FireFox 3.6 rc1, on Windows 7, hung a few times.
I got FireFox 3.6 rc2 the day it became available; January 18, 2010.
It had done well until a few days ago … and I use FireFox hard and furiously during much of my 12 to 16 hour work day. I always use two instances of FireFox, one of each of my dual monitors, with each instance running at least 6 tabs.
Windows 7 now recognizes and catalogs FireFox 3.6 hangs. So my beloved RELIABILITY HISTORY for this Windows 7 machine show the two hangs in 4 days … and the ensuing hit to the reliability rating of this system. Kind of sad. You can see, from the TOP ragged wave (in blue) that the reliability has become choppy … exacerbated by the Adobe Acrobat 9.3 Professional crash I had on Fe. 10.
I get, on average, 7 people a day who come to this blog because they did a Web search on ‘FireFox 3.6 hangs.’ So others are seeing this too. I had a look at the FireFox Support Forum. Hangs continue to be an issue.
I have been anxiously checking FireFox for a new update. We are due one.
The other crash, IF I may say so, was kind of cute! << smile. At my age and after 40 years with computers, I sometimes find the causes of some crashes cute. >>
The crash was caused by a CLASH of incoming (unsolicited) and outgoing messages. I had been on Bank of America. After 30 minutes of inactivity they pop-up a we are going to disconnect you message. Since I have upwards of 12 tabs, the Bank of A. tab was inactive. I was just logging on, with userid/password to another site (I thinking Lightning Source, a book printer) … when the BofA tab activated itself and poped up that disconnect message. So I am hitting enter on an HTTPS session when another HTTPS session pipes in. FireFox 3.6 hung. Kind of felt sorry for it. Kind of MY FAULT.
To be fair, each time, FireFox 3.6, when restarted, came up with BOTH instances, on the correct monitors, with ALL the tabs intact. So recovery was good. Not automatic. I had to restart FireFox … but when I did, BINGO. Bob was my uncle.
So that is where we are. Yes, I know I hammer FireFox. But, that is me. Type A cubed, +++. A psychologist once asked me. Tell me she said: “you get bored brushing your teeth. If there is nothing else around you will grab the toothpaste tube and read that. Am I right?” I was MORTIFIED. I had been caught. Yes, if there was no newspaper, magazine or book for me to read while I brushed my teeth, I USED to read the toothpaste tube. I am too embarrassed to do that SINCE she caught me out. She said: “We had heard about people like you. You are the first I had met.” She also told me to go and get a dog. I have had four goldens since.