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Why is Firefox typing and cursor are slow upon a normal startup but everything works well when I restart in safe mode?

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When I open FIrefox normally, the cursor movement is very jerky - seems to get stuck on every link. In addition typing in any box is delayed. When I restart with add-ons disabled and in safe mode, the cursor moves fine and typing is normal. I have disabled all my add-ons but that doesn't seem to help as each time I restart, the jerky cursor and delayed typing present again. What is wrong?

Chosen solution

Try to disable hardware acceleration in Firefox.


In Firefox Safe mode these changes are effective:

  • all extensions are disabled
  • the default theme is used (no persona)
  • userChrome.css and userContent.css are ignored
  • the default toolbar layout is used
  • the Javascript JIT compiler is disabled
  • hardware acceleration is disabled
  • plugins are not affected
  • preferences are not affected
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  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:18.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/18.0

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cor-el
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Chosen Solution

Try to disable hardware acceleration in Firefox.


In Firefox Safe mode these changes are effective:

  • all extensions are disabled
  • the default theme is used (no persona)
  • userChrome.css and userContent.css are ignored
  • the default toolbar layout is used
  • the Javascript JIT compiler is disabled
  • hardware acceleration is disabled
  • plugins are not affected
  • preferences are not affected

Helpful Reply

Thanks - that seems to have solved the problem