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Started by janandersen on Mar 10, 2011 8:36:36 PM
The Browser Thread: Firefox, Chrome, IE, etc.

A thread for those certain browser problems, that can't be dealt with on the other computing threads.

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janandersen - 10 Mar 2011 20:37:52 (#1 of 1800)

I have WINXP, sp2, and can't get a normal page from the latest iteration of Firefox. The images/pictures don't appear, there are odd black lines drawn through headers, and every kind of nonsense, like the New York Times' header appearing in tiny, little letters. Repeated fresh downloads have not cured the problem.

What on earth could be wrong with Firefox, my Chrome is working fine.

Thank you.

janandersen - 10 Mar 2011 20:40:48 (#2 of 1800)

PolicyWatcher was kind enough to reply, on another thread, that he was unsure as to how to advise me & would wait for advice from a browser & Firefox expert.

This thread is for those who are capable of answering questions such as the one above.

Browsers are becoming more & more complex & capable. As such, perhaps a separate Thread may be advisable....

Thanks all.

Emyr42 - 10 Mar 2011 20:41:57 (#3 of 1800)

Your graphics drivers could be in need of an update, FF4 uses your graphics card to spread the load about a bit.

janandersen - 10 Mar 2011 20:43:55 (#4 of 1800)

Ah, thank you, I have an all-in-one systemboard, and recently went through Device Manager looking for updates to apply and found none.

Thank you.

Will give it another go, though....

janandersen - 10 Mar 2011 20:49:10 (#5 of 1800)

No graphics driver updates available through Device Manager. I'm not on FF4, my iteration is their latest non-Beta, firefox 3.6.15.

Therefore; should one go back to an older iteration of firefox..?

Thanks again.

foxybrown - 11 Mar 2011 13:39:28 (#6 of 1800)

Hi I want to know how I can stop Google knowing where I am (I presume its got something to do with my IP address). Is there anyway I can block that? I use Firefox

PlunkettDoone - 11 Mar 2011 13:57:16 (#7 of 1800)

Just downloaded Firefox 4 and it looks good. It's a release candidate and, so far, seems perfectly stable and noticeably faster the 3.

DavidT999 - 11 Mar 2011 14:07:56 (#8 of 1800)

I'm having hassle with Firefox 4.0 Beta 12 and previous incarnations. If I use Google for searching or if I type in the Google URL, the browser crashes. I close the Browser and then can't reopen Firefox getting the "another instance of it is running" message.

Help!

RunnyBabbit - 11 Mar 2011 15:53:50 (#9 of 1800)

I want to know how I can stop Google knowing where I am

Hi. Here's a guide on why you might want to hide your IP Address:

http://bit.ly/ekJfrX - [streetdirectory.com/]

Here's 3 ways of hiding your IP address in Firefox:

http://www.ehow.com/how_6773310_hide-ip-address-firefox.html

I would also get rid of my Google cookies - or better still install the CSLite add-on to disable Google cookies - that way you can enable them, again, if you want to:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/cs-lite/

RunnyBabbit - 11 Mar 2011 16:00:37 (#10 of 1800)

should one go back to an older iteration of firefox..?

I use Opera, or Chrome if Firefox is being naughty - but, yes, I've gone back to previous versions of Firefox when my must-have add-ons no longer worked.

http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Installing%20a%20previous%20version%20of%20F
irefox

RunnyBabbit - 11 Mar 2011 16:11:03 (#11 of 1800)

incarnations. If I use Google for searching or if I type in the Google URL, the browser crashes. I close the Browser and then can't reopen Firefox getting the "another instance of it is running" message.

Help!

I used to get the "another instance of it is running" message a lot in times gone by.

If you're on a PC, press Ctrl+shift+Esc and Windows Task Manager should appear.

You can close one of the Firefox instances in the Processes tab by clicking on "Firefox" to highlight it and then click on End Process at the bottom left.

The other instance of Firefox may have frozen, in which case you might have to End its Process, too, before re-starting Firefox.

As for the troubles with Firefox Beta versions I'm afraid they're too buggy for most people to troubleshoot - including me :0(

foxybrown - 11 Mar 2011 18:54:11 (#12 of 1800)

Thanks Runny I will give this a go over the weekend

Policywatcher - 11 Mar 2011 19:30:39 (#13 of 1800)

> janandersen - 10-Mar-2011 20:43:55 ( #4 of 12)

> Ah, thank you, I have an all-in-one systemboard, and recently went through Device Manager looking for updates to apply and found none.

Ah... is this exactly what you mean? Device Manager is not responsible, for example, for going out to the internet and getting device driver updates for you.

To do this, you need to actually go to the manufacturer's site in a browser, download the device drivers and then install them.

Gotout - 11 Mar 2011 19:51:51 (#14 of 1800)

If for any reason you're not certain of the precise details of your system then Belarc Advisor will tell you all (and more).

(Thanks to Policywatcher for the link a while ago)



http://belarc-advisor.softlate.com/?gclid=CIm3x9Gkx6cCFUFC4Qod_C
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DavidT999 - 12 Mar 2011 11:19:11 (#15 of 1800)

Thanks RB will keep an eye on it. I was using TM to close the programme but I kept getting the "still running" tab.

janandersen - 12 Mar 2011 16:48:53 (#16 of 1800)

RunnyBabbit - #10

Thank you so much for your fine help here, RB. Its invaluable to this dedicated thread.

janandersen - 12 Mar 2011 16:50:18 (#17 of 1800)

Policywatcher - #13

Thank you again, PW, this just shows how clueless I'm being.

janandersen - 12 Mar 2011 17:35:55 (#18 of 1800)

PW:





I only have WINXP's SP2, not OEM copy of XP; so they cut me off with only SP2. All the driver downloads specify WINXP SP3. I suppose then that I cannot update graphics drivers at all.

toffle - 12 Mar 2011 17:39:34 (#19 of 1800)

Windows XP SP3. Download the big file, run it. (Or follow Microsoft's alternative instructions on that page.)

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx
?FamilyID=5b33b5a8-5e76-401f-be08-1e1555d4f3d4&displaylang=en

Policywatcher - 12 Mar 2011 18:03:08 (#20 of 1800)

> janandersen - 12-Mar-2011 16:50:18 ( #17 of 19)

> Thank you again, PW, this just shows how clueless I'm being.

Not clueless; device manager doesn't make it clear.

As toffle says, you should be able to get to SP3. Though from memory, I can't think why a video driver should require SP3; it wasn't supposed to be that critical. Still, lazy programming is not unknown.

I'd try toffle's link, and post here if you hit any problems.

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