Firefox for Mac defective?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by NJRonbo, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    As a PC user, Firefox has always been my browser of "choice"

    When I recently dumped Windows and came over to OS X, I
    wanted to continue using FIREFOX -- particularly for specific
    plugins that would not work on any other browser including SAFARI.

    For the most part, FIREFOX works fine under OS X....initially.

    However, I have read on many message boards about "memory
    leaks" within the browser, and I think I have finally experienced
    some of them myself.

    After a while, FIREFOX starts acting funky. COPY AND PASTE stops
    working. Also, if you type any punctuation keys (" ' &), the
    cursor jumps somewhere else in the browser page.

    Seems like there is some sort of defect in Firefox causing these
    problems with Macs.

    Anyone else experience these problems?
  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    I never have, but for me one problem is that it takes ages to start.

    After switching from Windows, I tried out Safari, and then went straight to Firefox.

    What switched me to being a Safari user was the Inquisitor plug-in and now I enjoy a lot of features of Safari that are not in Firefox.

    The ONLY thing I found better in Firefox was the find function, and Safari 3 will blow this away :)
  3. M@lew macrumors 68000


    Nov 18, 2006
    Melbourne, Australia
    Yeah Firefox for Mac isn't very good. I only use it if a website isn't compatible with Safari.
  4. Max Payne macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2006
    Brisbane, Australia
    Firefox in my MBP is completely unreliable. The only program that I have to force quit every few days.
  5. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    Firefox crashes loads on my PB, but I'm so used to it I don't like other browsers.
    It's a good job it has the restore session doodah!!
  6. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    I'd use safari instantly if it did the one thing I love firefox for: Live bookmarks.

    Until another browser has that, my soul belongs to firefox. :D
  7. ewinemiller macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2001
    west of Philly
    I haven't really noticed any problems with Firefox.

    For us dual booters, it is the browser of choice. I like that with Firefox, I can point my OSX profile and my bootcamp/parallels Windows profile at the same folder. My bookmarks, cached passwords, history, etc. follow me to whichever OS I'm running.
  8. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Learn to think for yourself. The test is not what you read on message boards; the test is what happens on your computer.

    As for me, I use Safari because no other browser offers me a compelling reason not to. I use Camino for a favorite message board which has several known issues.
  9. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    I have just switched from using Firefox and Thunderbird to using Safari and Mail simply because they were better integrated into the OS, and applications like iCal needed to use Mail in order to send e-mail reminders etc.

    After a little mucking about importing bookmarks and e-mails I have managed to get it working well enough not to have to use Firefox anymore. I guess I'll just have to see how things pan out with websites that do not support Safari.
  10. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
  11. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Heck, I used to have those issues on XP!
    And it takes forever to start up, and if you shrink firefox and then try to open a new window, it wont. gahh, it's the worst cross-platform app I've ever seen!
  12. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I really have not had any problems with Firefox on my MacBook Pro, I've left it running for several days now and it's memory usage is still less than 100MB and I have 2GB of RAM. When I was using Safari the memory usage after a couple days was well over 250MB. I haven't had Firefox crash either, but then again Safari didn't crash that often either.

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