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Firefox issue
n/a ^ | 10/21/12 | One Name

Posted on 11/21/2012 7:40:12 PM PST by One Name

Switched back to Mozilla Firefox before the election as IE was giving me fits. Everything was great for awhile but now FF fades every 20 keystrokes or so and I have to click to resume typing.

Old Dell computer on XP with DSL hookup


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: browser; firefox; vanity
Any hints from you techs?
1 posted on 11/21/2012 7:40:24 PM PST by One Name
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To: One Name

No tech I.
Get a Mac.


2 posted on 11/21/2012 7:41:50 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: One Name
Everything was great for awhile but now FF fades every 20 keystrokes or so and I have to click to resume typing.

I'm not sure what you mean here.

3 posted on 11/21/2012 7:45:24 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: One Name

> FF fades every 20 keystrokes or so and I have to click to
> resume typing.

I’m a tech, and I don’t understand what this means.


4 posted on 11/21/2012 7:45:27 PM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: One Name

Firefox is my primary browser, but I also have Google Chrome.
I have never used Explorer.
There is no problem having Chrome as a secondary browser...Try it.

Make sure that you have the latest Firefox updates, or just reload it.


5 posted on 11/21/2012 7:51:16 PM PST by AlexW
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To: One Name

Which version of FF?

==

You might try re-installing it.

And, have you rebooted recently? If not, try rebooting.


6 posted on 11/21/2012 7:52:16 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Westbrook

Top bar fades from dark blue bar to light blue and I can no longer enter text until I click the mouse again.


7 posted on 11/21/2012 7:56:27 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: TomGuy

Was the latest will try again.


8 posted on 11/21/2012 7:58:05 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Goes out of text entry mode. Top bar fades to light blue. Thks


9 posted on 11/21/2012 7:59:46 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: One Name

Firefox has been suffering from feature creep for years, causing it to become as slow and bloated as IE.

I recommend trying Chrome. It performers much faster and is more stable.

Of course there is that whole Google thing. Do you trust a product made by Google? If you can get over that issue, it’s worth a try.


10 posted on 11/21/2012 8:04:49 PM PST by CriticalJ (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But then I repeat myself. MT)
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To: AlexW; One Name

Not a tech, but...

I am running the same setup you are XP (sp3) on an old Dell 4550, cable modem, and Firefox.

I have had very few problems with Firefox. The ones I did have were:
* A compatibility issue with some AVG plug-ins
* A compatibility issue with Google Chrome when I tried installing Chrome.

My Explorer doesnt work (tried updates, reloading, etc - nothing. But that’s okay b/c I prefer Firefox anyway.

I don’t think your problem is with the browser, necessarily.


11 posted on 11/21/2012 8:06:06 PM PST by Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust
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To: One Name

Go to Pull Down Menu, select Help and then select “Trouble Shooting”, then on right hand side, select button “Reset FF to its default state”. Close FF and relaunch. See if that works.


12 posted on 11/21/2012 8:06:27 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: One Name

Check your extensions and plugins. Disable all that are suspect, If problem disappears, re-enable one at a time till you find the one not playing nice.


13 posted on 11/21/2012 8:07:05 PM PST by wrench
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To: One Name

I ditched FF and IE Explorer a long time ago and run nothing but Chrome on all my machines, laptops and towers, all different makes and OS from XP to a new W8. Never had a problem except with one of the machines that was just plain old and under/at the min requirements. Chrome is what I recommend to everyone...don’t work with macs, but I hear it is equally good. If you are running AOL it can cause problems with your second browaer for sure...and it doesn’t seem to like RealPlayer. A lot of older systems run AOL; maybe even don’t kow it’s still there, but you can scrap AOL unless you like HuffPo for some reason and keep your old screen name now, signing on thru chrome.


14 posted on 11/21/2012 8:07:51 PM PST by jessduntno ("Socialism only works...in Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they have it." - RR)
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To: One Name

> Top bar fades from dark blue bar to light blue

I’m sorry, I don’t know what this means.

Questions:

1. What operating system?

2. What version of FireFox?


15 posted on 11/21/2012 8:07:51 PM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: One Name

Reading through this, it sounds as if your system is losing the focus in the active window or tab that Firefox is in. What else is running? How many windows do you have open? Can you re-find the active window with the Alt/Tab key?


16 posted on 11/21/2012 8:08:39 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: CriticalJ

Thanks. Running Chrome on daughters laptop, had it on wife’s laptop for a while. This computer is just getting old, I fear.


17 posted on 11/21/2012 8:10:24 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: One Name
Restart FF in safe mode (Help > Restart with Add-ons Disabled). If the problem disappears it is probably caused by an add-on. Restart in non-safe mode, check Tools > Add-ons, disable individual add-ons and restart FF. Continue until you find the culprit.
18 posted on 11/21/2012 8:10:59 PM PST by TChad
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To: Westbrook

Windows XP

Latest free version of FF on 10/29/2012. Thanks


19 posted on 11/21/2012 8:13:40 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: jessduntno

Concerning “Chrome” ...

I don’t trust google. I use an anonymous search engine (ixquick).

Maybe I’m paranoid, but I suspect google products of being elaborate phishing expeditions.

Don’t trust Apple either. Believe it or not, I trust Microsoft more, though I trust Linux the most.

FireFox works for me. Gets along fine with all my other apps. Oh, and I don’t use anybody’s “tool bars”. If they’re not phishing expeditions, they’re bloatware. Total cruft. If I want something, I’ll ask for it, thank you, I don’t want anybody second-guessing my keystrokes.


20 posted on 11/21/2012 8:13:53 PM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: One Name

TChad’s (reply 18 above) suggestion is a good one.

Run FF in safe mode.

Also, kill all your other apps, in case one of them is interfering by stealing focus.


21 posted on 11/21/2012 8:16:29 PM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: TChad

Thank you FRiend- that appears to have done it.

Don’t know what I did but that’s all it took. THANKS!


22 posted on 11/21/2012 8:18:30 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: One Name

Usually that means that firefox memory usage has gone very high, probably due to a memory leak from one of your addons/plugins and you should restart firefox fairly frequently to get around this. You could try using something like Memory Restart to inform you when memory usage has gone too high and restart firefox. I’ve turned off the automatic restart option, and just use it to inform me of the memory usage.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/memory-restart/?src=userprofile

Good luck!


23 posted on 11/21/2012 8:19:47 PM PST by MetaThought
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To: One Name
Try SeaMonkey. Similar to FireFox but I prefer it.
www.seamonkey-project.org/releases/
24 posted on 11/21/2012 8:21:19 PM PST by caveat emptor (Zippity Do Dah)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi; wrench; jessduntno; Westbrook; Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust; TChad; brityank; ...

Thank you all so much for responding- TChad got it in post 18.

You all are great!


25 posted on 11/21/2012 8:25:10 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: MetaThought; caveat emptor

Got it solved for tonight but need to update this box soon. Thanks! God Bless!


26 posted on 11/21/2012 8:28:17 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: Westbrook

“I don’t trust google. I use an anonymous search engine (ixquick).”

I hear you. But when I stripped everything out, even the oldies ran much better, loaded faster and smoother performance all around.

I run it at home too...maybe I’m a little less cautious than I ought to be...


27 posted on 11/21/2012 8:34:18 PM PST by jessduntno ("Socialism only works...in Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they have it." - RR)
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To: One Name
THANKS!

You're welcome. Did you find the add-on that caused the problem?

28 posted on 11/21/2012 8:36:53 PM PST by TChad
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To: One Name

What do you mean when you say that it “fades”?


29 posted on 11/21/2012 8:40:36 PM PST by DarthDilbert
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To: One Name

Ah, you mean for some reason the app that is open somehow is no longer the active one? (on top)

yes, that is strange


30 posted on 11/21/2012 8:51:51 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: DarthDilbert

Top bar fades from dark blue to light blue and goes out of text entry mode.
TChad solved it in post 18- thanks for checkin’!


31 posted on 11/21/2012 8:54:09 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: TChad

No, but I went a lot of places in the last 2 weeks or so and don’t remember consciously agreeing to anything.

Thanks again for your rapid response. God Bless you and your family this Thanksgiving!


32 posted on 11/21/2012 8:57:45 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: GeronL

Ya it was like a tranny jumping out of gear (out of text-entry mode) whenever it wanted to. Problem solved, though- Thanks FRiend!


33 posted on 11/21/2012 9:02:21 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: One Name

Get a MAC...


34 posted on 11/21/2012 9:11:05 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: celtic gal

Got an I-phone a year and a half ago- got a foot in both worlds.

Good friend in the video-chopping industry (Rightchange.com)
left apple for good when it comes to puttin out the message...


35 posted on 11/21/2012 9:16:08 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: One Name

Just be careful how you structure a sentence around the world “tranny”. lol.


36 posted on 11/21/2012 9:34:43 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

You had to go there! LOL.

Trust me, the only gears I ever slipped in a tranny were purely metallic and not connected to my body!


37 posted on 11/21/2012 10:02:28 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: One Name

lol


38 posted on 11/21/2012 10:11:41 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: One Name
Thanks. Running Chrome on daughters laptop, had it on wife’s laptop for a while. This computer is just getting old, I fear.

Several issues can make your computer run slow.

I have used this Dell Optiplex GX110 for years.

Factors affecting operational speed:

(1) CPU speed (this is 1000 Khz)
(2) Memory (this has 500 MB RAM, doubling it would help)
(3) Percentage of drive capacity used (this less than 50% full)
(4) Windows updating (turn off automatic updates, let it notify, but select updating when not using it for other tasks)
(5) Amount of unneeded Temporary Internet Files (keep purging these regularly)
(6) Malware (purge these files regularly with SpyBlaster, Spybot S&D, and Malware Bytes)
(7) Registry control (Run Easy Cleaner regularly)
(8) Disk fragmentation (Defragment regularly)
(9) Scanning by Antivirus (Limit this to off-use hours)
(10) Resident programs loaded at startup (minimize to acceptable level)
(11) Performance of graphics processor (get fast GPU card w/ enough RAM rather than onboard processor)
(12) Data transfer (ensure best quality of NIC card; esp if wireless, make sure card channel not the same as 2.4 GHz telephone channel)
(13) Open only one browser at a time, minimize other concurrently running applications)
(14) FF and Chrome (may be fast, but are not recommended for secure operation. IE always the most secure)
(15) OS (Ubuntu a good, much faster linkup than Windows, esp for older, slower computers. Runs FF and Chrome browsers; can have Windows and Linux on the same machine)
(16) If you have another user online with you, data rate will be divided between the, hence both slower.
(17) Hard disk RPM (old PATA 5400 RPM, esp in laptop is slower than 7200 RPM; SATA faster than PATA drives)

I use Chrome for Free Republic and other blogs that are not so sensitive to security. Although I have several computers online (desktop & laptops) I have been using this old computer for about 7 years, and it was second-hand and "slow" even then. It's slower, but rock-steady in performance under XP Pro. And Dell desktops have been very quiet in fan operation, less tiring for the regular operator.

Maintaining best speeds always involves regular file housekeeping of the system. Don't rely on "we'll do it for you" products that also slow you down if they are always resident and running. One of the biggest slowers are the antivirus programs, unfortunate but necessary.

Is your XP on your Dell a Dell-provided OEM version with Dell-provided hardware updates, or is it just a generic version? Dell's version might be a little better.

39 posted on 11/22/2012 1:47:46 AM PST by imardmd1
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To: One Name
This computer is just getting old, I fear.

Actually, if you are maintaining it well, it should not be any slower now than it was when you bought it. The three biggest factors for a laptop are:

o More RAM
o Offload rarely or unneeded files to CD or DVD disks
o Replace hard drive with faster RPM/larger capacity drive

Ciao --

40 posted on 11/22/2012 2:01:01 AM PST by imardmd1
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To: One Name

Try another browser (Chrome maybe). It sounds more like your computer is having problems - typing in a box in the browser is akin to typing in a Word Document on your computer.


41 posted on 11/22/2012 4:06:18 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: Westbrook

“I don’t trust google.”

“Maybe I’m paranoid, but I suspect google products of being elaborate phishing expeditions.”

“Don’t trust Apple either. “

I understand where you are coming from. I finally decided it wasn’t worth the trouble of avoiding google since my ISP would turn over any information anyone wanted. So, I use gmail, blogger, google documents, and so on. They’re free, work well, and I ignore the adds.

I do try to foil apple and google as much as possible. I have an extension called “ghostery” that allows me to block tracking scripts. It is amazing how many sites have extensive tracking scripts running. If interested, install it and check out sites lick Drudge, CNN, ESPN. Some sites will have 20 tracking scripts running.

On my mac, I use “Little Snitch” to block a lot of outgoing traffic directed to apple.

Then there is the whole issue of the NSA. They probably capture everything that travels through the web.


42 posted on 11/22/2012 5:41:05 AM PST by CriticalJ (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But then I repeat myself. MT)
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To: CriticalJ

I love Ghostery - have it running now - heard about it one one of these techie question threads. I’ve been on sites that have over 40 tracking scripts - that’s crazy!

(I ran Chrome on an older computer, that computer blew up and I’m using Chrome on the new one too - streamline, simple and the easy access task manager window for killing hung-up programs is great)


43 posted on 11/22/2012 6:34:16 AM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: CriticalJ

Wow, thanks for the tips.

Is there a way for these snoopy tools to prevent the spy scripts from gathering info?

We might have been able to protect our privacy in the past, but now it appears that, “Resistance is futile.”


44 posted on 11/22/2012 7:21:39 AM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: CriticalJ
I have an extension called “ghostery” that allows me to block tracking scripts.

Ghostery vs. Do Not Track Plus

http://www.itworld.com/it-managementstrategy/248582/how-kill-web-trackers-dead?page=0,0

45 posted on 11/22/2012 10:45:21 PM PST by TChad
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To: Westbrook

“Is there a way for these snoopy tools to prevent the spy scripts from gathering info?”

Ghostery gives you the option to block the script.

Be warned that this may break some web sites that need cookies.

You can always allow the script while you need it and then reblock it as needed.


46 posted on 11/23/2012 7:39:02 AM PST by CriticalJ (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But then I repeat myself. MT)
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To: TChad

“Ghostery vs. Do Not Track Plus”

Pretty cool.

Good to have another tool in the arsenal.


47 posted on 11/23/2012 7:53:02 AM PST by CriticalJ (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But then I repeat myself. MT)
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To: CriticalJ

> You can always allow the script while you need it and then
> reblock it as needed.

Very cool, indeed.

Thanks for the help!


48 posted on 11/23/2012 2:16:42 PM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Westbrook

Another cool plug-in/extension is called “Flash Block”.

Instead of loading flash player downloads, it puts a play symbol in their place. If you want to see the flash object/movie, push play, else, it is never downloaded.

This could help speed up load times on slow pc’s.

It sure as hell makes some annoying web sites more tolerable.


49 posted on 11/24/2012 7:20:04 AM PST by CriticalJ (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But then I repeat myself. MT)
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To: CriticalJ

> Another cool plug-in/extension is called “Flash Block”.

Excellent suggestion!

I’m on DSL, so it’s a pain when I try to load a web site that has flash advertising. The commercial is bad enough, but that it slows the loading to a crawl is even worse.


50 posted on 11/24/2012 3:13:24 PM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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