Firefox blocks WIndows Taskbar after some minutes

RESOLVED WORKSFORME

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Firefox
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RESOLVED WORKSFORME
14 years ago
13 years ago

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(Reporter: Fr@nz, Assigned: Blake Ross)

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Description

14 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; rv:1.7.3) Gecko/20041001 Firefox/0.10.1
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; rv:1.7.3) Gecko/20041001 Firefox/0.10.1

After some minutes I use Firefox, WIndows Taskbar is not accessible anymore.
Only "ALT+TAB" key allows changing active application. "Start" button is not
available as well.
I can reproduce the problem, but without precise timing information, i.e., the
problem always happens but after unpredictable number of minutes.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run Firefox
2. Browse the Internet
3. After some minutes the problem arises

Actual Results:  
Windows Taskbar is no longer available, nor "Start" button. Only "ALT*TAB" allow
changing active application. I have to disconnect and re-connect again into Windows.
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.7.3) Gecko/20041015
Firefox/0.10

WFM

Comment 2

14 years ago
WFM: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.3) Gecko/20041014
Firefox/0.10
In windows go to:
Start->Settings->Taskbar & Startmenu-> [V] Allways on top (Checked)

maybe ?
(Reporter)

Comment 4

14 years ago
(In reply to comment #0)
> User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; rv:1.7.3)
Gecko/20041001 Firefox/0.10.1
> Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; rv:1.7.3)
Gecko/20041001 Firefox/0.10.1
> 
> After some minutes I use Firefox, WIndows Taskbar is not accessible anymore.
> Only "ALT+TAB" key allows changing active application. "Start" button is not
> available as well.
> I can reproduce the problem, but without precise timing information, i.e., the
> problem always happens but after unpredictable number of minutes.
> 
> Reproducible: Always
> Steps to Reproduce:
> 1. Run Firefox
> 2. Browse the Internet
> 3. After some minutes the problem arises
> 
> Actual Results:  
> Windows Taskbar is no longer available, nor "Start" button. Only "ALT*TAB" allow
> changing active application. I have to disconnect and re-connect again into
Windows.

(In reply to comment #0)
> User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; rv:1.7.3)
Gecko/20041001 Firefox/0.10.1
> Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; rv:1.7.3)
Gecko/20041001 Firefox/0.10.1
> 
> After some minutes I use Firefox, WIndows Taskbar is not accessible anymore.
> Only "ALT+TAB" key allows changing active application. "Start" button is not
> available as well.
> I can reproduce the problem, but without precise timing information, i.e., the
> problem always happens but after unpredictable number of minutes.
> 
> Reproducible: Always
> Steps to Reproduce:
> 1. Run Firefox
> 2. Browse the Internet
> 3. After some minutes the problem arises
> 
> Actual Results:  
> Windows Taskbar is no longer available, nor "Start" button. Only "ALT*TAB" allow
> changing active application. I have to disconnect and re-connect again into
Windows.

(In reply to comment #0)
> User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; rv:1.7.3)
Gecko/20041001 Firefox/0.10.1
> Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; rv:1.7.3)
Gecko/20041001 Firefox/0.10.1
> 
> After some minutes I use Firefox, WIndows Taskbar is not accessible anymore.
> Only "ALT+TAB" key allows changing active application. "Start" button is not
> available as well.
> I can reproduce the problem, but without precise timing information, i.e., the
> problem always happens but after unpredictable number of minutes.
> 
> Reproducible: Always
> Steps to Reproduce:
> 1. Run Firefox
> 2. Browse the Internet
> 3. After some minutes the problem arises
> 
> Actual Results:  
> Windows Taskbar is no longer available, nor "Start" button. Only "ALT*TAB" allow
> changing active application. I have to disconnect and re-connect again into
Windows.

No, sorry, my taskbar is already "always on top" :-(

Comment 5

14 years ago
This sounds like an windows issue? that explorer.exe crashes

Does this only happend with Firefox, or also with other applications? Exactly
when does it disappear, what website did you visit. 

Comment 6

13 years ago
I can confirm this. In our network environment, 
the connection speed is sometimes slow.

Try to turn off Automatic updates in firefox, it should work.
The same thing happens too on my computer. I have high speed Internet and,
sometimes, my taskbar becomes unusable. I cannot click the start button or
switch between open apps using the taskbar even though I am able to see it.
Sometimes, I can't even click on other windows (for instance, I might be in MSN
Messenger and I cannot switch to the Windows Explorer). Every time this happens,
Firefox is open. It never happened when Firefox was closed.

The only way to make the taskbar responsive again is to launch the Task Manager
using Ctrl+Alt+Delete. It is not necessary to end any process, simply pressing
these keys usually correct the problem.
Finally, I've discovered the origin of my problem with the taskbar and the
window focus. When I use the wheel on my mouse (by pressing the whell, you can
display arrows over the page and scroll up or down simply by moving the mouse)
to scroll in a webpage, it sometimes get stuck. Then, if I use the left mouse
button to disable the scrolling feature, it effectively stops scrolling.
However, Firefox will not allow me to switch to another window, thinking that
i'm still in "scrolling" mode.

Comment 9

13 years ago
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.7.6) Gecko/20050225
Firefox/1.0.1

I feel I must add that I don't get this issue. My taskbar behave perfectly. I am
on Win2K, with all updates available up to the time of this comment, including
all hotfixes and Service Packs.

I do, however, get this problem at work, where they run WindowsXP. For that, I
have a Remote Desktop open to access a database. It messes up the z-order of all
my apps, including notepad and firefox. Clicking Directly on the tskbar returns
it to view temporaroly, and the onl cure is closing all affected applications
(not just their windows)

My home system has autohide/always-on-top selected. I'm sure my work setup is
similar, though maybe not autohide.

Good luck with this.

Comment 10

13 years ago
Never had this issue occur for me on my Win2k box or on either of my XP
computers.  Rather odd.
WFM in
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8b2) Gecko/20050323
Firefox/1.0+
and in Milestone 1.0.1/1.0.2 on Win2k pro with SP4.

Reporter:  Does the problem still occur with 1.0.x milestone builds?

CCed myself

Updated

13 years ago
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 13 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME
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