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Every other tab does not work

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This has gone on for months now, but I was patient because I figured other people would also see it and solve it. Alas, no.

I am running 74.0 (64-bit) on Win7 Home Premium SP1.

Only every other tab that I create works. The URL simply remains in the address bar and nothing can persuade the browser to contact it (e.g., Enter, ctrl-R). If I repeat whatever action caused the invalid tab, I get a new tab and it works fine. There is no difference how I open the tab: click a hyperlink in Thunderbird, ctrl-click a hyperlink on a webpage, right-click+open_in_new_tab on a hyperlink on a web page.

While we're on the every-other pattern... The browser has trouble coming up in a workable condition after boot; I currently blame that on overly-aggressive A/V behavior but it does work after I close it and restart it.

Has anyone else seen behavior like this?

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Does it matter what is in those tabs? Is this with all websites/pages, some, a few?

Start Firefox in Safe Mode {web link}

A small dialog should appear. Click Start In Safe Mode (not Refresh). Is the problem still there?

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Hi Fred,

Thanks for the suggestion. I've been experimenting with it over the past two days.

At first, I thought 'safe mode' was a magic bullet, but, alas, no. If I leave the browser open for an hour, then start to use it again, I get the sometimes yes sometimes no behavior.

As to what doesn't show, well, first, let me remind you that if I open a new tab and copy the URL in, it works.

Here are some I captured:


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I called for more help.

Start your Computer in safe mode with network support. Then start Firefox. Try Secure websites. Is the problem still there? Starting Any Computer In Safe Mode; Free Online Encyclopedia

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@FredMcD I haven't forgotten about your latest suggestion, just Life got a bit busy.

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Hello   Jeff,

May I give you a little tip :

When you want to post a large link;   what you can do is :   put the link between brackets,   but just before adding the last bracket,   put some text,   e.g. :   "see these search results ".

You don't   have   to,   mind you,   but you might like the way it looks.

I'm talking about these brackets :   [ ...... ]

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Hi McCoy,

Thanks for the tip. I am a bit new to the local markup.

I knew the links were not relevant -- as I'm 99% sure that the safe mode reboot won't be relevant, either -- but I am complying with FredMcD's requests because I hope eventually we will find out what is going on here.

-- One more data point: my other laptop is Win7 Professional and it does not happen there.


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Do you know if they will
- - - - - - - - - - - - - redo the section separators? And the enters?