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Problem with Firefox
February 9, 2009 | vanity

Posted on 02/09/2010 1:05:19 PM PST by ProudFossil

I recently switched from IE6 to Firefox and now have a glitch which is rather annoying. I enter a reply message on a thread and click preview. I then get an error message stating FireFox could not find the link I was connecting to (there is no link in the message) or I was not logged on. I back arrow to the screen with the message entry and click preview again. This time it works and I am able to post the message.

Any suggestions or hints on how to correct this problem will be greatly appreciated.

Mike


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Technical; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: firefox; help

1 posted on 02/09/2010 1:05:19 PM PST by ProudFossil
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To: ProudFossil

Do you use any other message boards? Does it happen there?


2 posted on 02/09/2010 1:07:52 PM PST by BJClinton (0bama is not the anti-christ. Satan wouldn't be such a screw up.)
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To: ProudFossil

Using firefox and not having that problem. Have you checked cookies settings on the tools-options-privacy pulldown?


3 posted on 02/09/2010 1:08:32 PM PST by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: ProudFossil

I’ve used Firefox for years and haven’t run into that. It may well be that you have a problem installation. I’d uninstall Firefox, reboot, then reinstall it again.

The best way, however, to uninstall a program, is to download and install the free Revo Uninstaller application. Just do a Google search. Using that, and selecting the most comprehensive uninstall method (the 4th of the 4 options on the options screen), you’ll insure all registry entries and references are removed, giving you a clean uninstall. Just follow the steps.


4 posted on 02/09/2010 1:10:30 PM PST by bcsco (Obama is the navel of his own universe.)
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To: ProudFossil

Yes, use IE 8...it works great!


5 posted on 02/09/2010 1:11:55 PM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: BJClinton
Do you use any other message boards? Does it happen there?

I use a lot of other boards with different software basis. No problem with any of them, only FR. Now that does not mean it is only FR because I also use several forums where I may post something only three or four times a year. But with all the "active" ones, no problem except FR.

Thanks for the reply

Mike

ps. interestingly this reply went through with no problem.

6 posted on 02/09/2010 1:13:23 PM PST by ProudFossil
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To: ProudFossil

You must think in Russian.

7 posted on 02/09/2010 1:13:42 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack
LOL!

Nice reference. :-)

8 posted on 02/09/2010 1:14:35 PM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: Carl LaFong
Using firefox and not having that problem. Have you checked cookies settings on the tools-options-privacy pulldown?

I just checked and cookies are allowed and 3rd party cookies are allowed.

Thanks for the tip.

Mike

ps.

Now here is where it gets interesting. I previewed this reply with no problem and so I decided to add a line stating the preview worked. So I went to the message entry box and entered that statement and clicked preview again. Guess what? I got the following message:

The link you followed was invalid. We don't have enough information to complete your request.

If you were attempting to post a new thread, click here to post to News/Activism, or click here to post to General Interest. Click here for a list of forums.

If you were attempting to log in, click here to log in.

9 posted on 02/09/2010 1:19:12 PM PST by ProudFossil
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To: ProudFossil

I had a problem with the previous version of firefox. Not your specific issue, but it wouldn’t work with my gmail and I could not get my WOT add on to work. It just stopped one day. So I updated the version Sunday and viola. It all works now. And yea, IE 8 is better than 7 which is better than 6, so you were a couple versions behind on IE.


10 posted on 02/09/2010 1:21:04 PM PST by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: ProudFossil

Try typing in Russian. I’m using Firefox right now, typing in Russian and look, no issues! Da.


11 posted on 02/09/2010 1:21:16 PM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: ProudFossil

Do you have NOSCRIPT active?


12 posted on 02/09/2010 1:21:34 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: blackie
Yes, use IE 8...it works great!

I did try going from IE6 to IE8. Horrible results. It was taking up to 90 seconds to open a web site rather than the 4 to 6 seconds I had under IE6. So I went back to IE6. But the problem there was I kept getting warnings from various forums and web sites that I used on a regular basis that either they were going to stop being accessible under IE6 or they were already in the process of disallowing IE6 very soon.

The wife uses FireFox on her computer and had no such problems, so I switched.

Thank you for the comment

Mike ps. This message failed the preview problem again.

13 posted on 02/09/2010 1:23:00 PM PST by ProudFossil
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To: ProudFossil

Something has changed on FR just today. I am not sure what it is, but everytime I try to go BACK A PAGE, I get this message:

“To display this page, Firefox must send information that will repeat any action (such as a search or order confirmation) that was performed earlier.”

I used to get it occassionally, after making a post, but now I get it EVERY TIME.

I don’t know if that is related to what is afflicting you, but since I have not made any changes to my system, or FIREFOX lately, I must conclude that something has been ‘tweaked’ on FREE REPUBLIC.

You might send an email to the MODS or JIM ROBINSON to see.


14 posted on 02/09/2010 1:25:54 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: UCANSEE2
Do you have NOSCRIPT active?

I assume you mean the addon NOSCRIPT. No I do not have it loading.

Thank you.

15 posted on 02/09/2010 1:26:54 PM PST by ProudFossil
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To: Joe 6-pack

Flawless win.


16 posted on 02/09/2010 1:30:19 PM PST by El Sordo (The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

actually more likely to be reverse Polish


17 posted on 02/09/2010 1:31:38 PM PST by the long march
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To: ProudFossil

You could try IE 7 first. IE 8 is really new and I am using it on my pc before giving it to everyone else at work.


18 posted on 02/09/2010 1:37:23 PM PST by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: ProudFossil

There’s probably nothing wrong with Firefox. FR has been having problems for a while now.


19 posted on 02/09/2010 1:37:39 PM PST by decimon
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To: ProudFossil

Firefox is much more secure than IE. This could actually be involved with your problem. But I don’t know for sure.


20 posted on 02/09/2010 1:48:15 PM PST by Revel
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To: ProudFossil

I’m using Firefox 3.5.7 and haven’t experienced that problem. I will say however, firefox isn’t as clean as it was a year or so ago. I’m using Chrome on my netbook, and really like it for the most part, all except the way it manages bookmarks, but, I could and am, getting used to it.


21 posted on 02/09/2010 1:59:12 PM PST by khenrich (And people thought Jimmy Carter was our worst president........)
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To: the long march

test


22 posted on 02/09/2010 1:59:50 PM PST by mcmc911
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To: ProudFossil
I got one worse...

Firefox keeps running after exit and really slows down your machine.

I listen to talk radio over the net a lot but all processes do not stop and they keep running and just suck up memory.

Help!!!

23 posted on 02/09/2010 2:02:14 PM PST by taildragger (Palin/Mulally 2012)
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To: ProudFossil

Based on your description it sounds less like a Firefox issue and more something to do with your interaction with the Free Republic software. You may have just hit the button at a bad time for the servers a couple times. It happens.

I’ve used firefox almost exclusively with Free Republic and have not had the problems you described, and hitting the BACK button after submitting a post will necessarily require firefox to repost data. That is completely normal for web (HTTP) sessions.


24 posted on 02/09/2010 2:08:38 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. (Hi Mom.))
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To: ProudFossil

I don’t know what to tell you. I run 10 tabs with a program running in each of them, it takes about 3 seconds to open a new web site in a tab.

Take care.

The old curmudgeon,
Blackie


25 posted on 02/09/2010 2:09:08 PM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: ProudFossil

When I have a problem with Firefox,which is almost never,I uninstall and reinstall and it has always taken care of the problem.


26 posted on 02/09/2010 2:14:15 PM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: ProudFossil

Get rid of Firefox...”


27 posted on 02/09/2010 2:55:20 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: b4its2late

I have been using IE8 w/o any problems here or elsewhere.


28 posted on 02/09/2010 3:00:31 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: UCANSEE2; ProudFossil
Do you have NOSCRIPT active?

I use NoScript and I don't allow any scripts to be loaded from any Freerepublic pages, and all works fine.

I have recently experienced quite a few not found errors and some unexpected responses from the FR comment posting & preview commands (and actually spellcheck too), but I think they all relate to issues at the FR servers themselves. Several people have noted it seems to be users on the West coast who are affected most often.

I most often use FF3.5.6 under Linux but it does all the same things under IE8.

29 posted on 02/09/2010 8:34:29 PM PST by Clinging Bitterly (We need to limit political office holders to two terms. One in office, and one in prison.)
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To: taildragger
...suck up memory.

A pretty well known issue with Firefox. A lot of people say it is memory leakage but I think it is more correctly described as fragmentation, and for whatever reason after a lot of running time you end up with memory split into too small of pieces to be useful so you're just spooling in and out of swap space. It does seem to be a lot worse when playing a lot of streaming media and I think a lot of the trouble there comes from Flash. Whatever the root cause, the Mozilla people claim it's not their fault - and indeed, I have the same problems with Chrome and to a lesser extent with IE (which, you may recall, is mostly preloaded as part of your core OS).

Quick fix I have found is to periodically do a hibernate/resume cycle. When you do that your running applications are moved (as much as possible) to contiguous memory and when you reload you have more usable working space. That works for me in Windows and Linux.

30 posted on 02/09/2010 9:18:10 PM PST by Clinging Bitterly (We need to limit political office holders to two terms. One in office, and one in prison.)
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To: Clinging Bitterly
CB...

I will look into the hibernate/resume option.

I read they blame Zonealarm which I use. I am tempted to uninstall it, and see if their is any difference. Also, refresh my memory, if you uninstall Firefox are all your add-ons and bookmarks stored in your profile so you do not have to loose everything?

Thanks in advance.....

31 posted on 02/10/2010 5:16:24 AM PST by taildragger (Palin/Mulally 2012)
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To: taildragger

Lately I have been using Microsoft Security Essentials (free), which provides anti virus, anti spyware, and firewall. I haven’t used Zone Alarm for years and FF still has the slowdown issue.

I use a portable version of Firefox in Windows and with that version the profile and add on info lives with the app itself. I think in the standard version you can keep your profile info for a new install (at least by copying the profile folders then moving them back after reinstall) but chances are any settings that are causing adverse issues will be within your profile folders. And if you are changing versions with a reinstall you’ll probably want to do a clean install anyway.


32 posted on 02/10/2010 10:05:06 AM PST by Clinging Bitterly (We need to limit political office holders to two terms. One in office, and one in prison.)
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