After two years of solid blogging, I reckon Im entitled to a bleg (not that this is a promise to wait another two years before my next one.)
My problem? Firefox is giving me hell. At the late stages of Firefox 1, I got a bug in which the program took about ten seconds (during which it was inoperable) whenever I clicked on the history menu. Anyway, a fortuitous switch to another machine and an upgrade to Firefox 2.0 fixed the problem.
But now more and more things are going wrong. About two weeks ago, the bookmarks menu which I find it pretty hard to do without decided to randomly refuse to open up any secondary directories. I can still get them by organising bookmarks but its a hassle. So I did what I always do with technology. I ignored it because its amazing how organic software is how often things fix themselves or at least get to some useable state which one can live with. Comparing this to the time taken to properly solve software problems and over my life Im way ahead.
Anyway, more and more things have been going wrong. Left clicks bring out a pale shadow, a ghost of a left click menu and after a while, simply clicking on Firefox can freeze the machine for a good 10 seconds.
Ive tried uninstalling FF and then reinstalling. When that didnt work, (all the bookmarks were still there along with the bugs – all fondly remembered) I backed up the bookmarks, and then removed the FF files from program files. Alas no dice. The damn program still remembered them.
Now some of this is undoubtedly Window’s XP’s fault. It’s not what it was – has a few bugs, but I can get by with it with all the other programs.
So . . . would any kind geeks out there please tell me how to do a clean re-install of FF so that I can put these things properly behind me. And the simpler you can keep it the better.