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  1. For people who enjoy testing. Versions 24esr up to 35.0.1 can run very useful. There is a workaround to run versions 42.0 up to 52.9 - see below. I would like to express my thanks for the work. Jumper, I know you've spent endless hours with the further development of KernelEX. I'm able to run Firefox 35 and even 52.9 and see almost the whole contents of the web on Windows Millennium again. ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases Firefox Portable: sourceforge.net - FirefoxPortable Improved versions for ME/98: Downloads: Firefox 35.0.1 portable -> Note: FF window is not completely displayed (UI) - see issues below. Firefox 31.8esr portable 1. Working address (URL) bar 2. No delayed loading of web pages 3. Working "Restore Previous Session", "Recently Closed Tabs" and "Recently Closed Windows" 4. "browser.newtabpage.enabled" set to false for more stability 5. No Tab artifacts ("gfx.content.azure.backends" set to skia) 6. Plugin Container disabled for more stability 7. QuickJava - Javascript, Style, Image Toggler (Version 2.0.6 in 35.0.1 and 2.0.5 in 31.8esr) 8. PlainOldFavorites 1.3.1 9. ClassicThemeRestorer 1.5.3 (disabled) 10. "browser.urlbar.trimURLs" set to false to see protocol / scheme in URL (http/https...) Unsolved - not working: * Adding bookmarks - Use PlainOldFavorites instead. * Recently visited addresses aren't saved. * Printing and see issues below. Requirements: * KernelEX + latest Core Updates: KernelEx.dll 4.5.2016.19, Kexbasen.dll 4.5.2016.24, Kexbases.dll 24, Kexcom.dll 18, Sheet.dll 19, verify.exe 18, VKrnlEx.vxd of 18, Core.ini 20i Set Firefox.exe, Xul.dll and furthermore for portables the FirefoxPortable.exe to Windows XP SP2 or higher. Otherwise you get an error "Couldn't load XPCOM". Explanation: Xul.dll is set to 2k in the Registry (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\KernelEx\AppSettings\Configs). This string entry *\XUL.DLL="NT2K" can be deleted to get the file in follower mode (default). Reboot required. 2k mode was set on Xul for older FF versions like 9.0.1. There is no need to set XPSP2 on Xul, if you had disabled KernelEx (system wide) during KernelEx installation. Don't choose Legacy WinXPSP2! Firefox will be very unstable. Recommended Hardware: Pentium 4 or newer processor that supports SSE2 512MB of RAM 200MB of hard drive space After version 48, SSE2 CPU extensions are going to be required on Windows. Extensions: Compatibility PlainOldFavorites 1.3.1 Firefox 3.0 - (99.0) QuickJava 2.0.5 Firefox 20.0 - 36.* QuickJava 2.0.6 Firefox 33.0 - 36.* ClassicThemeRestorer 1.5.3 CTR Firefox 29.0 - 50.0 Newer Versions and Forks: Firefox 42.0 - 48.0.2 and K-Meleon 76 Additional requirements (Kext and some dll files required) SeaMonkey 2.21 - 2.32.1 and 2.39 / 2.40 Thunderbird Cyberfox, GNU IceCat IceDragon up to Firefox 49 - 52.9, MyPal 28/29, Centaury and SeaMonkey 2.46 - 2.49.5 (see also IceDragon and additional requirements / the complete requirements are not yet certain. Testers are welcome.) Note: There is still no known workaround to run FF 36 - 41 (crash on start) and the corresponding forks with the exception IceCat 38. That also applies to lower versions 12 - 23. These lower versions are freezing after some seconds and are useless in today's internet anyway. Limitations, issues, solutions, other settings and recommendations: Limitations: No support for WebGL and Direct2D! Blocked for graphics card because of unresolved driver issues. WebGL 1.0 based on OpenGL ES 2.0 and requires OpenGL 2.0 graphics driver support. It works by forcing it, with Nvidia Geforce 7 (full support OpenGL 2.0) and quite likely 6 (not testet) series cards and drivers NV81.85 and higher only, but limited, probably due to graphics drivers infirmities. WebGL-Renderer ANGLE Issues on ME/98SE: * Adding bookmarks doesn't work (also the popup - dialog window doesn't occur). Recently visited addresses aren't saved. Partial solution > the bookmark extension PlainOldFavorites 1.3.1. Portable version: The History and the Bookmarks created on XP can be used on ME/98. * Firefox crashes with Adobe Flash plug-in activated. Make sure that this plugin is disabled. If it is still needed, deactivate the plugin container: dom.ipc.plugins.enabled;false and dom.ipc.plugins.timeoutSecs;-1. The boolean "dom.ipc.plugins.enabled" has been removed with version 43. * Own fonts of pages can be blurred or unreadable. Recommended: Uncheck "Allow pages to choose their own fonts". Tools > Options > Content > Advanced * The popups for installing addons, saving passwords and such have big black lines around them. * The button on the download popup "open containing folder" has no function. * Printing doesn't work. * Squares and boxes instead of icons: Install suitable fonts - Awesomefont (version 4.7 tested) for this Site and and see Workaround Possible setting (You can even see the "search magnifier" and the "Rate stars"): browser.display.use_document_fonts;1 gfx.downloadable_fonts.enabled;false * Last character of the URL in address bar is missing - The search bar can also be affected: Different solutions are possible. * Possible: Second process "Explorer" remains after close. The cause is unclear. Open the Taskmanager and close the lower (second) "Explorer" process. FF24 - 35: * "Restore Previous Session, Recently Closed Tabs and Recently Closed Windows" often don't work at first. * Many pages are loaded with a considerable delay. A safe method to troubleshoot is to run the portable version on XP once. Afterwards on next start on Win ME/98 the functions "restore previous session, recently closed tabs and recently closed window" work and the pages load as they should. On XP Firefox repairs corrupt or wrong created data profile files immediately. FF24 - 35? * Firefox freezes or crashes on some websites. Disable Javascript or CSS/Style Sheets for these sites. The extension QuickJava allows you to rapidly switch Javascript (JS), CSS/Style Sheets (CS), Images and more. Depending on the system, it may make sense to deactivate Javascript permanently. There are reports of systems in which JS does not work at all. Add "user_pref("javascript.enabled", false);" in profile\prefs.js or open about:config and toggle "javascript.enabled" from true to false. FF42 and the higher versions are less affected. If a website suddenly stops working and Firefox crashes, then clear the Cache (Tools>Options>Advanced>Network>Cached Web Content>Clear Now) or delete it in the folder (e.g. FF32+: FirefoxPortable\Data\profile\cache2\entries). * Firefox could crash when opening a new tab. Open about:config and set "browser.newtabpage.enabled" to false. This leaves the new tab blank. It's possible to modify the string "browser.newtab.url" with a search engine or another url of your choice. FF42 and higher versions haven't the string "browser.newtab.url" anymore. You can use the ClassicThemeRestorer to set an url. FF28 - 44: * Input in address bar doesn't work after a while or second start anymore. * Search Engine List is empty after a while or second start. Both errors are related. Workaround: With the first run you can remove search engines you don't want from the Search Engine Manager list and then set the search.json file in the profile folder quickly to read only. After that add your favorite engines and set a Home Page. Restart FF and check the functionality. If the first attempt fails, delete "search.json" and "searchplugins", restore the original state (Restore Default Search Engines ...) and try it once more. FF45 and higher versions aren't affected. FF27 - 51: * Tab bar glitches since FF27. Firefox 27.0.1: Toggle "gfx.content.azure.enabled to false. A new standard theme comes with FF29. FF34 and higher versions come with five themes more. Choosing another theme solves the tab glitch. Another solution for 29 and higher: Install add-on ClassicThemeRestorer 1.5.3 and set Options > Tabs(1) > Tabs > Squared Tabs (Australized) (V2) or Squared Tabs (Classic) (V2). One more solution for Firefox 31 - 35 and 44 - 51: AzureContentBackend skia (not suitable for FF36 - 43 ) - Add to Prefs.js: user_pref("gfx.content.azure.backends", "skia,cairo"); FF28 - 51: * Icon artefacts - Solution for Firefox 31 - 35 and 44 up to 51: AzureContentBackend skia - gfx.content.azure.backends;skia,cairo FF30 (and higher?): * Context Menu (Right click) partly without function - has seldom occurred, probably associated with other errors and is usually not a problem. FF33 - 48.0.2: * UI glitch - FF window is not completely displayed: FF33 - 35.0.1: The problem can largely be avoided, if you don't start and run Firefox with maximised window. Reduce the window size a little bit. Other possibilities: Click "Show Desktop" on Taskbar twice to refresh the Firefox interface (UI). You also can press F11 (Full Screen) twice or leave FF with Full Screen. Then it starts with Full Screen again and afterwards click F11 to exit that mode. FF42 - 47.0.2: Click "Show Desktop" on Taskbar twice to refresh the Firefox interface (UI). Usually it is sufficient to press the button twice after starting. Or: The boolean "layers.offmainthreadcomposition.force-basic" doesn't exist anymore, but if you create it and set it to true, it's possible to start and run FF with a slightly reduced window size without this UI glitch. FF48: It starts without UI. The boolean "layers.offmainthreadcomposition.force-basic" = true makes it usable. Start and run it with a slightly reduced window size. Apparently the glitch is related to OMTC (offmainthreadcomposition). From version 33 on OMTC is enabled by default. Simply switching it off again solves the glitch, but makes the browser unusable. Solution: Hardware Acceleration DirectX 9c is required to enable hardware acceleration (GPU Accelerated Windows). After you've installed DX9c set "layers.acceleration.force-enabled" to true and make sure that "layers.offmainthreadcomposition.enabled" is set to true (default value). That completely solves this UI glitch for FF33 - 48. It's tested with NV GF7800GT (driver 82.16), NV GF7900GS (driver 82.69), NV GF6200LE PCIe (driver 81.98) and NV GF5900XT AGP (drivers 81.98/82.16/82.69). Caution: This may not work with other hardware! Not all issues are listed yet. Other settings: * Highly recommended for FF 24 - 26, 24esr : "security.tls.version.max" should be set to 3 (TLS 1.2 enabled). TLS 1.2 is enabled since version 27 by default. * FF43 - 47: "xpinstall.signatures.required" => false to install unverified add-ons (already set in RT's builds). A workaround is required for version 48: Override the Firefox Add-on Signing enforcement * Youtube: FF33 - 35: Set "media.mediasource.enabled" to true. It's possible to enable "media.mediasource.enabled" on lower versions, but it's quite likely useless. FF42: Set "media.mediasource.webm.enabled" to true. It should run on FF43 and higher by default. In case the player doesn't run on FF43+, set "media.mediasource.webm.enabled" to true, too. Settings not needed, but interesting - matter of taste: * "browser.tabs.onTop" => false to move the Tabs toolbar below other toolbars (FF24/27). FF 29 and higher: You can move the browser tabs with the extension ClassicThemeRestorer. * "browser.search.showOneOffButtons" => false to restore Firefox's classic search where you could see the favicon for the current search engine (FF33 - 42). However, the new search should be a bit faster. * "browser.urlbar.trimURLs" set to false to see protocol / scheme in URL (http/https...) * "browser.urlbar.clickSelectsAll => false It changes the behaviour of the URL while editing. * "browser.urlbar.doubleClickSelectsAll" => true It changes the behaviour of the URL while editing. Recommendation for testing: Use portable versions or create different profiles for the installed. In the second case call the Profile Manager (Start > Run > ..../firefox.exe -P) or open "about:profiles" (Firefox 46+ only) and start the Profile Wizard. A note about my test environment: All my observations, tests, and findings were on real machines and not on a VM. All processors (Intel) meet SSE2 or higher and memory sizes are 2 and 3.5 GB RAM. The graphics cards are NV GF7800GT, NV GF7900GS and NV GF5900XT(AGP). And my OS is Windows Millennium.

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