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Startup homepages are overwritten; overwrites custom settings

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I am running FF 6.0.2 on Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 on a network, but FF is installed on my local machine. I set my start pages to Yahoo and Google News, but FF overwrites my settings. Each time I reset my preferences and start the browser it displays the whats new and first run tabs. It seems to treat each instance as a brand-new install.

I had disabled or removed all of my addons and basically started with a "safe" firefox in case there was some conflict, but that didn't help.

My bookmarks and security passwords settings do not change, but it reverts to "Remember history" when I use the "Custom settings" option in the Privacy window.

The about:config settings for browser.startup and startup.homepage are:

browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID; user set; string; 20110902133214

browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone; user set; string; rv:6.0.2

startup.homepage_override_url; default; string http://www.mozilla.com/%LOCALE%/%APP%/%VERSION%/whatsnew/

startup.homepage_welcome_url; default; string; http://www.mozilla.com/%LOCALE%/%APP%/%VERSION%/firstrun/

I am running FF 6.0.2 on Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 on a network, but FF is installed on my local machine. I set my start pages to Yahoo and Google News, but FF overwrites my settings. Each time I reset my preferences and start the browser it displays the whats new and first run tabs. It seems to treat each instance as a brand-new install. I had disabled or removed all of my addons and basically started with a "safe" firefox in case there was some conflict, but that didn't help. My bookmarks and security passwords settings do not change, but it reverts to "Remember history" when I use the "Custom settings" option in the Privacy window. The about:config settings for browser.startup and startup.homepage are: '''browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID; user set; string; 20110902133214''' '''browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone; user set; string; rv:6.0.2''' startup.homepage_override_url; default; string http://www.mozilla.com/%LOCALE%/%APP%/%VERSION%/whatsnew/ startup.homepage_welcome_url; default; string; http://www.mozilla.com/%LOCALE%/%APP%/%VERSION%/firstrun/

Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

  • ActiveTouch General Plugin Container Version 105
  • Office Plugin for Netscape Navigator
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape 10.1.0
  • 12.0.1.666
  • RealPlayer(tm) LiveConnect-Enabled Plug-In
  • RealJukebox Netscape Plugin
  • Shockwave Flash 10.3 r183
  • iTunes Detector Plug-in
  • GEPlugin
  • Picasa plugin
  • 4.0.60531.0
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla browsers
  • Package Installer & Install Conduit
  • RealPlayer(tm) HTML5VideoShim Plug-In
  • RealNetworks(tm) RealPlayer Chrome Background Extension Plug-In
  • Npdsplay dll
  • DRM Store Netscape Plugin
  • DRM Netscape Network Object

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:6.0.2) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/6.0.2

More Information

Application Basics
Name
Firefox
Version
6.0.2
User Agent
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:6.0.2) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/6.0.2
Profile Directory
Open Containing Folder
Enabled Plugins
about:plugins
Build Configuration
about:buildconfig
Extensions
Name
Version
Enabled
ID
Forecastfox
2.0.19
true
{0538E3E3-7E9B-4d49-8831-A227C80A7AD3}
RealPlayer Browser Record Plugin
14.0.3
true
{ABDE892B-13A8-4d1b-88E6-365A6E755758}
CountdownClock
1.4.5
false
{19D3B002-1AD1-4a69-A5B3-AA98773DBB86}
IE Tab
1.5.20090525
false
{77b819fa-95ad-4f2c-ac7c-486b356188a9}
Java Console
6.0.16
false
{CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0016-ABCDEFFEDCBA}
Java Quick Starter
1.0
false
jqs@sun.com
Master Password Timeout
0.3.1
false
{96118df2-0d02-4dbc-9ad5-98995dc7d977}
Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant
0.0.0
false
{20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b}
Palette Grabber
0.4.1
false
{6334b320-bd37-11da-a94d-0800200c9a66}
Tab Mix Plus
0.3.8.6
false
{dc572301-7619-498c-a57d-39143191b318}
Modified Preferences
Name
Value
browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion
2
browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID
20110902133214
browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone
rv:6.0.2
extensions.lastAppVersion
6.0.2
gfx.blacklist.layers.direct3d9
2
network.cookie.prefsMigrated
true
places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages
64347
privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs
true
security.warn_viewing_mixed
false
Graphics
Adapter Description
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 285
Vendor ID
10de
Device ID
0165
Adapter RAM
Unknown
Adapter Drivers
nv4_disp
Driver Version
8.1.7.6
Driver Date
3-12-2006
WebGL Renderer
Google Inc. -- ANGLE -- OpenGL ES 2.0 (ANGLE 0.0.0.686)
GPU Accelerated Windows
1/2 Direct3D 9

cor-el
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Chosen Solution

See: *http://kb.mozillazine.org/Preferences_not_saved *https://support.mozilla.com/kb/Preferences+are+not+saved

Question owner

Thanks, after posting I found both of these site. Unfortunately, they didn't help. There is no user.js file in the profile folder. It seems that FF didn't create a prefs-js file automatically, as that file is not in the profile folder, either.

Thanks, after posting I found both of these site. Unfortunately, they didn't help. There is no ''user.js'' file in the profile folder. It seems that FF didn't create a ''prefs-js'' file automatically, as that file is not in the profile folder, either.
cor-el
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Does Firefox create a new file prefs.js with the correct time stamp after you close Firefox?

Are there any files prefs-##.js with a number in the name or a file user.js in the profile folder?

  • Help > Troubleshooting Information > Profile Directory: Open Containing Folder

Create a new profile as a test to check if your current profile is causing the problems.
See Basic Troubleshooting: Make a new profile:

If that new profile works then you can transfer some files from the old profile to that new profile, but be careful not to copy corrupted files

See:

Does Firefox create a new file prefs.js with the correct time stamp after you close Firefox? Are there any files prefs-##.js with a number in the name or a file user.js in the profile folder? *Help > Troubleshooting Information > Profile Directory: Open Containing Folder ---- Create a new profile as a test to check if your current profile is causing the problems.<br /> See Basic Troubleshooting: Make a new profile: *https://support.mozilla.com/kb/Basic+Troubleshooting#w_8-make-a-new-profile If that new profile works then you can transfer some files from the old profile to that new profile, but be careful not to copy corrupted files See: *http://kb.mozillazine.org/Transferring_data_to_a_new_profile_-_Firefox

Question owner

Thanks for the suggestions. It seems that for some reason Firefox was not creating a prefs.js file and there was no user.js file.

I'm not sure why, but after a week or so, a prefs.js was created and all is now well.

Thanks again.

Thanks for the suggestions. It seems that for some reason Firefox was not creating a prefs.js file and there was no user.js file. I'm not sure why, but after a week or so, a prefs.js was created and all is now well. Thanks again.