The laptop in question is running Firefox 5 on Linux Mint 11.
When I went to check Firefox I discovered that the main menu bar was missing. The address bar was there along with the favourites bar, but no sign of the all important menu. I tried some other programmes and they all ran normally, so it was obviously a Firefox problem.
I browsed the Internet and found that that wasn’t much help.
Eventually, by trial and error I found the solution, which is (of course) very simple –
Open a terminal and type ‘firefox –safe-mode’ (without the quotes).
A window will pop up. Simply select “Reset toolbars and controls’ and that’s it. Everything will be restored to normal.
While I am on the subject of Firefox, I have been running the nightly version of Firefox 8 for the last week or so. (whatever happened to 6 and 7? ). Visually, there is little difference between 5 and 8. The difference though is in speed. It really is lightning on steroids. I started using it occasionally, but it is now my default. I love it!