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No Engines Found, Can't Add Any

     
10:51 pm on Aug 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I've reinstalled Firefox twice, upgraded it and even uninstalled a few extensions but still nothing. When I click Go or enter absolutely nothing happens. Any ideas? This is obnoxious.
3:07 pm on Aug 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I can't add bookmarks either. So, perhaps I should revise my question:

Is there any way to reinstall Firefox saving only your bookmarks, passwords, and extensions? Because, as I said earlier, the problem surfaces again with every reinstall.

3:46 pm on Aug 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Go to the directory where your Firefox profile is saved, and copy your bookmark and other the info files you want to save to a safe place. Then unistall Firefox, and delete the entire profile directory. Reinstall Firefox, and then copy your bookmark and other files back into the new Firefox profile directory.

If this fails, then try again, but leave out everything but your bookmarks -- The more files you restore, the greater the chance that one of those files is corrupt and is the cause of your problem.

On Windows XP, Firefox profile directories are typically located in
C:\Documents and Settings\<account-name>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\

and the cache files may be in
C:\Documents and Settings\<account-name>\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles

Also delete the Firefox directory from Program Files as well -- There may be some leftovers in there even after "uninstalling."

I suggest you delete everything you don't absolutely need to keep. This includes minimizing 3rd-party extensions and themes; Every one you add is a potential reliability risk, so convenience and 'cool factor' must be balanced with reliability.

Jim

11:13 pm on Aug 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks. Everything's as good as new. Now I just need to remember all the extensions I had...