Thursday, March 27, 2008

Firefox Instability

In that past few weeks, I have noticed that Firefox has started crashing regularly.

Has anyone else had this problem? What's the deal?

12 comments:

Charles Sebold said...

I haven't seen it. For me Firefox has been as stable as ever. You have the latest update (and not the 3.0 beta)?

Gummby said...

Yes.

I've had several instances where the current session of Firefox disappears from the Alt-Tab selection, and then 3 or 4 instances in the last two days where I clicked on something and it crashed Firefox. This most recent time, it just disappeared - I didn't even get an error message, and didn't know what had happened until I had no sessions on the Alt-Tab.

threegirldad said...

Something definitely went south sometime after v2.0.0.6. The one machine I have with that version (running Windows XP) never has this problem. Two others that are configured to auto-update Firefox (one Windows XP, the other SUSE Linux) have been having this problem for weeks. I'm gonna guess that it was around 2.0.0.9 or 2.0.0.10. I can actually make it crash at will be going to TeamPyro, clicking the link to Dan Phillips' blog, and then clicking the Back button. And while it won't crash, it sure isn't happy a lot of the time with Frank Turk's blog. If I try to post a comment, more often than not the CPU goes to 100% for a long period of time -- or until I kill the process.

Weird...

Anonymous said...

While I'm a newbie when it comes to open-source web-browsers since I don't have the net at home, I do use Camino for web and Thunderbird for email at work, (Mac environment)instead of the built in Safari. Safari is really good and very stable, but Camino loads faster and seems like it has more tweakable security features...but I could be wrong.

I haven't had much trouble at all with either Thunderbird or Camino, as both seem really stable. Camino is based on/related to Firefox, right?

It doesn't crash on me at all since I updated it, but some rare pages do load VERY slowly.

You might lose some security updates, but do you think you'd want to re-install the old version and use it until a newer, more stable update on Firefox for Windows comes out?

Tom

bugblaster said...

My firefox is fine. Unless I go to this place, in which case it crashes about 50% of the time.

threegirldad said...

So, I'm not the only one having Firefox crash at Dan Phillips' site. Interesting...

DJP said...

Well, I use FF 2.0.0.13 exclusively, and it never crashes under those circumstances. I tried doing what 3GD described, and nothing bad happened.

PEBKAC

(c;

threegirldad said...

DJP: PEBKAC

Ya know, that isn't nearly as funny when you're hearing it as it is when you're saying it. Hmmmph!

Admit it: you're still just sore because iTunes doesn't behave the way you want it to.

;-)

Guess I better go figure out what else is making FF unhappy on these two machines. [sigh]

DJP said...

Well... yes.

ThirstyDavid said...

I've had no problem with FF crashing, but I've had it disappear from the task bar occasionally. In that case, if I need to, I right-click the task bar and open the task manager to get it back up.

Also, a while back when I was having trouble with my computer crashing, Firefox was always messed up when I booted up again. All my personal settings (and I customize a lot) would be gone. Nothing else was affected.

Anonymous said...

I'm having the same problem, but I have noticed that it is more prone to happen (bad english I know, I didn't get any sleep today) when I've got Multiple Firefox Windows open and an average of 10 or more Tabs in each. I have a bad habit of having Firefox Tabs in different windows based on Topic or content. Usually 3 Windows with between 24 and 30 tabs is sufficient to make it take a dump on me. Under normal circumstances, the 'active' window expands across all three displays and the starts to maximize CPU Usage. At that point I can kill the offending process, but I loose everything, and usually have to reboot before Firefox starts to behave again. The Funny part here, is I can open 1 Window with my normal 10 tabs, and 1 more window with just about as many tabs as I want (45 is the most I've done so far, and that was when I was doing my timesheet) with no problem, but a 3rd Firefox window and I'm asking for trouble. I Appear to be running 2.0.0.17. I hear too many of my co-workers complaining about Firefox 3.0 to go that route just yet. This is really the only problem I have with it, as long as I stay away from certain websites that are IE lovers or that use really bad java code.
I realize this is an old thread, but any insight would be appreciated.

Saint Cyril said...

I'm glad to see its not just me having these issues...

My problem is that the browser likes to crash at random, regardless of whether I have only 1 window/tab open, or 92...

Out of all the places I'd think it would be stable visiting, YouTube and eBay.ca seem to crash my Firefox the most. I almost never had any issues with firefox until about 2.5.x, and the worst of the problems came when I started using Firefox 3.