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pages loading with TONS of code

I just started using Firefox Portable. I knew that I need Java, so I downloaded it with IE. In Firefox Portable, I'm getting a LOT of pages that are loading with more than half of it in code. Don't know much about it to know if it's HTML or something else. For example, on the side of this page, the Sponsored links show up as:
(well, I tried copying/pasting, but it doesn't look the same pasted as when I copied it)--so here it is manually:

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You somehow managed to mess up Firefox so that it shows JavaScript as text rather than interpreting it. It's either an extension you installed... or a corrupt profile.

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At this point, since I

At this point, since I haven't gotten Firefox Portable to recognize my imported profile, it's using the default. Thus, no extensions have been added yet.

What I may do is go back to my flashdrive, move out my imported copy of my local profile. Then delete the entire Firefox Portable app and try downloading it again. I originally downloaded the cross-platform version since I have a Mac at home. However, as I'm rethinking it, if I can at least import my Mac Firefox Profile, I can JUST use the Windows Portable version and use the Google Sync extension to keep bookmarks, passwords, etc. synced with my portable version. I'm assuming that will work??

I probably could use a local version of Firefox at work (and then use Google Sync), but I'm not sure whether they'll allow me to download it onto my machine--thus the reasons for the portable. And that will allow me to use it if I'm at a library or something also.

Anyway, I'll try downloading a new version and see if that fixes it.

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Using to sync on Mac OS 10.3.9 with Flashdrive containing memory card

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Ah, the cross-platform one isn't supported. I have never used it. I think the author based it on an older version of the Portable Firefox launcher.

Google Sync does allow you to keep multiple firefoxes in sync. I don't think you can copy the Mac FF profile right into Firefox Profile. But it may work. I've never tried it. I don't have a Mac. Give it a shot and post back if it works.

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Here's an update:

Here's an update:

Since I knew that I was planning on using the Portable version of Firefox at work on my XP(and the local at home on my Mac), I deleted the cross-platform version that I had planned on trying to use and downloaded the newest Windows version of the App--the one from this site.

I installed it on my Flashdrive and took it with me to work today. I wanted to at least try to use my Mac local profile on my Windows Firefox Portable--hoping that at least some of it would work okay and I wouldn't have to start completely from scratch.

So far, all of my local profile seems to be working. It started loading up my last session that had been saved before copying the local profile to my flashdrive (using Tab Mix Plus). All of my bookmarks are there. Extensions appear installed--I haven't had the opportunity or need to try ALL of the extensions yet, but in the course of working nothing seems to be malfunctioning. I even went to a few of my websites that require passwords and FFP seemed to have no problem finding my usernames/passwords and filling in auto-text on forms.

I do have Google Sync (everything checked except Tabs since I'll likely need different sites open at work anyway) so we'll see how that works out. When I got home tonight and back to my Mac, I can't seem to locate a bookmark that I made at work (even though Google Sync seemed to sync when I returned--it appeared to take forever). Not sure where it disappeared to?

The only real problem that I've had with the portable version so far is the speed. It is SOOOO SLOOOOWWW! When I first started it up, I ended up with the app opened 3 times. I clicked on the once, got NO reaction for at least a minute so I clicked it again. Still nothing so I tried one more time. FINALLY, it caught up and had all 3 of them open. Closed everything down and started up again making sure to give it plenty of time to open--it took a couple of minutes. Even working in the app was slow. Often just clicking to go from one tab to another would take AT LEAST 4-6 seconds just to transition to the new tab clicked. Sometimes the page couldn't keep up with a series of clicks or scrolls--I'd have to wait several seconds for it to respond to one click/scroll before I could do it again.

Anyone have any ideas of what I can do or check to make it run faster?

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Do you have the crash recovery or session management options in Tab Mix Plus turned on? These features are not recommended for use in FFP since they slow it down to no end (they constantly write to the USB key).

Another little trick you could try, besides turning off session management and crash recovery, is turning on write caching on your key. Unfortunately, the process is a bit harder than it has to be. Windows 2000 & XP make you jump through about 8 steps to do it; it's enabled by default in 9x/Me. To do it, you have to right-click your drive in My Computer and hit Properties, then go to the Hardware tab, then find your device in the list (may require some guesswork) and double click it, then go to the new dialog's Policies tab, and click "Optimize for performance" before clicking OK to close all the dialogs. Note that if Windows tells you to restart, ignore it; you can just pull out the key (always use safe removal) and reinsert it to get things going.

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I do have crash recovery and

I do have crash recovery and session management on--although TMP has been doing a horrible job lately actually saving my sessions on it's own--I'm been having to do a manual save before I quit FF, because TMP has failed to save the session almost every time recently.

I will try doing what you suggested in XP to see if that helps. If I left session management on, but turned off the crash recovery and automatic save/reloads portion (just did manual saves of the sessions) would that help at all? Or would it still be writing as constantly?

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Crash recovery is a definite no-no... in order for it to work, it requires constant writes to the drive to keep the recovery info up to date (since you never know if & when the browser is going to crash). Session management may be okay, depending on how it works. If it only saves the session on exit, it's probably okay.

I don't see how doing manual session management could hurt. Unless TMP is poorly designed, it shouldn't write to the drive at all during normal use if crash recovery is off and you're saving/restoring manually.

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Okay, I turned off crash

Okay, I turned off crash recovery, but left session manager to manual.

However, when I right-click and go to properties for my drive, there is no hardware tab. This is on a Windows XP computer. My tabs are: "General", "Autoplay", "Tools", and "Sharing".

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Odd. I've never seen an XP drive properties dialog box without the Hardware tab, and I work with computers that have both XP Home and XP Pro.

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It's probably a limited or guest account. I don't think they have access to the hardware tab.

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Yeah, that makes sense. I was under the assumption that she was on her home PC. You should never assume...

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I work at a school--this is

I work at a school--this is the XP computer that I use daily--however, it's when I login so that I have access to my personal P: drive that's on the district server.

I'll try it again when I get back on Monday--maybe I can go straight to the local drive without logging in. I'm not sure--I'm more used to my Mac that I use at home.

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