Problems with Firefox

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    Problems with Firefox

    So, I have been having some problems with Firefox lately.

    Whenever I try to download anything, be it an image, video, installer, or any other file, Firefox takes a good 10 seconds to spawn and initiate the download.

    It is strictly specific to Firefox...downloads start instantly in IE and Safari.
    It is also specific to my computer...When I use other computers Firefox starts downloads instantly just like the other browsers.

    Has anyone else experienced this problem, or know what could be causing it?

    For some odd reason, something is delaying the thread that handles downloads from executing....
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    It also happens to me, on Linux and Windows -- it didn't happen a while ago, perhaps it's a new bug introduced in the later versions. Doesn't concern me much, I use Opera 99% of the time. Perhaps look through the firefox bug reports? Or get an older version of Firefox and see if it happens.

    Also try looking through the config, by typing "about:config" (in the address bar) -- mainly the "browser.download" CVARs.
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    Well i got the same problem with my IE, i open up IE its takes up to 5 sec before i can get my home page. But it was fine before i updated my windows. This is carp. It was so nice before when u double click on IE i get my google page instanly with out even waiting so long. does any one else have the same problem.

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    Don't download automatic updates They mess up your computer!
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    Sure, don't download essential security updates. They'll just decrease your chance of getting spyware and other junk -- nothing vitally important or anything.
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    They don't increase security and they degrade the system!
    Haven't had a single problem with virus, spyware of attacks on my unpatched XP SP2 system.
    So yeah....
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwks View Post
    Sure, don't download essential security updates. They'll just decrease your chance of getting spyware and other junk -- nothing vitally important or anything.
    What if Toyota or Ford or somebody came out in the middle of the night and "updated" your vehicle? Sure, they might be making safety improvements but I'd kinda like to know exactly what they are doing before they do it.

    Updates are essential, and automatic downloading of updates is a great feature. But I still want to clicky on the magic button myself rather than let the OS do it. If I worry that a particular update might bork my system at least I have a chance to back things up first.

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    I think I misread Elysia's post to mean, "don't download updates!", whereas I'm pretty sure "don't enable automatic updates!" was intended. My apologies.
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    Really?
    I haven't downloaded a single update from Microsoft on this system. I disable Automatic Updates and I never download a single update. Ever.
    All they do is cause problems. I do NOT recommend downloading bloated updates from Microsoft that seem to fix nothing but make the computer worse than before.
    Only Service Packs are good.

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    Hmm, well, I don't know about Microsoft's updates. I've encountered several problems with them, and even with SP2.

    But Linux updates, and Firefox ones . . . I like to think they're doing something. At any rate, they rarely cause problems, or not serious ones anyway. Fortunately, it's a bit easier to downgrade programs in Debian at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwks View Post
    Hmm, well, I don't know about Microsoft's updates. I've encountered several problems with them, and even with SP2.
    I'm not surprised! We're talking about Microsoft here, after all! A company whose quality standards are far below the rest of the sector's quality standards.

    But Linux updates, and Firefox ones . . . I like to think they're doing something. At any rate, they rarely cause problems, or not serious ones anyway. Fortunately, it's a bit easier to downgrade programs in Debian at least.
    Yes, Firefox updates has never caused problems.
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    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
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    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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    Never had an issue with keeping windows up to date... And just so you know SPs are just that, Service *PACKS* packs of all those updates you skipped over the last couple years. I am more afraid of SP3 though than I am of any singular update, since they are going to add/backport some stuff to XP.

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    Yeah, I know what service packs are. But they're far more stable (especially if you slip stream them!) rather than if you add all the updates manually.
    Looking forward to SP3.
    Quote Originally Posted by Adak View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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    On another note, most of my problem with firefox went away when I downloaded Firefox 3 beta 2, it is very nice! Way smaller memory footprint so far too.

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    When I tried out Firefox 3, it erased all Firefox 2 settings. Yay. Lucky I have backups. Plus 95% of all my extensions doesn't work with it. And it still has a few rendering bugs that FF2 didn't.
    Hope they fix it...
    Quote Originally Posted by Adak View Post
    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
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    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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