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I run Debian 6 on an intel i3 chip with integrated graphics. I now have three web sites that won't work on Iceweasel and they are all essential to me. The Debian forum tells me I need to change the user agent string but no one seems willing to tell me where to find it or what string I need to insert. Someone suggested the useragent add on but it is not available for my version of Iceweasel which appears to be up to date.
When I asked for more info I was told if I couldn't do that I shouldn't be using Linux. Since I have used it successfully for about fifteen years I thought that was a bit unkind.
Where do I find the string and what do I replace it with.
I used one of the suggested programmes to find out what string my browser is using but it doesn't tell me where to find the string. The current string is quite long. It starts with Mozilla 5/ and then contains a lot more including Iceweasel and then Mozilla branch in brackets.
I can't upgrade to Jessie until I have time to do a major upgrade of my machine as the i3 graphics won't handle any Debian version or derivative or for that matter Susie or Fedora.
Sorry, you have lost me. Typing about:com in the location bar brings up articles about it in Mozilla Zine. It does not bring up a list of preferences.
I have read through the list of options under my default profile. None of them seem to include the string which appears from the help menu if I select 'about'. Is my default profile where I should add the suggested string?
Regarding use of Jessie on an i3, I do not know why it won't work. I only know that the system runs for a variable period and then the display crashes and brings xorg down so there is no longer any input from keyboard or mouse and a power reset is needed.
I have tried all the Debian derivatives I know about, Suse, Fedora, Centos, Arch Linux and the same thing happens though Suse and Mint ran longer than anything else.
Xubuntu ran with an Nvidia card plugged in but crashed as soon as I tried to add another piece of software. Fedora runs the install programme but crashes when it asks me to restart the system. I haven't tried Mageia.
The Debian forum could not help me over the display problem though someone on it suggested that SandyBridge and i3 were new and might not be supported by the kernal.
first of all, it's a little difficult because we don't know which iceweasel version you're running.
might be a bit old if you're running wheezy.
(and i, too, agree that your computer should be able to run a current distro)
open a new tab and type "about:addons" in the url bar.
then put "useragent" into the search field.
try to install "User-Agent Switcher".
get familiar with it.
next time a web page doesn't load, try to override the user agent with one of the strings provided in this thread by e.g. rokytnji.
if that doesn't work:
open a new tab and type "about:config" in the url bar.
do what rinndalir suggested in post #2, with one of the strings suggested by e.g. rokytnji.
right now this is just a suspicion about what's wrong with your browser or those web pages.
actual links would be good for troubleshooting!
also your iceweasel version.
The Debian forum tells me I need to change the user agent string but no one seems willing to tell me where to find it or what string I need to insert.
Sorry about that. It's likely because no one knows how - posting put downs, snark and chastisement in order to appear clever is what passes for experience over there. Was once a great forum, not any more.
First close the browser completely - make sure there are no running instances.
Open a terminal and:
$ cd ~/.mozilla/firefox/
$ ls -1
("firefox directory may be called "iceweasel", can't remember)
You should see two objects - a directory and a config file:
Next enter the following*
$ cd <random alphanumerics>.default
*Where "<random alphanumerics>" instead type the name of the directory.
Finally, using the user agent string for windows 7/firefox posted by rokytnji as an example, enter:
$ echo '/* user agent string override*/\nuser_pref("general.useragent.override", "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:40.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/40.1");' >> user.js
Thanks I have copied it down and will try it. Iceweasel is 3.5.16 according to the help menu.
With regard to the graphics problem, when it first happened I thought it was a fault in the monitor. I have Dell monitor S2009 W which came with an Acer box which cooked two days after the guarantee expired. It was in a cheap and too small case and I assume overheated as it melted down.
I tried this idea on the forum and was told it wasn't the monitor. However Wheezy does not recognize it and uses a generic driver. Jessie does recognize it and I suspect uses the wrong driver. I can't see any other explanation if the i3 is capable of running Jessie, I might have another go at running Xorg -configure. I think I will need to set up the keyboard to use ^ alt backspace to kill xorg as configure won't run if xorg is up and running.
One suggestion was to change the driver from vesa to intel