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#1 ixcuincle

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 09:12 PM

I have two minor Firefox issues which I've been noticing recently. Both of them have to do with Firefox and loading blank pages.

The first issue is with Firefox and starting up a new session. When I finish a browsing session, I close Firefox. Sometimes I'll feel like browsing again and I will double-click Firefox again. I set Firefox to start up blank pages every time on sessions, and I've had this happen without problem. But it seems lately that Firefox is just going back to the previous site I was on, whenever I start a new session. I'd like for it to just start up a blank page. This happens on both my XP and Windows 7 PC's. I've checked the settings and they say "start blank page on new session", the home page is set to about:blank.

The second issue is with Firefox and my keyboard. I like to double-click to access Firefox, but I also like to access Firefox from my keyboard. My keyboard has a key called "Web/Home", and I sometimes press this to access the web. When I press this key, I sometimes got a blank page (although with problem issue 1 I could be getting the prior page that I was on previously). But sometimes I get the compaq.aol.com site. This is a Compaq computer so I can see why I'd be taken there, but I don't want to go there anymore. I just want Firefox to open with a blank page every time I run it, whether for instance 1 or instance 2.

Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks.

PS: Home in both situations is set to about:blank.

Edited by ixcuincle, 12 April 2011 - 09:24 PM.


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Posted 12 April 2011 - 11:08 PM

Close Firefox. Go Start>All Programs>Mozilla Firefox, click on Mozilla Firefox (safe mode). Same issue?

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 09:28 AM

Haven't had a chance to try it, but the odd thing is everything works fine now, and new sessions start off with blank pages. Guess it was a one-day deal or something. Weird.

The 2nd instance also happens every now and then, was wondering if there was any way to keep the page blank instead of redirecting to compaq.aol.com.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 11:36 AM

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 01:23 PM

Your first issue sounds like FF may not have shut down all the way from the previous use.

You do not mention which version you are running but there was one that was known to hang on close. The GUI closed but the process remained open and shown running in task manager.


Really do not have a clue on the second other then to ask if you are sure it is Firefox running and not IE when you are taken to the AOL site.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 01:56 PM

Yeah, I noticed Firefox opened the previous page I was on earlier today, but another FF window was up, so that might have been the problem.

I am using Firefox 4 on both computers.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 03:50 PM

I have sessions disabled.

But then again I`m running 3.6.16
May be a minor bug in v4.

You can check\post on the Mozilla forum. Or wait and see if the first patch for 4 fixes the issue.

Am waiting on some add-ons to be updated to work with 4 is the only reason I had made the jump but went back.
Nightly Tester was`t able to make them compatible either.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 04:07 PM

Am waiting on some add-ons to be updated to work with 4

http://www.smartestcomputing.us.com/topic/40828-how-to-bypass-firefox-40-incompatible-add-on-error-and-install-extensions-anyway/
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 05:30 PM

Been there and tried that Broni.

All a couple add-ons did after that was not work at all or break part of FF 4.

Not a big deal. Quit content with 3.6.16 and willing to wait for the recoding of the add-ons.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 05:36 PM

This is really strange.
I have rather large number of add-ons and all of them are working for me no problem.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 05:42 PM

Only running 10.
Would be hard pressed to even tell you which ones failed.
But, as noted in your link,

Important Note: At the moment of the writing of this article, Greasemonkey is really actually incompatible with Firefox 4.0 beta, and continually opens up the homepage with a never-ending list of tabs. The same goes for quite a few extensions that we tested, though some of them worked fine. We’re pretty sure they’ll be updated very soon.


Would seem to apply to more then Greasemonkey.
None gave any error message when installing. Just did not function.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 05:47 PM

I see. I don't use GreaseMonkey, so I can't really check.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 05:53 PM

I see. I don't use GreaseMonkey, so I can't really check.



Not a Greasemonkey user either.
But it is an example of, even with the about:config tweak that add-ons will install but some will not function.
There seem`s to have been enough internal code changes in FF this time around to really cause some problems with .xpi extensions. In most add-ons a simple edit of the FF version listed in the xpi would allow it to install and function.
Not that easy this time around.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 05:57 PM

Can you give me couple of examples of add-ons not working for you?

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 06:11 PM

Sorry Broni. Memory fails at the moment.

Miscount too. I run 15 add-ons.
Current list.

Add-ons currently in use.
Abine 0.705
BetterPrivacy 1.49
Close n forget 0.11.1
Compact Menu 2 4.0
Download Statusbar 0.9.8
MinimizeToTray revived 0.9.3
MR Tech Toolkit 6.0.4
NoScript 2.1.0.1
PDF Download 3.0.0.2
PlacesCleaner 0.40
QuickRestart 1.1.6
RefControl 0.8.14
Searchbar Autosizer 1.4.7
Tab Mix Plus 0.3.8.5





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