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16 January 2006 @ 10:32 pm
Firefox issues  
Firefox isn't keeping any customizations I give it.  The search engines box doesn't have any search engines in it, and my button bar customizations disappear when I close and reopen the program.

I found the directory all this stuff is stored in ( C:\Documents and Settings\Joel\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\51ay59it.default ).  Fat lot of good that info does me:
  • The files in the searchplugins subdirectory are all intact.  If I move them, nothing changes.  If I rename the directory, nothing changes.  Adding the search engines once I've done either of those things has no effect.

  • Renaming or moving the directory itself stops the program from loading at all - it makes it think the program's already running and that I need to reboot.  Needless to say, that doesn't help.

  • Not really sure what to try with the button bar stuff.  There's no buttonbar subdirectory or anything.

I can't find any "reset to default" button in the settings for this stuff or anything, nor a "use this directory for these customizations."  It's really frustrating - the search bar was one of the big selling points of this program...

Does anybody out there have any suggestions for what I should try?
Kurt Onstadspeedball on January 17th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
Have you tried...
uninstalling and reinstalling Firefox?

I'm assuming that this is a recent issue, and up until now, it's been keeping your customizations as you prefer...
Idtechnomonkey on January 18th, 2006 07:29 am (UTC)
Far too obvious for me to have thought of it. Hrmph.

The downside is that I don't want to lose what few customizations I've gotten to work. But yeah, that's probably the right next step.

And yes, it worked and then it didn't, with no memorable changes that I'm aware of. I know SOMETHING musta changed, but no clue what it was.

Dang you and your tech-support-able mind!
Idtechnomonkey on January 19th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
Didn't work.
But then, I'm not convinced it actually uninstalled. Some of the plug-ins are still plugged in.