Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mozilla Firefox 3.6.6 Update

Mozilla released Firefox version 3.6.6 which modifies the crash protection feature, added in Firefox 3.6.4. The update increases the amount of time that plugins are allowed to be non-responsive before being terminated.

Note: there was no Firefox version 3.6.5.

The purpose of the crash protection feature is to provide uninterrupted browsing for Windows and Linux users when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, Apple Quicktime or Microsoft Silverlight plugins. The default timeout in Firefox version 3.6.4 was set to 10 seconds. Apparently, this was too short, particularly for some Facebook Flash-based games such as FarmVille and Mafia Wars.

The default timeout in Firefox 3.6.6 was increased to 45 seconds. If you are still experiencing problems with the default timeout not being long enough, Mozilla provided instructions to disable the hang protection:

"You can disable hang protection to prevent Firefox from killing a hanging plugin process, regardless of how long it's taking. Crashes in the plugin will still be caught and will not terminate the browser process.

  1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter.
    • The about:config "This might void your warranty!" warning page may appear. Click I'll be careful, I promise!, to continue to the about:config page.
  2. The about:config page should appear. In the Filter box, type dom.ipc.plugins.timeoutSecs
  3. Double click the setting and change the number to -1 to disable hang protection.

If not prompted to update, existing Firefox users can update via Help > Check for Updates.


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thecommongeek said...

Very informative article, thanks. I have been using Firefox since it first came out and I love the fact that the Mozilla Team is always on top of things and looking out for their users.

Alex Gold said...

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