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some web pages do not stop loading

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When I am browsing the internet certain web pages do not stop loading at all; the activity icon rotates continuously and when this happens my CPU loads go to around 25-30% continuously across all my cores (2 or 4 depending on the machine I am using) vs. around 2% if a page loaded completely. So this situation is wasting electricity and heating up my machines unnecessarily.

I am using the latest version of Firefox 5 within openSUSE linux 11.3 and 11.4, as well as in Win XP and 7 Ultimate on two separate computers, both desktops.

The problem is the same in any of the OS's I use in either machine, and what is worse, it is happening since some of the last iterations of Firefox 3.6, and then 4 as well.

Disabling all privacy settings individually, or in any combination, do not stop the problem. Nor can I eliminate it by disabling Java, or by using the latest Flash and Adobe Reader versions.

Fortunately, this does not happen in all web sites. Others might load the initial page, but stop loading all subsequent pages within that site or just a few. businessweek.com behaves in this last way.

If I manually stop the loading, as far as I can tell the entire page loaded completely from the first moment. Everything is in there; so apparently there is (are) some kind of a common process(es) where Firefox enters a never-ending loop.

Additional System Details

Sites Affected

http://www.reuters.com/

Installed Plug-ins

  • nspluginwrapper is a cross-platform NPAPI plugin viewer, in particular for linux/i386 plugins.This beta software is available under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
  • Plugin for Installing Applications (new)
  • Mime Type x-skype for Skype Buttons
  • The Adobe Reader plugin is used to enable viewing of PDF and FDF files from within the browser.
  • The IcedTea NPR Web Browser Plugin (using IcedTea6 1.9.7 (suse-1.2.1-i386)) executes Java applets.
  • mplayerplug-in 3.55Video Player Plug-in for QuickTime, RealPlayer and Windows Media Player streams using MPlayer JavaScript Enabled and Using GTK2 Widgets
  • Shockwave Flash 10.3 r181

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686; rv:5.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/5.0

More Information

Application Basics
Name
Firefox
Version
5.0
User Agent
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686; rv:5.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/5.0
Profile Directory
Open Containing Folder
Enabled Plugins
about:plugins
Build Configuration
about:buildconfig
Extensions
Name
Version
Enabled
ID
BetterPrivacy
1.51
true
{d40f5e7b-d2cf-4856-b441-cc613eeffbe3}
Flashblock
1.5.14.2
true
{3d7eb24f-2740-49df-8937-200b1cc08f8a}
openSUSE Firefox Extensions
1.0.1
true
susefox@opensuse.org
Sanitisminau
1.1.1
true
{772C5315-9ECA-4aad-81E6-2A3BB86ED14E}
Modified Preferences
Name
Value
accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar
0
browser.history_expire_days.mirror
180
browser.history_expire_days_min
0
browser.places.importBookmarksHTML
false
browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion
2
browser.startup.homepage
about:blank
browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID
2011061500
browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone
rv:5.0
browser.tabs.warnOnClose
false
dom.disable_window_flip
false
dom.event.contextmenu.enabled
false
extensions.lastAppVersion
5.0
font.minimum-size.x-western
15
font.size.fixed.x-western
14
network.cookie.cookieBehavior
1
network.cookie.lifetimePolicy
2
network.cookie.prefsMigrated
true
network.dns.disablePrefetch
false
places.database.lastMaintenance
1309370190
places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages
31267
places.last_vacuum
1299778409
privacy.clearOnShutdown.offlineApps
true
privacy.clearOnShutdown.passwords
true
privacy.clearOnShutdown.siteSettings
true
privacy.cpd.offlineApps
true
privacy.cpd.passwords
true
privacy.cpd.siteSettings
true
privacy.popups.showBrowserMessage
false
privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs
true
privacy.sanitize.sanitizeOnShutdown
true
privacy.sanitize.timeSpan
0
security.disable_button.openDeviceManager
false
security.warn_entering_secure
true
security.warn_leaving_secure
true
security.warn_viewing_mixed
false
Graphics
GPU Accelerated Windows
0/1

carswellb58 0 solutions 1 answers

I have the problem as well using Firefox 8.0.1.

pcbugfixer 0 solutions 1 answers

I have the problem using Firefox 8.0.1. Particularly when loading any https:// websites and control panels. This occurs in XP Pro SP3 / Windows Vista Ultimate / and Windows 7 Ultimate. This did not occur in Firefox 8.0

Localhorst 0 solutions 1 answers

Happens to me using Firefox Portable 8.0 - 10.01 on Windows 7 64bit, with a lot of Addons. Maybe one of my Addons is the culprit - but how can I find out which one?

Modified by Localhorst