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  • Settings > Browser > System > Use hardware acceleration when available. This solves it here. I don't know why.

  • I have the same problem with latest iteration of Opera and Windows 8.1, with maps and also some other sites such as were a selected jigsaw takes ages to load, or likewise with were the game takes over a minute to load

  • Tagboy's suggestion to use hardware acceleration appears to work for me also.

  • Thanks for the tip tagboy! This makes function as normal.

    After Opera 46 update, Google Maps also lets Opera browser use 3D-satellite view and site has same UI as Chrome.
    About time, and thanks awesome Opera developers! :love:

    It also confirms that there is a bug, as this setting should not be required.
    Great if someone from Opera would drop by and acknowledge that they are aware of the issue.

    No fix in update: 46.0.2597.32 (PGO) released today 27JUN.

    I’m using browser on a ThinkPad Intel i7, 16GB RAM. Mostly on battery power with Opera battery saver on.

    Are there any drawbacks to having hardware acceleration enabled?

  • Mostly on battery power with Opera battery saver on.

    Did you check with it off?

  • bug is unrelated to battery settings. Currently connected to wall power.

    Intel HD Graphics set to maximum performance.

    With hardware acceleration disabled, the issue remains.

    Chrome and Firefox does fine without.

  • I also have a problem with google maps in 46.0.2597.32 (PGO) version.

    Turning off or turning on hardware acceleration doesn't help.

  • With hardware acceleration disabled, the issue remains.

    Why did you disable it? Some things depend on hardware acceleration to work.

  • Are you implying that hardware acceleration enabled should be a requirement for a major site such as to work normally on Opera?

  • Are you implying that hardware acceleration enabled should be a requirement for a major site such as to work normally on Opera?

    Not sure about Google Maps itself.

    Anyway, hardware acceleration is enabled by default so if someone has it disabled should be due to some issue.

  • Thanks leocg, I’m good. πŸ™‚

    On Chrome, Google Maps has normal basic functionality with HWA disabled, as did Opera prior to 46 update – that’s why I thought some users might be confused.

  • The google maps lite works properly

  • same here, with or without hardware acceleration. Version 46.0.2597.26314
    To me this is a bug. before no issues, after last couple of updates, maps is not working. One should not bother to turn HWA on or off. Similar using the "lite" version. Can folks from Opera share their lights?

  • Issue is gone after I turn on h/w acceleration.

  • Cheers!
    I have this same problem and tried turning off the Hardware Acceleration, and it sure solves the issue BUT then I realized the Facebook Messenger stops working πŸ˜•
    Also it seems that the browser works a little slower.
    I find it so weird that there is no bug solution yet, as I guess thousands of people might be having the same issues!
    So I am using Google Maps LITE for now, so I can use Facebook Messenger.

    PS: It's my first time commenting here. So I would take the chance to praise the work of Opera that I use since the version 9 and loving it! πŸ™‚

  • Same problem here. If I enable HW acceleration, google maps works, but then scrolling becomes very slow in Opera (no matter Smooth Scrolling is on or off). That's why I've always disabled HW acc. in the past.

  • When enabling HWA I loose a lot of Youtube functionality, most of the videos turn green. Of course if there's a simple solution to that I could leave HWA permanently on.

  • I have exactly the same. On my HP Spectre PC my Opera browser shows a flickering/blinking round mouse pointer / cursor.
    I tried all kind of settings in Opera, no help. I fully totally uninstalled Opera, downloaded new and installed again. No help.
    And indeed the Lite Mode of google maps works fine.
    Full Mode works fine in other browsers too.

    The problem is that other sites, that embed google maps, have the same problem. They show the blinking cursor and load very slow, or not complete or not at all.

    The only thing I can remember was when I first opened Google Calendar (or was it Google Mail) in Opera, it asked something like "do you want to follow? all links to calendar?" (or something like that). Of course like every user, you glance at the message and click yes immediately. 😞

    So this is a Opera issue I would say.

    Anyone any suggestions?

  • I had similar issues with or without HWA. I disabled my VPN (Surfeasy) and Google Maps worked again.