Another ugly blaaahg

April 17, 2009

Firefox: Why are some images shown with terrible resolutions?

Filed under: Computers — Tags: , , , — Ketil @ 10:38

UPDATE!
Holy cr*p! Damn, damn, damn! After taking an hour to migrate my profile, I suddenly see what’s wrong. It’s just down to character size. If I change from the default size, images are scrambled. This must be just be a bug a default in Firefox, not related to any extension.
Try it yourself: Do Ctrl++ to enlarge or Ctrl+- to shrink, and see those crappy images shrivel up before you. Damned, now I’m even more annoyed!

UPDATE 2!
But wait, there’s more stupidy on my behalf…
Thanks to Greg K. Nicholson (Identi.ca: gregknicholson) , I found a cure, and I can’t believe I never noticed this before: View > Zoom > Zoom text only.
That, in addition to setting the font sizes to something else than the default, huge, 16, in Edit > Preferences > Content, and I’m finally back to some sane browsing. That was pointed out to me by Identi.ca Silner, minutes after I realized my foolishness.
Thanks heavens for Identi.ca today! At least I got to play around with Firefox settings again. It’s clearly been too long…

On another note, I really see some potential in Firefox (or distro builders) having other defaults, or ideally, a tool that sets defaults according to your screen size.

I have been annoyed with this for a long time… I remember when I have (by accident or on purpose) deleted my entire ~/.mozilla directory, the problem goes away, but at some point it always comes back. What is this problem, you ask? Well, it is those damned scrambled and weird images. Some images, not all, mind you — that would be too easy to pin down. One problem is that some images go all scrambly, like this one:

See the scrambled images?

See the scrambled images?

I’m pretty sure that this is the situation on all Google Code pages. (Although I obviously haven’t checked them all.)

The other problem, is a half frame around some images, notably on the main Google logo:

See the frame?

See the frame?

Although these axeamples are from Google, the bugs show a lot of places, but I use good ole’ uncle G. a lot, so that’s mainly where this annoys me.

I’m pretty sure that this is down to some extension, but I don’t know which. If you have the same problem, list your extensions, and we can compare notes.
Here is my list, courtesy of Extension List Dumper:

Application: Firefox 3.0.8 (2009033100)
Operating System: Linux (x86-gcc3)
– Adblock Plus 1.0.2
– autoHideStatusbar 0.4.3
– Download Embedded 0.5
– DownloadHelper 4.3
– DownThemAll! 1.1.2
– Extension List Dumper 1.14.1
– Flashblock 1.5.10
– Google Gears 0.5.4.2
– Signature 0.4.0.4.200610221528

– Tab Mix Plus 0.3.7pre.080830
– Tree Style Tab 0.7.2009040901
– Ubuntu Firefox Modifications 0.7
– Weave 0.2.106

It could probably also be down to some leftovers from another extension, I don’t know. Trouble is, files keep accumulatin over the years, and I have no easy way of tracking down which files are leftover cruft, and which are important to my system.

So, how do I solve this? I’m really reluctant to delete my whole profile. I’d rather not cherry pick files for deletion either, but if I have to, I would.

Moreover, how does this make Firefox look? (Not good, I think.) I know that I should be careful with downloading extensions, but what do we do when we actually have messed up? Maybe some migration tool, that moves your history, form information, passwords, etc to a new directory in order to make you start over fresh would be a good idea?

Maybe Firefox also could link itself to some extension bug database that would inform about confirmed bugs in extensions that you have installed? That would make the Firefox community of users so much more useful. Imagine being able to track down an annoying bug in an extension, then magically, all users of this extension could be notified within their browser.

A little ranty there, in the end, but if you could help me check out what the h*** is causing this annoying bug, please give me a shout!

1 Comment »

  1. Thanks, this helped me!

    Comment by Bjørnar — June 6, 2009 @ 17:29


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