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jimdaworm 01-12-2009 06:59 AM

Iceweasel 3.0.5 hotmail not working until changing "general.useragent.extra.firefox"
 
Has anyone else noticed that hotmail does not let you write anything until you change the useragent to "Firefox/3.03"?

Everything else seems to work but when you try to write a new email it lets you enter the subject but no text. I changed the useragent and suddenly it worked :)

pljvaldez 01-13-2009 04:36 PM

Yeah, I've been thinking of switching to Gmail just because I'm irritated by that.

jimdaworm 01-14-2009 04:19 AM

Thanks for your reply, I thought I was going mad or it was only an issue I had for a moment there :)

I have pretty much abandoned by hotmail but my GF had to send an email the other day and she still uses hotmail.:)

wificraig 01-14-2009 05:30 AM

Not just Hotmail
 
The more you use iceweasel (and opera too) you'll occasionally come across websites that have their html code set up only to allow Firefox and IE browsers. In Opera, you mask the browser as IE or firefox, and iceweasel needs the agent changed. Many websites (especially with active x controls) only want those two browsers because their sites will look correct with those two browsers. If you have ever created a website, and load it with different browsers, you'll see how much it changes. Unfortunately for the windows world, they do not realize that iceweasel is the same browser (and other gecko browsers) as firefox and will load the page similarly. So, Hotmail will not be the last in your adventures.

craigevil 01-14-2009 07:26 AM

Changing the user name is one of the first things I do , Google extensions and even some of the extensions on Mozilla won't install with the iceweasel user agent.


Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.0.5) Gecko/2008122011 Firefox/3.0.5 (Debian-3.0.5-1)

Iceweasel and User Agents
http://www.geticeweasel.org/useragent/

Ewan the moomintroll 02-20-2009 06:03 AM

Thankyou so much! I was losing my hair over hotmail not working. Great.
Edit: But how can I make the change permanent?

wificraig 02-20-2009 05:20 PM

In Iceweasel?
 
Change User-Agent Header Tag:
Just write about:config in the url and then search the name:
* general.useragent.extra.firefox
Doubleclick the Iceweasel/### under Value and change the Iceweasel portion to Firefox.

crispy770 05-06-2009 08:26 PM

specific version info required?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by wificraig (Post 3451658)
Change User-Agent Header Tag:
Just write about:config in the url and then search the name:
* general.useragent.extra.firefox
Doubleclick the Iceweasel/### under Value and change the Iceweasel portion to Firefox.

Thank you for the info in this thread, it helped me to get the active x controls working in MS to attach files and have text appear in emails. Fortunately, I only lost a couple emails before being advised this was happening.

I would like to say for the record that I had already updated my general.useragent.extra.firefox value to "firefox" per another thread, and this did not work for me. It worked with a specific version, as suggested by jimdaworm above: "Firefox/3.03"


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