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Old 3rd November 2008   #1
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Firefox freezes/hangs cpu usage 100%


Hi I am a new bee and I searched terms in Google, ďcpu usage 100% Firefox, I think I have Firefox version 3.0.3. hanging freezingĒ, and lucked upon your site. I joined and searched your site same terms and came upon someoneís struggle from 2007 that sounds very much my struggle in November 2008. So I copied it to word then edited out stuff that didnít apply and added relevant stuff. I can find my way around my computerís basic stuff, but am no wiz. I havenít had the time to become a wiz. I am hoping that one of the great wizs here can help me to figure out what is needed to restore Firefox and my laptop to health so I can use it the way I always have and not have my computer freeze. Also, my restore function will not go back to an earlier date and that fix is beyond me. If some one can help there too I will add info as is needed if appropriate, please and thank you ( : Please remember, I am new here and I hope I do not break any commandments while I am getting over being the new kid on the block.
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So onward. My system is running win xp home. 100gig hd. It is regrettably a Toshiba, M65 S 9092, which was a total rip off the key board is poorly designed and it shuts down from overheating a problem known to Toshiba and system guard, the expenive replacement program I purchased with the computer, which replaced my original Satellite that was a lemon with this one with equal or worse problems. They did it purposely and tried to make me sign something saying I would never tell a living soul what hell system guard put me through, to get any computer back from them, they tried to make me give up, but I never gave in, errr. But I didnít sign. So here you have it. However, the computer is mostly functional despite its, limping, heratage and limitations. Computer Business people are so nice ) : So to my immediate issue.

Iíve been having problems with Firefox hanging while loading pages, and also (which is a million times annoying) while moving around between tabs and when scrolling thru pages. Previously, Iíd have say a dozen tabs open, and would be able to go thru them with no hanging/loading time. Now, forget it. In fact, when typing the very first paragraph above in Firefox, it hung on me 3 times. Then, after about 9-10 seconds, all my words Iíve been typing show up (because I keep on typing). So you can tell the extent it hangs. So much so, that I resorted to typing this in MS Word first, then Iíll cut/paste into this new thread window. BTW, no hanging/freezing in MS Word.

It also hangs while scrolling thru pages. Now, a basic page hangs when Iím scrolling down. By hanging, I mean the page freezes up and doesnít move, despite me pressing the button to scroll the page down. My mouse doesnít freeze up and the rest of my system may or may not hang, just mostly Firefox. Plus, it not only hangs when the page is loading, which could be typical of my system getting/loading all the info off the Internet, but also after the page is fully loaded. My computer has slowed to a crawl even IE opens very very slowly and the connection is wifi by comcast, so fairly fast. Tonight through my ignorance on computer tech stuff, I noticed that my CPU usage is a 100% in task manager so that must be who slow, but what is using all of my CPU? Another example is if I have 2 tabs open. Both pages have fully loaded and ended. When switching between tabs, it will hang. I know I have a slower system, and not much RAM (see info below), but this never happened before, even with 12+ tabs open.

E-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y annoying.


For some reason, my IE isnít working right now, so I canít really test it. But everything else on my system is running fine and not hanging.

Firefox is great when it works but its weakness is if fails and is not stable like IE. What do I know?

Can someone shed some light here for me?

Thank you,

Alan Annapolismarine


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I am trying to extract some info from the way too long post, and considering that IE is, also misbehaving, it appears to me that there is something wrong with the system.

Is Cache being emptied, at least in Firefox? I did a Search entering Firefox hangs, and came up with several hits. Having never experienced such problem, I can't recommend any. Try this one first

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Thank you Westside,

You said, "I am trying to extract some info from the way too long post, and considering that IE is, also misbehaving, it appears to me that there is something wrong with the system.
Is Cache being emptied, at least in Firefox? I did a Search entering Firefox hangs, and came up with several hits. Having never experienced such problem, I can't recommend any. Try this one first

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I tried your sugestion but have still the same or similar issue. Thank you.

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Check this KB Article: Firefox hangs

Try the different solutions offered, and let us know if any of them help.

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