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August 1, 2010
12:40 PM
awisdom01
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I am an avid supporter of Firefox, and have been for a long time. Recently (sometime this or last week – I forget) Firefox upgraded itself to version 3.6.8. Since then, whenever I visit a site with heavy form usage (lots of text boxes to be filled in or to display data), Firefox has slowed to a crawl on my pc. I wonder if anyone else has experienced this issue? Now when I visit those sites, I have been forced to use (gasp in horror) IE8! My machine: MS Windows 7 Pro 32-bit; 4GB of RAM; NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT 1024 graphics card; AMD Athlon 7550 2.5hz Dual Core processor. Help me Obiwan!

August 1, 2010
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 We can't tell if it's caused by one of your addons since we don't know wich ones you're using… May I suggest running Firefox in safe mode (Start – All Programs – Mozilla Firefox – Safe Mode) and try those websites you're having problems with.

This might help determine where the issue is coming from.

August 1, 2010
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I did the upgrade a couple days ago and haven't seen that issue yet.

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August 1, 2010
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I had big problems with FF from the 3.67 update. It would start to load a page and then stop. Froze completely. I checked online and it seems a lot of people had the same problem. Mozilla said it was a likely a conflict with add-ons. I disabled all my add-ons and still couldn't get it to load. So I reinstalled an earlier version of FF and it worked fine. FF rushed out the 3.68 update, apparently because there were some issues with 3.67. So I installed it, but the same thing happened. I took the same steps but no luck. So I tried the beta version of FF4, but still had issues with freezing. So I went back to the old version again, which I am still using.

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August 1, 2010
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Well for the sake of the argument, I am using the updated FF 3.6.8 and I have no issues with it so far. It's running fine on all my machines with the same addons from the previous versions.

For the sake of privacy I'm reluctant to ask people to list the sites they're having problems with for a trials/errors run… 

In any case, I re-state my suggestion to try FF in safe mode.

@Phoenix: Did you try the safe mode version of FF or did you disable your addons in normal mode? The former might yield a better result than the latter.

August 1, 2010
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@ Gioneo: No, I didn't start it in safe mode. I always forget there is such a thing. I might try that when the next update comes out. Can't be bothered trying to go through it all again until then. Thanks for the advice. Appreciated.

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August 1, 2010
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Hmmm…. well, Firefox 3.6.8 won't even start on my FreeBSD 8.0.  No addons installed.

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August 2, 2010
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I'm still on 3.6.6 but downloading the latest version now, so I'll let you know.

August 2, 2010
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I am currently running 3.6.8 and I have not had any probs. All sites load fine and I do have some addons which were suggestions I picked up from here.

The suggestions above are from some of the more knowledgeable people on this site (I speak from experience).Wink So I will keep my 2 cents out of it. But if there is an answer, they will find it. LaughLaughLaugh

Keep us posted this could be a teachable issue for all of us. Good luck. Smile

 

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August 2, 2010
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Interesting (and conflicting) results everyone.

@phoenix: like you I went back to 3.6.6 and everything is fine. I will wait until the next ver arrives & try again.

August 2, 2010
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I upgraded and haven't experienced any problems.

August 2, 2010
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awisdom01 said: @phoenix: like you I went back to 3.6.6 and everything is fine. I will wait until the next ver arrives & try again.


Yeah, it's odd. Works for some and not for others. Hopefully we'll have more luck with 3.69.
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August 2, 2010
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same with me…sometimes ff got freeze…usually if the web have heavy flash :(

August 3, 2010
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I was just wondering if anyone has reported this to FF and if so have they responded? Maybe we can get some ideas from them. Frown

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August 3, 2010
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phoenix_rising said:

awisdom01 said: @phoenix: like you I went back to 3.6.6 and everything is fine. I will wait until the next ver arrives & try again.


Yeah, it's odd. Works for some and not for others. Hopefully we'll have more luck with 3.69.

Won't 4.0 be the next version? It's currently at beta 3, so it's getting close to release Wink

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August 3, 2010
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You'd think so, but Mozilla have in the past continued developing their current release even when their next release was just around the corner, or even after it's been released. 2.0, for example, was not immediately retired when 3.0 was released and got about six updates before it was finally abandoned.

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August 3, 2010
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Usually after a major release like 4.0, they will keep supporting the previous version, but not for upgrades but to patch security holes.

August 3, 2010
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My point was, even when a Beta of a new version is being worked on, nothing is stopping Mozilla from also releasing an update to the current version – and this happens often, although usually the changes are admittedly minor. In any case, we can't assume 3.6.8 will be the last of Firefox 3 even with Firefox 4 on the horizon.

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August 3, 2010
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Sometimes even "minor" updates are pretty major.  For instance, 3.6.4, which brought a huge new feature to the table: if plugins (from a list) behave badly (as in, they crash) it doesn't affect (effect?) the rest of the browsing session (other than, of course, the plugin dying).

Oh, the site that was :(
August 3, 2010
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Locutus said:

Sometimes even "minor" updates are pretty major.  For instance, 3.6.4, which brought a huge new feature to the table: if plugins (from a list) behave badly (as in, they crash) it doesn't affect (effect?) the rest of the browsing session (other than, of course, the plugin dying).


Affect

To attack or infect, as a disease: Rheumatic fever can affect the heart

Effect

Something brought about by a cause or agent; large windows that gave an effect of spaciousness SmileSmile

Hope this helps. I have to look up both words everytime I use them.

I try this little tip, Affect involves feelings and/or  emotions (the human resutls)

and effect involves non human results of an action or agent.

Hope this helps.

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