Flushing Sockets


I cannot load websites/download files in Google Chrome. The status bar shows a message that states, "Waiting for available sockets..."


  • Google Chrome


Chrome allows up to six open connections by default. If this number is exceeded, new connections will hang until a socket opens up. This typically happens after five minutes of inactivity, but can sometimes fail to process.


  1. Go to the address bar and type chrome://net-internals
  2. Click Sockets from the left side menu.
  3. Click the Flush socket pools button.

Note: It is NOT necessary to restart your browser after flushing sockets. However, some pages may lose connection and will need to be re-loaded. 


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