Firefox regularly hangs after an unspecified period of use, and causes other programs to hang, and a forced system shutdown is necessary.
The firefox browser hangs after an unspecified period of time. Anything from a few minutes after system startup, up to 5-6 hours of use or perhaps more. Attempting to use other programs including windows explorer while firefox is hanging causes those programs to hang also, making a forced shutdown necessary. Occaisionally I've noticed firefox will respond, perhaps after 10 or more minutes. There seems to be no hard disk activity while the program hangs. Memory usage of firefox on my system is usually upwards of 190,000.
When I installed Firefox 6 a problem of hanging on shutdown occurred When I reinstalled 5.0.1 The problem went away ! Draw your own conclusions . When is 6.0.1 due for release ?
I have circumvented this mostly by running internet explorer, and using Firefox only for browsing when I need to make use of it's addons. In this way I've had the problem re-occur maybe once or twice in the past two weeks. It's not really a solution but it does seem to help, and I'm no longer sure the problem IS firefox but using it certainly exacerbates the problem. I've only just updated to firefox 6, so I am not entirely sure how that will go just yet.