Firefox start problems

I've been having problem with starting Mozilla Firefox for quite some while now, and it's driving me crazy. It happens on two PCs so it's not something to do with a faulty installation etc.

When I launch Mozilla Firefox 0.8.0+ fx build ID 20040608 I never see the fox. I can only see Mozilla Firefox in the Tasklist but Mozilla Firefox never shows.

It's related to extensions, since if I delete the extensions directory in my profile Mozilla Firefox starts up fine.

I normally always download a new nightly build of Mozilla Firefox every morning using my 4getmoz script. This downloads the zip version of Mozilla Firefox and installs it.

Am I the only one having these problems?

June 15, 2004 10:10 AM | Posted in Mozilla


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I don't know why deleting your extensions would help - but I've had a problem on several occasions where windows apps fail to appear on screen. It may be that something opened a window that got moved off-screen the last time you had Firefox opened (you have turned off popups, haven't you?), so now it remembers that position.

Try right-clicking the taskbar icon and choosing move. Then tap one of the arrow keys a couple times and move the mouse. (I know those sound like screwy directions, but they should work.)

Site icon Comment by Jemaleddin at June 15, 2004 11:12 AM | Permalink

if you have a build from the past few days then you can start it up using -safe-mode i think

Comment by guiverunit at June 15, 2004 11:42 AM | Permalink

if you have a build from the past few days then you can start it up using -safe-mode i think

Comment by guiverunit at June 15, 2004 11:43 AM | Permalink

I noticed the same a few minutes ago, after trying out the new 0.9 release. Deleting the extensions folder in the profile finally brought up the FF window.

Site icon Comment by Simon Paquet at June 15, 2004 11:45 AM | Permalink

Yup Gemal, your Launchy had made me quite frustrated:

Site icon Comment by minghong at June 15, 2004 01:14 PM | Permalink

I think many people are now upgrading from Firefox 0.9 RC (having some 0.9-compatible extensions installed) to 0.9 Final as it is just out today. However, if you didn't remove your old 0.9 RC profile, you might run into the problem of starting up Fir...

Site icon TrackBack from Easy Migration from 0.9 RC to 0.9 Final at June 15, 2004 03:08 PM | Permalink

i had the same problem today after installing 0.9 on top of RC ... had to delete ext also ... :(

Comment by kwanbis at June 15, 2004 03:55 PM | Permalink

me too, I have to rename the profile folder, and finally, FF 0.9 recognized my 0.8's profile and imported it.(I didnt delete that folder after I upgradeed to 0.8+)

Comment by wfeng at June 15, 2004 04:01 PM | Permalink

I am having the same problemon Windows 2000 professional. I had Firefox 0.8 and I upgraded to the latest Firefox 0.9. Now although I double-click on the Firefox 0.9 icon, firefox never brings up its browser window. The firefox process is still there, but there is not browser window. Where is the extensions directory located??? I have already uninstalled and reinstalled Firefox from my PC a couple of times but the problem still occurs. Is the extensions directory stored under the user's name or under the main Morzilla Firefox directory path?

Comment by richard dachowski at June 16, 2004 04:00 AM | Permalink

Richard, take a look of this:

Site icon Comment by minghong at June 16, 2004 09:43 AM | Permalink

I had the same type of problem. I was not using a nightly build, just the general install file from the firefox page. I installed the Extension Uninstaller, and after that, i never could get firefox 0.8 back up. It would show up in my task list, but the app would never appear on my desktop.

luckily, this happened the day that the 0.9 rc was released, so I just downloaded it.

Site icon Comment by Jeremy Flint at June 16, 2004 04:39 PM | Permalink

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