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dsbrettjb
 
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Post Posted February 3rd, 2007, 3:37 pm

I downloaded the most recent Mozilla Firefox. I am having trouble managing file types. In fact, no file types appear when I click Tools, Options, Content and then Manage. The entire menu is blank. How do I get the file types to appear so I can open video files with the player of my choice?

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Post Posted February 3rd, 2007, 4:29 pm

I know how your feeling. All my videos are opening in Quicktime player and its doing my head in. I want them to ask me where I want to open/save them to. Instead it loads a new page with crappy quicktime player...

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Post Posted February 3rd, 2007, 4:33 pm

The Firefox Download Actions window that opens when you click "Tools -> Options -> Content / File Types -> Manage..." will be blank if you haven't set any download actions and if there are no plugins installed that are associated with file extensions. If the Shockwave Flash plugin is installed, there should be an entry in the Download Actions window for .SWF files and, if the Adobe Reader plugin is installed, there should be an entry for .PDF files.

You can set a download action by clicking the box "do this automatically" when you first encounter a download for a particular MIME type. There are some file downloads you can try out at the very bottom of this page, under Direct links to media files (mid, .wav, mp3, m3u and .wmv): http://wymette.home.att.net/sound.html

One possible cause of a blank Download Actions window is the presence of the npbittorrent.dll file in the Firefox plugins folder. You can type about:plugins in the address bar to view the installed plugins.

More information in this thread:
http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?t=514507
manage file types blank?

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Post Posted February 3rd, 2007, 4:37 pm

Normo wrote:I know how your feeling. All my videos are opening in Quicktime player and its doing my head in. I want them to ask me where I want to open/save them to. Instead it loads a new page with crappy quicktime player...

You can change your Quicktime preferences (Browser tab -MIME settings) to remove the file types you don't want Quicktime to handle. You can also change the Firefox Download Actions for particular filetypes so that the Quicktime Plugin is not used for direct links.
See these links for details:
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Quicktime#Qui ... r_settings
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Changing_medi ... _behaviour

dsbrettjb
 
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Post Posted February 3rd, 2007, 5:17 pm

Alice,

Thanks for the advice on managing file types. I had to delete the bittorrent plugin and everything worked well. I have another question. When I am using Microsoft Explorer (I am trying to completely stop using it) and I click on a video it immediately begins to play while the rest of it finishes loading. I am not downloading these videos to my computer. I am simply watching them online. However, while using firefox it downloads the entire video and then opens windows media player. I want to know of a way in which I can watch the video as it loads like when I am using explorer. Any help would be great.

Thanks again,
Brett

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Post Posted February 3rd, 2007, 5:44 pm

Brett,

Glad to hear that deleting the npbittorrent.dll file did the trick.

On the streaming video issue, do you have Quicktime installed? If so, associate the MIME types in question with the Quicktime browser plugin. That's one of the suggestions given here:
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Streaming_media

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