Breaking Things: Firefox

We’re back, after a very busy  2 weeks on the farm. Molly the goat is on the mend, feeling more like her old self;  so let’s get learning about Linux again!

We love the Firefox browser here on the farm, but this past weekend, it did something not unfamiliar. It crashed, except this time, relaunching it over and over, just presented with it crashing again.

To quote The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, “Don’t Panic!” the fix is very simple and only takes a moment, once you decide it just won’t run without intervention.

Firefox Crash Screen

Firefox Crash Screen

First step, was to reinstall Firefox from a fresh download. The easiest way to do that, is to open your Package Manager, search for Firefox, and select to reinstall it.

Package Manager

Package Manager

After Firefox is reinstalled, when you next launch it, you will be presented with the following screen:

FireFox safe mode

FireFox safe mode

It might seem like a good idea to click the left hand, Reset Firefox button, but don’t do it! Instead, Click on the Start Safe Mode button to launch the browser without your extensions running.

Once the browser opens in Safe Mode,  simply close it again, and when you reopen it, you will be back in business, with all your settings and extensions working just as before!