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Computer keeps processing/freezes when too many tabs (Chrome) opened

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Computer keeps processing/freezes when too many tabs (Chrome) opened

I noticed over the past few weeks if I had too many tabs opened my HDD would go crazy and keep processing and effectively hanging my machine requiring a restart.

Maybe I am wrong and it is the CPU that is going crazy?

One way or another, I think something about my hardware is dying and needs replacing. Any advice? TIA!
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advice? don't open so many tabs
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Lovable wrote: I noticed over the past few weeks if I had too many tabs opened my HDD would go crazy and keep processing and effectively hanging my machine requiring a restart.

Maybe I am wrong and it is the CPU that is going crazy?

One way or another, I think something about my hardware is dying and needs replacing. Any advice? TIA!
How many tabs? How much ram? How much hard drive space left?
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8GB ram, less than 50GB left (been up and down like this for awhile).

I hope 10 tabs isn't considered too many considering I use to average ~20 at a time on the same computer for work in the past.
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Can you get into task manager to see what process is slowing your machine. Also check for the amount of remaining physical memory, or is the PC "hung" so completely that you can't access task manager?

If you think Chrome is the problem, try running it with all add-ons/extensions disabled and see if the problem still exists.

Do you have the latest version of Chrome.? What version of Windows are you running?
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All browsers nowadays are hogging memory like crazy ... Once it approaches the top limit of the physical RAM, it will start disk swapping (which your HD will go crazy) ....

You need to keep an eye on the memory usage ... It could be the issue ...
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Lovable wrote: 8GB ram, less than 50GB left (been up and down like this for awhile).

I hope 10 tabs isn't considered too many considering I use to average ~20 at a time on the same computer for work in the past.
Right now I have 15 tabs open, 8GB Ram, 160GB left. 50GB left is plenty, I only saw similar symptoms as yours with either a bad hard drive or less than 500mb hard drive space left. Download Crystaldiskinfo and see if there are any errors with your hard drive.

Rick007's suggestions is also worth investigating.
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willy wrote: All browsers nowadays are hogging memory like crazy ... Once it approaches the top limit of the physical RAM, it will start disk swapping (which your HD will go crazy) ....

You need to keep an eye on the memory usage ... It could be the issue ...
Maybe with 4GB physical RAM but it still needs more than 10 tabs. OP has 8GB, highly unlikely with only 10 tabs open.
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google the great suspender extensions, if you really, really want to open a lot of tabs without upgrading your hardware

also use the chrome built-in task manager to find out what eating your resources
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skinnyp wrote: google the great suspender extensions, if you really, really want to open a lot of tabs without upgrading your hardware

also use the chrome built-in task manager to find out what eating your resources
This was good! I noticed that all the CP24 news tabs were using about 700 000K each tab... Who knew reading the news was such a resource intensive task! I've since stopped doing this.
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Lovable wrote: This was good! I noticed that all the CP24 news tabs were using about 700 000K each tab... Who knew reading the news was such a resource intensive task! I've since stopped doing this.
Why would you have multiple CP24 tabs?
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From time to time, one of my Chrome tabs takes up 1GB+ !!!!! I had to kill that particular process ...
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Lovable wrote: This was good! I noticed that all the CP24 news tabs were using about 700 000K each tab... Who knew reading the news was such a resource intensive task! I've since stopped doing this.
Glad you have it figured out.
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I quickly scan through the news on the home page by opening each article it in its own news tabs from CP24 and thtis would would kill my memory on top of the other actual things I need to keep open and running. CP24 would literally push me over the limit so many times when I would try to speed read through the news.

I guess CP24 would push me to the hard drive memory part which is also concerning because if it gets to that point the Computer hangs and I literally cannot do anything on the computer (even my keyboard RGB lights lag)!
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Lovable wrote: I quickly scan through the news on the home page by opening each article it in its own news tabs from CP24 ...
Yeah, that's how I often browse sites, as well, such as RFD: one tab for the forum index, a second tab for the sub-forum, and then each thread I'm interested in as a new tab.
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holy smokes, I never used more than like 3gb ram, but by reading this post I open a few CP24 tabs like OP can't believe how much ram CP24 takes up. Without CP24 I can open like 30 tabs of webpages raging from everything and it only used like 4gb, luckily I have 6gb on a 10 year old machine, lol
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I wonder if it's Chrome's implementation of something; I use Opera, and opened a few CP24 tabs, and browsed random pages, and they're not using anywhere near 700MB of RAM.
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