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Topic # 83040 9-May-2011 18:01
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So my Firefox just upgraded itself to version 4, and to start with all seemed well.  But then it kept freezing all the time. YouTube can't stream properly, flash games make it non-responsive for a while.  Good old 3.X was absolutely fine. 'But its an add-on/extension' you say.  So I took them all off and did a clean re-install.  No good.  Looked on the Firefox website, it says I can access a log of all the crashes.  But nothing there about it freezing...

Now I like Firefox.  I have used it for a long time.  But I am not alone in these issues, a Google search showed up many people with similar issues.  These days I have lots to do, so I am sorry to say I just cannot be bothered.  

Chrome it is.

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  Reply # 467213 9-May-2011 18:07
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FF4 is also very heavy on memory usage too. Still they have the best implementation of a password manager. Give IE9 a spin too if you have Win 7 or Vista.




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  Reply # 467220 9-May-2011 18:24
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Happily remaining with 3.6x for the near term. May well do so for as long as they keep it updated.




 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 467232 9-May-2011 18:45
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billgates: FF4 is also very heavy on memory usage too. Still they have the best implementation of a password manager. Give IE9 a spin too if you have Win 7 or Vista.


I have actually had a play with IE9, as I do have Win 7.  Not too bad, but seems to lack things like Themes that Chrome provides (or I may not be looking in the right place!).  Small, but a point of difference.



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  Reply # 467233 9-May-2011 18:46
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BlakJak: Happily remaining with 3.6x for the near term. May well do so for as long as they keep it updated.


That occurred to me too, but I can't be bothered waiting for them to fix 4 (assuming they do before the old 3.X becomes obsolete...)

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  Reply # 467234 9-May-2011 18:46
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FF4 is running fine for me on my laptop but the android version is a nightmare, drags the phone to a standstill, is very unresponsive, love the bookmark & history sync but it near on unusable otherwise



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  Reply # 467236 9-May-2011 18:47
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And BTW - it is a grunty PC, not like it is struggling for processing power....

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  Reply # 467237 9-May-2011 18:49
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No issues back here

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  Reply # 467238 9-May-2011 18:50
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4 using less memory on all 5 PCs in my house! And I haven't had an issue. 1 crash on my netbook with 32 tabs open, but that's it so far.

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  Reply # 467241 9-May-2011 18:56
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Sounds like a flash player issue rather than firefox to me.



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  Reply # 467254 9-May-2011 19:16
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jbard: Sounds like a flash player issue rather than firefox to me.
Very well could be, but flash player is up to date. And the other 2 browsers I have installed are working fine.

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  Reply # 467258 9-May-2011 19:22
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I have also been running Firefox 4 for the past month or so without any problems whatsoever.  Currently have 33 tabs open on Win XP SP3, also running perfectly under Windows 7 on my laptop.  I love the newly-added function to "Pin" a tab, and to me, the performance seems way ahead of FF 3.6 that I used for a year or so.

Just out of curiousity I gave IE9 a spin, but it feels like a slug after using FF 4.  Mozilla rules!







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  Reply # 467261 9-May-2011 19:32
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I am suprised no-one else here has had the same issues as me yet.

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  Reply # 467264 9-May-2011 19:38
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Paulthagerous: I am suprised no-one else here has had the same issues as me yet.


Maybe the issue you are having is not with FF4 then

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  Reply # 467268 9-May-2011 19:43
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We have 4 PCs here now all running FF4, have been since it was released, love it, no problems, I also note the kids have had no issues with the heavy flash games they play on it, which often use to cause memory issues on 3.X.

I must say however that compared to safari and Chrome (which are also often used at the same time) FF both 3.X and 4 are pretty heavy handed memory wise, its not uncommon for them to ramp up 600-800MByte of resouce with only 10 at max tabs open, also closing FF does not always recover that memory a reboot is needed to achieve that. Regardless having recently upped all our machines to 2Gig Ram any issues relating to this are non relevent in normal use.

Oh all our machines are XP SP3, mix of Dual core and Atom thing'es

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  Reply # 467273 9-May-2011 19:50
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johnr:
Paulthagerous: I am suprised no-one else here has had the same issues as me yet.


Maybe the issue you are having is not with FF4 then

I would agree but 1) the other browsers I have (IE9 and Chrome) work fine and 2) there are others on the interweb with the same issues. So I can't see what else could be at fault.

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