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Updated to v18 and default home page search does not work

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Updated to v18 and default home page search does not work

I just updated to Firefox 18 and my default Firefox start page does not work. I type in a word and hit 'enter' or click on search and nothing happens. If I use the Google bar no problem.

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Re: Updated to v18 and default home page search does not work

If there is a problem with searching via the default about:home page then try to reset the search engine used on the about:home page.

Reset the browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone pref via the right-click context menu to the default on the about:config page and close and restart Firefox to restore the about:home page to its default.

  1. Open the about:config page via the location bar
  2. Type in the Filter bar: mstone
  3. Right-click the browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone line and select: Reset
  4. Close and restart Firefox

If this didn't help then delete the delete the chromeappsstore.sqlite file in the Firefox Profile Folder and repeat the above.

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Re: Updated to v18 and default home page search does not work

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 Refresh Firefox - reset add-ons and settings article.

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New User

Re: Updated to v18 and default home page search does not work

Thank you so much, all OK now.

Re: Updated to v18 and default home page search does not work

I found a solution that doesn't require the reset of the browser. In about:config search for browser.aboutHomeSnippets.updateUrl, then delete the saved link of the key. There seems to be some problems with the snipplets, the informations that pop up in the home page of FF. Then, if you are interested in those informations, you can reset the key to the original link, because the snipplets after the first restart are fixed.

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Re: Updated to v18 and default home page search does not work

If there is a problem with searching via the default about:home page then try to reset the search engine used on the about:home page.

Reset the browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone pref via the right-click context menu to the default on the about:config page and close and restart Firefox to restore the about:home page to its default.

  1. Open the about:config page via the location bar
  2. Type in the Filter bar: mstone
  3. Right-click the browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone line and select: Reset
  4. Close and restart Firefox

If this didn't help then delete the delete the chromeappsstore.sqlite file in the Firefox Profile Folder and repeat the above.

New User

Re: Updated to v18 and default home page search does not work

I have tried your suggested resolution but it does not work. The mstone values are reset upon startup and the problem still persists. Prefs.js is OK on FF closedown but the Browser.search.homepage_ .... set to 18 is present in pref file after startup. Search on home page still does not work. I do get the new fire fox version tab on startup though.

Any suggestions ?
New User

Re: Updated to v18 and default home page search does not work

cor-el's and bennyhillthebest's solutions did not work for me, and I did not want to reset and wipe out all my extensions. Had to switch my start page to www.google.com but would like the Mozilla Firefox Default Home page to work. Any other ideas?

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Re: Updated to v18 and default home page search does not work

What is the value of the browser.search.defaultenginename pref?

Do you have a mozilla.cfg file in the Firefox program folder?

New User

Re: Updated to v18 and default home page search does not work

Cor-El:

browser.search.defaultenginename has no value

and

there is no mozilla.cfg on my computer.

(I am Win XP Pro SP3 with Firefox 18. I disabled Java today per the recent warnings, but the home page was not working for some time.)

Thanks.

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Re: Updated to v18 and default home page search does not work

Can you reset that pref via the right-click context menu to the default Google value?

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

  • Do NOT click the Reset button on the Safe mode start window or otherwise make changes.