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Old 04-22-2014, 11:14 AM   #1
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Where can a non SSE2 binary for chromium be found?


The chrome package that comes with debian wheezy does not work at all on my old hardware. Manually downloading the current chromium and running it produces an "illegal instruction" error. This is because of SSE2 instructions not supported on a 533 MHz Celeron.

Where is a binary for chromium built without SSE2 instructions?

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Old 04-22-2014, 11:54 AM   #2
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The short answer is that you can't. The long answer is here
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...us-4175420481/
You just have to use Debian's Iceweasel and install the old version of the flash plugin.
 
Old 04-22-2014, 12:50 PM   #3
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Isn't iceweasel slower than chromium? In windows the latter outperforms firefox significantly.

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Old 04-23-2014, 11:08 AM   #4
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I expect it is, but neither of my computers can run it because they don't have sse2 support. Personally, I use Opera just because I find Firefox slow.
 
Old 04-23-2014, 11:23 AM   #5
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The short answer is that you can't. The long answer is here
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...us-4175420481/
You just have to use Debian's Iceweasel and install the old version of the flash plugin.
Why are you so firmly against chrome on hardware lacking SSE2? Here's what a chrome developer says:

Quote:
You can remove the SSE2 specific flags from the build and you'll still end up with a working browser. However, you can't run pixel-tests with such a browser because your outputs will be different. For everything else, it should be fine.
From here:

http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=9007
 
Old 04-23-2014, 11:41 AM   #6
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I'm not firmly against it. You originally asked for a binary and I wasn't aware of one. I didn't suggest compiling modified source code because that's not what you asked for and I wouldn't know where to start: I'm a user, not a programmer.
 
Old 04-23-2014, 12:04 PM   #7
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You said one cannot (find a binary). In other words a link for us does not exist.

Iceweasel takes 5 minutes to load a freemeteo.com page with flash. Chrome on windows takes 2 minutes. It's definitely worth seeking a non-SSE2 binary.

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Old 12-12-2014, 09:00 AM   #8
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Smile Found, slightly older Chrome Debian build that may work.

I realize this thread is old (as the forum software so helpfully pointed out!) But I think I found a likely solution.

Running a Debian Wheezy based distro (not Wheezy itself, but Kali) on a similarly old CPU, Athlon XP 1Ghz. Had the same problem with it failing silently. In terminal it showed it requires SSE2. Every build from 35 on does. Tried v.34, it failed too for some other reason, like Flash. Tried v.30, it works! Logged into gmail and google maps with it. Faster than Firefox by a wide margin.

Found older builds of Chrome here:

http://mirror.pcbeta.com/google/chro...114-1_i386.deb

As of Dec. 2014 the current Chrome is around v.39 (I'm reading conflicting info. in Debian Chromium source vs. "official" Chrome builds, they may be on different versions now)

The above downloaded ok. It would not install with the GUI, but I think that is a problem with this distro, and it should work on Debian proper. If not:

Code:
sudo dpkg -i /path/to/downloaded/file
HTH

P.S. Version 30 loads freemeteo.com nicely on this old AthlonXP, about 30-60 seconds (didn't time exactly). Should do it in about 2 min. on a 500 mhz CPU. It may be possible to recompile versions of Chromium up to 34 (but not likely newer) from the Debian sources. Chromium excludes built in Flash, so it may run where the same version 34 of Chrome failed. Anything newer is not likely to work, without major programming chops.

Last edited by lubod; 12-12-2014 at 10:05 AM. Reason: Corrected v. number mistake, added P.S.
 
Old 12-12-2014, 10:27 AM   #9
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And how do we know there is no malware in this binary?
 
Old 12-12-2014, 03:14 PM   #10
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Unhappy Since you asked...

It appears the site redirects to something in Chinese, and yet I read the packager was in Latin America? Uninstalled it, thanks to your warning. We shall soon see how much malware they packed inside. I only loaded 3 sites with it, and have changed my password to the two (sites) which require authentication since. Maybe they can steal some recipes I have in my computer?

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Old 12-12-2014, 04:23 PM   #11
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For browsing purposes I would just boot a debian live CD after physically removing the hard disk from that old pc and download and install the suspicious chrome there. What harm can it do then. Wouldn't you agree?
 
Old 12-14-2014, 12:50 PM   #12
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Hey! Aren't you going to say what harm can that binary do if run from a live CD session?

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