What's wrong with Chrome?
February 28, 2014 8:30 AM   Subscribe

Chrome in Mac OS X 10.9.2 is rendering some pages very strangely. Is there anything I can do to fix it?

On the left is Chrome, on the right is Safari. It's the same website (National Weather Service for Cambridge, MA), but Chrome is totally messed up while Safari is giving me what I expect to see. I'm also getting a similar issue from Facebook (although I haven't included a screenshot for privacy reasons).

Anybody know what's up? Does this have to do with my recent update to 10.9.2 perhaps?
posted by andrewesque to Computers & Internet (4 answers total)
Looks like you're not loading styles in chrome. Try clearing your cache or checking if you've disabled styles on those sites
posted by missmagenta at 8:38 AM on February 28, 2014

It looks like the CSS stylesheets are being ignored for some reason, so you're seeing the pages without any styling applied.

Try opening a private browsing window and visiting the same sites: if that works better, there is probably something wrong with your profile, most likely a malfunctioning extension.

You might also want to open the developer tools (Cmd-Alt-C) to see if any errors show up there, either in the console or in the "Network" tab..
posted by mbrock at 8:39 AM on February 28, 2014

Solved! Feel silly using a question on this but it was really bugging me, and now I know what the root cause is.
posted by andrewesque at 8:51 AM on February 28, 2014

If you can't find the source of the problems with the suggestions above, I sometimes find that when my internet is very slow, pages give up trying to load styles and just display like this instead. Solving the internet speed problem (e.g. someone torrenting in the other room, or the router being dodgy) fixes the issue.
posted by lollusc at 4:41 PM on February 28, 2014

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