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File open/download dialog box flashes on the screen, then disappears.

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I am upgrading to Firefox 17 (from 3.5.2) on Linux SuSE SLED 10. I am only moving to Firefox 17, as SLED 10 does not support anything higher than that and it is not feasible to upgrade my entire my OS.

My issue is that when clicking on a file on a website, the file dialog box (open with/save) flashes on the screen for a split second then disappears. For items that I have handled by specific applications in mimeTypes.rdf, it does the specified action. However, any file type that I have designated in mimeTypes as "alwaysAsk", I get this issue. I do not have this issue in FF 3.5.2 and I have gone as far as using my 3.5.2 mimeTypes.rdf and prefs.js files on my 17 install and it does not help.

I have looked through many forums and have not been able to determine how to fix this or whether it is fixable in 17.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Modified by EPHoese

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  1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter. The about:config "This might void your warranty!" warning page may appear.
  2. Click I'll be careful, I promise!, to continue to the about:config page. A list of settings should appear
  3. Filter the list by typing in the search bar at the top. Type in scanWhenDone. You should now find the "" preference.
  4. Double-click on that preference to set the value to false.
  5. Next, try to download something and see if it still hangs.

Please reply and tell us whether this helped you!

If it doesn't work, reenable the pref that was disabled.

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Deleting the mimeTypes.rdf will reset all download actions to the default settings.

Type about:support in the address bar and press enter.

Under the page logo on the left side you will see Application Basics. Under this find Profile Folder. To it’s right press the button Show Folder. This will open your file browser to the current Firefox profile. Now Close Firefox.

Locate the file. Then rename or delete it. Restart Firefox.