August 8th, 2006


firefox problem

I need the expertise of somebody more expert than myself. :)

Last week I downloaded and installed a Flash update for Firefox. Since then when I open Firefox it eats a huge amount of system resources, and any time I go to a page with Flash, it gives me an error message and suggests I restart Navigator. My CPU usage zings up to 100% and stays there, making it more or less impossible to do anything else with the computer.

I've run a Windows update. mostlymaylone said Firefox had done an update, too, which had given him some problems, so that may be part of the issue, since my Firefox seems to be up to date. However, I can't figure out how to uninstall or fix Flash, which seems to be the root cause of the problem. I don't see it in the add/remove programs or anywhere in the options on Firefox (possibly I don't know where to look), and would greatly appreciate any helpful advice!

ETA: Also, while I'm doing slightly geeky things, how do I set up an email bounce so I can just bounce stuff all toward one email address? I've got shell access to the account I want to do this with. I just donno know to do it. :)
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Geek failure. In following various suggestions I seem to have added "WinXPDisableZeroConfiguration.exe", which I'm pretty sure is the disable program from here, and now *it's* eating my processing power. It's a registry modification and I not only don't know how to delete it, I'm afraid to try because, well, registry stuff. Augh. Unlike the earlier problem, using the task manager to shut it down does bring my CPU load back down to normal.

However, Flash still seems to be crashing the browser/computer, so at least *that* hasn't improved.

ETA: OMG. marith is totally a hero of the revolution. She has told me about MSCONFIG and and I have at least gotten the WinXPDisable thing turned off and am going through the task manager to figure out what unnecessary shit is running on my computer and TURNING IT OFF. All hail Marith! Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

drivingblind didn't tag me, but...

1. Grab the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence (grab next nearest book if less than 7 sentences found).
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5.Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag three people.

I'm not going to tag anybody, nor was I tagged myself, but the nearest book to hand was THE FIREBIRD DECEPTION, by Cate Dermody, and I thought that was amusing enough to do the meme. :)

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