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#1 2021-07-22 08:14:17

Raadush
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Registered: 2015-03-05
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Can't play any videos in Chrome after update

Hi, today I updated google-chrome aur package to most recent version 92.0.4515.107-1. Since the update, I can't play any videos anywhere. Youtube videos end with error 'Audio Renderer Error Please Restart Your Computer', other video players on other sites crash or show general error message. If I try to play same videos in Firefox, everything is working fine. Is it problem with newest chrome update or can I do something to resolve it?

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#2 2021-07-22 15:38:09

eda2z
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From: Woodstock, IL
Registered: 2015-04-21
Posts: 45

Re: Can't play any videos in Chrome after update

It shouldn't be the newest chrome since I can play videos just fine.

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#3 2021-07-22 18:43:49

Raadush
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Registered: 2015-03-05
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Re: Can't play any videos in Chrome after update

I don't know what it is, but all my system is up to date, I install only aur/google-chrome 92.0.4515.107-1 and suddently it does not work. Maybe it is problem with something else on my system, but I don't know where to look

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#4 2021-07-22 20:14:36

zetxx
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From: Sofia :: Bulgaria
Registered: 2013-12-13
Posts: 97

Re: Can't play any videos in Chrome after update

+1
there more, printing is also broken


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#5 2021-07-23 09:19:02

latalante1
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Registered: 2018-08-30
Posts: 82

Re: Can't play any videos in Chrome after update

Raadush wrote:

Hi, today I updated google-chrome aur package to most recent version 92.0.4515.107-1. Since the update, I can't play any videos anywhere. Youtube videos end with error 'Audio Renderer Error Please Restart Your Computer', other video players on other sites crash or show general error message. If I try to play same videos in Firefox, everything is working fine. Is it problem with newest chrome update or can I do something to resolve it?

You provided too little information, but I suspect you are not using pulseaudio or pipewire like me.

For me it helped to indicate a specific alsa output device.

google-chrome-stable --alsa-output-device=hw:0,0

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#6 2021-07-23 14:58:08

yxing_xyz
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Registered: 2021-07-23
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Re: Can't play any videos in Chrome after update

latalante1 wrote:
Raadush wrote:

Hi, today I updated google-chrome aur package to most recent version 92.0.4515.107-1. Since the update, I can't play any videos anywhere. Youtube videos end with error 'Audio Renderer Error Please Restart Your Computer', other video players on other sites crash or show general error message. If I try to play same videos in Firefox, everything is working fine. Is it problem with newest chrome update or can I do something to resolve it?

You provided too little information, but I suspect you are not using pulseaudio or pipewire like me.

For me it helped to indicate a specific alsa output device.

google-chrome-stable --alsa-output-device=hw:0,0


Yes, it's fixed

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#7 2021-07-23 16:00:45

latalante1
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Registered: 2018-08-30
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Re: Can't play any videos in Chrome after update

This is absolutely not a good solution. The dmix does not work.
Even worse is to disable the sandbox (--no-sandbox).

Development versions of chromium are more verbose.
https://download-chromium.appspot.com/? … =snapshots

ALSA lib pcm_direct.c:2003:(snd1_pcm_direct_parse_open_conf) The field ipc_gid must be a valid group (create group audio)
[2947:2947:0723/160010.819734:ERROR:alsa_util.cc(204)] PcmOpen: default,Invalid argument
ALSA lib pcm_direct.c:2003:(snd1_pcm_direct_parse_open_conf) The field ipc_gid must be a valid group (create group audio)
[2947:2947:0723/160010.822235:ERROR:alsa_util.cc(204)] PcmOpen: plug:default,Invalid argument

It's not the new google-chrome version that is to blame here. I went back to the older one (90.0.4430.212) and it doesn't work either. Although it worked 100% correctly.
The reasons should be looked for in  updates alsa-lib, alsa-ucm-conf, alsa-card-profiles.

Edit:
However, this must be due to a change to the default goole chrome audio sandbox settings.
https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/is … id=1032949
https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/is … id=1018580

YouTube player announcements are hilarious:
! Audio renderer error. Please restart your computer.

Last edited by latalante1 (2021-07-23 19:35:45)

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#8 2021-07-23 20:11:01

latalante1
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Registered: 2018-08-30
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Re: Can't play any videos in Chrome after update

For one user who uses ALSA only, a minimal reconfiguration of alsa.conf (.asoundrc) as used by Fedora is sufficient.
https://src.fedoraproject.org/rpms/alsa … nfig.patch
Google chrome has no problems.
The solution is safe.

It also has drawbacks. It does not allow other users to access audio resources simultaneously (dmix, dsnoop).

In development versions of chromium a switch can be used

--disable-features=AudioServiceOutOfProcess

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#9 2021-07-24 21:08:21

danielcp
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Registered: 2021-07-24
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Re: Can't play any videos in Chrome after update

Same for me in google-chrome (stable) 92.0.4515.107 (everything works OK in chrome 91). I'm not using pulseaudio or pipewire, only ALSA. Trying to play a youtube video give the error

HTML5_AUDIO_RENDERER_ERROR

Using:

google-chrome-stable --alsa-output-device=hw:0,0

works for me, but Is there any way to configure chrome so this flag is the default?

Thank you very much.

EDIT: I just realize that using the flag I cannot open two different tabs with youtube videos. Is any other solution that doesn't require to use pulseaudio?

Last edited by danielcp (2021-07-24 23:54:06)

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