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O.K. does nobody on frigging "linuxquestions.com" have any ideas here besides "Josh" I appreciate any help - the only response I got was to type in some text between a vertical line- I don't have a vert. line on my keyboard- is this an industry known symbol or something?? I lost my frigging internet!!I need help- have time right now to try stuff!! The winning answer gets a cigar:
I was using the internet and somehow made the little search bar in the upper rt. hand corner disappear. After attempting to add it back via google search preferences page, not only did nothing happen but when I attempted to restart firefox, nobody home! I click on the firefox icon in the toolbar and it opens a tab on the bottom panel and I get the spinning timer thing for about 15 seconds and then nothing happens. the tab disappears and we are back to where we started- no internet, home page no nothing.
I am a major computer dork (as in I know next to nothing about them) and have tried unsuccessfully to bring firefox back (or to open anything to access the internet). I have spent hours dorking with the 'terminal' and have attempted to uninstall/reinstall firefox with 'synaptic package manager' and add/remove programs from the app. page.
I need help.
Last edited by Ted Nugent; 01-04-2012 at 11:33 PM.
Reason: no responses
After running the ps command, note any instances of firefox running, if any. If there are, use kill -9 to make sure that firefox is completely not running. After you check that, run firefox from the terminal itself, and note of any warnings and errors, and post them here. If nothing happens as far as any messages, try running firefox in safe mode. Run "firefox --help" for the correct options on how to start it in safe mode.
The vertical line '|' is known as the pipe symbol and exists on every keybd (I've ever seen).
However, it is a shift value ie its the upper symbol on a key with 2 symbols on it.
Depending on your location (actually your keybd make/model/type) it could be on one of several keys.
It'll be on the main key section (ie not the right hand side numeric keys block & not on the arrow keys or insert/home/page-up etc block; nor on the fn keys row at the top).
On my std US type keybd, its just above the Enter key; key has the '\' as main symbol & '|' as the shift option.
wow, thanks for the response, Chris!
I found what I think is the symbol- it looks like a frigging colon on my keyboard. I am attempting to enter text mentioned from Josh and will report back
I read that link you gave me and dont know where to find "code"- in fact, I just keep refreshing this page to see if anyone has written back- you would think I am 12 years old=I am in computer years. Where do I post so you can see it? i.e.where is "here"?
I did try to uninstall firefox but found my way to 'synaptic manager' and there are like 50 "firefox" programs listed. Linux is definitely for people who have a very good understanding of computers and mainly the language associated with them.
Note am NON-Technical using openSUSE 11.4 - noted you only recently joined so may be new to linux !
Admit Linux was frightening to self when new, soon realized is more stable than windows, as long as do the correct thing, stick to simple updates for a while. Not sure about the version you were using.
Self logged into terminal as root, which needed system administration password, saw similar results logged into terminal as ordinary user.
Different Linux versions may show different results, am showing results from my openSUSE 11.4 for pkill