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Old 10-01-2013, 03:41 AM   #1
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Linux and Browser(s) issue. No text.


Greetings. Noob here. Please be gentle. I know nothing about Linux.

My friend has Linux installed on her HP Pavilion laptop. We installed 'Wine' to help us install an old Windows game she wanted to play called 'Bugs Bunny Lost In Time'. The game installed and runs fine, however Firefox no longer displays any text, only images. We tried re-installing Firefox with no luck. We also tried installing Chrome. Same thing ... absolutely no text. All other programs (text editors, etc) display text just fine.

Your thoughts?

Thank you.

- Dale
 
Old 10-01-2013, 04:18 AM   #2
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try to install midori browser, it may display text correctly..
 
Old 10-01-2013, 06:23 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply yooy, but no joy. Installed Midori, but couldn't get it to run at all. Kept getting 'File Directory Not Found' errors ... or something like that. I have since un-installed Midori.

Any other ideas?

Thanks!
 
Old 10-01-2013, 09:44 PM   #4
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Open a terminal and start firefox from the command line (command firefox).

Perhaps it will send some useful error messages to the terminal. If so, post the error messages here, being sure to surround them with "code" tags, which become available when you click the "Go Advanced" button at the bottom of the quick reply window.

It might also be useful to know the distro/version of Linux.

Last edited by frankbell; 10-01-2013 at 09:46 PM.
 
Old 10-01-2013, 10:54 PM   #5
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Thank you for your reply frankbell.

Typing firefox in a terminal window only opens her home page (Google) as expected in Firefox with no errors reported in the terminal window. When she navigates to Facebook or Yahoo! (for example) only images are displayed, no text. I don't mean that the text is white on a white background. However, navigating to drudgereport.com DOES display ALL text as expected.

I am able to post a video to Youtube via my phone, if that might help.

Thank you again.

- Dale
 
Old 10-01-2013, 11:10 PM   #6
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Any information you can provide is likely to help. Too much information is better than too little!

This is indeed a strange one.

Another idea from the shot in the dark department: install a text browser such as lynx or elinks (if one is not already installed, it should be in the repos); you would normally need to start it from the command line. Navigate to a website and see whether it can display the text.

I'm not really sure what it would tell us, but it would show that the text could be displayed.

I have installed wine on numerous machines. I cannot imagine that installing wine had anything to do with this.

What distro/version?
 
Old 10-01-2013, 11:25 PM   #7
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Sorry for not including version in previous post...

Ubuntu 12.10

We'll try Lynx and/or Elinks in a few minutes.

Thank you.
 
  


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