When accessing the internet from my home connection, Google Chrome has trouble accessing certain sites that use https. These include Google search, Facebook and discussions.apple.com, but for some reason Gmail is ok. This is on a Retina Macbook Pro with 10.8.3 Mountain Lion.
Given the symptoms described below, it the issue seems likely to be some misconfiguration of the router, which unfortunately I'm not in a position to change. However, since it works in Safari but not Chrome, the two browsers must be doing something differently. What I would really like to know is how I can diagnose what this difference is.
What happens when I try to access the site varies depending on the site. Google search works intermittently, and when it doesn't work it times out as if the server was down. Facebook.com consistently renders the first two wall posts but then stops loading. The Apple forums just sit there forever with a white screen.
I can access these sites just fine in Safari, and they also work fine when I'm browsing via the WiFi at work. It's only when I'm (a) using the ethernet cable at home, and (b) using Google Chrome that the problem occurs. Unfortunately I have no access to the router at home, because the internet is part of my rental agreement and I just have an ethernet socket in my room.
I have tried the following things (and possibly more) to no avail:
- Clearing all brower data in Chrome (cache, cookies etc.)
- Disabling all extensions and restarting Chrome
- Switching to Google public DNS
- Checking my proxy settings in OS X. (No proxies are configured. Both Safari and Chrome use the system settings.)
- Checking that my IP address is the same when browsing via https from Chrome and Safari (it is.)
- Looking for any suspicious messages in Console. (There are several about things relating to Spotlight, but nothing relating to Chrome, and nothing comes up when I try to load these sites.)
- Disabling "Predict network actions to improve page load performance" in Chrome preferences. This changes the symptoms slightly (Facebook times out instead of displaying the first two wall posts; other sites behave the same as before) but does not resolve the issue.
- Rebooting into safe mode
- Deleting my Chrome profile
- Deleting all the other files in ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome
- Setting ipv6 to "Link-local only" in system preferences
- Turning off ipv6 completely by running
networksetup -setv6off Ethernetin Terminal
- Accessing the web via TOR. The problem does not occur, but the connection is too slow for regular use.
My question is, what else can I do to try and work out what the problem is? Chrome is obviously doing something different from what Safari does when trying to access these sites, and I'd like to know what that is, with a view to either solving the problem for myself, or at least being able to submit a bug report to whichever party is responsible.