Brave freezes frequently when open. We’re talking every 15 second or so. I’m on the latest release (0.68.140) in Windows 10. I can hear the GPU fan spin up every time in sync with the hangups which last for about 8-10 seconds each time. Up until this point in this post, Brave has frozen up 6 times. I am not joking.
A bit more information: I was thinking there might be one of my tabs that messed things up, or one of the extensions. So: I proceeded to test with just the start page tab (same thing happens), removed (not just disabled) all extensions (same thing happens). Then I completely uninstalled Brave (including wiping browsing history, cache etc.) and reinstall from the latest installer (same thing happens).
I installed Chrome to check if it is a “known Chromium” thing, but here it’s smooth sailing. No hangups, no lags/freezes.
I’d really, really like to get back on Brave though, so if there’s anything I can do on my end to help the dev team figure this one out, let me know (the issue is reproducible at this point).
Thanks for the tip. I did try disabling Hardware Acceleration (I work with real-time graphics software so I imagined it could be relevant), but the same behavior was seen after that (empty browser, just the startup-tab).
I am indeed connected to a Brave Sync chain. I will try reinstalling Brave, disabling that and report back.
I would be happy to report a crash report, though it’s tricky because Brave doesn’t actually hard-crash. It only freezes, and then gets unstuck, then freezes again after a while.
Just checking in with an update. I tried to be methodical, but it got a mixed up. I’ve uninstalled fully, and then reinstalled. I enabled sync chain (so I could remove it again), and install the two extensions I need (Dashlane and Grammarly). Initially, I believed the extensions might be the issue, but it was not (as disabling them did nothing to hinder the freezes). Next I removed myself from the sync chain, but the freezes continued. I therefore added myself back into it.
Next, I proceeded to disable hardware acceleration, and after a restart, it hadn’t helped. Then I tried to remove myself from the sync chain and THIS is when the freezes stopped. I’ve now been running without a freeze for 30 minutes straight, so as far as I can tell disabling hardware acceleration AND removing myself from the sync chain was the trick. There might be something to the order of actions, but I can’t really say with confidence.
Now: when I enable hardware acceleration, I can hear the GPU fan spin up again like before, but no freezes. However, when I activate sync again, everything goes to sh… well, back to freeze hell.
After a few days, I can confirm that disabling hardware acceleration and sync chain makes the freezing stop. Now, that’s hardly a solution, but perhaps it gives the Brave dev team (@Asad ?) something to focus on when debugging this. As a workaround though, it works.
I also have a Mac, and use Brave there. This issue was exclusively happening on my Windows PC, but after updating to Version 0.68.142 Chromium: 77.0.3865.90 (Official Build) (64-bit) on the Mac, it started happening there as well. Clearly, this is not an isolated incident.