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Scroll wheel sometimes doesn't work

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I use my mouse's scroll wheel a lot. When I have a long list of links--say, a page of search hits--I like to open a few tabs by clicking on the links with the scroll wheel=middle mouse button. I have the option set to open the new tab but keep the focus on the current tab. After I open one or two new tabs this way, sometimes I notice that Firefox no longer responds to the scroll wheel for scrolling in the original tab. I can use it to click there, but not for scrolling. This doesn't happen every time, but it happens fairly often. It was happening in FF3 and continues to happen in FF4.

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