Firefox 2 and Intel Mac

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Anyone here using an Intel Mac and Firefox 2? So far it has been extremely buggy. Not in rendering or crashing - but it hangs every five minutes or so and I have to force quit. I never had this problem with the previous version of Firefox.

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Comment 1 by John posted on 10/25/2006 at 10:43 PM

I've been using FF 2.0 since the early release candidates and haven't had any issues at all.

Maybe disable any extensions you have or worse case, delete your profile folder and start over. FireFox 1.5 on my PC at work got corrupted and I had to nuke the profile and start over.

Comment 2 by Mike posted on 10/26/2006 at 12:35 AM

I've been using the FF 2.0 nightly builds on my MBP for at least a month and haven't had that problem.

Comment 3 by Sean Corfield posted on 10/26/2006 at 12:37 AM

I installed the FF2 final release the other day and it's been rock solid for me on the MBP. What extensions do you have installed? Maybe one of those is the culprit?

Comment 4 by Miles Rast posted on 10/26/2006 at 12:40 AM

I've had similar issues with RC2 and RC3, unexplainable crashes especially on ajax-based websites like BaseCamp. Also, having too many tabs open caused unnstable results.

My only plug-ins are the Google Toolbar and Web Developer's kit. I am downloading the new release as I write this and am going to try losing the Google Toolbar as well. My issues with Firefox have been used on an Intel-based desktop Mac Pro. *crosses fingers*

- Miles

Comment 5 by Scott McNulty posted on 10/26/2006 at 1:27 AM

Just to add to the chorus, I've been using it for a few days on my MacBook and it has crashed once (though the new session restore is pretty cool).

Comment 6 by Rob Brooks-Bilson posted on 10/26/2006 at 2:31 AM

Ray, are you sure it's not the connectivity at the conference? Wireless has been pretty spotty, with all sorts of DNS issues. That may be causing the hangs.

Comment 7 by Raymond Camden posted on 10/26/2006 at 2:45 AM

Yeah but a hung connection shouldn't hang the whole app.

Comment 8 by rob shaw posted on 10/26/2006 at 3:22 AM

I have had massive issues with firefox 2.0 as well such a pain which its your primary browser. I tried to go back to 1.5.7 but was still have crashing issues so maybe my setting or an extension is causing it to hang (have you got google sync?).

The most stable version I have had of firefox on my mbp was from this site

Comment 9 by rob shaw posted on 10/26/2006 at 6:03 AM

I just removed my pref folder /user/library/application support/firefox

then opened firefox and installed google sync (get all my settings and bookmarks back) and I back up and running.

Been stable all morning. Alot faster as well.

Must be an extension or corrupt preference issue.

Comment 10 by Raymond Camden posted on 10/26/2006 at 7:33 PM

I've killed my preferences and am currently just running Google Toolbar. So far so good. Thanks for the suggestions guys.

Comment 11 by Raymond Camden posted on 10/26/2006 at 8:33 PM

Dang it. I spoke too soon. Unless Google Toolbar is the culprit. I'm going to have to nuke it again and try a totally pure Firefox and see if it works. If not - back to 1.5.7.

Comment 12 by PaulH posted on 10/26/2006 at 10:15 PM

on windows also seeing some funky issues on several machines: for instance, click on a link & ff 2.0 jumps to the top of the page instead of the link. happens pretty frequently. bummer.

Comment 13 by Stephen Collins posted on 10/26/2006 at 11:23 PM

And a "me too" from me too. Beachball of hell madness all of a sudden for no apprently good reason. I'm guessing it's probably on of my extensions eating the app, but I can't be sure. I've not tracked it to a consistent set of circumstances yet.

Comment 14 by Andy Jarrett posted on 10/26/2006 at 11:39 PM

Just to jump in, I gotta say that mine has been running fine. Sorry :o) Though I get a weird rendering bug viewing Directory views on Apache at startup. Apart from that no problems.

Comment 15 by Matthew Tagg posted on 10/28/2006 at 10:52 PM

Hi Ray, I believe the Google Toolbar to be the culprit. I installed it yesterday and RC3 has been hanging constantly since then. Just freezes up.

Comment 16 by Raymond Camden posted on 10/28/2006 at 11:26 PM

Interesting. I have been since my 3rd install w/ NO extensions at all. I really do miss the Google Toolbar though.

Comment 17 by EDOUARDO posted on 11/6/2006 at 2:37 AM

Lots of FF 2 crashes here too on MacBook pro, same on desktop G5. Seems pretty well sure that Google toolbar is the culprit. Once that is disabled all settles down.
Otherwise i am GUARANTEED a lock up / crash, its just a matter of 'when'.
If I leave FF running, then return to it, it has invariably reported 'Application not responding'.

Comment 18 by Raymond Camden posted on 11/6/2006 at 3:57 AM

I've kept it off my mac, and so far, so good.

Comment 19 by Charles Barilleaux posted on 11/7/2006 at 6:17 PM

I have a MacBook, and have been having the random-hangs-must-force-quit issue as well. I have the Google toolbar and the plug-in. Having read this thread, I think I'll try removing the whole shebang, and reinstall. Or try beatnickpad.

Comment 20 by YK posted on 11/21/2006 at 4:32 AM

Problems here as well, with FF2 on a brand new MacBook Pro. The only extension I have is the web dev toolbar. The ap constantly crashes, sometimes when it's just open with no browser windows. I'm actually considering going bak to Safari.

Comment 21 by EJ posted on 11/21/2006 at 11:20 PM

I have been having the "not responding" problem as well. Pretty much every time I use firefox, after a certain amount of time, the beachball starts spinning and I have to "force quit" the app. I just uninstalled all of the extensions I had and will see if it works.

Comment 22 by EDOUARDO posted on 11/21/2006 at 11:36 PM

Hmm. I have a bit of a progress report here - on my desktop Mac Quad 2.5Ghz G5 I have FF2 with Extensions: DOM inspector, Google Toolbar, Talkback and Adsense Notifier running - this seems stable and is not giving any problems.
On the mac Book Pro Intel laptop I am now running FF2 with only the Adsense Notifier (all others disabled) and this is also running stable now.

Comment 23 by EJ posted on 11/26/2006 at 12:29 PM

Update: I have uninstalled all of the add-ons (even the google toolbar) except for "talkback" and now firefox 2.0 works perfectly. YAY!

Comment 24 by LimeKnight Pete posted on 11/28/2006 at 7:31 PM

I get the rancid beachball of death on a regular basis as well.. I've got Chris Pederick's web dev toolbar and the google toolbar - both of which I use every day..
oh and I'm running firefox 2 on a MBP.

Comment 25 by Lisa B posted on 11/30/2006 at 9:43 AM

yes me too, it hangs often FF2 on intel Macbook Pro, I've got all kinds of plugins, Safari works perfectly, seems to crash on complex sites like Amazon.. locks up all tabs so you can't use the application at all, no access to any other tabs or windows.. I'll try these suggestions

Comment 26 by Lisa B posted on 11/30/2006 at 9:43 AM

yes me too, it hangs often FF2 on intel Macbook Pro, I've got all kinds of plugins, Safari works perfectly, seems to crash on complex sites like Amazon.. locks up all tabs so you can't use the application at all, no access to any other tabs or windows.. I'll try these suggestions

Comment 27 by eric posted on 12/2/2006 at 4:21 AM

I've had the same problem on my Mac Pro. I've followed Rob Shaw's advise and deleted the folder

/user/library/application support/firefox.

I didn't have GoogleBar, so I didn't need to uninstall that (but apparently it has been causing the problem, too), but uninstall it if you have it. This should get you running like the Firefox of old.

Oh, and make sure to export your bookmarks (if you care about them).

Bookmaks/Organize Bookmarks.../File/Export, or use Google Sync.

Hope this helps those in dire need. Oh, and thanks Rob for the tip.

Comment 28 by Owen posted on 12/5/2006 at 12:11 AM

I am almost certain the problem lies with the Google Toolbar. I do run the Web Developer toolbar, but I don't show the toolbar, I just use the context menu. I had lots of crashing with my usual set of extensions, but over time I've been experimenting with different sets. No Google Toolbar, no crashing. Could be just a problem with the new FF and extensions that add toolbars. Hope that helps someone.

Comment 29 by EJ posted on 12/23/2006 at 6:50 AM

Well, I am also running FF2 on a Macbook Pro and I was getting the dreaded beachball. After uninstalling every plug in and using firefox for more than a month, I have not gotten one "Not responding" message again nor has firefox frozen up. It seems to have worked.

Comment 30 by rc posted on 2/9/2007 at 1:25 AM

I've got a major issue where multiple tabs that were opened and closed on one session, continue to open each and every time i open FF2 on MBPro. No matter if I clear history and everything. I finally dumped FF2 for my MBP. any ideas on this one?

Comment 31 by lewafer posted on 3/9/2007 at 10:52 PM

I'm also having major problems with FF2 crashes on Intel iMac 24in. It's been crashing about 6 times a day. Have the Google toolbar installed, FoxyTunes, and a weather bar. Of course, had no probs with FF 1.5.

Comment 32 by pierre d&aposmaui posted on 4/5/2007 at 3:41 PM

I too have MBP and experience FF2 hanging. I have to force quit maybe 1-3 times a day. Memory issues I would say. I don't have GoogleToolbar and only 3 plugins. There are some web sites around with FF tricks. I am going to play with a few to see how it affects FF.

Safari is indeed rock solid it seems. I don't have any plugins for it.

Comment 33 by Bash Coder posted on 4/9/2007 at 3:40 PM

FF2 on my MacBook is crashing a few times daily. Either that or the spinning color wheel is supposed to be hypnotizing me into some odd behavior or belief. I have the latest add-on.

Oh yeah, almost forgot: This all started the day I realized that I am a squirrel.

Comment 34 by Juliana Farha posted on 4/27/2007 at 4:24 PM

I'm using a MacBook with Firefox, and it crashes constantly. I get the endless beachball, but what's more irritating is that I can't even force quit the application - I have to shut down my computer. In fact, I had endless problems with previous versions of FF and switched back to Safari until I found that more and more websites were giving me an 'unsupported browser warning' with it.

I gather it might help to uninstall the FF add-ons - can someone tell me how you do this?

Comment 35 by Raymond Camden posted on 4/27/2007 at 10:13 PM

Juliana, if you go to Tools/Add Ons, you will see your list of extensions and you can remove them there.

I tried FF again with the last release, and it seems better now.

Comment 36 by Rick posted on 5/5/2007 at 1:38 PM

I've recently switched to a mac...firefox crashes a few times a day with no explanation...very disappointed that Mozilla cant get it right for mac users...

Comment 37 by VT posted on 5/30/2007 at 5:27 PM

I have noticed that if I delete the Profile in Firefox before launching the program then Firefox does not crash

Comment 38 by Nomad posted on 8/30/2007 at 7:19 PM

I had the same problem on my Intel Mac-Pro but the PPC version of FF works fine.

Comment 39 by jonas posted on 10/28/2007 at 2:54 PM

hey ray, i exactly now what you mean... i'm having the same troubles since a few weeks ago, pro'lly since the last update and i don't know what to do...

if u have found a solution, i'd be more than happy if you could drop me a line on how to fix this!

greetings from munich, germany!


Comment 40 by Raymond Camden posted on 10/28/2007 at 5:56 PM

I posted on this more recently. I found that the major cause of trouble with FF was Firebug. I had it turned on for all sites. Turning it off - and then turning it when I needed to - helped a LOT.