Yesterday’s Thoughts

March 17, 2005

Problem with Google Maps & Firefox

Google Maps looks great.

I specifically say looks great because I haven’t had a chance to check it out in detail. It didn’t work for me in Firefox. I got a more or less empty page on the opening page and on any search. I had viewed it in IE to check out Jon Udell’s walking tour of Keene, New Hampshire and thought it was pretty cool, but since I don’t normally use IE I hadn’t experimented with it much.

Tonight, I was reading James Garret’s article about what he is calling Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript + XML) and decided that I had to check Google Maps out again.

Fortunately for my sanity Google Maps still didn’t work, but I noticed that there was a link to report problems. The report form asked for my browser (Note to Google: prepopulating the browser type is a nice touch.) and browser plugins, so I decide to disable all my Firefox extensions. That took a while, but didn’t make any difference.

This prompted me to check my Javascript settings. I did have Javascript enabled, but under the Advanced options there was a setting to allow scripts to change images. For some reason, (it isn’t the Firefox default) this box was unchecked. I changed this option, and voila.

Now I can really look into Google Maps.

This reinforces my desire to get all of my configuation options under version control. I guess the other option is that I could just leave the defaults, but what fun is that. One of the principal pleasures of software is having it my way.

6 Comment(s)

  1. tkdkerry | Jun 25, 2005 | Reply

    Found you by Googling on “Google maps firefox problems”. Had same problem of no map display, your advice fixed it. Many thanks!

  2. Oliver | Jun 29, 2005 | Reply

    Hi Ray,

    thanks for the tip – solved my problem, too!


  3. miskairal | Jul 18, 2005 | Reply

    You’re a genius – Thankyou!!
    I did the same as tkdkerry and found you by searching google.

  4. Firefox User | Oct 10, 2005 | Reply

    Ditto. Thanks for the advice – fixed the issue.

  5. Robin | Nov 21, 2005 | Reply

    Ditto here too !

  6. Tom | Feb 10, 2006 | Reply

    Found your advice on Google. Google maps and MapPoint now work.

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