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Firefox 1.5 for Mac sucks

November 19, 2005 at 05:17 PM

Pretty much every beta and all three release candidates of Firefox 1.5 have crashed constantly on my PowerBook. I'd like to be able to use the same browser while on either a PC or a Mac, but this is unacceptable. What's really bad is that one of this release's main additions is better support for Mac OS X.

The several crashes per hour (and often even more frequently) have most likely driven me to Safari.

Update: Looks like Safari crashes nearly as often, at least with Firefox and SessionSaver I can get back where I was easily after a crash.

Comments and TrackBacks

1 actionBERG said...

I think your comp just sucks. It doesn't crash on my Mac.

Posted on November 22, 2005 at 04:52 PM

2 Newlywed said...

I don't think his 'comp just sucks' as you cleverly proposed earlier. I'm experiencing the same problems with my PowerMac G5, my mother's PowerBook G3 and my girlfriend's PowerBook G4, all running Tiger. It's either 10.4 or Firefox. Which OS do you have actionBERG? Anyway, I tried contacting Mozilla on several occasions about this issue and am yet waiting for an answer.

Posted on December 03, 2005 at 07:26 AM

3 Kreyten said...

Interesting. I'm a switcher who's been lured over from the other side not least because of the "it just works" marketing hype. I've a new PB with a fresh install of 10.4.3. I've had a couple of crashes, but the best was very recently with Firefox 1.5.

It threw an application exception dialogue then froze up. The mouse pointer moved, but that was it. No control-alt-delete (ok, Mac version: command-control-power) would work. Only doing a full reset by holding the power down for 10 secs would bring it back to life.

The CrashReporter logs show the dreaded Flash (should read flush) thread was running when it caused the crash. Hey, it's the great Flash crash!

I'm now going to see if I can remove Macromedia's obnoxious advert animator from Firefox. Nothing good has ever come out of Flash. Look at me . Yuck, a total PITA.

I wonder if it's the cause of the Firefox 1.5 crashes? Still, why won't it crash in Safari?

I think I'll keep the log.

Posted on December 05, 2005 at 11:19 AM

4 Kreyten said...

Just downloaded the Adblock extension. Nice. No adverts.

Couldn't find an easy way of getting rid of Flush from Firefox only (I have Macromedia Studio installed, so I don't want to globally remove the horrid application just in case I ever need to use it).

eBay is so much easier to use without those damn adverts.

Posted on December 05, 2005 at 11:57 AM

5 Chris Brinser said...

try camnio its put out by Mozilla based on FF code its cocoa based so it will run faster

Posted on December 21, 2005 at 10:41 PM

6 Xyna said...

Firefox constantly crashes on my iBook, but I haven't had Safari crash on me once, and I only recently switched. Furthermore, when it isn't crashing, it often decides to take a break, stop functioning, and make the hard drive sound like popcorn popping. Firefox truly disgusts me, but the only reason why I stay with it is because it is one of the few browsers that support my University's information system.

Posted on December 22, 2005 at 09:24 AM

7 Matt said...

I'm using firefox 1.5 on my pc's, and I'm having problems with it crashing too. For no reason it seems to crash either after a couple of minutes or a couple of hours. I'm a lover of Firefox but it's almost unusable on both of my pc's. I've tried removing all of my themes and extensions but it doesn't help.

The problem is that I haven't seen anyone else reporting the same problem, and it's not just one of my pc's. For now, I'll be using Opera, which is a VERY nice browser. Have you tried Camino for your mac yet? Any thoughts?

Posted on December 27, 2005 at 05:42 PM

8 Chris said...

Went from loving Firefox to hating Firefox. 1.5 spikes my cpu during normal page loads (i.e. no flash), has a bad memory leak, and will slow down until it eventually crashes. Sure wish Safari fully supported RTE.

Posted on January 09, 2006 at 09:47 AM

9 Lolz said...

Cuum on, its not just firefox on mac os sucks, its that firefox just sucks :)

Posted on January 19, 2006 at 03:53 AM

10 Platypus said...

I have had several problems with Firefox 1.5. I'm using iBook G4 and Mac OS X (10.4.4).

I haven't found any particular reason for crahes, for example once I was bookmarking a webpage when the whole system froze. When I restarted my Mac, the system was crashed and all my files, documents, music etc was moved in a separate folder under "Users". Took hours to move everything back and this has now happened four times. Feels like giving up..I'm totally frustrated/disappointed/tired of this. Is changing to Safari the only solution?

Posted on January 29, 2006 at 02:04 AM

11 Win Dex said...

If youre drivin a Mac or Mozilla you're drivin some problems.

Posted on May 09, 2006 at 11:02 PM

12 clark said...

hey, try camino for mac it is way faster and more stable on my Ibook than firefox.

Posted on September 29, 2006 at 07:16 PM