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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2006 1:31 am    Post subject: Fox News locks up Mozilla-firefox and my computer! Reply with quote

I'm running Mozill-Firefox 1.07 and have run into an odd problem. Every time I try to log on to Fox News, Firefox locks and also locks my computer. I can move the mouse around but my menus at the top and bottom of my screen will not unhide. I cannot change to another screen. have to exit X via ctrl-alt-bkspace. I don't know of any other web site that locks my computer up like this.

Does anyone have any ideas as to what is going on and how to fix it?

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2006 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you by any chance running X with the composite extension enabled?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2006 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have Adblock and Foxclocks enabled. I have not heard of the composite extension. What is it?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2006 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Composite is an X extension, not a firefox extension. It is enabled by a line
Option "Composite" "Enable"
in xorg.conf.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2006 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't see that line in my xorg.conf. What section is it supposed to be in? What function does it peform?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2006 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's in its own section:
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Section "Extensions"
        Option "Composite"      "Enable"
EndSection
It improves performance and enables cool effects (transparency etc.) by using video acceleration. It increases the stress on the video card, which means it can expose bugs in video drivers.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2006 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That seems to have worked.

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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2006 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fix

Section "Extensions"
Option "Composite" "Enable"
EndSection

seems to have stopped working. I just checked, and I have that in my xorg.conf, but Foxnews has started locking everything up again. Any new ideas?

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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2006 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, those lines are not the fix, they are the bug. :wink:
So remove those lines.


Unfortunately I don't have an idea what could cause this. Try opening this page as another user.
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2006 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In one term:

Code:
strace -o firefox.strace -f firefox


In another term:

Code:
tail -f firefox.strace


Visit the problem site and observe the strace output. You'll probably see firefox trying to open a file that belongs to root and has a restrictive mode, or trying to open a sound device that's already in use by another program (the eSound daemon "esd" is often the culprit).

Nevermind, I'm being a retard. I should have read more carefully. Carry on.
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2006 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks.
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