Stability of Firefox 3.01 on Ubuntu 8.04

Alexander Sack asac at
Tue Aug 12 09:13:49 BST 2008

On Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 12:56:13PM -0500, Patrick Goetz wrote:
> Greetings Mozillites -
> I am finding that Firefox 3.01 is very unstable on 8.04.  Usually at 
> least a couple of times a day the browser crashes; most frequently when 
> I'm trying to download a file (either by clicking on a download link or 
> right click Save Link As).  I click on the link and *poof* the browser 
> is just gone.
> I'm wondering if other people are having the same problem, or if it's 
> just me?  My co-worker is convinced that it's the fault of the Nvidia 
> driver that I'm using (the newest: 173.14.09), but I'm skeptical that 
> this would be causing problems only with firefox. The problem is so 
> persistent that I'm considering running a firefox binary with debugging 
> turned on in order to determine why it's crashing so often.

Your co-worker might be right. To test that you can try the "free"
nvidia driver. Maybe it works better.

The other two causes for crashes are usually:

 1. extensions (try to disable _all_ that you installed on your own)
 2. plugins (adobe flash is a good candidate here).

 - Alexander

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