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Immediate Crash for Firefox 18.0.x, hardware acceleration, Nvidia optimus, and Windows 7 Aero desktop

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Immediate Crash will occur for Firefox 18.0.x, when hardware acceleration, Nvidia optimus, and Windows 7 Aero desktop are in effect.

If WIndows 7 Aero theme is turned off and changed to WIndows 7 basic then Firefox 18.0.x crashing stops.

This crashing is also happening with Waterfox 18.0.1

Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

  • Shockwave Flash 11.5 r502
  • 5.1.10411.0
  • Office Authorization plug-in for NPAPI browsers

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; Win64; x64; rv:18.0) Gecko/20130119 Firefox/18.0

More Information

Application Basics
Name
Firefox
Version
18.0.1
User Agent
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; Win64; x64; rv:18.0) Gecko/20130119 Firefox/18.0
Build Configuration
about:buildconfig
Extensions
Name
Version
Enabled
ID
Adblock Plus
2.2.1
true
{d10d0bf8-f5b5-c8b4-a8b2-2b9879e08c5d}
Important Modified Preferences
Name
Value
browser.cache.disk.capacity
358400
browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run
false
browser.cache.disk.smart_size.use_old_max
false
browser.cache.disk.smart_size_cached_value
358400
browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion
4
browser.startup.homepage
google.com
browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID
20130119203203
browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone
18.0.1
browser.tabs.loadInBackground
false
browser.tabs.warnOnClose
false
dom.mozApps.used
true
extensions.lastAppVersion
18.0.1
gfx.direct3d.prefer_10_1
true
network.cookie.prefsMigrated
true
places.database.lastMaintenance
1353966601
places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages
104858
privacy.donottrackheader.enabled
true
privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs
true
security.warn_viewing_mixed
false
Graphics
Adapter Description
Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000
Adapter Description (GPU #2)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
Adapter Drivers
igdumd64 igd10umd64 igd10umd64 igdumd32 igd10umd32 igd10umd32
Adapter Drivers (GPU #2)
nvd3dumx,nvwgf2umx,nvwgf2umx nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
Adapter RAM
Unknown
Adapter RAM (GPU #2)
1024
Device ID
0x0166
Device ID (GPU #2)
0x1140
Direct2D Enabled
true
DirectWrite Enabled
true (6.1.7601.17789)
Driver Date
12-12-2012
Driver Date (GPU #2)
12-29-2012
Driver Version
9.17.10.2932
Driver Version (GPU #2)
9.18.13.1090
GPU #2 Active
false
GPU Accelerated Windows
1/1 Direct3D 10
Vendor ID
0x8086
Vendor ID (GPU #2)
0x10de
WebGL Renderer
Google Inc. -- ANGLE (Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000)
AzureCanvasBackend
direct2d
AzureContentBackend
direct2d
AzureFallbackCanvasBackend
cairo
JavaScript
Incremental GC
true
Accessibility
Activated
false
Prevent Accessibility
0
Library Versions
Expected minimum version
Version in use
NSPR
4.9.4
4.9.4
NSS
3.14.1.0 Basic ECC
3.14.1.0 Basic ECC
NSSSMIME
3.14.1.0 Basic ECC
3.14.1.0 Basic ECC
NSSSSL
3.14.1.0 Basic ECC
3.14.1.0 Basic ECC
NSSUTIL
3.14.1.0
3.14.1.0

cor-el
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Helpful Reply

Try [/questions/946268?page=2#answer-400214]

Helpful Reply

That link above is to my own previous question I had made. The thread was closed, so I couldn't add to it... but the issue is not resolved. I had thought I had found a solution, but I was mistaken.

Firefox 18.0.x (plus) hardware acceleration (plus) Nvidia optimus (plus) Windows 7 Aero desktop (equals) crash

Remove any of those items and crashing does not occur. For me I choose to turn off Aero.

Side note, I am enjoying significantly higher performance and better video quality in Netflix using Waterfox 18.0.1