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Status-4-Evar and Graphics
I have a sneaking suspicion that it is the Status-4-Evar add-on bar that is messing with graphics when I try to access photos on sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. So, I've disabled it, but I want to still have the status bar. Is there a way to get the status bar back without Status-4-Evar? I've downloaded the add-on bar, but it doesn't show the green status bar.
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I don't know why Status-4-Evar would affect website content. What is the problem you've noticed on those sites -- is it that the height of the window isn't computing correctly with the added bar?
It's possible that Status-4-Evar can integrate with the Add-on bar extension (so you don't end up with two add-on bars), but I haven't tested it myself.
What happens is that often when I'm on these sites which try to render pictures, the menu bar sort of blinks out and I get white and black patches all across the screen. If I minimize the screen and close out the tabs with the photos, I can sometimes get it back to normal, but many times the whole screen just turns white. It's not even that anything freezes up, it's that I literally can't see anything, and have to guess where the close-out "x" is to close out the browser.
I also tried integrating the Status-4-Evar with the Add-on Bar, and it's not possible.
I just got through with an hour's long session of Internet Explorer, and not once did I experience what I continue to experience with Firefox. This is not my computer or even my version of Firefox, as it's happened over multiple versions of Firefox.
If anyone has any other ideas, I'd be interested to hear them. The only thing I can imagine is that it's one of my add-ons or extensions, but I've tested them all.
Graphic glitches like that often indicate that Firefox is incompatible with your graphics card/chipset drivers. If those are up-to-date, the standard workaround is to disable Firefox from using hardware acceleration. You would do that here:
"3-bar" menu button (or Tools menu) > Options > Advanced
On the "General" mini-tab, uncheck the box for "Use hardware acceleration when available"
That takes effect the next time you exit and start Firefox up again.