View Full Version : [ubuntu] firefox does nothing

February 11th, 2009, 09:18 PM
Firefox has just mysteriously died. It doesn't do *anything* anymore.

If I start it, I just get a blank window: no "file edit etc " menu, just all gray. WTF?

I already removed the entire .mozilla dir - no change. It's a 8.10 install, fully patched. Idea's, anyone?

February 11th, 2009, 09:48 PM
You could try starting it from the command line (in a xterm or so). See if you see any errors.

February 11th, 2009, 11:30 PM
lucifer@XWing:~$ firefox
lucifer@XWing:~$ firefox -v
Mozilla Firefox 3.0.6, Copyright (c) 1998 - 2009 mozilla.org

Still does absolutely nothing - just forks to the background and leaves an empty window. Adding the -v makes it exit after printing the version string.

February 13th, 2009, 04:43 AM
Is there a horked-up copy of firefox running but not visible?

ps -ef | grep firefox

If so, killall firefox, then repeat the ps command to be sure it's gone, then restart firefox.

February 13th, 2009, 04:51 AM
Are you sure you have a working internet connection? What have you installed or changed recently?

February 21st, 2009, 05:42 PM
Thank you, Thompson! I was having the exact problem. I had to install foxmarks, but all my stuff was there. Very strange, though, absolutely nothing was working- not even the back buttons.

Thanks again.

February 21st, 2009, 06:16 PM
Have you tried safe mode???

firefox -safe-mode in a terminal...