Hardware acceleration and WindowBlinds causes Firefox to crash

There is a known issue with WindowBlinds that causes crashing in Firefox. We are working with them to fix the problem. In the meantime, here’s what you can do to continue using Firefox:

Option 1: Disable WindowBlinds for Firefox

See the WindowBlinds support article, How can I temporarily exclude a program from being skinned? for instructions.

Option 2: Disable hardware acceleration in Firefox

To turn off hardware acceleration in Firefox:

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu Fx57Menu and choose Options.Preferences.
  2. Select the Advanced panel and the General tab.
  3. Uncheck Use hardware acceleration when available.
  4. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and then click ExitQuit Close 29 .

    Click the Firefox menu Fx57Menu , then click Exit. Click the Firefox menu at the top of the screen, then click Quit Firefox.Click the Firefox menu Fx57Menu , then click Quit.

  5. Start Firefox the way you normally do.
  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu Fx57Menu and choose Options.Preferences.
  2. Select the General panel.
  3. Under Performance, uncheck Use recommended performance settings.
    Additional settings will be displayed.
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  4. Uncheck Use hardware acceleration when available.
  5. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and then click ExitQuit Close 29 .

    Click the Firefox menu Fx57Menu , then click Exit. Click the Firefox menu at the top of the screen, then click Quit Firefox.Click the Firefox menu Fx57Menu , then click Quit.

  6. Start Firefox the way you normally do.

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