Fixing Firefox obscured URL in Xubuntu 14.04

The Firefox URL text is obscured

We've been using Xubuntu on "lower end" refurbished computers for awhile now. One of the issues we've run into, particularly with Intel graphics chipsets, is Firefox's URL test being obscured. On the same computer Chromium (the open source Chrome browser) doesn't have the same issue. In our latest case the computer only had onboard or PCI video (no PCIe or AGP) so we were pretty limited in changing graphics cards for better performance. At first I tried the following solutions (which didn't work for me, but may for some):

User accounts open again

charlesmccolm.com web site front page screenshot

I've opened the web site to user registration once again, but I've set each account to require administrator approval for authenticated user status. It may take me a bit of time to nail down permissions, so I need the help of friends and family to make the site better. Please feel free to use my user contact form if you find something that doesn't look quite correct once you're authenticated.

Extra unused hard drives? Why not donate them to a good cause?

A Serial ATA Hard drive we pulled from an old PC

It's that time again where I beg for donations of hard drives for The Working Centre's Computer Recycling (Reuse) project. While we have a fair amount of ancient parallel ATA hard drives we're really short (down to less than 6) on Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives larger than 40GB. Computer Recycling helps low income earners get access to affordable computers. The project is a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher.

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