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I run Mac OS 10.8.2 and Firefox 16.0.2

I run into situations where Firefox is writing huge quantities of data to my hard drive. The CPU utilization isn't significant (25% or less), but the Disk Activity is maxed for quite some time (up to a minute), which results in non-responsiveness of all applications.

I run Mac OS 10.8.2 and Firefox 16.0.2 I run into situations where Firefox is writing huge quantities of data to my hard drive. The CPU utilization isn't significant (25% or less), but the Disk Activity is maxed for quite some time (up to a minute), which results in non-responsiveness of all applications.

Additional System Details

This happened

Not sure how often

Installed Plug-ins

  • Shockwave Flash 11.5 r502
  • iPhoto6
  • Displays Java applet content, or a placeholder if Java is not installed.
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • Plugin that detects installed Citrix Online products (visit www.citrixonline.com).
  • Microsoft Office for Mac SharePoint Browser Plug-in
  • The Flip4Mac WMV Plugin allows you to view Windows Media content using QuickTime.
  • AT&T Connect Plug-in
  • AT&T Connect Event Entry Plug-in
  • AmazonMP3DownloaderPlugin 1.0.16
  • WebEx64 General Plugin Container Version 202

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.8; rv:16.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/16.0

More Information

The only change i can recall is an update to Adobe Plug-in

Tyler Downer
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Try clearing your Firefox cache:


  1. Go to Firefox > History > Clear recent history or (if no Firefox button is shown) go to Tools > Clear recent history.
  2. Under "Time range to clear", select "Everything".
  3. Now, click the arrow next to Details to toggle the Details list active.
  4. From the details list, check Cache and Cookies and uncheck everything else.
  5. Now click the Clear now button.

Further information can be found in the Clear your cache, history and other personal information in Firefox article.

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Try clearing your Firefox cache: #Go to Firefox > History > Clear recent history or (if no Firefox button is shown) go to Tools > Clear recent history. #Under "Time range to clear", select "Everything". #Now, click the arrow next to Details to toggle the Details list active. #From the details list, check ''Cache'' and ''Cookies'' and uncheck everything else. #Now click the ''Clear now'' button. Further information can be found in the [[Clear your cache, history and other personal information in Firefox]] article. Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!
cor-el
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You can also check for problems with the places.sqlite database file in the Firefox Profile Folder.


Try to create a new profile as a test to check if your current profile is causing the problems.

See "Creating a profile":

If the new profile works then you can transfer some files from the old profile to that new profile, but be careful not to copy corrupted files.

You can also check for problems with the places.sqlite database file in the Firefox Profile Folder. *http://kb.mozillazine.org/Bookmarks_history_and_toolbar_buttons_not_working_-_Firefox *https://support.mozilla.org/kb/Bookmarks+not+saved#w_fix-the-bookmarks-file ---- Try to create a new profile as a test to check if your current profile is causing the problems. See "Creating a profile": *https://support.mozilla.org/kb/profile-manager-create-and-remove-firefox-profiles *http://kb.mozillazine.org/Standard_diagnostic_-_Firefox#Profile_issues If the new profile works then you can transfer some files from the old profile to that new profile, but be careful not to copy corrupted files. *http://kb.mozillazine.org/Transferring_data_to_a_new_profile_-_Firefox