Discussion of general topics about Mozilla Firefox
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I must have done that with zip files and now they just open instead of asking me what to do with them. My download actions is empty and I cant add anythin. Its all greyed out. What can I do to undo this. I cant imagine that selecting that will commit you forever with that descision.
more info needed ...
- program & version? --- ex = firefox 1.5.x
- new or upgraded program? --- ex = thunderbird 1.0.7 upgraded to 1.5.x
- new or upgraded program profile? --- http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_Folder
- operating system and version? --- ex = windows xp home service pack 2; Mac OS X v10.4.3 (build 8F46)
Tools/Options/Downloads/View and Edit Actions.
Remove the .zip filetype. Restart FF for good measure.
The next time you click on a .zip link you will see the "What to do.." box.
from the 1st post ...
My download actions is empty
... so i doubt that your post will help .... [*grin*] it's pro'ly a damaged mimetypes file that needs deleting.
Was upgraded from 1.07
XP Home SP2
My download actions is empty. Otherwise I would have done that.
Should I just reinstall?
Fortunately I have a backup profile to play with so I can be destructive. I don't like the official KB answer that "it's a bug and you're screwed" http://kb.mozillazine.org/Open_File_dia ... grayed_out so I exited FF and deleted mimetypes.rdf in my profile. (You might want to back it up instead of deleting it.)
When I restarted my Tools/Options/Downloads/View and Edit oprions were there with default values. I went to a .zip link and got the familiar "What do you want to do ..." dialog.
It's a little drastic but considering the alternatives it may be worth a try if you back up mimetypes.rdf, which is apaprently corrupt and useless anyway.
given your info, i agree with Webb that tyhe fix for you is to del the mimetypes.rdf file in your profile. exit ff 1st! [*grin*] a reinstall is NOT likely to help at all.
A reinstall would probably leave with you with mimetypes.rdf from C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\defaults\profile so if you're more comfortable copy this one instead of letting the program create a new on for you. I don't see that this would make a difference - the default is empty.
OK well I just reinstalled and as you would expect, nothing has changed. Didint think it would but I figured what the heck. So Ill go delete the mimetypes.rdf now. I backed up the whole profile before reinstall so I should be good there. I dont think thats drastic at all. Compared to some of the other crap we occasionally have to go through to keep a computer up and running. Thanks for the help guys. ( :
Webb you said "copy this one" Did you mean to post one.
Anyway I created an extra new profile and it worked properly so I think Ill just copy the file from that one over.
You know, don't you, that a reinstall doesn't affect your prior profile? Your corrupt mimetypes.rdf will still be there unless you want to create a new profile.
Edit: We're crossing in the mail. By "this one" I meant C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\defaults\profile\mimetypes.rdf.
Yea I know that now. lol. At the time, I figured I had nothing to lose. Had allready searched about 30 pages of google results and was waiting for replies here. I hate doing nothing when theres a problem. lol.
Anyways, copying the file from the newly created profile woked. Zips dont open automatically and the download actions are all back.
Its always such a simple fix. Well, not always. But this time it was. Thanks a bunch for the help. Happy again.
It's been fun. I've seen this problem reported dozens of times and the fix is really pretty simple. I just never had the time to walk through it before.
You can also install the Mime Type Editor extension, which allows you to edit the mimeTypes.rdf file in a convenient manner.
Nice extension, Jim. I'll keep it but I see a lot of newbies who cringe at the thought of having to install an extension to fix something they think shouldn't be broken in the first place.
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