Firefox crashing

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  1. NateP macrumors member

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    I'm running Firefox 1.5rc2 on Mac OS X 10.4.3. I have had several spontaneous crashes of Firefox in the last few days. I had the same problem with 1.0.7.

    I've tried to determine if there is any pattern to the actions that cause the program to crash, but have not been able to determine what they might be. (By "crash", I mean that the little rainbow circle that indicates the application is "thinking" comes up and won't go away. When I Option+Command+Esc, the system tells me that FF is "not responding".)

    So far, I have had the crash occur when I tried to close an high-resolution image, when I tried to fill in a form on a website, and when I have tired to click on a link. I can't seem to find any use of Java, Flash, etc. that seems consistently correlated with the behavior.

    As fas as I can tell, this started with the update to 10.4.3. At least, I wasn't having these crashes in FF until about 10 days ago when I updated.

    Anyone else having a similar problem? Workarounds?
     
  2. solvs macrumors 603

    solvs

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    Just the usual. Delete the prefs, repair permissions, re-install if those don't work.
     
  3. benwa02 macrumors 6502

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    I have noticed lately Firefox has been crashing on up/hanging up a few times. I to am not sure of the causes but dont really remember why it has done it. On 10.4.2
     
  4. stridey macrumors 65816

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    Not to nitpick...

    But let me nitpick. What you're describing isn't crashing. It's "hanging." Huge difference. I suggest next time it does it open up activity monitor and see if it's simply that you don't have enough memory or cpu speed to handle everything that needs to be done, or if firefox is just freaking out.
     
  5. PCMacUser macrumors 68000

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    I would classify hanging as a form of crashing. It just usually doesn't produce a crash report... :D

    (Edit: just did a quick search for definitions on the Internet, and yeah, they simply refer to a crash as when a program stops operating).
     
  6. benwa02 macrumors 6502

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    Well I have a Dual 1.8 G5 with 1.25 RAM.
     
  7. JayMtl macrumors newbie

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    Using Firefox 1.5rc2 I had a crash so severe that it froze the iMac (OS X 10.4.3). Had to pull the power source out which always feels like pulling one of my own teeth out of my mouth. Things were fine before 10.4.3 but if a crash like this happens again, I'm thinking of trashing the beta version.
     
  8. gammamonk macrumors 6502a

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    I think Firefox crashes for everybody. At least it does for me. One thing I noticed is that the lastest OSX update 10.4.3 helped A LOT. Do you have it?

    Try this, drag an image directly from firefox to a program. Specifically, when I do this to Photoshop, there is mad crashing. Before 10.4.3, I would have to hard-reset my system (hold down power-button). Now, I can just Force-quit firefox.

    I do this all the time, because it used to work.
     

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