If I search with google from the search box results show up. Being on the google page I then enter another search term in the search box at the top of the page but pressing enter or clicking the search icon does not do anything. When typing in the search field I see googles auto-suggestions which makes the thing even stranger. If I click the "Images" tab the search is performed and if I click back on the search tab when seeing the image results also performs a search. I have already cleared my cookies and all my other private browsing items but no change. The scriptblocker extension also shows no blocked sign on the google page. I use FF ESR with the same addons on my XP desktop and on my w7 notebook. About 3 days ago everything used to work fine on both devices. Since then I notice the problem only on my XP box, the notebook still works as before.
hello latimer, there have been quite a few similar reports of that issue, but no definite answer found yet what did cause (probably a code change on google's server side) & what will cure the issue, as far as i know.
some users have reported that the issue might have been caused when the dom.storage.enabled preference in about:config was set to false. [source]
other users have reported that the search problem only appeared when they had firefox set to block cookies from google.com or one of its local domains. can you check if this is the case for you when you go into firefox/tools > options > privacy > accept cookies - exceptions...
Does it make any difference if, in Google's search settings page, you change the setting for Google instant predictions to "Never show Instant results"?
Earlier this year there was an odd problem with Facebook for users who set their cookie handling to "Ask me every time." The problem seemed to be that approving cookies in that dialog also granted local storage permissions, but for www.facebook.com instead of facebook.com, which was what was needed. Manually creating a cookie exception for the base domain seemed to resolve the issue.
Hello madperson, The dom.storage.enabled did the trick. In fact it was set to false on my XP box and to true on my w7 notebook. I do not know if it has been always false on my XP box or if something has changed it lately but now it is working again. Thanks a lot for your quick and helpful answer.
Strange things still go on. I disabled instant search results and now the google search window refreshes constantly. I cannot even revert to enable instant search because the google settings refresh too quickly to do the change. That is really weird and I do not know how to get FF back to working correctly now.
Got it back to working. I logged in to my google account which stopped the constant refreshing of the window. Then I was able to set the "instant search" mode again. I again cleared all my private browsing items and now google behave normally again. I still do not know exactly what has happened but I am going to stop investigating because I do not want to screw up running system again.