FF 2.0.0.11 issue

Discussion in 'Firefox' started by cag, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. cag

    cag Guest

    Is there a workaround the following issue:
    Sometimes FF won't work unless the machine is rebooted. It seems that
    ff.exe is running in the background and won't let the program come up on
    the screen. Nearly all the time rebooting fixes the problem. I have
    used Task Manager, but that doesn't always work. Is there another
    version without that issue?
     
    cag, Jan 21, 2008
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  2. cag wrote:
    > Is there a workaround the following issue:
    > Sometimes FF won't work unless the machine is rebooted. It seems that
    > ff.exe is running in the background and won't let the program come up on
    > the screen. Nearly all the time rebooting fixes the problem. I have
    > used Task Manager, but that doesn't always work. Is there another
    > version without that issue?


    sometimes when you close FF it hasn't closed properly. So,
    then you click to start it up again, it can't because its
    still running in the background. The problem, no one really
    knows for sure. Some say its because if streaming
    audio/video, others say it due to a bad extension, still
    others will argue its because of a poor java website. Still
    others just don't know what causes this problem.

    This problem has been on going for several past versions, so
    no there isn't another version without that issue.

    Possible solutions: end the program in task manager; reboot;
    disable all your extensions, themes, etc.

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    Peter Potamus the Purple Hippo, Jan 21, 2008
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  3. cag

    Tony Raven Guest

    In article <47943864$0$6330$>,
    says...
    > Is there a workaround the following issue:
    > Sometimes FF won't work unless the machine is rebooted. It seems that
    > ff.exe is running in the background and won't let the program come up on
    > the screen. Nearly all the time rebooting fixes the problem. I have
    > used Task Manager, but that doesn't always work. Is there another
    > version without that issue?
    >


    Its an old old problem in Firefox so don't expect a fix any time soon.
    Not sure that anyone knows what causes it but the FF die-hards will
    blame the user for using the Close Window box rather than File/Exit
    (although my experience is it doesn't make a blind bit of difference).
    The solution I have found always works is to use Task Manager to end
    firefox.exe in the Processes tab (and check there is only one version
    running and you have ticked "show processes from all users" if you have
    more than one. I have occasionally had two copies running both of which
    needed to be terminated).

    --
    Tony

    "A committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing
    but together can decide that nothing can be done."
    - Fred Allen.
     
    Tony Raven, Jan 21, 2008
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  4. On 2008-01-21, cag <> wrote:

    > Is there a workaround the following issue:
    > Sometimes FF won't work unless the machine is rebooted. It seems that
    > ff.exe is running in the background and won't let the program come up on
    > the screen. Nearly all the time rebooting fixes the problem. I have
    > used Task Manager, but that doesn't always work. Is there another
    > version without that issue?


    On linux at least, when Firefox is running it creates a lock file called
    ".parentlock" in the profile directory. When you start Firefox, it
    checks for the existence of this .parentlock file and will refuse to
    start a new instance of Firefox if the file is found. This is to prevent
    multiple instances of Firefox from stomping on each other's settings
    and state files. When you close Firefox, the .parentlock file is
    removed so the next time you try to start Firefox it will come up normally.

    The problem is tha if Firefox terminates abnormally (e.g. crash or its
    process killed), the .parentlock file may not be removed, and so the
    next time you try to start Firefox, it finds the file, thinks another
    instance is already running, and refuses to start. The solution is to
    ensure that no other Firefox process is running, and then manually
    remove the .parentlock file. Then Firefox will come up normally.

    --

    John ()
     
    John Thompson, Jan 22, 2008
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