When I update my google chrome or chromium to a version that is higher than 38 The window of the browser gets black functional square. It's all black even the top bar. I basically can't see anything just black. When I downgrade to version 38 or previous version, It runs correctly. The machine has centos 6.6 3.10.56-11.el6.centos.alt.x86_64.

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Black Chrome windows are often, but not always, a symptom of a version mismatch between the X11 video driver and the kernel video driver. I've found that, amongst the programs I use regularly, Chrome was by far the most sensitive to such mismatches. Such a mismatch usually happens after doing a partial system upgrade. Finishing the upgrade and rebooting (to get the new kernel driver) solves the problem, if a driver mismatch was the cause.

  • partial system upgrade? you mean upgrading to centos 7? – Ahmed Hegazy Jul 28 '15 at 8:57
  • @hegazy No, any upgrade, such as a security upgrade, for example if both the kernel driver and the X driver have been updated and you've restarted the X server but not rebooted. – Gilles Jul 28 '15 at 10:03
  • The system is already up-to-date. There is no updates available and nothing have changed. – Ahmed Hegazy Jul 28 '15 at 10:58

RHEL/CentOS 6 is not supported by Chrome since v28. It could be all sorts of problems.

You could try alternative install scripts, like the one from


to be sure everything is in place, but on the long run I don't think you will get happier.

  • Thanks but this doesn't solve the black window issue. – Ahmed Hegazy Jul 28 '15 at 8:44

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