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Windows 7: Mozilla fixes Firefox crash bug


07 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 
Mozilla fixes Firefox crash bug

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Mozilla fixes Firefox crash bug

A week after releasing security update, it patches regression bug that crashed Windows browser

By Gregg Keizer
November 7, 2009 02:48 PM ET

Computerworld - Just a week after it last updated Firefox, Mozilla has rushed out a new version of its browser to fix a crash bug that programmers inadvertently introduced.

Firefox 3.5.5, which Mozilla posted for download late Thursday, fixes a small number of what the company called "stability issues" in the release notes that accompanied the update. Unlike almost all interim updates that Mozilla issues about once every six weeks, version 3.5.5 did not patch any security vulnerabilities.

The main bug quashed Thursday was one that was causing a high number of crashes in the Windows version of Firefox 3.5.4, the update that Mozilla launched Oct. 27 to patch 16 flaws.
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28 Nov 2009   #2

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Windows7 & Firefox crash

Firefox 3.5.5 still crashes regularly under Windows7 despite Mozilla's claimed fix - tonight I had 3 crashes in 39 minutes. However it has now been going crash-free for the last 3 1/2 hours after I opened Internet Explorer and left it going while Firefox was running. Downloads, graphics, pages, film clips etc all worked ok. Could I guess that something in Firefox/ Windows7 refers occasionally back to Internet Explorer and crashes Firefox when it isn't accessible? Anyone out there having similar problems might like to try this unlikely solution and report whether it works for them too.
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28 Nov 2009   #3

 

I believe I read that Mozilla have tried to apply (or are still battling with applying...) over 100 fixes to the current build, and have been through (is it?) four beta stages now - and that they're hoping to have everything sorted within a month...

Arguments that extensions have been causing browser crashes may well be true, as they're also allegedly examining codes in these plugin modules to try and make their platform more reliable.
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28 Nov 2009   #4

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

Well if this Explorer crash has been fixed, that's good, but its too late now, ive adapted to Opera and don't intend to change back anytime soon. Still have Chrome as my backup tho.
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28 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zlazz View Post
Firefox 3.5.5 still crashes regularly under Windows7 despite Mozilla's claimed fix - tonight I had 3 crashes in 39 minutes. However it has now been going crash-free for the last 3 1/2 hours after I opened Internet Explorer and left it going while Firefox was running. Downloads, graphics, pages, film clips etc all worked ok. Could I guess that something in Firefox/ Windows7 refers occasionally back to Internet Explorer and crashes Firefox when it isn't accessible? Anyone out there having similar problems might like to try this unlikely solution and report whether it works for them too.
Welcome to the Windows 7 Forums! Zlazz

I ended up dumping FF entirely and went with the latest Opera 10.10 with Unite release as the alternate to IE 8. So far even that is hardly used while still serving as a secondary browser in case of any IE problems that come up.

You can see more about the latest release at Opera Browser | Faster & safer Internet | Free Download From comparisons made here Opera rings circles around other alternate browsers and is a clean bug free second choice.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Uber Philf View Post
Well if this Explorer crash has been fixed, that's good, but its too late now, ive adapted to Opera and don't intend to change back anytime soon. Still have Chrome as my backup tho.
Opera? yes! Chrome? leave it alone! It looks like a half baked excuse for a browser and sadly lacks what every other browser typically sees. Presently that one is still in early development stages at this point and needs a lot of work!

Speaking of Opera's latest here's one review on it.

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Opera 10.10 Released, Includes Unite

posted by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Nov 2009 00:02 UTC

The Opera team has released version 10.10 of their feature-rich browser. This is the first Opera release to come with Opera Unite, which combines the web browser with a web server, so that users can share data directly between one another, without the need for a third party.

Opera hopes to change the way we use the web with Opera Unite. "We promised Opera Unite would reinvent the Web," said Jon von Tetzchner, Opera's CEO, "What we are really doing is reinventing how we as consumers interact with the Web. By giving our devices the ability to serve content, we become equal citizens on the Web. In an age where we have ceded control of our personal data to third-parties, Opera Unite gives us the freedom to choose how we will share the data that belongs to us."

Opera's website gives a decent short introduction to Opera Unite, and what, exactly, you can currently do with it.
You can read the rest of that at http://www.osnews.com/story/22528/Op...Includes_Unite
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29 Nov 2009   #6

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Uber Philf View Post
Well if this Explorer crash has been fixed, that's good, but its too late now, ive adapted to Opera and don't intend to change back anytime soon. Still have Chrome as my backup tho.
Opera? yes! Chrome? leave it alone! It looks like a half baked excuse for a browser and sadly lacks what every other browser typically sees. Presently that one is still in early development stages at this point and needs a lot of work!
Haha, you go say that to Darknova, see what he says LOL.

Been using Opera as my main for quite a while now, since i had the FF Crash.
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29 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 x86 Ultimate
 
 

I think its up to your PC because I don't and never had any problems with FF on win 7.
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29 Nov 2009   #8

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

It always was my PC... Never said it wasn't, some sort of combination with x64 OS and FF 3.x series.
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29 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Uber Philf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Uber Philf View Post
Well if this Explorer crash has been fixed, that's good, but its too late now, ive adapted to Opera and don't intend to change back anytime soon. Still have Chrome as my backup tho.
Opera? yes! Chrome? leave it alone! It looks like a half baked excuse for a browser and sadly lacks what every other browser typically sees. Presently that one is still in early development stages at this point and needs a lot of work!
Haha, you go say that to Darknova, see what he says LOL.

Been using Opera as my main for quite a while now, since i had the FF Crash.
Check out some of the pages in the Post Your Windows 7 Desktop thread where someone posted screens with FF there. The images blast the page out on both sides! Seen that with other sites set up for IE where the text is stretched way out where you have to scroll the width of almost two pages to read a post!

Then the latest rush to replace release didn't patch any security flaws there apparently. On the other hand Opera offers a more secure browser to start with and doesn't see the same stretch out past width of page problems.
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29 Nov 2009   #10

 

I'm not a Firefox user. Never have been because every time I tried it I ran into some websites which would not, no matter what I did, display correctly.

However Opera is not stricken by this problem - and whilst I know about the latest Opera Unite facility I'd personally stick at v10.01 until it's clear whether building in a server to the Opera browser really is not just like dangling a juicy 'botnet carrot' out inviting hackers to compromise your PC.

My hopes are that Google Chrome stays simple, but gets a dockable sidebar...
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