Google Chromebook update will fix a bug that has caused laptops to crash (Image: GOOGKE)
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Some Chromebook users have been left hugely frustrated this week after an update from Google ended up breaking their devices. It’s thought the patch pushed out by the US tech giant, called version 91.0.4772.165, featured a typo in a line of code that caused a swathe of problems including some users getting locked out of their laptops and devices continuously rebooting. Worse still, some poor Chromebook fans even reported losing saved data from their machines.
Once the blooper was spotted, Google immediately halted the release of this latest upgrade and advised users not to install it.
Luckily, things have now been fixed with a new software patch being released across the world.
Announcing the news on its status page, Google said: “Chrome Version 91.0.4472.167 is currently being deployed with a fix to this issue. The rollout will gradually release to devices over the next few days.”
If your Chromebook has been plagued by bugs since downloading the original patch then make sure you keep checking for the latest software.
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If the new update hasn’t arrived just yet then there are some things to try that will offer a temporary fix.
Google has issued three workarounds for Chromebook users which include:
• Powerwash the device.
This is basically a posh name for factory reset. Google says you can make your Chromebook run like new again by doing a factory reset. A factory reset erases all the information on your Chromebook’s hard drive, including all the files in the Downloads folder.
HOW TO POWERWASH – Sign out of your Chromebook • Press and hold Ctrl + Alt + Shift + r • Select Restart • In the box that appears, select Powerwash and then Continue.
• Rollback the Chrome OS device to a previous version via USB.
• Remove the affected account and add the account back to the device
This isn’t the first time Chromebook users have been left with infuriating issues.
Earlier this month, Google faced another serious problem with its Chrome OS software. A previous update seriously damaged the performance on many Chromebook devices that updated to the affected software version. The problem has since been resolved, but it seems Google isn’t having a particularly good month for its Chromebook software.