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Old 10-11-2008, 10:01 PM   #1
Charles G
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Weird line while typing text in Firefox 3.0.3 in Mandriva 2008.1


When I type into firefox I get a line going just above the text--very distracting. This occurs in any text box into which I type, including the location bars. I went back to firefox 2.0.0.17 and it is not an issue.

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Old 10-12-2008, 04:10 PM   #2
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Have you reported this as a bug?
 
Old 10-12-2008, 04:17 PM   #3
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Same Problem

I've had the same problem for months now. I mentioned it one another board and no one else seemed to see it or at least they didn't bother replying. I've tried the Mandriva RPM and I've also tried downloading the regular install (which can update itself) and they both exhibit the same glitch. Firefox 2.x showed no such glitch here. I only have this problem in Mandriva.

I just installed OpenSUSE 11.0 on another partition to try it out and it shows no such issue (although I had all different problems there like total instability until I could get the Nvidia drivers installed, which it didn't do by default and Mandriva did). It's a shame since Mandriva's fonts in general look SO much nicer than OpenSuse and Ubuntu. In fact, I've had less issues setting up and maintaining Mandriva than either one. I'm STILL trying to find the right Gstreamer plugins for Suse to let me listen to my Windows iTunes AAC (MP4, non DRM) library. I had far less trouble locating the needed files/repositories for Mandriva. On the other hand, this glitch along with Fluxbox (and Blackbox) not working at all in Mandriva are irritations and I've found no solutions so far.

I wonder if common hardware could be related to the problem. I've got an AMD 64 CPU (5600+) and an AGP Nvidia 7900GS graphics card. I also wonder if there's some font setting in Mandriva somewhere that could be related, but I've had no problems in Konqueror or as I've said, Firefox 2.x.

I just find it amazing that this problem isn't more widely reported in Mandriva installs, so I have to assume it doesn't happen to everyone because man is it annoying entering text and having weird lines appear above or over the text as you type (text further up looks OK as I type this, just the past dozen lines or so in two spots have the lines noticeable plus on the sides. If I move the cursor back over text, it really gets corrupted.
 
Old 10-12-2008, 04:21 PM   #4
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You should try to run this from a terminal console, and see if any errors occur. Post any errors you come across, and we will try to help you.
 
Old 10-13-2008, 07:44 PM   #5
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I tried running from a console and it gave no errors. Meanwhile, OpenSUSE just randomly freezes for no discernible reason (nothing obvious in HTOP or logs) so it looks like I'll have to deal with the line issue for now or use Windows and/or my Mac.

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Old 10-13-2008, 08:54 PM   #6
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I didn't get any errors from the console either.
 
Old 10-14-2008, 12:47 PM   #7
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Very strange, I have firefox up to date running on several systems, from XP and Vista to Ubuntu and Fedora. Admittedly, I don't have Mandriva. Just out of curiousity, what addons and plugins are you running in firefox?
 
Old 10-14-2008, 12:58 PM   #8
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Ok, here's an idea: Go into

Code:
Edit -> Preferences -> Content
Click on Advanced button on the right. Then check that the settings are the same as this:

Code:
Fonts for: Western         Size: 16
Proportional: Serif
Serif: serif
Sans-serif: sans-serif
Monospace: monospace       Size: 12

Minimum font size:         Size: None

Tick the box beside 'Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections above'

Default Character Encoding: Western (ISO-8859-1)
Then let us know how you're getting on!
 
Old 10-14-2008, 01:36 PM   #9
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You might want to look at this post and others similar:

http://support.mozilla.com/tiki-view...parentId=58085
 
Old 10-14-2008, 03:43 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by irishbitte View Post
Ok, here's an idea: Go into

Code:
Edit -> Preferences -> Content
Click on Advanced button on the right. Then check that the settings are the same as this:

Code:
Fonts for: Western         Size: 16
Proportional: Serif
Serif: serif
Sans-serif: sans-serif
Monospace: monospace       Size: 12

Minimum font size:         Size: None

Tick the box beside 'Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections above'

Default Character Encoding: Western (ISO-8859-1)
Then let us know how you're getting on!
I already tried changing the fonts in Firefox. I also tried changing the fonts in KDE as well. It doesn't make any difference. I also have ONLY seen this line problem with Firefox3 in Mandriva. It does not do it in SUSE or Fedora (which I just tried the Live USB stick for) or on my Mac or in XP.

I use the same plugins on all systems (Adblock Plus, Forecast Bar Enhanced, Fission, FireFTP, ChatZilla, Distrust, Download Status Bar and Tab Mix Plus.
 
Old 10-14-2008, 08:04 PM   #11
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Ok, can you run firefox in safe mode, without extensions or plugins, and see if that helps? If it does, you can rule mozilla code out.

After that, you can disable all extensions / plugins, and re-enable them one at a time to test them.
 
Old 10-15-2008, 07:39 AM   #12
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Safe mode produces same results

Using

//apps/firefox/firefox -P test -safe-mode

I still get the same results: A blue line usually above the line I am working on, and a blue line around the box I am typing in. Interesting, if I move the mouse, the line will go away until I begin typing again. This is the only application that does this (firefox 2x behaves normally). I am also noticing that selecting text with the mouse will also create a line.
 
Old 10-15-2008, 03:32 PM   #13
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Ok. Are you running Firefox from a network share? Thats what:

Quote:
//apps/firefox/firefox -P test -safe-mode
this looks like to me? That could be the root of your problem?
 
Old 10-15-2008, 08:17 PM   #14
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I tried firefox3 -p -test -safe-mode and it said it couldn't run in pure mode. I then tried it without the -p and ti started up in safe mode. It didn't matter. The line problem was still there even with all add-ons, etc. disabled. I get exactly the same behaviors that Charles G is reporting (mouse movement over the text box makes it go away temporarily, etc.)
 
Old 10-16-2008, 06:13 AM   #15
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I see the same annoying behaviour, Firefox 3.0.1 on Mandriva 2008.1 Free.
I have KDE 3.x, Compiz Fusion is enabled.
Extensions in Firefox are in no particular order:
Adblock Plus, NoScript, FireFTP, FoxyProxy, Download Statusbar, PDF Download, Session Manager, VMware Remote Console Plug-in.
Did not see this behaviour with the same setup, in Firefox 2.0.x

Last edited by Xolo; 10-16-2008 at 06:15 AM. Reason: Correcting a typo
 
  


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