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Fire Fox 4 browser issues Answered


I recently switched to FF4, and notice that there are a couple of issues independent of recent updates.

For instance, I can no longer see the rating stars on projects or forum topics, and RickHarris has reported missing buttons in the Guide system.

If you have changed to FF4, is anything missing or dysfunctional for you?

If so, please leave a comment here, and I will pass them on to HQ iat the end of the week.




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nutsandbolts_64 (author)2011-05-31

I don't see anything wrong with the guide, it still works, but yeah the rating system has been disabled in FF4.

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What OS? FF 4.0.1 running on Ubuntu 11.04 - no problems with ratings here.

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I'm using Windows XP, like maybe every other general computer user.

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It's rather poor form to be both rude *and* incorrect. "Every other general computer user" does not use Windows XP. The hyperbole is nevertheless deceptive; even if we discount all users of Linux or Macs, XP is an old operating system and is certainly not run by the overwhelming majority of Windows users.

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XP ? Even M/S figures say that it is still by FAR the most used Windows system, though M/S alleges that as many as 33% of users now use Win 7.

Steve

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I looked it up - color me _astonished_; the majority of Windows users do indeed run the version released a decade ago. I had thought XP was pretty much dying out...clearly I got hold of bad information...

So, nutsandbolts_64, I apologize - I was quite incorrect on that point. I stand by my statement that to say every other general computer user is running XP is, particularly for the purposes of bug fixing, daft, but XP usage among overall Windows usage can't be used to argue that.

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Apology accepted. It's pointless to fix something that isn't broken.

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Except, of course, that XP's security is terrible, recent software often won't run on it, it's had no 64 bit support since 2005, etc. I ceded that a lot of people use it, not that it's a great OS or "not broken."

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Windows XP pro 64 only became available IN 2005.

Steve

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Yes, and apparently support for it was withdrawn in 2005. :D

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You're thinking of the Itanium version I think.

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Oh, it makes sense now - I missed that there are two different kinds of 64 bit XP, pro and regular - one was *released* in 2005, one was *shelved* in 2005 (released in 2001). It sure sounded weird that they withdrew support the same year they launched it. XD

(Man, I gotta read up on my Windows XP!)

TL;DR:
Lira's still confused about XP. Still a crappy OS. :p

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XP basically Just Works now, yes, I know the argument about the completely borked security model yada yada.

Why change ?

Steve

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yokozuna (author)steveastrouk2011-06-02

It has for a long time, but it's also starting to show it's age in the last couple of years. I normally run Vista now, but XP is what I consider to be best out of the OSs that I've used a lot (minus the currently aforementioned security issues). If it could run some of the newer programs, I would still be using it.

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Burf (author)2011-05-19

I am using Firefox 4.0.1 on Ubuntu Linux 11.04.
When I initially upgraded to 11.04, the upgrade included Firefox 4.0.1 and the Ubuntu Unity desktop package. I had too many issues to list.
After 4 or 5 days of fiddling with various settings trying to straighten out the problems, I finally removed the Unity package in its entirety and reverted back to the Gnome desktop. That resolved all the problems I was having and Firefox is now working fine.
I've not noticed any problems with Firefox, nor any issues with the Instructables site specifically, since removing the Unity desktop.

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StumpChunkman (author)Burf2011-05-21

I can't stand Unity. I've been too busy with school to un-upgrade. So annoying.

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frenzy (author)StumpChunkman2011-05-31

you can switch to the old style via the login screen

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Ugh. I've tried to un-upgrade, but the upgrade broke Gnome in some very strange fashion. So until I fix that, I'm stuck using lxde (which breaks a few programs in WINE. And I have no sound. AND I hate these panels and themes. At least it's faster. :\

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kekeke...my un-upgrade will just be downloading and installing the 10.04 and being happy again :-D.

I'll give them a few months to give me more control over Unity and what I'm forced to see in it...then I'll go back.

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Burf (author)StumpChunkman2011-05-22

For me, so far, stripping the Unity package out and reverting back to Gnome has worked fine. Unity and Compiz just don't seem to play well together, and I hated the look, especially that side bar launcher.

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StumpChunkman (author)Burf2011-05-23

Awesome, thanks! It wouldn't be so bad for me if I had some control over the bottom quarter of the side bar. I have four external drives that refuse to be removed, and the fact that I can't remove three other things, from that bar, which I never use just irritates me to no end. Though now that I think about it, there's a lot of videos online that haven't been working for me either since the upgrade...

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Burf (author)StumpChunkman2011-05-23

Which reminds me, I too was having trouble with a number or videos not working so I disabled the Linux default player (the name escapes me right now) and installed the Adobe flash player as the default player and that corrected the video issues also.

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Have you tried right clicking each icon and unchecking "keep in sidebar"?

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Doesn't seem to work with external hard drives, workspace switcher, applications and files & folders, which are all of the things I don't want there.

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Lithium Rain (author)Burf2011-05-19

I'm thinking about going back to Gnome as well. Unity is driving me bonkers. I really wanted to like it, but ugh.

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Burf (author)Lithium Rain2011-05-19

I didn't particularly like it from the start, but it had so many problems that reverting back was an easy choice for me.

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Dave A (author)2011-05-28

I don't know if it is an issue with Firefox 4 but since I use FF 4.01 in conjunction with Windows 7, I can't log in properly. Well, when I try to log-in with the fields at the top it does recognize me sometimes but then, when I want to open, for instance my inbox, it goes to a new log-in screen which doesn't accept my user-name and password. In I.E. 9 I don't have that issue.

Another strange thing is with the image notes. These work in the first picture but then is shown in every other picture! So all the notes I make are piled up.
I mentioned that in the comments in two of my Ibles, with which I entered the garden en bike contests. I really wanted to add those notes but couldn't.
I just tried that function in Internet explorer 9 and again that worked!
I can add the notes with I.E. I guess.

I really hope that this can be fixed since I'd love to keep FF as my main browser and don't want to use a different one only for this site.

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AndyGadget (author)Dave A2011-05-31


I had the login problem when FFox4 came through and just now with FFox5 beta.
I found flushing the cache sorted it.
Click History -> Clear recent history -> Cache -> Clear now.

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Dave A (author)AndyGadget2011-05-31

Nope, tried that before and just again, didn't work. I cleared all, cookies, Instructable passwords, still doesn't work in FF4

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StumpChunkman (author)2011-05-21

Kiteman, let me know if you're going to pass this on to someone at HQ, or if you wanted to chat with me about any of it. Not sure what your plans were.

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Kiteman (author)StumpChunkman2011-05-22

I figured a "collective" bug report would be best, since I'd seen a few different mutterings about the site breaking, just as a lot of folk switched to FF4.

As you know, I am to website coding what glucose syrup is to the inner workings of a wristwatch, so I'd rather point at the sticky bits for other people to clean off...

(Still no stars, BTW)

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rickharris (author)2011-05-20

E book down load buttons - of course.

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Kiteman (author)2011-05-20

Thanks, folks - moved to bugs.

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FO The Turk (author)2011-05-19

No stars and superimposed info.!?

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Kiteman (author)FO The Turk2011-05-19

Superimposed info? Could you add a screenshot?

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FO The Turk (author)Kiteman2011-05-19

Hello Kite man, this is what it looks like at the moment, but it is a complete jumble sometimes. Thanks for the help. FO

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Kiteman (author)FO The Turk2011-05-19

Is that a sizing issue? Try pressing "Ctrl -" a time or three and see if that helps ("Ctrl 0" resets it).

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FO The Turk (author)Kiteman2011-05-19
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Dream Dragon (author)2011-05-19

Don't know why you guys are having problems, I'm running Firefox 4.0.1 on a Windows XP platform, and I have no problems, in fact I've been using it since it was in beta and never had any trouble.

I occasionally get a load error that might be described as "superimposed info" when buttons don't load correctly, but a quick page reload solves that. with this in mind are you sure you have all your other plugins updated?

Java

Flash

etc?

I also run "no script" and a number of other plugins to keep control of scripting, popups, and other junk.

Just a thought but it might help.

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jeff-o (author)2011-05-19

Stars are working just fine for me, as is everything else. FF4.0.1, WinXP.

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depotdevoid (author)2011-05-19

I upgraded to FF4, and there were so many issues I switched to Chrome.

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chinnybeer (author)2011-05-19

tiny url and Norton toolbar not working yet

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gmoon (author)2011-05-19

I'm running Firefox 4.0.1 and see no problems with rating stars here. Everything is else seems to be functional...not that I use everything here (certainly not PRO features).

I'm also running Noscript, and generally allow only the minimum amount of scripting on most sites...

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PKM (author)2011-05-19

In the parlance of the internet, TRWTF (the real WTF) is Firefox 4. I installed it on my box-fresh reinstallation of Windows XP last night and after it crashed four times in about fifteen minutes I canned it and went back to FF3. Once it's remotely stable I might try it but IMHO it's worse than FF3 or Chrome.

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lemonie (author)2011-05-18


Oh yes the stars are still not there.

L

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rimar2000 (author)2011-05-18

I have too many problems, that I can't say if FireFox is involved in some of them.

Example, I misplaced the left sock last nigth...

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Goodhart (author)caitlinsdad2011-05-18

Ok, there's one....I couldn't get that to work from FF

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