Most of the reviews on Internet Explorer 9 say that it is a fantastic browser. According to PCmag.com, the Pros of Internet Explorer are:
The only noted cons are that it only works with Windows 7 and Vista.
Personally, because I am fully invested in Google’s service offerings for email, calendar, Android phones, and more, I use Google Chrome as my default browser.
Recently, however, I had a client with a strange problem. Internet Explorer 8 worked like a champ while Internet Explorer 9 would lock up, error out, and take forever to load. If it did load successfully, it ran fine on certain web pages and would lock up on others.
Turns out, the video card was the problem. That’s right…the video card.
Check out Microsoft’s Knowledge Based Article 2398082:
If this option is selected, Internet Explorer 9 is running in Software Rendering mode. If the option is greyed out, your current video card or video driver does not support GPU hardware acceleration.
This option was greyed out on my client’s system. In English that means that Internet Explorer 9 will not work well with their current video card, which happened to be built in to their motherboard.
As a solution, I uninstalled Internet Explorer 9 and restored Internet Explorer 8.
I also installed Chrome and reinstalled the updated version of Firefox. The logic behind Chrome and Firefox is that even if they prefer Internet Explorer 9, it may be safer to run those browsers since they will continue to work with his current video card.
The final solution would be to upgrade the video card or consider purchasing a new system all together.
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