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My sincerest apologies if this double posts! The first time I attempted to send, it claimed I didn't have permission to access the page.

Anyway, I've recently upgraded from Firefox 14 (portable) to Firefox 19 (also portable), and noticed that the way Fx19 handles partially loaded images is much different. I don't know if this is a setting (I've looked and found nothing) or if it's a quirk of the browser, but I need the functionality that it used to have in order to properly use the internet with the speed of connection I have. So, I'm hoping someone can help me figure out a way to make Firefox 19 behave as 14 did.

In Fx14, and the way I need it to behave, when I stopped a page that was loading, images froze how they were -- even if they weren't fully loaded. So I'd have a partial piece of some images, a frozen frame on some gifs, but enough to figure out what I was looking at and whether I wanted to right click > reload image to see the full thing or scroll on past and save my bandwidth and time. (Since I view image-heavy sites such as tumblr, this is actually quite necessary for me!)

Now, if I stop a page while it's loading, any images that aren't fully loaded blink out of existence and become empty boxes. This is completely useless to me and very frustrating. But I'd greatly prefer if there's an extension or setting or about:config trick in there somewhere to bring back the old functionality. (To me, it almost seems like it might be a bug, that it's turning so many things into placeholders now.) I'd rather not have to downgrade just to get this important feature back, especially since Firefox 19 runs far more smoothly than Firefox 14 did, but it's something that I can't do without due to how I browse the internet.

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Could you provide the link

The Reset Firefox feature can fix many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information. Note: This will cause you to lose any Extensions, Open websites, and some Preferences.

To Reset Firefox do the following:

  1. Go to Firefox > Help > Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click the "Reset Firefox" button.
  3. Firefox will close and reset. After Firefox is done, it will show a window with the information that is imported. Click Finish.
  4. Firefox will open with all factory defaults applied.

Further information can be found in the Reset Firefox – easily fix most problems article.

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Yikes, it would seem that the notification for this got buried in my inbox! Had I realized there was such a prompt reply, I'd have gotten to it immediately. Sorry!

That said, I'm not entirely sure what you want a link for. Could you please clarify?

And, unfortunately, a reset didn't fix Firefox 19. I've been using version 16, I believe (or perhaps 17) due to the problems with images. Now that I need to look into upgrading for compatibility with websites and extensions, I've tried installing version 21. This was on a totally different directory, and starting fresh with a brand new profile. The problem still persists. It's as if it's a new 'feature' or lingering bug in Firefox, unfortunately; it's not something that was an issue in version 16 or previous.

To help illustrate the point, here are two screenshots attached. The first image is during page load. This is how the page looks while it's loading. (It's a random post on tumblr, for the sake of demonstration.) If I press stop in older verions of Firefox, it will continue to look just like that. The images will be 'frozen' how they were, with little glimpses of what they are. This is the desired behaviour and how Firefox acted all the way through version sixteen in my experience. It's what I'm hoping to find a way to get back.

The second image shows what newer versions (in the case of these screenshots, a fresh install and brand new profile on Firefox 21) display the moment I've pressed the stop button. Instead of actually stopping, it both stops loading and erases what had partially loaded. This is the undesired behaviour, as it complicates internet usage for me.

Modified by ladykoschei