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Tomcat76

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  1. Thanks. I did some further testing now. Updating Serpent to the latest build (20190330) didn't change anything. I them compared certain prefs in about:config with my Firefox 47.0.2 install that I thought could be related (font settings, etc.) and made some changes, but nothing helped. Next, I installed New Moon 28 build 20190330. Same issues. Lastly, I installed New Moon 27 build 20190330. Now I'm finally getting clear font rendering on coolblue.be. This New Moon version doesn't support HTML5 video, so I installed the LAV filters: problem with embedded YouTube videos appeared. Then I tried the Primetime plugin... the fuzzy text on embedded YT videos is a little less fuzzy, but it is still. Is this info somewhat helpful to a developer? If of interest, here's an example page: https://www.coolblue.be/en/product/795031/philips-fc9745-09-powerpro-expert.html There's a big green button "Add to my shopping cart" on the right hand side. On initial page load, Firefox 47.0.2, Firefox 52.9.1 ESR, Serpent 52, New Moon 28 and New Moon 27 display its text correctly. But as you scroll down the page, that button becomes part of a new, fixed header at the top of the page. Here, FF47, FF52 and NM27 display the text normally, but Serpent and NM28 make it fuzzy. Interestingly, if I hover the button with my mouse, the text suddenly becomes clear. Also, in Serpent and NM28, black text is not really black but a very dark shade of gray.
  2. As far as I know, I only have legacy addons. But some of them don't work with older versions of Firefox. Should I consider New Moon to be at the level of FF28 in this regard? For me, the default value for gfx.content.azure.backends was "direct2d1.1,cairo" so I left it alone. I swapped "skia" with "cairo" for the other pref. No difference, though. Meanwhile, I found out that Dailymotion videos are affected by this as well. I just checked my Firefox 47.0.2 install and those prefs are still set to their defaults -- "direct2d1.1,skia,cairo" and "direct2d1.1,cairo" respectively -- and I don't have the problem there. So it's probably something else. According to extensions.ini, these addons are incompatible: Open in Browser 1.18 UAControl 0.1.3.1.1-signed.1-signed RightToClick 2.9.6 I need those, unfortunately. Thanks for the tip on media.ffvpx.enabled. I'll try that.
  3. I was wondering if there's a webpage explaining the differences between those FF incarnations. I have a couple of questions I was hoping to answer myself, but it seems I will need to turn to the community for extra information. I have tried Serpent for the past couple of days so my observations are based on that. 1. Does New Moon support the same addons FF52/Serpent does? 2. I wanted to compare the Primetime plugin to the LAV filters, but it seems Serpent already has built-in support for h.264. Using the built-in filter, I noticed some artifacts with YouTube videos when paused and accidentally hovering the video controls bar. But if someone tells me these built-in filters are the least taxing on memory, I will learn to live with it. 3. The biggest problem I've come across so far with Serpent is that text appears fuzzy in certain places, as if anti-aliasing is not in effect. a) Embedded YouTube videos When the video is playing and I hover the mouse over the video, the video's title as well as the time indicator in the controls bar appear fuzzy and are barely readable. When the video is paused, the video title and time indicator text is clear and crisp again. Everything is fine when watched on youtube.com. This problem doesn't appear to be there in FF 52.9.1 ESR and FF 47.0.2. b) Google Maps Caption text and tooltips ("Satellite", "XX photo's", etc.) are fuzzy. c) On a product page on coolblue.be, some text appears fuzzy during scrolling and it remains fuzzy for about a second after I stop scrolling. Some text in the fixed header is always fuzzy. 4. In terms of "long-term" memory footprint, Serpent seems to fair quite a bit better than FF 52.9.1 ESR; it takes quite a bit longer before it reaches 1.3GB and completely stalls. It's still nowhere near FF 47.0.2, though, which allows me to browse heavily for several hours. The main reason I wanted to move away from FF 47.0.2 is that it won't allow me to login to Flickr anymore ("Grass is always greener" error), even after spoofing a more recent version of Firefox and Windows. 5. One of the biggest problems with FF 52.9.1 ESR is that it won't allow me to scroll a very large Facebook Photo Album all the way to the bottom; at some point, it will freeze and eventually crash, even if it's the sole window/page that's open. I have yet to try this with Serpent.
  4. Strange observances with FF 52.9.1 ESR... * on the Troubleshooting Information page (Help > Troubleshooting Information), most entries are blank. * opening Troubleshooting Information causes the firefox.exe process to not be released from memory after Firefox is closed. * on one occasion, I had a crash leaving the Troubleshooting Information page open. *** EDIT *** Nevermind. This is caused by me using junction links for Firefox's appdata folders. Apparantly Firefox doesn't like that too much once there are addons installed.
  5. This plugin is crashing for me when visiting a Facebook page containing one or more videos... when I'm logged in! The videos subsequently can't be played. Up till now, I've been using Opera 36 for Facebook (circumventing the freeze on my FB wall/homepage by quickly clicking my username in the middle of the blue menu bar). Since videos can't be played in Opera 36, I always copied the URL of the video page to Firefox 47.0.2 and played it from there. Now that I'm switching over to a new PC with WinXP and Firefox 52.9.1, I wanted to switch to Firefox for Facebook. Everything seemed fine until I logged in to Facebook. Now, I get a yellow information bar on every FB page that contains a video stating that "The Primetime Content Decryption Module provided by Adobe Systems, Incorporated plugin has crashed." The videos play fine when I'm logged out of Facebook. Also, there are no problems playing YouTube videos. I already tried: - using a new FF profile with just the Primetime plugin installed - spoofing the UA - installing Flash Player (which wasn't installed yet) Any other suggestions? *** EDIT *** I found the source of the problem. Apparantly, Firefox doesn't work too well if its AppData folders are junction links. Bummer... I really wanted to avoid unnecessary wear and tear on the system's SSD...
  6. I worked around it by installing Windows with the SSD plugged to one of the Intel SATA2 ports (AHCI), installed the Marvell drivers through Device Manager and then connected the SSD to the Marvell controller.
  7. Has this problem been solved? I'm having a similar problem integrating the drivers for a Marvell 88SE9182 controller with nLite. It's also a two-stage install as described above, and Windows (XP) setup complains about not being able to find one of the Marvell sys files (can't remember which one). I used the v1.2.0.1049 driver available from the win-raid forum "for Win7-8 (maybe even usable from XP up)" from 2016. The v1.2.0.1038 miniport driver "for XP and W2k3" from 2013 uses the same two-stage install.
  8. I know, but thanks for pointing that out. In any case, I want the backup to be RAIDed, not the original.
  9. The Asus X99-E has 6 Intel SATA ports that can be set to RAID and 4 that can't, so it should be able to handle a JBOD+RAID mix. But I think a hardware RAID or onboard RAID setup is overkill for me. A Windows mirror would already give me three copies of most files (the original, the main backup and the mirrored backup), I can still access the backup data if one disk fails without the need to rebuild (I'm not forced to buy another hard drive or have spare ones at hand) and it's less picky about firmwares and stuff. It's basically secure enough for my needs, and cheaper. The only thing I'm really worried about is the requirement to convert to dynamic disks. Many years ago, I was taught to always stick to basic disks because of possible issues regarding data integrity with dynamic disks. It was the Windows 2000 era, though.
  10. I recently bought three digital licenses for Windows 7 for about 80€ in total. You just need to get the media yourself.
  11. I agree that an external backup is the safest, but I intend to have some of the backup processes automated. I also like to keep the clutter to a minimum. The original plan was to have a dedicated PC or NAS for backups, possibly even running a flavor of Linux, but since I won't be video editing 24/7 (actually < 50% of the time) I thought about combining the two functions into one PC. I'm gonna go with a Windows mirror. Thanks for the help, guys
  12. I have purchased most components for my "new" Windows 7 machine. It will serve as video editing workstation and contain backups from other PC's in the network. I already have three 4TB hard drives that contain such backups, but they are "standalone" drives. I now intend to buy two 10TB Western Digital Red drives for the task and I would like both to contain the same data. What I find important: should one drive fail, the data on the good drive should still be accessible (should continue to work as standalone drive); it should also be straight forward to rebuild the previous setup after replacing the bad hard drive. Because the RAID will only be used to store a backup on, speed is a non-issue. Since I have never dealt with RAID before, I have read many things on the subject online in the last couple of days, but I'm still having difficulties deciding which way to go. These seem to be the choices: - hardware RAID (dedicated PCIe RAID controller) - "motherboard" RAID - Windows mirror - clone, followed by periodic incremental backup System specs: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Asus X99-E (10 Intel SATA ports of which 6 can use RAID) Intel i7-6850K 16GB RAM (4x4) I will not be using RAID on the system drive or on the main data drive in that PC. Only the backup drive should be mirrored. From what I understand, it can prove difficult to rebuild a broken hardware or MB (fake) RAID, while drives once belonging to a Windows mirror can be reused independently. Is this correct? The incremental backup method seems a little over the top as it would be backing up a backup (in my scenario). Any backup should be written to both destination drives simultaneously. Any thoughts?
  13. I wanna thank everyone for their advise, but I eventually settled for an X58 system since I got a good deal for it. I would have preferred an X79-based system, but I wasn't sure Fernando's INF hack would make the AHCI controller work properly without issue. MB: Gigabyte G1.Assassin CPU: Xeon X5650 @ 3.66Ghz RAM: 12GB SSD: Samsung 860 EVO 250GB The Win7 machine will have: MB: Asus X99-E CPU: Core i7-6850K RAM: 16GB (4x4) SSD: Samsung 860 PRO 512GB
  14. Yes. "Other Places" and "Details" should stay.
  15. No, not yet. But I think I won't bother with it anymore. My new computer should be up and running in a couple of weeks. That should hopefully fix all problems. Thanks anyway for the suggestions.
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