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Firefox flips out - again
Computer crashes, Firefox loses everything

 5:52 pm on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

I have had it happen a couple of times that my computer crashes, and suddenly Firefox flips out: all my bookmarks vanish, it forgets my homepage, and old extensions and settings suddenly appear again. It's as if just Firefox has time-warped back to a new install.

The newest annoying quirk: this happened last night, so I upgraded to Firefox 2 and restored my bookmarks (had them saved after the last time this happened!). Now, whenever I start Firefox, the browser is always mimimized; I want it to always start maximized.

Any ideas? Anyone have something similar happen to them?



 6:06 pm on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

> so I upgraded to Firefox 2 and restored my bookmarks

If you have not done a clean install of 2.0, then do so; Use Add/Remove programs to remove all old Firefox programs, and then install 2.0 clean.

Normally, your bookmarks *will* be preserved through this process. However, it's not a bad idea to rename your current profile directory and start with a new one. If the install goes OK, then you can copy your bookmarks and extension configuration files from your renamed profile backup to the new profile, and if the install goes badly, then you still have your old profile directory backed up.

The Mozilla team recommends a clean install -- an especially good idea when transitioning across major versions.



 2:31 am on Jan 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

As for backups of bookmarks despairing (I think you mentioned that in your previous thread) – some “file cleaning / disk optimizing” programs will remove backup of bookmarks (unless you specify exclusion to profile directory). They basically see *.bak file and will remove it….


 3:00 am on Jan 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

Well, the good news is that Firefox/2.x keeps a daily backup for each of the previous five days in a folder called bookmarkbackups. These files are saved in html format by date as, for example, "bookmarks-2007-01-21.html"


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