WordPress Image Uploader Crashes Firefox

About 2 years ago, while using my previous PC, Internet Explorer suddenly stopped working.

I tried so many things to resolve this and nothing did, so I started using Firefox and have never looked back … until a few days ago!

I maintain a number of my own and client’s blogs using WordPress.

A couple of days ago, whenever I tried to add an image to a blog posting using the WordPress Image Uploader, Firefox just crashed.

I tried again. Same thing happened.

I re-booted the Pc and tried again. Same thing happened.

I tried in IE (with my latest PC) and it worked fine. No probs.

So I was now optimistic and tried again using Firefox. CRASH!

I found the problem – it’s the Google Gears add-on for Firefox.

I simply disabled Google Gears and now everything is working just fine.

While in Firefox, simply go to:

Tools > Add-ONs, select Gears and ‘Disable’ it.

I don’t know why the problem is occurring but there is some conflict between WordPress, Firefox and the Google Gear add-on.

Just thought I’d let you know!

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10 Responses to WordPress Image Uploader Crashes Firefox

  1. Rebo June 3, 2009 at 3:43 am #

    thanks for this advice!
    I don’t have the Google Gears addon but I’ll keep this in mind.

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  2. Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills June 3, 2009 at 6:30 am #

    I also use firefox as my main browser but for posting on my blog I use IE because I have less problems with formatting and firefox always wants to leave some unnecessary, visible HTML code. I think part of the problem comes from using the visual editor instead of the HTML editor.

    Jonathan – Advanced Life Skills’s last blog post..Where Does Disappointment Come From?

  3. Frank J June 3, 2009 at 5:30 am #

    Thanks for the information. I haven’t experienced this issue as I do not use Gears.

    Frank J’s last blog post..Beware of this Fake Antivirus

  4. @_McLaughlin on Twitter June 3, 2009 at 10:31 am #

    Thanks, I just disabled gears and it has stopped crashing.

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  5. Diecast Toy Cars June 3, 2009 at 11:21 am #

    I’ve had some trouble with Firefox crashing during my use of WordPress lately, so this is great information to have, thanks!

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  6. Nishadha June 4, 2009 at 6:38 am #

    I don’t use Google gears and I don’t use photos that often when writing a post , Now going to check on Google gears 🙂

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  7. John R June 5, 2009 at 8:05 am #

    So,yes, as I’ve found online in various places, disabling Google Gears stops the crashing problem. But for me, it also takes away the nice Edit Photo tool that popped up when you click on a photo in the visual editor (I use it to size down the full-size photo to the 640 pixel width my blog will display so that the full-size will still display once someone clicks on a photo). Anyway, I suppose I could figure out how to do what I need to in the HTML editor, but that seems like a waste of my time. I just want to work on my photos, not the code behind the page. Ah well, we’ll see how it all works out.

    John R’s last blog post..We came, we camped, we caved

  8. Robert A. Henru June 9, 2009 at 5:08 pm #

    Thanks, it’s useful. I just experienced it recently.

    Robert A. Henru’s last blog post..Theme Launch: Turning Limitation Into Advantages

  9. Per June 16, 2009 at 5:58 pm #

    Instead of disabling Gears, you can install the IE Tab add-on and edit WP in an IE tab within Firefox. That way, you get the best of all worlds. (Firefox, Gears and IE in that one Firefox tab).


    • BuildYourBlog June 18, 2009 at 4:16 am #


      That’s great advice – thanks.


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