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Geolocation, nothing happens, when PCMCIA WiFi card is not inserted




8 years ago
2 years ago


(Reporter: u348128, Unassigned)


1.9.1 Branch
Windows XP

Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)




8 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; nl; rv:1.9.1b99) Gecko/20090605 Firefox/3.5b99 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; nl; rv:1.9.1b99) Gecko/20090605 Firefox/3.5b99 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)

I have a LapTop without built-in WiFi. So, I bought a PCMCIA SiteCom Wifi card.

I don't use that card at home, only when I travel.

When the card is not inserted, and I go to a GeoLocation demo site, it won't work and does not give proper feedback to the user.

The browser asks my permission to send the geolocation information. If I confirm, then nothing happens. The browser is still responsive, but as I said, just nothing happens, also no response of failure.

I also submitted this bug via Hendrix, but I thought, let I try bugzilla. 

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Buy a computer without WiFi
2. Buy SiteCom WiFi PCMCIA card.
3. Install software for card.
4. Removed card from computer.
5. Go to Geolocation demo site.
6. Give permission.
7. Nothing happens.

So, it happens every time that nothing happens.
Actual Results:  

Expected Results:  
Geolocation based on IP or proper failure message.


8 years ago
Version: unspecified → 3.5 Branch

Comment 1

8 years ago
Forget to say, it does work properly when card is inserted.
Component: General → Geolocation
Product: Firefox → Core
QA Contact: general → geolocation
Version: 3.5 Branch → 1.9.1 Branch

Comment 2

8 years ago
which site did you go to?  Was it the demo page on http://en-us.www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/geolocation/

basically trying to determine if it is a single site that has a problem or any/most sites.
Ever confirmed: true

Comment 3

8 years ago
I tried your link and the following link:


Both have the same problem, if my card is not inserted.

I was not entirely correct about 'nothing happen'. The permission bar on the top of the screen, does disappear. But there is no indication the web-application receives anything.


Comment 4

2 years ago
Generally GeoIP based location works these days. The geolocation API is a bit cumbersome in that you need to specify a timeout value to ensure that you get back an error callback. Otherwise the browser can take basically forever to try and get a position estimate back to the caller. One idea to improve on this is tracked in the new #1177871.
Last Resolved: 2 years ago
Resolution: --- → INVALID
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