I have been looking at Chrome and think I am going to pass it by (for now). While is seems to make sense for the "average" internet user who wants a faster experience, some enhanced privacy and something "new," I am so used to using Firefox with my Add-Ons, that I don't know if I could go back.
I enjoy the comfort of having AdBlock Plus, FlashBlock, No Script, Google toolbar (the Merriam-Webster link is great for writing), among others. The genius of FireFox has been, to me, its ability to be easily customized.
Without that aspect, I would not want to switch browsers.
It's faster than Firefox, but quite honestly the difference between three seconds and one-and-a-half second isn't a big deal to me. I also had problems running movies on Chrome. And I love my Firefox plug-ins, of course. I'm stickin' with Firefox.
"If I let myself get hung up on doing things that had any actual chance of success, I'd never do anything!"
Are you sure it's just not minimized? Move the pointer to the bottom of the screen, and see if you get the arrow cursor. Or, maybe you're monitor settings are off. Check your video card drivers, and try the hardware settings on your monitor.