Firefox 3.0.1 location url bar autocomplete broken (and rss live feed bookmarks)

My favourite web browser – Mozilla’s Firefox, has recently begun to cause consternation – only on my work PC. On the laptop it is fine. There are a gazillion blog/forum posts complaining about the new functionality of said URL bar, but so far I haven’t found anyone else describing the same issue as myself and several of my work colleagues.

This is what it looks like:

My broken Firefox 3
My broken Firefox 3

So – it looks like the autocomplete is ‘working’ (as in it brings up the icons for the pages) but it is not displaying the text – which makes it pretty useless. Even more odd is the fact that my Live Bookmarks (RSS) are no longer displaying either.

I tried everything (safe mode, delete localstore.rdf, new profile etc as per the Firefox Standard Diagnostic) ending in a complete and utter fresh install. A few of these seemed to fix it but on restart – the problem returned…

Another one of those annoyances I thought I would share just in case anyone else out there has the same/similar issue.

I will keep you updated as to whether a fix is found.

UPDATE: Today’s 3.0.2 update didn’t fix it either… well – it did until system restart (just like all the other installs I performed). Another thing I noticed today is that it doesn’t reload tabs when it does a browser restart, also ‘recently closed tabs’ is greyed out.

I am thinking that my initial conviction that it is caused by Group Policy at work is still the most likely… although our IT guy says he has the same problem at home (but there is a connection there ;-))

UPDATE: Today’s 3.0.3 update didn’t fix anything, although I notice that if I right click the url bar (where the star is) and select ‘customize…’ then click ‘Done’ – all my live bookmark feeds in the toolbar re-appear (until the next restart). Hmmmm…

Wireless trouble after installing XP SP3

I finally succumbed to installing Windows XP Service Pack 3 on my Asus F5RL laptop yesterday… it all seemed to go well, until I was surfing around the web and noticed that my internet connectivity dropped out (but my wireless connection to the router seemed fine). I tried an ipconfig /flushdns in the command prompt, but that didn’t help. In the end I managed to temporarily get back on the internet by ‘repairing’ my wireless connection. It seems to happen randomly every hour or so – I haven’t yet discovered a pattern.

This is what Firefox tells me:

Connection Interrupted

The document contains no data

The network link was interrupted while negotiating a connection. Please try again.

It doesn’t actually help that I had some trouble with my ADSL the evening before the SP3 install, that’s just muddying the waters. That turned out to be fixed by unplugging the telephone lead from the router for no less that 70 mins – but not before the muppets at made me reset my router back to factory settings of course. I wish they would rip that page out of their crib sheets where it says “Get the numpty customer to reset their router and reinstall their operating system before you actually listen to their description of the problem” 😉

Anyway – my next step at trying to fix the annoying SP3 issue (which, incidentally – I recommend you do not install unless you have read find a thread here with a cluster of folks who had similar symptoms… no real solution there – the reset the Winsock Catalog comment looks promising – I might try that if I can replicate the error after I changed the DNS settings to point to the ISPs DNS server, rather than the routers IP address.

Are you with me so far? I will be back in a bit with some updates – I need to see if I get the error again.

UPDATE – I got the error again. Clicked ‘try again’ and it loaded the page up… mmm

UPDATE – I also found this which discusses possible issues with WPA-PSK and TKIP… great!

UPDATE: I changed the wireless channel on my router a couple of days ago from ch 13 to ch 11, and haven’t had any issues since. As far I am concerned – this is fixed.