How do I "hook up" helper apps?

Discussion in 'Firefox' started by kimcheeman, Apr 16, 2005.

  1. kimcheeman

    kimcheeman Guest

    Can someone tell me how to get Firefox to recognize helper apps, so
    that it will open those helper apps within Firefox?

    I installed a release of Firefox, and later installed the more recent
    version (1.2.2). In both situations, none of my Helper Apps, such as
    Adobe, WinPlayer9, etc., were recognized, even tho I have them on my
    machine (Win98SE).

    The result is that if I go to a page that wants to send me some file
    that requires a helper app--for example, Shockwave Flash or a PDF or
    etc.--the browser asks me if I want to downlaod the helper appl, or
    what app to use to open that particular file.

    I'm aware of about:config, and I looked at
    tools/options/downloads/plugins, but it does not appear to provide an
    easy way to tell Firefox about those apps.
     
    kimcheeman, Apr 16, 2005
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  2. kimcheeman

    Ed Mullen Guest

    You are talking about plugins. When you do an upgrade/install the
    plugins folder is deleted. Back up the plugins folder first, do the
    upgrade/install, restore the files in the plugins folder to the new
    installation.

    For now, you'll need to either find the plugins files in a backup and
    restore them or download and install them anew.

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    Ed Mullen, Apr 16, 2005
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  3. kimcheeman

    kimcheeman Guest

    The previous install I did--I think 1.0.1--also did not have the
    plugins, and the reason was that I installed Firefox before I had any
    of the plugins on my disk.

    IAC my question remains the same, and really is kind of independent of
    backups: how do I make the connection between Firefox and the specific
    plugins? There has to be some file where Firefox keeps that info ("for
    PDF files, look in d:\adobe60\adoberdr.exe; for WMV files, look in
    e:\musicplayer\....."), which in turn means there has to be a way of
    creating that file.
     
    kimcheeman, Apr 16, 2005
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  4. kimcheeman

    Doug G Guest

    If you have other browsers (Netscape, Mozilla, or IE) installed, copy
    the DLL files from their plugins folders to Firefox's plugins folder.
    Close Firefox before doing so.
     
    Doug G, Apr 16, 2005
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  5. kimcheeman

    Big Will Guest

    1.2.2? sounds like a nightly build. Try just using the latest stable
    build that's not in beta (1.0.3) and then it should be easy to install
    your plugins or extensions. You can get the latest stable build at
    www.mozilla.org.

    Regards,

    Will
     
    Big Will, Apr 16, 2005
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  6. kimcheeman

    Big Will Guest

    Than the OP might end up copying incompatible plugins (especially
    copying from IE). For example, JAVA comes to mind. AFAIK IE Java
    doesn't work with Gecko products.
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  7. kimcheeman

    Ed Mullen Guest

    FYI. I have my news reader set to only display threads and messages
    that are new since my last check of the group. Hence, when you snip out
    all the previous content, I have not a clue what the hell we're talking
    about. And, no, I am NOT going to reconfigure my reader nor am I about
    to go dancing through God-knows-how-many previous posts to figure it
    out. Yes, you are welcome to snip as you like. But if you don't leave
    enough for me to know what's going on, well, sorry, all I can do is scan
    and move on. Happy to help if we can do it efficiently.

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    Ed Mullen, Apr 17, 2005
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  8. kimcheeman

    Rom Guest

    Type this into the address bar, and it should show you the plugins you
    have when they are enabled:

    about:plugins

    Also in Tools > Options > Downloads
    Check out the "Plug-Ins..." button.

    Do you have Java enabled? If you do have the plugins you need and have
    Java disabled, it could be this bug (look to the end first for manual
    solution): <https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=273785>

    If you haven't got plugins, go here:
    <http://plugindoc.mozdev.org/windows.html>
     
    Rom, Apr 17, 2005
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  9. kimcheeman

    kimcheeman Guest

    I did that and it lists no adobe or media players.

    Nevertheless, when I try to open a .pdf or .wmv, the appropriate app is
    launched--outside of Firefox--and the file specified, does open.

    There has to be a way for me to tell Firefox what helper App to launch
    for each file type and where on my machine that app is found. How do I
    do that? Is there some file I can edit and insert that info myself?


    Rom wrote:

    Type this into the address bar, and it should show you the plugins you
    have when they are enabled:

    about:plugins

    Also in Tools > Options > Downloads
    Check out the "Plug-Ins..." button.

    Do you have Java enabled? If you do have the plugins you need and have
    Java disabled, it could be this bug (look to the end first for manual
    solution): <https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=273785>

    If you haven't got plugins, go here:
    <http://plugindoc.mozdev.org/windows.html>
     
    kimcheeman, Apr 17, 2005
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  10. kimcheeman

    Rom Guest

    For PDFs to open within the browser:
    Open Adobe Reader and go to "Edit > Preferences > Internet", and see
    if a setting "Display PDF In Browser" is checked.

    In Firefox have a look in Help > Help Contents, and enter "file types"
    in "Search". Plugins are available here:
    <http://plugindoc.mozdev.org/windows.html>.

    FWIW, to display the full path of the plugins when viewing
    "about:plugins", type "about:config" in the address bar and copy
    "plugin.expose_full_path" into the Filter box. Change its value from
    false to true. Double-clicking on the value should change the value.
     
    Rom, Apr 18, 2005
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  11. kimcheeman

    Moz Champion Guest

    Helper Applications and Firefox

    If you have a plug in that handles the mime type, then you dont need a
    listing for Helper Application
    You only require Helper Applications if you dont have a plug in to
    handle that specific type. They are added when (and if) you run into a
    type of file that Firefox doesnt know what to do with.

    If you run into a file type that Firefox doesnt know what to do with,
    you are offered the opportunity to choose which application you wish to
    open it with, and in that dialogue there is a box that specifies do this
    for this file type in the future - if you check THAT box, then Firefox
    enters the application as a Helper Application for that file type
    automatically.

    If you run into a file type that opens automatically, then you either
    have a plug in or a helper application for that type already set up. You
    only get an opportunity to set a Helper Application when there isnt one.
     
    Moz Champion, Apr 18, 2005
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