User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.9; rv:33.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/33.0 Build ID: 20141011015303 Steps to reproduce: Type URL in Awesome Bar, select either auto-filled suggestion or fully complete typing URL and hit [ENTER]. Actual results: Awesome Bar acts as if it has loaded the URL, and the reload back arrow immediately appears, but page does not even begin to load. Expected results: Page should load.
Could you test: 1) in safe mode: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/troubleshoot-firefox-issues-using-safe-mode 2) with a clean profile: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/profile-manager-create-and-remove-firefox-profiles does it fix it?
Running with all Add Ons off does resolve the issue. I will report back when I work through which is causing the conflict . . . although that is really the Add On developers problem, not yours.
Bug appears related to Tab Utilities 1.6pre21 (developer preview). I haven't tried the stable version but will shortly. Here's the URL for that add on: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/tab-utilities/
Indeed. Stable version of Tab Utilities does not elicit the problem. Sorry for the hassle. This is resolved.
Ty for the feedback, maybe you can contact the author add-on.