Core Stuff not up to Snuff



  • I want to like Vivaldi. It seems like a great idea. The initial tests I ran on it seemed exceptionally promising. The customization is great and everything is organized well. The problem is that I keep experiencing very consistent and troubling bugs that prevent me from using it as it was intended: a web browser. Forgetting all of the extra features it offers, Vivaldi just isn't able to perform this basic task reliably. In no short order, I suffer some problems: Random Webpage Loading Hangs: A webpage will stop loading, even, requiring multiple refreshes, or in the worst case scenario, an entirely new instance load of the tab, which sometimes doesn't fix the problem. Searching in the Address Field: When I input a search into the address bar, nothing happens. Instead, I have to input it a second time for it to actually do the search. This is also true of websites entered occasionally. Since this affects my core experience of the browser, and its original function, I hope that they're patched soon. I experience these problems on more than one machine, all running either OS X or Windows 10.


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    I had similar problems in Windows 10 about ten or so versions ago, but not since then. In my Win 10, no pages hang, and response to entries in the address bar are instantaneous. This is true across my six most-used machines, ranging in age from three years old to thirteen years old.

    I wonder what sort of rigs you are running?



  • Ayespy, do you have a green thumb for electronics? Cause everything works perfect for you.

    And I experience the exact same issues as the OP does, to be honest. Another weird bug is that when I add open a new tab, it flashes at the end of the tab bar just before going right next to my current tab, as I have "open next to tab" for new tabs, which is odd. Autocomplete is not instantaneous all the time. Sometimes, when I open a new tab, I want to type right away, but the address bar sometimes lags, not inputting my text right away. It would also be nice to have tab opening animations like other browsers, to give it that intuitive, smooth feel that modern browsers have.

    Webpages lag in loading quite a bit sometimes, and this didn't occur before. Toggling the panel on many pages like this forum or Facebook causes the webpage to flicker/blink white for a quick second.

    Starting YouTube videos can be a bit laggy, in the loading of the page(not the video) and in toggling the video fullscreen and out of fullscreen. Opera 36(or is it now 37) at least toggles the video fullscreen fast compared to other Chromium browsers, and toggling out of fullscreen isn't so bad either, but in Vivaldi, it can be sluggish. Firefox is great for this on Windows, and Safari is best for their fullscreen YouTube animations on Mac, but Chromium browsers in general are not great at it, but Opera's is the best. They also make the mouse cursor disappear during fullscreen videos, but Vivaldi doesn't do that.

    The font could use some thickening in the UI, like the address bar, tabs, and panels, and make the sub-URL text grayed out. A better History page and sync is really all that's needed to at least be as good and as smooth and as "complete" as other browsers, I should say, and smoothing out those bugs, the performance of the UI/RAM usage/CPU usage, and polishing some design aesthetics would be nice, but definitely polish the current features.

    Vivaldi has a bit of a ways to go before it can outdo every browser in every single way possible. Opera is a "simple" browser now, but at least it's polished, smooth, speedy, and far less buggy. Things sort of just work, and I'm not sure how long it'll be until Vivaldi gets to that level of polish. I can't wait till that day comes.



  • I'm using, mainly by purpose, a not so recent PC to test vivaldi.

    For the record it's a core2duo @2.4Ghz provided by 4GB of ram and a random 128GB ssd.

    And I never felt that sluggishness you mention.

    To be more precise I felt Vivaldi as slow and not snappy when it was released at the beginning of 2015, but since then, big progresses were made, so big that were surprising for me.

    I think that people that stil has problems is on platters HDDs maybe even on slow 5400 rpms ones.

    So give yourself a favor, replace your HDD with an SSD, they are pretty cheap nowadays and, Vivaldi or not, literally it will put your PC out of the grave.


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    @D0J0P:

    Ayespy, do you have a green thumb for electronics? Cause everything works perfect for you.

    And I experience the exact same issues as the OP does, to be honest. Another weird bug is that when I add open a new tab, it flashes at the end of the tab bar just before going right next to my current tab, as I have "open next to tab" for new tabs, which is odd. Autocomplete is not instantaneous all the time. Sometimes, when I open a new tab, I want to type right away, but the address bar sometimes lags, not inputting my text right away. It would also be nice to have tab opening animations like other browsers, to give it that intuitive, smooth feel that modern browsers have.

    Webpages lag in loading quite a bit sometimes, and this didn't occur before. Toggling the panel on many pages like this forum or Facebook causes the webpage to flicker/blink white for a quick second.

    Starting YouTube videos can be a bit laggy, in the loading of the page(not the video) and in toggling the video fullscreen and out of fullscreen. Opera 36(or is it now 37) at least toggles the video fullscreen fast compared to other Chromium browsers, and toggling out of fullscreen isn't so bad either, but in Vivaldi, it can be sluggish. Firefox is great for this on Windows, and Safari is best for their fullscreen YouTube animations on Mac, but Chromium browsers in general are not great at it, but Opera's is the best. They also make the mouse cursor disappear during fullscreen videos, but Vivaldi doesn't do that.

    The font could use some thickening in the UI, like the address bar, tabs, and panels, and make the sub-URL text grayed out. A better History page and sync is really all that's needed to at least be as good and as smooth and as "complete" as other browsers, I should say, and smoothing out those bugs, the performance of the UI/RAM usage/CPU usage, and polishing some design aesthetics would be nice, but definitely polish the current features.

    Vivaldi has a bit of a ways to go before it can outdo every browser in every single way possible. Opera is a "simple" browser now, but at least it's polished, smooth, speedy, and far less buggy. Things sort of just work, and I'm not sure how long it'll be until Vivaldi gets to that level of polish. I can't wait till that day comes.

    I think I kind of do have an electronic green thumb, no joke. Either that, or others are able to make stuff break, that I just can't. My experience with cars is somewhat similar. My wife has had four micro-USB charging cords fail on four different devices during the same time that I have been doing twice as much plugging and unplugging as she does, and never had one fail. Her computer has had problems (which I had to fix) that I have never seen on any of mine - and one of mine is essentially a clone of hers. She can break network connections that I can't break. I can drop a phone and shatter it, and it still works.

    But seriously, with computers, part of it is that just keep a clean system and limit installs to things I really need, plus curtailing unwanted startup and background processes and services. Then, too, I don't use my systems for anything fancy. I browse (with only very rare media consumption) and I do work. That's it. So keeping things simple is probably what works for me.


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