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20 GB RAM usage, pagefile takes up all space on C: - 300 tabs in Tree Tabs

First, this post is basically Congratulations for Firefox upon working almost flowlessly under this extreme heavy load without crashing. Saving/loading sessions works wel… (read more)

First, this post is basically Congratulations for Firefox upon working almost flowlessly under this extreme heavy load without crashing. Saving/loading sessions works well. (which is unexpected but makes me _very_ happy :-)) Firefox exits properly without any exceptions, no matter how long it runs, or how many times the PC is sent to STR mode meanwhile.

Second, everything is fine, except RAM usage. No matter how many RAM is installed, Firefox takes up all of it after a few days of normal operation. I have recently upgraded my PC from 16 to 24 GB of RAM only for this sole reason to see if anything changes, but it did not produce any noticable change, except that it takes 5-7 days for Firefox to fill up all the RAM instead of the 3-4 days before. Disk space on C: drive was nullified by Firefox as the paging file went up to 50 GB.

I want to hunt down this thing. I have approx. 300 tabs, 2 addons, and Hardware Acceleration is disabled since otherwise Fox hangs several times a day (have to be killed from outside). Pics are attached. https://addons.mozilla.org/hu/firefox/addon/tree-tabs/ https://gitlab.com/kroppy/TreeTabs

I'd like to get suggestions where to start.

  1. Disabling or replacing the adblocker ?
  2. Inspecting memory usage on Process Manager (about:processes) and Task Manager (about:performance) pages ?
  3. Installing some external tools like Firemin ?

Please don't suggest neither safe mode nor disabling all addons, since that makes it impossible to reproduce this amount of load, which is the primary reason behind the symptom.

I PrtScr'ed Process Manager and Task Manager, see that RAM sizes per page are normal in Task Manager, but not in Process Manager (10 times more).

CPU usage is totally normal for this load, even when memory is in the heaven. See the TaskMan pic. (I suppose that's because of ad blocking)

Thanks for any ideas,

Peter B. (I'm PC enthusiast)

-- Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64 bit Firefox 106.0.5 (latest autoupdated) no firewall nor any antivirus - since 20 years with no infection ... AMD FX-6350 Six-core ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 24 GB DDR3 1600 MHz Sapphire Radeon HD 5750 1GB (AMD Catalyst 15.11.1, Nov 18, 2015)

Asked by Peter B. 3 weeks ago

Last reply by Peter B. 43 minutes ago

cannot access e-mail

bold textI have locked myself out and cannot receive e-mails. Forgotmy password. Do not want to lose any bookmarks, etc. Made a mess already. Afraid to go further in tryi… (read more)

bold textI have locked myself out and cannot receive e-mails. Forgotmy password. Do not want to lose any bookmarks, etc. Made a mess already. Afraid to go further in trying to solve this myself. I think i did something while exploring Settings for the first time.

Asked by marieremington 46 minutes ago

Firefox Browser Opens and Immediately Closes

Recently, I've decided to install Firefox since another program I'd like to use is dependent on it. After the simple installation the browser opened, but I carelessly clo… (read more)

Recently, I've decided to install Firefox since another program I'd like to use is dependent on it. After the simple installation the browser opened, but I carelessly closed all the tabs and it suddenly crashed. Since then no matter how many times a restart my PC, reinstall the browser or delete files, it simply closes as soon as it opens. It seems to be indicative of a file preventing it from starting, or it's missing a file, but I thought I'd ask for assistance before giving up.

Asked by sami.zayed8 3 hours ago

Last reply by Paul 58 minutes ago

Browser won't work

Hi, Firefox won't load any websites but other browsers do. Just get a blank screen and can't 'refresh' either (interestingly, Firefox View tab still works) I have checke… (read more)

Hi, Firefox won't load any websites but other browsers do. Just get a blank screen and can't 'refresh' either (interestingly, Firefox View tab still works)

I have checked antivirus & firewall settings, and reinstalled Firefox several times. Any suggestions please? Thanks

Asked by 75caferacer 7 hours ago

Last reply by 75caferacer 6 hours ago

Need to make Firefox stop automatically downloading PDF files. None of the suggested fixes work.

I need to know how to stop firefox from automatically downloading every PDF file I look at. I’ve tried all of the suggested fixes on Mozilla and various other sites to n… (read more)

I need to know how to stop firefox from automatically downloading every PDF file I look at. I’ve tried all of the suggested fixes on Mozilla and various other sites to no avail. None of them work. I’ve tried the following:

Going into settings, downloads, and checking “Always ask you where to save files.” Didn’t work.

Going into settings, applications, and under PDF, choosing “always ask.” Didn’t work.

Going into settings, applications, and under PDF, choosing “open in firefox.” Didn’t work.

Going into about:config and changing browser.download.alwaysOpenPanel from true to false. Didn’t work

None of these fixes stopped firefox from automatically downloading pdf files. I can’t just click on a pdf file to look at it without firefox downloading it.

I’m at wit’s end. My recylcle bin is full of unwanted pdf files.

Please give me a solution that actually works. My version is 105.0.3.

Asked by tamszion 1 month ago

Last reply by James 9 hours ago

Firefox experiences prolonged freezing every time I open the browser for the first time.

Like the title states, every time I open Firefox the application freezes for about thirty seconds to a minute at a time. This is highly inconvenient and annoying. I've re… (read more)

Like the title states, every time I open Firefox the application freezes for about thirty seconds to a minute at a time. This is highly inconvenient and annoying. I've reset Firefox completely and the issue was not fixed, as well as doing a clean install. Because of how often and consistent the problem has been, I've had trouble finding out the source of this issue. This has been an issue for at minimum a month, most likely longer but my first mention of it to one of my friends was a month ago.

Asked by alyssaclairestrawn 11 hours ago

Firefox UI Freezes in 107

The entire Firefox UI freezes frequently after updating to 107. The freezes occur while navigating to a page or shortly after (e.g. clicking a link or entering a search t… (read more)

The entire Firefox UI freezes frequently after updating to 107. The freezes occur while navigating to a page or shortly after (e.g. clicking a link or entering a search term into the search bar). The freezes last for about 2 to 10 seconds. During the freeze the entire UI is unresponsive and does not respond to any mouse or keyboard input. However, animations like the page loading spinner where the favicon is on the tab continue to move.

Asked by matthew.ickstadt 20 hours ago

Last reply by Terry 11 hours ago

Scrolling after version 107 is choppy

After updating firefox from version 106 to 107 scrolling and site animations is choppy. 107.0.1 didn't fix the problem. Device info: OS: Win7 CPU: i5-460M D. GPU: ati mob… (read more)

After updating firefox from version 106 to 107 scrolling and site animations is choppy. 107.0.1 didn't fix the problem.

Device info: OS: Win7 CPU: i5-460M D. GPU: ati mobility radeon HD5650

Asked by catmirror 1 day ago

Last reply by Terry 11 hours ago

XUL Runner Pop Up Information Message

After the second to the last update to Firefox I started experiencing an information pop up message "Could not determine any profile running in backgroundtask mode!". Is… (read more)

After the second to the last update to Firefox I started experiencing an information pop up message "Could not determine any profile running in backgroundtask mode!".

Is there a fix for this?

Thank you.

Asked by vwilyard 2 months ago

Last reply by vwilyard 11 hours ago

Firefox browser

Firefox very slow, hangs or not responding on Windows 10 after last update late November 2022 to version ? 107.0.1. I am an end user, not versed in IT. I have used Firefo… (read more)

Firefox very slow, hangs or not responding on Windows 10 after last update late November 2022 to version ? 107.0.1. I am an end user, not versed in IT. I have used Firefox as a fast and safe browser for approximately 20 years and with Adblock Plus for over 10 years. Previously once I refreshed or reloaded Firefox it wiped out my navigation bar and bookmarks. Some friends have said that this is a tactic to encourage change to the for-profit paid version. Also when this happens I get a window for reporting the problem to Microsoft which hangs indefinitely and I have to close it. Again is this a tactic from Microsoft to get me to select Edge and Bing as my default browser and search engine? Or is this a problem with Norton360 software or their VPN? Or is this due to a failing hard drive (not SSD), registry errors or malaware? What's up and is there a simple fix?

Asked by Ali 11 hours ago

After a few minutes Firefox stops loading URLs (any URL, even already open ones)

Hi, I'm having this annoying problem for several weeks now. I guess since the last update. While browsing and searching online with google I normally open links in new t… (read more)

Hi, I'm having this annoying problem for several weeks now. I guess since the last update.

While browsing and searching online with google I normally open links in new tabs, and maintain many tabs open from session to session. After a few minutes FireFox stops loading the URL links. It opens a new tab but the page doesn't load. If I type a new address in the address bar of an existing page, the page blinks momentarily but it returns to the old page content. This happens with any link in the search page, or in any previously opened pages that I try to change to a different URL. The only way to fix it is closing and reopening FireFox. Then all the links and open tabs respond normally again, until it happens again. The time when the problem happens can be a couple of minutes or after hours.

Asked by galloa2000 18 hours ago

Last reply by galloa2000 12 hours ago

Firefox Issues

Continuous message on Firefox -- Keeps popping up asking that I enter Primary Password. I have no "Primary Password" and the constant pop-up is irritating and time consu… (read more)

Continuous message on Firefox -- Keeps popping up asking that I enter Primary Password. I have no "Primary Password" and the constant pop-up is irritating and time consuming. I have switched to Chrome, but would like to come back to Firefox if you can solve this problem

Asked by William Schlecte 17 hours ago

Last reply by jscher2000 - Support Volunteer 16 hours ago

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Most websites return "Server Not Found" but reloading the page fixes it.

When loading a page from a domain I haven't recently visited, it will almost always return the "Server Not Found - Hmm. We’re having trouble finding that site," error mes… (read more)

When loading a page from a domain I haven't recently visited, it will almost always return the "Server Not Found - Hmm. We’re having trouble finding that site," error message. If I reload the page, however, it will load. Sometimes I have to reload 2-6 times before it works, but it always eventually succeeds. When it does work, it often times fails to load certain elements like fonts, images, embedded videos, and occasionally whole stylesheets--things that often require calls to third party domain. Again, reloading the page (sometimes multiple times) will cause the page to load properly.

I have already tried:

  • Different browsers on same computer (issue does not occur)
  • Firefox on different computers with different OS on same network (issue does not occur)
  • Cleared cache (issue persists)
  • Troubleshooting/safe mode (issue persists)
  • Deleted prefs file (issue persists)
  • Disabled DNS prefetching (issue persists)

Asked by Jordan 1 day ago

Answered by cor-el 1 day ago

Middle click not working at all after updating

Hi, After an update, Firefox does not recognize middle click at all. It worked in the past, but no longer. For example, middle clicking on... - a hyperlink should open a … (read more)

Hi,

After an update, Firefox does not recognize middle click at all. It worked in the past, but no longer. For example, middle clicking on... - a hyperlink should open a tab in the background - a bookmark bar item or bookmark menu should open that bookmark in background - empty space on the webpage should initiate autoscroll - a tab handle on the Firefox title bar area should close that tab None of these work as of now.

I'm on Windows 10, and I am using a Logitech MX Master 3 via USB Unifying receiver. I checked Logi Options+ app and confirmed the middle button is correctly set to middle button (default) and there's no per-app settings for Firefox.

Asked by Gomdolius 1 day ago

Last reply by Dropa 21 hours ago

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firefox keeps crashing on start

Firefox keeps crashing on start. I tried: 1. firefox -profilemanager 2. firefox --safe-mode 3. start from newly created user 4. reboot computer 5. trying other desktop e… (read more)

Firefox keeps crashing on start. I tried: 1. firefox -profilemanager 2. firefox --safe-mode 3. start from newly created user 4. reboot computer 5. trying other desktop environment (kde, xfce)

$ firefox [GFX1-]: glxtest: VA-API test failed: failed to initialise VAAPI connection. ATTENTION: default value of option mesa_glthread overridden by environment. ATTENTION: default value of option mesa_glthread overridden by environment. ATTENTION: default value of option mesa_glthread overridden by environment. ExceptionHandler::GenerateDump cloned child 12256 ExceptionHandler::SendContinueSignalToChild sent continue signal to child ExceptionHandler::WaitForContinueSignal waiting for continue signal...

Here is crash report: AdapterDeviceID: 0x1b81 AdapterDriverVendor: nvidia/unknown AdapterDriverVersion: 520.61.5.0 AdapterVendorID: 0x10de AvailablePageFile: 17494933504 AvailablePhysicalMemory: 26002341888 AvailableSwapMemory: 11995705344 AvailableVirtualMemory: 29669888000 BackgroundTaskMode: 0 BuildID: 20221110173214 CrashTime: 1669989086 DesktopEnvironment: kde GraphicsCriticalError: |[0][GFX1-]: glxtest: VA-API test failed: failed to initialise VAAPI connection. (t=0.396726) HeadlessMode: 0 InstallTime: 1669481249 IsWayland: 0 Notes: Debian GNU/Linux bookworm/sidFP(D00-L1000-W00000000-T000) ProductID: {ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384} ProductName: Firefox ReleaseChannel: release SafeMode: 1 SecondsSinceLastCrash: 284 StartupCrash: 1 StartupTime: 1669989085 SubmittedFrom: Client Throttleable: 1 TotalPageFile: 45604323328 TotalPhysicalMemory: 33608617984 UptimeTS: .46475384 Vendor: Mozilla Version: 107.0

This report also contains technical information about the state of the application when it crashed.

Asked by paul 22 hours ago

Answered by paul 21 hours ago

Two apparent error troubles in and with my Firefox account

Hello! Apparently my Firefox account, [email1]@gmail.com, has me as using Windows 10 although I upgraded to Windows 11 last spring and there is no obvious way for me to u… (read more)

Hello!

Apparently my Firefox account, [email1]@gmail.com, has me as using Windows 10 although I upgraded to Windows 11 last spring and there is no obvious way for me to update that information.

I have a secondary email listed in my Firefox account, [email2]@gmail.com, but that secondary email is in need of verification and I am having trouble in getting that done. On my [email1]@gmail.com Gmail account I can send a test message to my [email2]@gmail.com Gmail account and can receive it there, but for some unknown reason my attempts to have that same secondary email verified have failed by its not appearing on my Gmail account where I have it listed as a secondary email. I also have spent time in trying find ways to correct this and to contact Google about this, but have not found any such corrective ways and have had no response from Google.

I thank you. – Doug

Asked by tuulen 2 days ago

Last reply by Dropa 2 days ago

All firefox based browsers stop video playback if window/tab loses focus

Hello, for some reason firefox and all firefox related browsers have developed a problem on my system. All videos and streams stop playing if the window/tab loses focus.… (read more)

Hello, for some reason firefox and all firefox related browsers have developed a problem on my system. All videos and streams stop playing if the window/tab loses focus. This is not the first time this has happened but earlier this year using the about:config flag I will mention below the problem seemed to be fixed but now it is back and worse than ever. I have a symmetrical gigabit connection and the problem only occurs in firefox and it's related browsers, no other aspect of my internet is affected, just video/streams and only in these kinds of browsers.

I do have a bunch of extensions but all are ones I have had for a long time, years in most cases, they were not the cause of the problem before and starting in troubleshoot mode plus a fresh profile in a fresh instal confirmed they are not to blame now either.

To be precise about the issue, when I say the videos stop that is exactly what I mean, there are no lags, no buffering, no partially loaded video bar( where applicable), no tab crashes, no connection problems, no warnings about certain tabs or extensions slowing things down, nothing at all, the video simply stops.

I have tried

- safe/troubleshooting mode to rule out any extensions
- with and without my vpn running
- doing fresh installs of the browsers/ complete fresh slate, revo uninstaller pro ran and using fresh profiles 
- found some suggestions for the about:config page, namely window_occlusion_tracking
- found some contradicting information about hardware acceleration but I tried both with and without and it makes no difference
- experimenting with different versions of firefox, so if you can see which version I am using as I post this, the reason it is not the latest version is because I have tried rolling back through older releases to find one that works, but have yet to suceed,

But no matter what I have tried I cannot get the problem sorted. Either I have that specific window and tab as the sole active window on my device or I need to click into it and either reload the tab or push the play button multiple times before playback resumes.

Open to ideas because i'd rather not have to resort to chrome, thanks

Asked by lulyro 1 day ago

Last reply by cor-el 1 day ago