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  • @leocg Hi, thanks for coming to my aid.

    I'll tell you everything you want to know once I know what I'm looking for and where to find it.

    So, first off, I have no idea what a user agent is. I don't know where to look to find it, and I have no idea where I can get a different one to try.

    So, can you give me a url or two so that I can do some homework for you, please. You caught me flat-footed with your question.

  • @junkitt User Agent is what identifies a browser, it's how a site knows that the browser accessing it is Opera or Chrome or IE or whatever.

    You can use an extension to change Opera's user agent.
    And maybe on Opera 62 you have a flag to enable Chromium user agent.

  • @leocg I was just reading about user agents so what you just wrote makes some sense to me.

    What I am missing now is where to change it, how to change it and what should I try to change it to, in order to get some meaningful results for this experiment?

    Hopefully, you have some suggestions for me....

  • @junkitt If Opera 62 beta has opera://flags/#chromium-ua-compatibility, just enable it. If not, then install this extension

  • @leocg There is something very strange going on with my Opera Beta... when I went to get the extension (which first came up in Spanish) ... I'm getting prodded to download Opera, even though I'm currently, as though the Opera extension store is not recognizing the browser, AND there is no Install button. What do I do now?

  • Oh, forgot to mention that even though I enabled the #chromium-ua-compatibility, there has been no change to my user agent.

  • @leocg I just tried closing and reopening Opera but nothing has changed... I'm told to download Opera. What would cause this sort of behavior?

  • @leocg I even found myself in the middle of a beta update, but it didn't help me get Opera extension page to recognize my browser as Opera. <sigh>

  • @junkitt If the flag is enabled, you shouldn't see the OPR part of the user agent in Menu > Help > About Opera.

  • @junkitt Is the flag that I've mentioned, enabled? If so, then it's expected.

  • @leocg

    This is what I am seeing:

    Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_14_4) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/75.0.3770.80 Safari/537.36

    But I think that is the same thing as what I saw before. But, I had expected to see something about Chromium.

    In either case, the response is that I still have all that wacky behavior going on.

  • @leocg
    One clarification you could help me with:

    I'm reading about a "clean install". Part of the instructions say to "delete your Opera profile data".

    I just want to make sure that I understand correctly... the profile data is everything in all the subdirectories and on and on that are below the directory labeled as "Profile" on the About Opera page. That "tree" is huge and I have backed it up, but better safe than sorry.

    Thank you again and again for all your help.

  • @junkitt With the flag disabled, you should see a OPR/62.0.3331.x at the end of the user agent string.

  • @leocg Thank you for explaining that. I did have it enabled, as per your instructions, but disabled it to see the difference.

    None the less, I just did a clean install of Opera Beta and am typing this is an Opera window, after having logged in using the cleanly (re)installed version.

    I want to thank you again and again for coming to my rescue and for all you've done for me. I truly appreciate your effort and energy!

    Maybe, now I can get back to the race...

  • @junkitt So the problem was solved?

  • @leocg I want to reserve judgement on that because I'm using a vanilla browser at present, and all these ads

  • @leocg ... (take two) all these ads are driving me crazy. But being able to log into places that I couldn't do yesterday, is a good sign.

    Once I've tried everything, I'll let you know. There is lots to test and a full plate on top of that, so please be patient with me... but I'll be back.

    Thank you again for all your help.

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