobygames.com, old-computers.com, gamedev.net and even iht.com. The result? Aw Snap!

Ok I said, this isn’t good! What about Flash Blogs? I went and tried some of the more famous Flash blogs’n’sites … bit-101.com, grant skinner, papervision3d, john grden, gotoandplay.it … the list goes on and on, Chrome forces the same design (and the same content) onto these sites, it looks like this:

… This is clearly too monotonous for my taste so I recon Chrome isn’t as shiny as it advertises. My sligthly slower starting Firefox with a kilo of plugins at least let’s me read the sites that I want to read so I’m back to that one until Chrome is not beta anymore (in 4 years?!?)

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  1. me
    September 6th, 2008 at 19:22 | #1

    Hmmm, all those sites work over here (in chrome)…

  2. September 6th, 2008 at 21:16 | #2

    All those sites work perfectly for me in Chrome – so whatever causes this, it’s local to your PC mate.

  3. September 7th, 2008 at 00:06 | #3

    I don’t know why this is happening for some and for others not. I tried following this fix: http://www.howtotuts.com/2008/09/03/how-to-fix-google-chromes-aw-snap-problem/#comment-1317 but it doesn’t help in my case.

  4. September 8th, 2008 at 16:14 | #4

    Hay man its working fine here.. Some thing wrong with your PC I think :)

  5. September 8th, 2008 at 17:02 | #5

    High, well the odd thing is that some sites work while others are not. There’s nothing wrong with my PC. I use NOD32 Antivirus and I’ve heard there is an issue when using Norton but I haven’t found info about any issues that Chrome could have with NOD32.

    It must be something related to my system anyway but the fact that all other browsers are working on it while Chrome does not looks pretty bleak for Chrome imho.

  6. September 8th, 2008 at 19:48 | #6

    It ain’t NOD32, I use that all the time and can browse just fine with Chrome (am using it now to post this comment!). I’ve seen a few people posting about this happening, so while it’s certainly caused by either something on your PC or a site you visit, you’re not alone with it either.

  7. chhil
    October 6th, 2008 at 18:05 | #7

    I had the same problem but after following
    solved it for me. Basically start chrome with the -no-sandbox parameter.

  8. December 13th, 2008 at 13:01 | #8

    Well something must be elementally screwed in the depth of my system but none of the workarounds helped and even still the final version of Chrome now that it’s been released gives me the same error on most websites. I guess I have to wait until my next complete system-wipe. $*%^*@#!!

  9. August 4th, 2009 at 18:38 | #9

    nice! i’m gonna make my own blog

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