Came across this post on lifehacker, explaining how to change your Firefox search bar to google’s new favicon (), the only problem is that it’s for windows.  FEAR NOT!  Here’s the howto for all of us Firefox OS X users:

  1. First, secondary-click on this link, (primary-clicking on it will show you a bunch of XML)
  2. select “Save Link As…”
  3. navigate to the folder where Firefox keeps the search provider’s XML files: press “⌘⇧g” (command+shift+g), and in the “Go to the folder” bar, paste :
    /Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/searchplugins/
    and click the “Go” button
  4. You’ll see a few search providers’ xml files in there, including google’s.  Click the “Save” button, overwriting the old one
  5. Restart Firefox (remember to do a full quit (⌘q))
  6. You’ll see the new icon there!

I know it seems like a lot, but it actually only about 45 seconds worth of work.  Good luck!  Please post to the comments with any questions.

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Well I ran into a problem a couple of days ago: for some reason, my MacBook stopped being able to renew its IP address in DHCP.  No IP address means no internet.  When I went to “Open Network Preferences…”, I got the classic “self-assigned IP address” thing, which really indicates a failure of your computer to receive a new IP address from the DHCP server. The only way that I could get an IP address via DHCP was:

  • “System Preferences -> Security -> Firewall”
  • selecting “Allow all incoming connections” (turn the firewall off)
  • either renewing DHCP lease or just turning Airport off and then back on

This worked, but things just bother me when they don’t do what they’re supposed to, plus it was a little annoying because it took so long.  Finally, I came across a post at the Apple forums.  I tried a bunch of things that didn’t work, until I finally found one that worked consistently, even after rebooting.  Turns out that the three files configd, mDNSresponder, and nmdb somehow got corrupted.  People say this is from disconnecting the computer from all power without shutting down safely, or by doing a hard shut down (power button held down for 5 seconds)*.  Here’s how you replace the corrupted files:

  1. First find a Mac running your version of OSX that DOESN’T have this same problem.
  2. Find the files configd, mDNSresponder, and nmdb and copy them to a flash drive.
    [The files are located in /usr/sbin.  To get there, open finder and press “cmd+shift+g” simultaneously.  Type in /usr/sbin and click “Go”]
  3. Put the flash drive in your computer, and copy them into /usr/sbin there.
  4. Reboot
  5. You’ll be asked to allow a few things by the firewall, allow them all.
  6. You should be all set!

If this post helped you at all, please comment!  If you have any suggestions on how I can improve my post, please also let me know.

* I don’t buy this explanation of the files getting corrupted, if the programs are running in RAM, which they are, or they wouldn’t be running at all, then how would a hard power off corrupt the files that are on the disk?