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When I switch from X to a text console (VT), Firefox stops working after a few seconds

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Scenario: I have a huge webpage which takes a minute or so to load. When I switch to another tty to do something else there, and then return to X after a while, Firefox has still not completed the task. Running "top" on the VT shows near 100 % CPU usage for the Firefox process for a few seconds, but after that, this figure drops to zero.

This seems not to be a problem with X --- I can happily do the same thing with, e.g., QGIS. So far, Firefox seems to be the only exception.

What can I do to prevent Firefox from stopping in this situation?

Regards, T.

Scenario: I have a huge webpage which takes a minute or so to load. When I switch to another tty to do something else there, and then return to X after a while, Firefox has still not completed the task. Running "top" on the VT shows near 100 % CPU usage for the Firefox process for a few seconds, but after that, this figure drops to zero. This seems not to be a problem with X --- I can happily do the same thing with, e.g., QGIS. So far, Firefox seems to be the only exception. What can I do to prevent Firefox from stopping in this situation? Regards, T.

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Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

  • Shockwave Flash 11.2 r202
  • Allows digital signing with Estonian ID cards
  • Shockwave Flash 11.1 r102

Application

  • Firefox 32.0.1
  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686; rv:32.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/32.0
  • Support URL: https://support.mozilla.org/1/firefox/32.0.1/Linux/en-US/

Extensions

  • Auto Reload 1.20.1-signed (autoreload@yz.com)
  • Estonian ID Card authentication module 3.8.0.1052 ({aa84ce40-4253-a00a-8cd6-0800200f9a66})
  • Greasemonkey 2.3.1-signed ({e4a8a97b-f2ed-450b-b12d-ee082ba24781})
  • MozRepl 1.1.2.1-signed (mozrepl@hyperstruct.net)
  • ScrollyFox 2.4.1-signed (scrollyfox@shawfiresolutions.com.au)
  • Status-4-Evar 2015.02.06.23.1-signed (status4evar@caligonstudios.com)
  • Troubleshooter 1.1a.1-signed (troubleshooter@mozilla.org)

Javascript

  • incrementalGCEnabled: True

Graphics

  • adapterDescription: X.Org R300 Project -- Gallium 0.4 on ATI RS740
  • adapterDeviceID: Gallium 0.4 on ATI RS740
  • adapterDrivers:
  • adapterRAM:
  • adapterVendorID: X.Org R300 Project
  • driverDate:
  • driverVersion: 2.1 Mesa 10.2.7
  • info: {u'AzureCanvasBackend': u'cairo', u'AzureFallbackCanvasBackend': u'none', u'AzureContentBackend': u'cairo', u'AzureSkiaAccelerated': 0}
  • numAcceleratedWindows: 0
  • numAcceleratedWindowsMessage: [u'']
  • numTotalWindows: 2
  • webglRenderer: X.Org R300 Project -- Gallium 0.4 on ATI RS740
  • windowLayerManagerRemote: False
  • windowLayerManagerType: Basic

Modified Preferences

  • accessibility.typeaheadfind: True
  • accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar: 0
  • accessibility.warn_on_browsewithcaret: False
  • browser.cache.disk.capacity: 266240
  • browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run: False
  • browser.cache.disk.smart_size.use_old_max: False
  • browser.cache.frecency_experiment: 3
  • browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion: 7
  • browser.sessionstore.upgradeBackup.latestBuildID: 20141215134530
  • browser.startup.homepage: file:///home/toomas/
  • browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID: 20141215134530
  • browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone: 32.0.1
  • browser.tabs.loadInBackground: False
  • dom.mozApps.used: True
  • extensions.lastAppVersion: 32.0.1
  • network.cookie.prefsMigrated: True
  • places.database.lastMaintenance: 1437945171
  • places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages: 22669
  • plugin.disable_full_page_plugin_for_types: application/pdf
  • plugin.importedState: True
  • plugin.state.flash: 1
  • plugin.state.libgnome-shell-browser-plugin: 0
  • plugin.state.libtotem-cone-plugin: 0
  • plugin.state.libtotem-gmp-plugin: 0
  • plugin.state.libtotem-mully-plugin: 0
  • plugin.state.libtotem-narrowspace-plugin: 0
  • privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs: True
  • storage.vacuum.last.index: 1
  • storage.vacuum.last.places.sqlite: 1437819167

Misc

  • User JS: No
  • Accessibility: No
guigs 1072 solutions 11697 answers

Chosen Solution

Please update to the most recent version of Firefox:

And please also see these for more troubleshooting:

Please update to the most recent version of Firefox: *[[Update Firefox to the latest version]] And please also see these for more troubleshooting: *[[Firefox uses too much memory (RAM) - How to fix]] *[[Firefox uses too many CPU resources - How to fix]]

Modified by guigs