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Windows 7: Firefox 40.0.2 Obscuring Addresses

16 Aug 2015   #11
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks for testing Cyberfox. It does then rule out any problems with a corrupt Firefox profile or problematic add-ons. I have 40.0.2 installed and it seems to work fine.

I guess you'll probably have to wait for the next version of Firefox to be released then see if it's fixed.


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16 Aug 2015   #12
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Someone with a font rendering problem reported the issue here: https://8pecxstudios.com/Forums/view...php?f=5&t=1114

Seems to apply to the latest build and the developer is blaming it on the graphics driver.

The issue reported isn't identical to yours but maybe it's related. You could also try posting that Cyberfox screenshot in the same forum and see if the developer has any ideas. Usually there's a response within a day or so.
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16 Aug 2015   #13
marsmimar

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Someone with a font rendering problem reported the issue here: https://8pecxstudios.com/Forums/view...php?f=5&t=1114

Seems to apply to the latest build and the developer is blaming it on the graphics driver.

The issue reported isn't identical to yours but maybe it's related. You could also try posting that Cyberfox screenshot in the same forum and see if the developer has any ideas. Usually there's a response within a day or so.
Thank you for the info, Chris. I submitted a bug report to 8pecxstudios as well as Mozilla's Bugzilla. As soon as I hear something I'll update this thread.
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17 Aug 2015   #14
MoxieMomma

OEM Windows 7 Ult (x64) SP1
 
 

Hmmm, this sure is weird.
Please keep us updated on the status of your issue.

Thanks,
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17 Aug 2015   #15
marsmimar

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According to Cyberfox Admin "Toady", this is a hardware acceleration issue. In Firefox, Cyberfox, and presumably any other Firefox variant, do the following:

1. Go to the Menu bar and click Tools > Options
Firefox 40.0.2 Obscuring Addresses-hw-acceleration-1.jpg

2. From Options click Advanced tab (left column) > Browsing > Uncheck "Use hardware acceleration when available"
Firefox 40.0.2 Obscuring Addresses-hw-acceleration-2.jpg

If this doesn't work, an alternate solution is:

1. In address bar type about:config > Enter > accept warning
2. Scroll down to gfx.vsynch
3. Reset gfx.vsync.compositor, gfx.vsync.hw-vsync.enabled, and gfx.vsync.refreshdriver to "false" by double clicking each item
Firefox 40.0.2 Obscuring Addresses-alternate-solution.jpg

I've requested additional info as to why the obfuscated URL only appears in the start page address bar and not in any other subsequent address bars. I also asked why does 40.0.2 only affect my Sony Vaio. And finally, I asked if this was a coding error of some kind since all previous versions of Firefox did not have a hardware acceleration issue. Hopefully I'll get an answer to these questions and I'll post back with more updated info. In the meantime I'll leave this thread open for a while.

Again, thanks to all for the suggestions.


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17 Aug 2015   #16
FerchogtX

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Build 7600 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3
 
 

I know this may sound stupid but... have you tried upgrading your graphics driver?... I had issues with hardware acceleration too a while ago, upgrading my ATI drivers to use a set from 2012 solved it...
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17 Aug 2015   #17
marsmimar

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FerchogtX View Post
I know this may sound stupid but... have you tried upgrading your graphics driver?... I had issues with hardware acceleration too a while ago, upgrading my ATI drivers to use a set from 2012 solved it...
Definitely not a stupid question. One of the first things I did was go to the Sony eSupport site and check for updated drivers and software. I have the latest and greatest of everything installed. This lappy is using the Intel HD 3000 graphics. I went to Intel and used their Driver Update Utility. The scan came back "no new drivers found".

The most puzzling thing to me is: With hardware acceleration enabled, a URL won't show correctly in the Firefox/Cyberfox start page. Even though it doesn't show correctly I can click Enter and go to whatever website I typed in. Then the address bar shows everything correctly and continues to work correctly until I close the browser window. If I close the browser window, then open a new window, the URL will again fail to show properly. If this is a driver issue, how would the driver know if I was on a new start page or not? Or is it "normal" for drivers to work on some pages and not others?
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17 Aug 2015   #18
MoxieMomma

OEM Windows 7 Ult (x64) SP1
 
 

Dang!

"Who'da thunk" that hardware acceleration would be the explanation?
(As others have pointed out, it has been known to do weird things, but this rather "takes the cake".)

Most bizarre.

I assume you've had no response to your bug report at bugzilla?
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18 Aug 2015   #19
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
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I've requested additional info as to why the obfuscated URL only appears in the start page address bar and not in any other subsequent address bars.
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It probably only does it when the Firefox box (for lack of a better term) is involved. [See the second screenshot.] That FF box should go away as soon as you type the first letter of yahoo.com.

In your first screenshot, the FF box barfs on its transition out of the way.

Firefox 40.0.2 Obscuring Addresses-ff1.png



I'm going to guess that you already had the issue "fixed" by the time you took the screenshot below:

Firefox 40.0.2 Obscuring Addresses-ff2.png



This URL probably was typed into a new tab - one that never had the FF box in the address bar.

Firefox 40.0.2 Obscuring Addresses-ff3.png
(Or maybe you had that URL bookmarked :-)


As a test, you might "unfix" FF and try typing in a URL while on that about:preferences page.


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18 Aug 2015   #20
marsmimar

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MoxieMomma View Post
Dang!

"Who'da thunk" that hardware acceleration would be the explanation?
(As others have pointed out, it has been known to do weird things, but this rather "takes the cake".)

Most bizarre.

I assume you've had no response to your bug report at bugzilla?
Correct. No response yet from Bugzilla. If and when they respond I'll post back with whatever info they provide.
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