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    Firefox 3 in 8.04 (hardy heron) in offline mode with usb modem

    Ok, so I did some searches and found that firefox keeps starting in offline mode for me because I'm using a USB modem (verizon wireless broadband) and networkmanager doesn't recognize it. So, what's the solution to fix this? Can I disable networkmanager and will that fix it? Is there any setting in firefox 3 that can disable it from checking with networkmanager?

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    Re: Firefox 3 in 8.04 (hardy heron) in offline mode with usb modem

    I am also using a USB modem to connect to internet and this was also bothering me ater upgrading to Hardy and Firefox 3.

    The solution I have found was disabling Network Applet fron System -> Pref. -> Sessions and adding the following lines to the file "/etc/network/interfaces":
    Code:
    auto eth0
    iface eth0 inet dhcp
    Thus, I guess, Firefox believes that eth0 (i.e. ethernet card) is active although it connects to Internet via ppp0 (i.e. USB modem).
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    Last edited by erginemr; April 28th, 2008 at 06:34 AM. Reason: typo

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    Re: Firefox 3 in 8.04 (hardy heron) in offline mode with usb modem

    Thanks! I'll try it Monday morning.

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    Re: Firefox 3 in 8.04 (hardy heron) in offline mode with usb modem

    Hi,

    Tried that suggested by erginemr and it worked - you can even re-enable the network applet although that seemed to make my meagre 667Mhz processor work harder.

    Thanks

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    Here is a fix I developed for the issue...

    http://kristian-hermansen.com/code/d...line.mode.html

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    Re: Firefox 3 in 8.04 (hardy heron) in offline mode with usb modem

    Quote Originally Posted by khermans View Post
    Here is a fix I developed for the issue...

    http://kristian-hermansen.com/code/d...line.mode.html

    Could you please fix your link? I would like to see it.

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    Re: Firefox 3 in 8.04 (hardy heron) in offline mode with usb modem

    Hi,

    I am using Ubuntu 8.04, with or without my 3G USB modem, no ethernet or WiFi connected and "Firefox 3" can start "online" or "offline" depending on the status of the 'network configuration' icon.

    BEFORE managing this, I was trying to setup manually a "point to point connection", from "properties" I set gprs, enable this connection, and I wrote "internet" to Access Point Name. Then "ok" and "close". These parameters actually are not used, but maybe they setup some flags.

    Then I had Firefox starting online or offline:
    1. Right Click on the Network icon (up-right on the screen, beside the Volume Control).
    2. If the "Enable Networking" is selected, Firefox 3 starts always in On-Line mode, otherwise it starts always in Offline mode.

    Regards,
    George
    Last edited by GeorgeVita; August 16th, 2008 at 05:58 PM.

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    Re: Firefox 3 in 8.04 (hardy heron) in offline mode with usb modem

    Quote Originally Posted by erginemr View Post
    I am also using a USB modem to connect to internet and this was also bothering me ater upgrading to Hardy and Firefox 3.

    The solution I have found was disabling Network Applet fron System -> Pref. -> Sessions and adding the following lines to the file "/etc/network/interfaces":
    Code:
    auto eth0
    iface eth0 inet dhcp
    Thus, I guess, Firefox believes that eth0 (i.e. ethernet card) is active although it connects to Internet via ppp0 (i.e. USB modem).
    I was worried about getting rid of network manager because surely updates will just replace it? Also wasn't sure if I needed it to set up proxy. Nothing else here worked but the above solution was ideal and worked perfectly.
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    Wink Re: Firefox 3 in 8.04 (hardy heron) in offline mode with usb modem

    I suggest just changing browser.offline-apps.notify to false in Firefox about:config.

    More about about:config > type about:config in URL bar & promise that you won't break Firefox . Type in the above line in filter & list will narrow down.
    Last edited by gnuchanux; November 27th, 2008 at 02:54 AM. Reason: typo

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