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Rendering Problem with FF 2.0

by Bill Osler / July 24, 2008 11:18 AM PDT

I'm having a bit of a problem viewing the forums today. When I visit with Firefox I get a thick black band across the middle of the page. That makes it impossible to see some of the posts. In fact, I can't even see what I'm typing in the message as I compose it because the text box for posting is directly under the black band.
I've done a screen shot, it's at
I hope the link is right - I can't see it to verify it. I guess we'll find out what kind of touch typist I am.
Anyway, the problem did not appear when the site first changed a couple of days ago, it just appeared today.
FWIW: If I try to preview the page I can't even see the Submit Post button. I'll just have to blindly post and hope the link works.

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Same situation using FF2 & FF3. NOT when using IE
by Carol~ Moderator / July 24, 2008 6:35 PM PDT

Bill, et al

The problem doesn't exist (for me) using IE. I installed FF3, with the intention of uninstalling FF2, once I was assured FF2 wouldn't pose a problem. As mentioned in the subject, I get the same as you, with both versions of FF. (Both have AdBlock Plus and NoScript installed)

You said you hoped your screen shot was correct, because you were unable to see it, in order to verify it. It is very much correct! As a workaround, I tried various methods to get rid of it. To include trying to navigate my way out of it, by using the dropdown menu titled, "Other CNET sites", at the very bottom of the second column. The one titled "CNET Sites". It didn't work! Sad

I hope you're able to see this post. You may not feel so alone. I suspect other's will eventually be posting the same. The band across the page, makes viewing or posting impossible using FF. At least in my case.


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(NT) No problems here in FF2.
by Kees Bakker / July 24, 2008 6:43 PM PDT
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I just e-mailed Lee about this not
by roddy32 / July 24, 2008 10:57 PM PDT

realizing there was a thread about it here because I could not see this thread IN FF 3.01. I can see the site with IE but with IE I do not see the BETA site which is what I have been using with FF 3.01. I think this may be a BETA website problem.

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Thanks Roddy!
by glenn30 / July 25, 2008 12:01 AM PDT

I am writing and viewing Cnet with IE... never thought of that before. Apparently this only affects Firefox with the new beta interface.

Keeping the faith! Grin


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Yes and no. LOL I now have
by roddy32 / July 25, 2008 12:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks Roddy!

2 IE tabs open here and one Firefox 3.01 tab open. One of the IE tabs is showing me the old yellow software and it is fine. The other IE tab and the Firefox 3.01 tab are showing me the beta site and the problem is there with both. I deleted all the CNET cookies and it made no difference. SO my deduction is that if you are seeing the old yellow website it is ok but if you are seeing the BETA website, it has the problem, regardless of the browser.

The problem is with the beta site. Happy

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(NT) Yes... that's my view too :)
by glenn30 / July 25, 2008 12:32 AM PDT
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Me too....
by EdHannigan / July 24, 2008 8:04 PM PDT

in FF 3. In EI the old yellow band design is displayed. Weird!
I hope it can be fixed because I don't want to use IE.

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Me also, FF3. . .
by Coryphaeus / July 24, 2008 8:12 PM PDT

But I notice it's only on the Beta page:

My other PC still shows the pre-beta page which I like much better. How do I get back to the pre-Beta page? I just now noticed that IE shows the pre=Beta page. Again, how do I get FF3 back to the old page?

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(NT) FF2 and looking good :-)
by jonah jones / July 24, 2008 10:09 PM PDT
In reply to: Me also, FF3. . .
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Delete your current Cnet cookies...
by John.Wilkinson / July 24, 2008 11:35 PM PDT
In reply to: Me also, FF3. . .

Navigate away from Cnet, delete all Cnet-related cookies, then return and you'll return to the old site. You may be automatically 'upgraded' into the beta site again in the future, though.


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Friday 25th @ 06:45 CDST
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 24, 2008 10:49 PM PDT

I had exactly the same problem using Safari.
I had not seen it before then.

I went to Firefox but FF did NOT use the new Beta so the problem was not there.

I created a new thread in this forum but I see that it did not take. Comes of typing blind I guess


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Same problem here...
by John.Wilkinson / July 24, 2008 11:42 PM PDT

After I disabled my custom Cnet stylesheet the same issue appeared...footerWrap was displayed in the middle of the page. I had to reapply it to see what I'm doing again.


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This is fixed folks... sorry about that.
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / July 25, 2008 2:45 AM PDT

Let me know if it isn't..

Do a Shift + Refresh on the browser, if you still see the footer in the middle of the page.

Now to let the ad folks know about that big Sprint Instinct ad that doesn't close... slightly annoying.

Thanks all!

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(NT) Thank you sir!
by Coryphaeus / July 25, 2008 2:52 AM PDT
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(NT) Looks like that fixed it... at least for now :) Thanks!
by glenn30 / July 25, 2008 3:09 AM PDT
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Sprint instinct ad?
by EdHannigan / July 25, 2008 8:22 AM PDT

I don't see it. I guess AdBlock is doing its job.

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(NT) Thanks ... That solved it for me also.
by Bill Osler / July 25, 2008 8:43 AM PDT
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(NT) Yep, Banner gone, thanks
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 25, 2008 10:42 AM PDT
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It's still not fixed for me.
by Tarq57 / July 31, 2008 9:46 PM PDT

Using Firefox 2. Even with all scripts allowed, getting the problem as described, plus the links/buttons don't function. They look like links, behave like normal text. The problem is intermittent, and seems more to affect pages opened via an email notification link.

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