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Netscape 8.1 constantly locks on launch

by N.T.Gray / March 28, 2006 6:25 AM PST

Has anybody else been having this problem?
Half or more of the time that I launch NS 8.1, it locks up midway through launch and I have to Ctrl-Alt-Del to close the program and start over. (It always starts on the second attempt.) It's getting wearisome. Does anybody know if this problem is widespread enough that Netscape is working on an update that will fix it? Or do I have to give up my brand loyalty for a while? (I use four different computers: three Pentium 4's and one old Celeron, all using WinXP Home. They all do this.)


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I used to have
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 28, 2006 8:07 PM PST

the ocassional problem with my Netscape 7.1, but not to the extent that you are having.

Could you uninstall Netscape, delete/clear out all the profiles, then re-install?

If you have bookmarks you would need to export these to a file beforehand. I am not sure if you can export saved passwords.

If I remember rightly, Netscape 8 comes without an associated email client, so you would not lose your email settings, inbox, etc.

If you cannot face a complete uninstall/reinstall, what about creating a new Netscape profile? That may help. You would still need to import your bookmarks.

Good luck


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Just wondering. . .
by N.T.Gray / March 29, 2006 1:21 AM PST
In reply to: I used to have

The fact that I'm getting the same behavior on three different computers suggests it's something a little more than just a situation I created myself. I was just trying to confirm whether the problem is being widely reported. Or perhaps it might actually be something I am doing that I'm not consciously aware of (though I don't have any trouble at all with 7.2 on one computer and 7.1 on another.)


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Not here
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 29, 2006 3:00 AM PST
In reply to: Just wondering. . .

Not widely reported here, not that I know of.

I note you have 4 computers at home. Are they all networked?

If so, my immediate suspicion would fall on some sort of malware damage, virus or spyware.

If not networked, then that's very strange to see them all behave in a similar way. Why don't you try what I said on one of the systems, and see what the results are over a period of time.


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Two different networks
by N.T.Gray / March 29, 2006 5:14 AM PST
In reply to: Not here

Two computers at home, two at work. I'll try the fix on one of them, just to see what happens.


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