When I run multiple apps based on Chrome/Chromium/Electron, they randomly lock up the entire windows UI. I first noticed this while using Discord while having YouTube tabs up and flipping between tabs or between channels in Discord.
When this happens (very frequently, happens roughly every 5 minutes), the entire Windows 10 UI hangs and no longer updates with only the mouse cursor moving but not seemingly unable to interact with anything. Alt+Tab, Ctrl+Alt+Del – nothing works.
Sleeping then unsleeping recovers responsiveness and reveals that all mouse/keyboard/UI operations you were performing were actually going through just not visible.
I am assuming this is some kind of Intel Iris Xe driver bug/crash just from gut, but IMO this is a real show-stopper because many Electron-based apps don’t even have a preference / menu item for disabling the hardware acceleration and more and more apps are becoming Electron-based (VSCode, BoostNote, Discord, Web Browsers, etc.) so only being able to run a single one of those apps at a time is very bad.
For completeness, I’m running:
Discord Stable 104276
The problem happens with any app running Electron though, VSCode, BoostNote, etc.
Edit: I set up this laptop with the driver pack, I have now installed the latest Intel Iris Xe Graphics driver – 220.127.116.119 (from 11/2) – I will report if this resolves the issue. For reference, the driver included in the pack was 18.104.22.16865 (from 4/29)
Edit 2: It did not resolve the issue – if anything, it’s worse and happens faster.