Is your new MacBook Air crashing on a frequent basis while you're browsing the web? Before you return it to the Genius Bar to get it looked at, try closing Google Chrome and using Safari instead.

Google has confirmed that it has identified a "leak of graphics resources" in its hugely popular Chrome web browser that is causing kernel panics on some MacBook Airs. It has contacted Apple to try to resolve the issue, but in the meantime, it has been forced to disable Chrome's GPU acceleration.

In a statement to Gizmodo, Google said:

"We have identified a leak of graphics resources in the Chrome browser related to the drawing of plugins on Mac OS X. Work is proceeding to find and fix the root cause of the leak.

"The resource leak is causing a kernel panic on Mac hardware containing the Intel HD 4000 graphics chip (e.g. the new Macbook Airs). Radar bug number 11762608 has been filed with Apple regarding the kernel panics, since it should not be possible for an application to trigger such behavior.

"While the root cause of the leak is being fixed, we are temporarily disabling some of Chrome's GPU acceleration features on the affected hardware via an auto-updated release that went out this afternoon (Thursday June 28). We anticipate further fixes in the coming days which will re-enable many or all of these features on this hardware."

It's unclear how long it will take for these issues to be ironed out, but a fix could take longer than usual if Google must wait for a response from Apple. You can keep an eye on the company's Chrome release blog for forthcoming updates, and we'll be sure to let you know when a fix arrives.

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[via Gizmodo]