Long-time subscriber Ed wrote about a Firefox problem he was having:
HELP!! As usual I am asking for your assistance once again, O Mighty Terry.
I have been using FF since….well a long time. I am currently using FF v15.0.1.
All of a sudden, FF seems to want to be on top all the time. My task bar will remain visible only if I uncheck "auto hide." Any programs opened, open under FF.
I have googled up this problem, but found no solutions. I have opened Task Mgr, -_ processes,RT clicked on firefox.exe, -_ Set Priority, which was set on "normal."
I have not added any add-ons, nor have any that would keep FF "Always on Top."
What can I do to return FF back to normal.
Thanks in advance,
I wrote back to Ed to ask if he had tried rebooting his computer.
Although I had not seen the problem, a little searching on Google turned up references to the problem — and the solution was usually just to reboot the computer.
Ed wrote back:
Rebooting…rebooting…Duh-O. Thanks, Brilliant One!! It did the trick. That SHOULD have been my first thought…"If I only had a brain."
Your loyal servant – Ed P.
Actually, for a long time, that’s been a valid troubleshooting technique. In early versions of DOS and Windows, stability was a problem so we often had to reboot because of crashes.
Now that Windows versions are much more stable, we often don’t reboot for days or weeks. That does make a difference. Programs still have bugs. Programs still forget to release memory that they have reserved. Windows still gets flakey sometimes.
So, don’t forget the long-time computer debugging solution — reboot!