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Firefox Won't Load

by wyeknot73 / February 18, 2005 2:14 AM PST

I'm running Windows XP. I have downloaded the latest version of "Firefox" several times. The download and installation go fine. However, it will not load. When I click the icon it "burps" for a second as if it was going to load, but nothing more ever happens. Does anyone out there know why I can't run "Firefox"?

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Firefox
by Stan Chambers / February 18, 2005 2:55 AM PST
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FireFox won't load
by Lloyd Stuber / February 18, 2005 3:09 AM PST
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You are obviously using IE to post this so your not completely stuck yet. Did you have Firefox working before with an older version? If so, go to http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/central.html (their home page), and check their support sites out. Also, if you are running any spyware/adware programs, you may want to check the settings in those, although that should not be the problem. Use Internet Explorer to check out their website first as they have a pretty comprehensive support site. If this is your first attempt to load Firefox, again, check the website out. I have installed it into both XP and 98 and it works great. Way better than IE. Good luck. Lloyd.

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Some thoughts
by Yew / February 18, 2005 3:14 AM PST
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First off, the first time you start Firefox, it will take a little longer than usual because it starts up the import wizard which gives you the option of bringing in IE settings. For reasons I've never been able to figure out, there isn't always a corresponding entry for this on the task bar. So check for the presense of this by minimizing windows one by one until you get to the desktop.

Another possibility, is that usually once in a blue moon, a Firefox process will turn zombie. Which means it's not doing anything, but it's still there (or it's undead). Fire up the task manager, and check the process list. If you have multiple Firefox entries, you'll need to kill each of them before you try launching it again. Otherwise you just add another zombie process to the list.

And as usual, after using IE, you should always be sure to scan your system for spyware which may be having undesired interactions with the Firefox process.

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. . . additionally, it is not impossible that you received a
by DVL-NYC / February 18, 2005 10:40 AM PST
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it is not impossible that you received a corrupted download.exe or the install was corrupted.

If it is installed uninstall Firefox. Delete the download file. Go to http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/ and download it fresh by saving it.

Then close all open programs, and shut down your system. After a cold boot DO NOT OPEN ANYTHING just install Firefox and walk it through the setup steps.

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Doubtful
by Yew / February 18, 2005 12:16 PM PST

If the Firefox installer were somehow corrupt, it's likely it wouldn't have run in the first place.

Something may well have happened to the files as they were being copied to the HDD, but even that's a pretty remote possibility, since it would probably mean there's wider scale disk corruption going on. While not impossible, it gets less and less likely that would escape the attention of the average user for very long.

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