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Unable to view photos on Instagram properly

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When viewing a user's photos on instagram.com/user, I click on one photo and it opens in a new tab (as opposed to popping up in the same tab in middle of the screen). Then, when I 'X' out the new tab and return to the old one with the rest of the photos, I cannot click on anymore. I have to refresh the page each time I want to view a new photo. This does NOT occur when I view the instagram.com/user page using Internet Explorer. Shockwave Flash and all other plug-ins are up to date. I just noticed this issue with Firefox's newest upgrade.

Chosen solution

Firefox 23 "unprefixed" the requestAnimationFrame() function. This means that parts of the script that previously didn't run in Firefox now run in Firefox, and the developers might not have tested that.

Now... is there a workaround? Hmmm...

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  • Shockwave Flash 11.8 r800
  • 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 11.0.03
  • iTunes Detector Plug-in
  • WildTangent Games App V2 Presence Detector
  • NPWLPG
  • Intel web components for Intel® Identity Protection Technology
  • Intel web components updater - Installs and updates the Intel web components
  • The plug-in allows you to open and edit files using Microsoft Office applications
  • Office Authorization plug-in for NPAPI browsers

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cor-el
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Clear the cache and the cookies from websites that cause problems.

"Clear the Cache":

  • Firefox/Tools > Options > Advanced > Network > Cached Web Content: "Clear Now"

"Remove Cookies" from sites causing problems:

  • Firefox/Tools > Options > Privacy > Cookies: "Show Cookies"

Start Firefox in Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions (Firefox/Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Extensions) or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox/Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Appearance).

  • Do NOT click the Reset button on the Safe Mode start window.

Question owner

I cleared the cache and removed cookies. This did not fix the problem.

The problem also occurs while in Safe Mode, so it is not caused by any extensions. My theme is set to default.

Any other suggestions?

Waka_Flocka_Flame
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Hello,

Try disabling graphics hardware acceleration. Since this feature was added to Firefox, it has gradually improved, but there still are a few glitches.

You might need to restart Firefox in order for this to take effect, so save all work first (e.g., mail you are composing, online documents you're editing, etc.).

Then perform these steps:

  • Click the orange Firefox button at the top left, then select the "Options" button, or, if there is no Firefox button at the top, go to Tools > Options.
  • In the Firefox options window click the Advanced tab, then select "General".
  • In the settings list, you should find the Use hardware acceleration when available checkbox. Uncheck this checkbox.
  • Now, restart Firefox and see if the problems persist.

Additionally, please check for updates for your graphics driver by following the steps mentioned in the following Knowledge base articles:

Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!

Thank you.

Question owner

I unchecked the "Use hardware acceleration when available" checkbox, as it was, in fact, checked. I then restarted Firefox, and the problem still occurs.

I have already visited the first link and determined that the problem occurs while in Safe Mode, so it is not caused by extensions. My theme is set to default.

I visited the second link, and while I have Windows 8 and the instructions were suited for Windows 7 (there is no "Windows Update") I opened the "Action Center" and it states all drivers are up-to-date and there is no need for any other sort of update.

My problem still occurs. Any other suggestions?

Waka_Flocka_Flame
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test in a new profile?

Modified by Waka_Flocka_Flame

Question owner

Created a new profile, problem persists.

I just purchased this new laptop with Windows 8 approximately 60 days ago, so there isn't much on it really. I recently upgraded Firefox and I have not noticed any other issues aside from this one.

Waka_Flocka_Flame
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boot into windows safe mode, does it work now?

Question owner

No, problem persists.

The problem DOES NOT occur in Internet Explorer, as I previously mentioned. This problem only occurs when using Firefox, and is caused by something unique to the browser.

Waka_Flocka_Flame
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If you feel strongly about that, write a bug at bugzilla.

cor-el
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Can you post a link to a publicly accessible page that doesn't require authentication (signing on)?

Question owner

instagram.com/instagram

On Instagram's user page, linked above, again when I click on a photo it opens in a new tab. When I close that tab, I can no longer click on any Instagram photos.. I must refresh the page to click another (which will also open in a completely new tab).

After I have clicked on one photo and try to click on another, I even try "Ctrl +click" and it still will not be viewed. I must refresh the page.

Modified by circean

jscher2000
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Clicking an image on the page causes a script error (tested in Firefox 23 on Windows 7). This is breaking the page's normal behavior:

Timestamp: 8/11/2013 5:03:35 PM
Error: NS_ERROR_XPC_NOT_ENOUGH_ARGS: Not enough arguments [nsIDOMWindow.requestAnimationFrame]
Source File: http://d36xtkk24g8jdx.cloudfront.net/bluebar/d8a6bc2/cache/modules/lib/fullpage/transitions.js
Line: 11

Now... is there is a workaround? Hmmm...

cor-el
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See also:

jscher2000
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Chosen Solution

Firefox 23 "unprefixed" the requestAnimationFrame() function. This means that parts of the script that previously didn't run in Firefox now run in Firefox, and the developers might not have tested that.

Now... is there a workaround? Hmmm...

Question owner

Would you suggest I report this to bugzilla? Or to Instagram?

jscher2000
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I'd report it to Instagram first. The site probably updates frequently, whereas a fix to Firefox is likely to take at minimum of 6 weeks.

(Also, I can't figure out a way to "hide" the change from the site.)

Question owner

Thanks very much for all your help! Will do!

cor-el
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There is already a bug about this.

  • Bug 871318 - Image slideshow on Instagram profiles is broken with NS_ERROR_XPC_NOT_ENOUGH_ARGS: Not enough arguments [nsIDOMWindow.requestAnimationFrame]

Question owner

Good to know. I have reported it to Instagram as well.

drisley77 0 solutions 4 answers

I have the exact same issue as the original post. Instagram opens the first image in a new tab, then from that point on, you can't open any more images unless you refresh the page.

Also, I think related, Apple's download page for iTunes, which uses a popup/javascript, won't work on this Firefox 23.01 either. I've tried safe mode, new profile, everything. You click on DOWNLOAD and are forwarded to the THANK YOU page, but no download for iTunes. http://www.apple.com/ca/itunes/download/

I can only use the download page with Internet Explorer.