How do I disable the new layout?

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In linux, IMDB loads up with the same old layout it has had for quite some time, with links to the parents guide and other stuff on the right. In windows, IMDB is now loading with all the useful links hidden in dropdown menus in a butt-ugly grey box containing the title and x/10 stars. How can I get rid of that ugly grey "Modern UI" looking box and get my old links back? I've tried switching user-agent strings and it didn't work.
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Yeah I have the same problem, I don't want/need the new layout, where can I change it?
Hopefully someone will reply.
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I believe it has to do with the version of html in your browser. The new unwanted page design detects html v5 the old still wanted design runs when page loading detects html v4. The feature to cancel automatic updates has been removed from most browsers but you can disable them anyway. Both firefox and gchrome have a prefs.js file in the software tree, I haven't looked in Opera and Safari lately. You can change the flag in that file with any text editor but be sure to have the browser closed when you do it otherwise your changes will be overwritten by what is loaded in cache. Chrome will stop working (gives the aw snap page) after a few revs if you keep its auto upgrade off too long.

I get the old page design in safari v5.1.7 and also in opera v34. I haven't checked my fedora v16 linux box or Suse v11 box in a while. Since I get both type pages on this vista box and the same on an XP box then it has to be the html or else java or flash versions that the specific browser sees. I have the flash updated on vista and XP and I have 2 win 7 boxes but they are just sitting off line for now. I have used win8 but don't own any. But every browser on whatever box you are using does an OS and other software detections at start up time. You can actually go in to your browser version and change it to trick the website load detection into thinking you have an older version but it will reset if you allow automatic updates.

You have to go and get an older version that still has html v4. I get the old page design with firefox v37 on the same pc as I get the new page design using gchrome v47. I just tested using Grand Budapest Hotel is both browsers and I see old in FF and new in GC.

There used to be a website named "" where you could get back revs of software. I haven't checked in a while as I haven't needed a roll back. Can't say if firefox or others main download sites will allow you to back rev.

I hope this helps and am sorry there is no easy imdb page design setting click. These kinds of unwanted changes are what keeps developers and tech support people in jobs.

Since the OP mentions linux then he should understand "ls -laR >afile", then grep or parse that file for locations. On windows use their find tool to look forĀ  the prefs.js file or install cygwin and have unix command access to everything DOS under the hood.

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