Issues & Problems With The New FireFox 16.0.1 (On Windows 7)

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

I use a dual-monitor set up with 2 instances of FireFox with at least 10 tabs open across the two instances. Click to ENLARGE.

On Saturday night, actually very early Sunday morning, FireFox automatically updated me to the latest FireFox 16.0.1. I was not aware that there was a new version, though I since found out that it had been released on Thursday.

It at once told me that my Delicious bookmarking add-on was no longer compatible. I was NOT happy.

It is bad enough that FireFox no longer supports the Google Toolbar. I find that diabolical. I use this work around to get the Google Toolbar to work with FF (though you need to have an old version of the toolbar previously installed in order for this patch to work). Also don’t just put in ’16’ as the ‘Max. version’. Think ahead and put in something like ’18‘. OK?

I found a similar ‘max version’ alerting fix for Delicious and FireFox 16.0.1. So, I was happy. Then I noticed that when I was typing in URLs (i.e., website addresses) into the ‘Address trench’ (what FF now likes to call the ‘Awesome bar‘) I was only seeing the icon for that Web site and not the full address! Did some investigating. It was related to Delicious. Disable delicious and URLs are back to normal! This is not funny.

For the last 12 years (or more) I have always used a DUAL-MONITOR setup on my PC. These days I have 36″ of DISPLAYED horizontal viewing area. That is why I cannot ever use a 10″ or 7″ tablet or pad. Just not big enough.

I always have two (2) instances of FireFox; one on each monitor. I typically have at least 5 tabs open on each instance.

With FireFox 16.0.1 I have found that there is a major glitch with moving tabs from one instance to another across the two screens. Very unpredictable behavior. It is something I am wont to do, often. I open a tab on one monitor and then move it across to the FireFox on the other. This is a problem.

So, the problems I am aware of are:
1/ Moving tabs across multiple monitors.

2/ Delicious ad-on not working.

3/ URL display getting disabled IF you try to fudge the Delicious ad-on by changing the Max. version number.

4/ Google Toolbar still not working UNLESS you zap the Max. version number.

I have been using FireFox since about 2002. I have been a HUGE advocate of FireFox. If this continues I am going to ditch it and try Chrome! There I said it. Don’t think I could lower my standards and guards low enough to stomach Internet Explorer (IE).

7 thoughts on “Issues & Problems With The New FireFox 16.0.1 (On Windows 7)

  1. conrad1on

    The moving tab glitch seems to be related to Google Toolbar – try disabling it and see if it still happens. I haven’t found a solution yet, but I’d personally settle for a fix that disables tab-tearing altogether, as accidentally moving a tab when clicking on it makes Firefox almost unusable for me at times.

    1. aguruge Post author

      Thank YOU! You are probably RIGHT, BUT I can’t live without Google Toolbar so I am between that proverbial rock and a hardplace! I am with you. When I get the Tab problem I close down BOTH instances of FF and restart! I am learning to compensate. I have started, and you could try this, copying and pasting the URL from one tab to the other — across the instances of FF. I have never activated Chrome! But I am getting tempted and I have been using FF for over a decade! This is so CRAZY. FireFox and Google should be THICK AS THIEVES, united against MSFT. I despair. Like the politics in this this country. YOU know I am a Brit … right? All the best. PLEASE keep us posted. Cheers. Anura

  2. Titam

    Thanks for highlighting the problem with multiple monitors. I have three monitors and move stuff around all the time.

    Like you, I want to keep Google Toolbar. I already hacked it, but the tear-off issue will keep me from updating to FF 16 for the foreseeable future.

  3. kide83

    Login is impossible in new FF version also, i have to use Chrome in order to login to my blog 😦 When i get to login form and fill it up, nothing happens… i am just returned to login page again with form fields empty… And so on, and so on…

    1. aguruge Post author

      I had seen similar reported on the Web for FF 16.0.1 BUT as yet not experienced that personally. Now you are getting me worried. I don’t have Chrome on this computer! I haven’t had to logon to the blog BECAUSE I use the extended logon cookie. Thanks. Cheers, Anura


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