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Why is it downloading blank firefox browser pages

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  • Paskiausią atsakymą parašė FredMcD

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After I have downloaded a pdf file to my computer I open it and it has downloaded a blank Firefox webpage., and as it opens the "downloaded" document I see the download arrow light up again like it's downloading a file and I discover that it has downloaded or copied that file and now I have 2 downloaded blank pages of whatever it was I tried to download.

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Does this happen on many websites, some, just the one?

Please explain, in detail, how you download the file.


Many site issues can be caused by corrupt cookies or cache.

  • Clear the Cache and
  • Remove Cookies
    Warning ! ! This will log you out of sites you're logged in to.

Type about:preferences<Enter> in the address bar.

  • Cookies; Select Privacy. Under History, select Firefox will Use Custom Settings. Press the button on the right side called Show Cookies. Use the search bar to look for the site. Note; There may be more than one entry. Remove All of them.
  • Cache; Select Advanced > Network. Across from Cached Web Content, Press Clear Now.

If there is still a problem, Start Firefox in Safe Mode {web link} A small dialog should appear. Click Start In Safe Mode (not Refresh). While you are in safe mode;

Type about:preferences#advanced<Enter> in the address bar.

Under Advanced, Select General. Look for and turn off Use Hardware Acceleration.

Poke around safe websites. Are there any problems?

Then restart.

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Hi Fred - Thank you for your help. I'm not a computer geek and your step by step solution sounds complicated - way out of my pay grade. I'll write your instructions down and follow them as best as I can, but I wanted to let you know that I have a lenovo laptop with a Windows 7 OS and everything was fine until I turned it on one evening. All I had done was turn it off and take it next door for a meeting. When I turned it on I had no mouse or keyboard functions. I troubleshot it and found out that the drivers for the standard keyboard and UltraNav mouse were either "corrupted or missing" according to the Device Manager. I took it to a computer repair shop and the technician couldn't figure out what was going on so he wiped the hard drive and reinstalled windows 7. (Note: I don't know if it makes a difference but it had MS Windows 7 on it and he installed the Lenovo Windows 7.) Everything seemed okay until I downloaded some publications from the Social Security website and everyone of them were blank web pages. So I tried downloading some files from some of my emails that I had downloaded before I had to have the computer fixed and they also turned out to be blank browser web pages.

I didn't mean to get so detailed with this thing. I hope I didn't bore you to death.

Thanks again Fred for your help.

Tim

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IamTman said

I'm not a computer geek and your step by step solution sounds complicated

Just follow the posted instructions. If you have a problem, just ask.

When I turned it on I had no mouse or keyboard functions. I troubleshot it and found out that the drivers for the standard keyboard and UltraNav mouse were either "corrupted or missing"

Perform a System File Check to fix corrupted system files Win 7, 8, 10, Vista: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/929833 Win XP: https://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/system_file_checker.mspx?mfr=true

I don't know if it makes a difference but it had MS Windows 7 on it and he installed the Lenovo Windows 7

I don't know. I called for more help.