Newark777
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Firefox Issue

Wed May 24, 2006 12:22 pm

My only complaint with Firefox so far is the fact that every time I try to open a video file, it waits for it to completely download, and then opens WMP to play it. Is there any way to do what IE does and open WMP immediately and start playing the file, including installing extensions or anything else?

Harry
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itsjustme
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RE: Firefox Issue

Wed May 24, 2006 12:44 pm

Assuming you are running the current version of FF (1.0.5.3) try this: Click on tools...then options...then Download.....select the bubble for "Ask me where to save". Next time you open a WMP file one of your options should be "Open with Windows Media Player. By selecting that, your file should begin playing immediately.
 
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RE: Firefox Issue

Wed May 24, 2006 12:52 pm

I thought 1.5.0.3 is the latest version of FF? Either way, I have tried that, and a few other setting, however it still doesn't stream the video, and waits for it to download.

Harry
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RE: Firefox Issue

Wed May 24, 2006 2:00 pm

Sorry Harry, I transposed the 0 and the 5. Yes, 1.5.0.3 is the current version. I see what you mean now about the FF download mgr always popping up rather than windows media player opening immediately. I don't see an alternative to this yet....but am still looking.
 
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RE: Firefox Issue

Wed May 24, 2006 3:14 pm

I know, Harry! What I really hate is the tick box for "always do the selected action" in the download manager. I works fine for everything but WMV files. Even though I have the box ticked, I still have to click open everytime. That really makes it dificult to expedite my wank banghead 

My second complaint with FF is that when I'm in a drop-down menu, like on the photo search page, I can't scroll through the list. I have to click on or drag the slider.

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Newark777
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RE: Firefox Issue

Thu May 25, 2006 10:55 am

Ok, didn't figure that one out, but I have another technical question for you computer wizards out there.

I have a Bluetooth compatible phone, and would like to connect it to my PC without buying the $30 USB cable. I know how to connect on the phone side, but it is the computer side is where I am having problems. How do I know if my computer can connect to the Bluetooth? What program would I use? I've never used Bluetooth, and don't know much about it, so any help is appreciated.

Harry
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nwajetset
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RE: Firefox Issue

Thu May 25, 2006 11:12 am

Here's an answer to your first question:

Stream files instead of downloading
mozillaZine Knowledge Base Article: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Streaming_media_%28Firefox%29

In both Internet Explorer and Firefox, you can click a download link and have the browser open the file in a program, instead of just donwloading it to a specified location. In the case of media files however, IE can have a media player stream the file whereas Firefox will still download the file first before opening it (or Firefox will open it in the browser with the associated plugin, if there is one).

Firefox can duplicate IE's behaviour in several ways. One is with the DownloadWith extension. It is an extension that lets you choose another program to download a file by right-clicking on the link . If you specify a media player for a media file type, then the player will stream the file.
Install the enhanced version of the extension from here: http://www.extensionsmirror.nl/index.php?showtopic=203
And use the sample downloader settings that correspond to the media player that you use: http://downloadwith.mozdev.org/configurations/configurations.xml
While this extension will work in Firefox 1.5.x.x, it needs to be modified slightly before it will install. Instructions on how to do that are here: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Updating_e...ions_for_a_new_application_version
It can be configured to automatically stream links, but I haven't figured that out yet.

The Launchy extension will also allow this. When you right-click on a link, Launchy will provide you with a list of external programs that you can use to open the link. Right-click on a link to a media file, and you can open it directly with a media player without downloading it first.
The extension can be obtained from here: https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=81
If you want to use an external application that Launchy does not list, see its homepage for instructions on how to add it.

A third method is to follow the Quicktime Guide to associate the desired file types with the Quicktime Plugin. When you click on a link to such a file, Firefox can use the Quicktime Plugin to stream it within a browser window instead of prompting you to download it. Once it has fully downloaded (once the slider is fully grey) you can just click File > Save Page As to save the file.

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If all else fails...
Despite the web standards and all these guides, many sites have embedded media that will only work in Internet Explorer. If a media file has been embedded using too much non-standard html/javascript, then it will not play in Firefox no matter what you do. This is unfortunate, but there is nothing to be done but use Internet Explorer to view the page in question. Of course, convincing the webmaster of the site to start supporting Firefox can't hurt...
 
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RE: Firefox Issue

Thu May 25, 2006 11:33 am

Quoting Nwajetset (Reply 6):
Despite the web standards and all these guides, many sites have embedded media that will only work in Internet Explorer. If a media file has been embedded using too much non-standard html/javascript, then it will not play in Firefox no matter what you do. This is unfortunate, but there is nothing to be done but use Internet Explorer to view the page in question. Of course, convincing the webmaster of the site to start supporting Firefox can't hurt...

I switched to Firefox when it was at version .09 and have noticed the sites that require viewing in IE continues to dwindle. Yes, there are still some out there but I think they're slowly seeing the light. How can they not when the popularity of Firefox (and a few other non-IE browsers) continues to grow? Wen you come across an IE only site, just use the trusty "View in IE" or "IE Tab" extension.
 
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RE: Firefox Issue

Thu May 25, 2006 1:43 pm

Found this extension also:

https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/446/

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