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#1 Niki

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 07:45 AM

Hello and thanks for the site, I think you chose a great name for it, says it all!

I'm noobie-ish, spend far too much time on my computer (especially if you ask my wife!), though I realilse that is a slightly ridiculous comment considering the dedication of some others on sites just like these, ... I wish I had a better computer, which goes to the heart of many of my computing problems, i.e. I am constantly doing things to my PC to make it go faster, look better, do more amazing things etc. and then have to spend even more time trying to undo the mess I made. I know people think using System Restore is pathetic but boy has it come in handy... wish it had always been enough (painful moments, having to tell the wife I messed up the computer, again!)

anyway, that's me, a firefox user, out of blind faith, coz I don't understand why they say it browses faster that IE, coz it doesn't in my experience and it takes about 20 times longer to load but tabs are brilliant and there is a masochistic fun in losing all one's extensions by updating to the latest beta!

enough!... that's it, just: HELLO!

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#2 tg1911

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 09:43 AM

Welcome to Bleeping Computer, Niki.

I am constantly doing things to my PC to make it go faster, look better, do more amazing things etc. and then have to spend even more time trying to undo the mess I made.

Well, now you have a place to come to, to ask if these "improvements" are worth your time, and trouble, which should help reduce the time you have to spend cleaning up your "mess". :thumbsup:

I know people think using System Restore is pathetic but boy has it come in handy...

Don't knock System Restore.
It's a handy little tool to have when all else fails.

The main reason I use Firefox, is because it's a more secure browser.
To avoid alot of your extension problems, don't use beta releases.
Only upgrade when a final release is offered.

a firefox user, out of blind faith, coz I don't understand why they say it browses faster that IE, coz it doesn't in my experience and it takes about 20 times longer to load

As far as the speed issue goes, read this thread on Pipelining Firefox:
Firefox Web Browser - Pipelining
If you use these tweaks, I think you'll notice a definite speed increase.

Edited by tg1911, 11 October 2005 - 09:45 AM.

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 10:04 AM

Welcome to BC!

Unless you are the kind of person who either loves to be on the cutting edge, or is familiar with testing applications, avoid most Beta releases (Google is an exception because their Beta releases are not really Beta). Always read the release notes which will discuss stability issues and the status of the release candidate.

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 10:06 AM

Welcome. Start a new POST and tell us what you have. We will be glad to help you tweak your system.
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Posted 11 October 2005 - 05:30 PM

@ tg1911, wow, thanks for the tip, I'm ahead already.

Thing is, I resist a lot of betas but some like the firefox ones I just can't. I discovered (you probably know this) the following, which often works, that you can save the .xpi extension and rename it a .zip file, unzip it and open the install.rdf file with notepad and you should find a line like "<em:minVersion>1.0</em:minVersion>
<em:maxVersion>1.6</em:maxVersion>
" where you can increase the max version number above your current firefox version. Then put the file back in the zip file and rename it .xpi and then open it with firefox. Often it works.

There was a phase when I got carried away with reg cleaners.

Anyway, hope you weren't affected too badly by Katrina.

@ acklan - thanks, which forum can I start the new post in?

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 11:33 PM

You're welcome, Niki.

Thing is, I resist a lot of betas but some like the firefox ones I just can't. I discovered (you probably know this) the following, which often works, that you can save the .xpi extension and rename it a .zip file, unzip it and open the install.rdf file with notepad and you should find a line like "<em:minVersion>1.0</em:minVersion>
<em:maxVersion>1.6</em:maxVersion>
" where you can increase the max version number above your current firefox version. Then put the file back in the zip file and rename it .xpi and then open it with firefox. Often it works.

Too much work for me.
I'll just wait for the final release. :thumbsup:

@ acklan - thanks, which forum can I start the new post in?

If it's a specific OS question, you can use the Windows 95/98/ME, or Windows XP/NT/2000/2003 forum.
If it's a hardware question, use the Hardware forum.
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Posted 16 October 2005 - 10:46 PM

:thumbsup: to BC! Niki.
From one Firefox user to another, "Hello."

Good Luck,
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